8 Best Places to Live in Nairobi for Under KSH20, 000 Monthly

Nairobi has over 20 estates in close proximity to the city where middle-income earners can live. The best estates in Nairobi are those that have a reliable supply of water, easy access to roads, are secure, and are affordable.  

Rent can be a significant portion of people’s incomes, which is why it is important to find an affordable place to live. There are also many advantages of living in some of these towns rather than living in the City. 

Many people migrate to Nairobi from rural areas in search of better opportunities, which has led to high rates of unemployment and congestion in the city.

In this article, we will focus on helping you save money on house rent by providing information on affordable options in Nairobi that allow you to live comfortably without spending a large percentage of your salary on rent.

The middle class and recent graduates who have found jobs populate the Roysambu area. In addition to Kenyans, there are also a large number of Nigerians, Rwandese, and Congolese people living in the area. The neighborhood’s proximity to the Thika Superhighway makes it a popular choice, particularly for people who work in the capital city.

Rent for a one-bedroom house in the area ranges from KSH 14,000 to 21,000 per month, and bedsitter costs between KSH 7,000 and 12,000 per month.

Embakasi is a residential estate that is primarily inhabited by lower-middle-income citizens. The area is home to informal settlements such as Mukuru Kwa Njenga and features several recreational facilities, as well as the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Rent for a one-bedroom house in Embakasi ranges from Ksh10,000 to 15,000, and bedsitter costs between Ksh 6,000 and 9,000.

3. Utawala

Utawala is an estate in Nairobi that is not densely populated and is a good option for those looking for affordable housing. Bedsitters in Utawala can cost as little as Ksh6,000 to Ksh8,500, while one-bedroom houses start at around Ksh10,000 to around Ksh14,000.

4. Kikuyu

Kikuyu is a neighborhood in Nairobi that is known for being an affordable place to live for people working in the central business district.

It is a quiet, serene area that is located away from the city center and is a good choice for those who want a peaceful place to live. Houses in Kikuyu are cheap, and it is possible to find bedsitters for as little as KSH 6,000 and one-bedroom apartments for as low as KSH 11,000.

5. Ruaka

Ruaka is a neighborhood located northwest of Nairobi, at the western end of the Northern Bypass. The area is becoming increasingly popular and houses are generally affordable, with the exception of those in the vicinity of Two Rivers Mall, which has caused rental prices to rise as more people are moving to the area.

Bedsitters in Ruaka cost somewhere between Ksh6,500 to 10,000 per month, while one-bedroom apartments range from KSH 14,000 to 20,000 per month.

6. Donholm

Donholm estate is known for its multi-story apartments and flats. It is a popular choice among bachelors and young people who have recently started working.

Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Donholm ranges from Ksh10,000 to 18,000 per month, and bedsitter costs between Ksh5,500 and 12,000 per month.

7. Kahawa Sukari

Kahawa Sukari is a neighborhood in Nairobi that is inhabited by a large number of students from Kenyatta University. It is also a good place for the working class to live.

Rent for a bedsitter in Kahawa Sukari ranges from Ksh5,500 to 9,000, and a one-bedroom apartment costs an average of Ksh10,000 to 15,000.

8. Ruiru

Ruiru is a neighborhood located in the suburbs of Nairobi, along the Thika Super Highway. It is a convenient place to live if you want to commute to Nairobi and is popular with students, which helps to keep housing prices affordable. Bedsitters in Ruiru cost between Ksh6,000 and 9,000, and one-bedroom houses range from Ksh9,000 to 13,000.


The neighborhoods and estates mentioned in this article are good options for those who work in or around Nairobi or want to experience living in the suburbs of the city.

These areas offer affordable housing options and have access to important social amenities such as schools and shopping malls.

If you are looking for a place to live in Nairobi that won’t break the bank, the neighborhoods and estates mentioned in this article are worth considering.

 Which town do you live in or know and can fall in this category and not on the list? Let us know in the comment section below.

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