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Best Cheap Places to Live in Nairobi as a Job Seeker

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Best Cheap Places to Live In Nairobi as a Job Seeker

Surviving in this city is hard especially if you are jobless with the unemployment rate rising to almost 40% and you still have bills to pay. Many young Kenyans still struggle to make both ends meet regardless of their state of employment. The Kenyan jobseeker is in a dilemma on how to confront the rising cost of living, affordable housing being most important.

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Here are 10 neighborhoods in Nairobi that can start you off with if you are a beginner in the job market as you save up for something better in the future.

1. Rongai
The place offers affordable and spacious houses and the cost of living is also low. The main challenge would be commuting to work because of the traffic jam.

David Bwire has been living in Rongai since he acquired a job with the government many years ago. “I live in a 2 bedroomed apartment and pay 15,000. So far this is one of the cheapest and peaceful places in Nairobi,” he says.

2. Umoja
“Umoja is a common neighborhood for all potential job seekers because life is relatively cheap and decent,” says Kevin Wandera, an electronics expert in a small business in town.

“Rail transport is available cheaply and we also have a chance to go to work on time without worrying about traffic,” he adds

3. Kasarani/Roysambu/Githurai
Located in Thika road the place is 10km away from the CBD meaning traffic jam is less of a problem.
Bedsitters range from 5000 to 7000 and also one or two-bedroom apartments can be acquired at fair prices. The cost of food is also not high.

4. Kinoo/Uthiru
Situated along Waiyaki way, this is a quiet and cool place which offers affordable housing. A 3 bedroomed apartment can be acquired at 15,000 which is almost impossible in any Nairobi suburb.

Without traffic jam, one who resides in the area will take only 20 minutes to be in town though insecurity is a major issue.

5. Embakassi
Francis Otieno, a casual worker at a public university in town can afford to stay in the eastern suburb.

‘I live in a single room and pay 3000 a month. Food and water expenses are not hard to come by and I usually opt for railway transport as they will only part with less than 100 a day” he says.

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6. South B
This will be perfect for someone who wishes to be close to town or so if you want to walk from town.
For a beginner, a servant quarter or a bedsitter will be suitable as they range from 7- 15k.

7. Kabiria satellite area
A place that has a long history of cases of crime incidents but housing is relatively cheap and affordable. A spacious double room costs about 3000 and rail transport is also available.

8. Kibera
Kibera is one of Africa’s biggest slums that has close to a million population and is situated south west of Nairobi city.

Grace Akinyi, a sales representative at a marketing company in the CBD lives in a single room in Kibera’s Olympic estate.

“The cost of transport from Kibera to town is favorable as I part with ksh100 to the maximum. Even if Matatus go on strike I can catch the morning train which is a bit cheaper. Food is cheap as long as I have 100 I can have my balanced diet,” she adds.

9. Pipeline
The neighborhood is close to Embakassi area. A visit to the area can give a clear impression that beginners live there: “what else do you expect when you see a 9-storey building comprising of only bedsitters?” asks Joseph Kioko, a small business owner in the area. “It means that Majority of people living here are hustlers”.

10. Donholm
Peterson Muriuki, a property developer at Donholm states that the demand for housing is high because of the number of people migrating to urban areas in search of jobs. “As long as you can afford the rent and the cost of transport from your workplace to your place if fair, you are better off.” He advises.

Food, transport, and security are the most vital considerations when planning to live in Nairobi as a potential job seeker.

Where did you start off living in the city and what were your experiences?

By Jane Okoth, Career Point Kenya (source)

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