Cheapest Estates to Live in Nairobi

Moving to Nairobi, searching for the Cheapest Estates to Live in Nairobi, or for the cheapest and safest places to live in Nairobi? In most cases when you are looking for a house you try to look for the cheapest good house that fits into your budget, the other thing that one considers is the security of the place.

Some of the best and cheapest apartments can be found in Eastlands, Nairobi. As much as there are houses on areas such as Kileleshwa, Runda, and Karen, they are mostly out of reach to the common mwananchi.

Eastlands contain estates such as Embakasi, Pipeline, Telaviv, Nyayo, Imara Daima, South B, Kariobangi, South C, Kayole, Komarock, Rongai, Donholm, Kibera, Umoja, and Huruma.

There are other cheap estates such as Githurai, Kahawa West, Kasarani, Roysambu, Uthiru Kawangware, and Kangemi.

Most of these estates have single rooms, double rooms, bedsitters, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and sometimes three bedrooms.

Other upcoming areas include Ruai, Utawala, Saika, Mwiki among other areas.

Cheapest Estates to Live in Nairobi

You can be assured below are some of the Affordable Estates in Nairobi. Unlike other estates where rent goes above Kshs 50,000/= most of houses in this area go for rent below Kshs 30,000.

Below are some of the Cheapest Estates to Live in Nairobi.

Imara Daima

Imara Daima estate is an estate that is preferred by many people. The estate is located just next to Embakasi.

The estate features modern as well as old buildings.

A One Bedroom in Imara Daima is Ksh 13,000 to Ksh 21,000 and a bed sitter goes for Ksh 7,000 to Ksh 12,000. You can find a single room for Ksh 3,500 to Ksh 6,000


A goo number of Nairobians live in Embakasi. Most of the estates are secure and houses in this area are relatively cheap.

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A one bedroom house in Embakasi ranges from Kshs. 10,000 to Sh 15, 000 while a bedsitter goes ranges Sh 6,500 to Sh 10,000. You can find a two bedroom from Ksh 12,000

The area is close to a number of well known supermarkets and malls.

The area is good to live with your family.

Kahawa West

Kahawa west also contains affordable houses, although some people say it us a bit far from the Nairobi City Centre.

A one bedroom house in this area goes for Sh 7500 to Sh 14,000 while a bedsitter goes for Sh 4,000 to Sh 9,000

Roysambu – Kasarani

The estates are close to each other or neighbours. A majority of the middle class people live here. There is a police station near these two estates. This guarantees security for those searching for a rental house in these areas.

Nearby we have Thika Shopping Mall and a stone away there is Garden City. Both estates are near the Thika Super High way. This gives you easy access to the main highway and assured of lesser jam compared to Mombasa road

A one bedroom unit goes for Sh10, 000 to Sh.18,000 and bedsitter goes for between Sh.6,500 to Sh. 9,000

Additional Best Affordable Places to Live in Nairobi

Langata – Kibera

Langata and Kibera also have some of the cheapest houses for rental depending on the location where you are. In otiende you can get a one bedroom going for Sh 12,000-Sh 18,000

You can also get a nice house in Kibera at an affordable price. Here we are referring to the modern Kibera and not the Kibera slums.


This is one of the cheapest areas in Nairobi to find a house to rent. A one bedroom goes for Sh 6,000-Sh.11,000.

Donholm – Umoja – Greenspan -Savannah

These are nice estates more so the bachelors and those starting life. A one bedroom in these areas goes for 8,000-Sh 15,000 and a bedsitter goes for Sh 4,500 to Sh 9,000


This area was iniatially known to be for the rich, but when most of them relocated many houses were left vacant. You can find a one bedroom for 12,000 to Sh 20,000

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Kangemi – Uthiru

These estates are located along waiyaki way past westlands area. These areas mostly accommodates the middle and lower class.

A one bedroom in these areas goes for Sh.8, 000 to Sh.13, 500 and a bed sitter goes for Sh 4,000-Sh 8,000.

The area is ideal for those working working in Nairobi CBD.


Rongai has some of the cheapest houses for rental. The town has supermarkets, banks as well as other amenities that one would require to do business.

One bedroom house for rental in Rongai goes for Sh 7,000 to Sh 14,000


Kayole is situated in Eastlands parts of Nairobi. It neighbors Komarock estate. The estate was known for insecurity but that has changed over time.

Houses in kayole are very cheap and you can get a single room at Sh 2,000 to sh 5,000. A One bedroom house for between Sh 5,000 to Sh 12,000


The rent at Kawangware is not that expensive. That’s why you find it’s highly populated. Also the food in the area is not that expensive as there is a market around the area.

One bedroom house in Kagwangare goes for between Sh 5,000 to Sh.13, 500. Single room goes for between Sh. 2, 000 to Sh. 6,000.

Pipeline – Tassia

The area consists of two different people living in this area; you will find the rich and the middle class. Rent in the area is almost similar.

One bedroom Costs Ksh 7,000 to Ksh 15,000 and bedsitter goes for Ksh 5,500 to Ksh 10,000

While in pipeline you will find a a single room for Ksh 2,500 to Ksh 6,000, bedsitter goes for Ksh.5,500 to Ksh.8,000 and one bedroom for Ksh 7,000 to Ksh 13,000


House is Ngong are affordable compared to other places in Nairobi, though the area is far from Nairobi CBD. You have to wake up very early in the morning to beat the traffic Jam.

A one bedroom in Ngong goes for Ksh 6,000 to Ksh 12,000. You can also get a good bedsitter for Ksh 3,500 to Ksh 7,000

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Mlolongo is located along Mombasa road. Houses in Mlolongo are cheap. A one bedroom goes Ksh 7,500 to 15,000. You can get a bedsitter for Ksh 5,500 to Ksh 8,500

One bedroom goes for Ksh 7,500,000-15,000 while a bedsitter goes for Ksh 5,500-Ksh7,500


Utawala is located behind JKIA. Houses in Utawala are affordable. A one bedroom goes for Ksh 6,500 to Ksh 12,000 and bedsitter for Ksh 4,000 to Ksh 6,000

South C

Houses here are not that cheap but there are areas where you can get cheaper houses.

A bedsitter Ksh 7,000 to Ksh 15,000 while one bedroom goes for Ksh 13,000 to Ksh 25,000


Kitengela houses are also not that expensive, you can get a single room for Ksh 2,500 to Ksh 5,000, bedsitter costs Ksh 4,500 to Ksh 8,000 and a one bedroom for Ksh 6,000 to Ksh 13,000.

Nyayo Estate

Houses in Nyayo estate are best for one who has a family. A nice bedsitter can go for Ksh 7,000 to Ksh16, 000. One bedroom can go for Ksh 14,000 to Ksh25,000

South B

South B features some good houses though some are very expensive. A bedsitter in South B can go for Ksh 9,000 to Ksh 18,000 while one-bedroom goes for Khs 16,000 to Ksh 30,000

Kahawa Sukari

The Estate is located near Githurai and next to Kenyatta University, the best area for students at Kenyatta University.

Bedsitter goes for Ksh 5,000 to Ksh 9,000, Single room goes for Ksh 4,000 to Ksh 6,000 while one-bedroom goes for Khs 9,000 to Ksh 15,000


Juja is also one of the best places to live. Those who live here are mostly students at JKUAT.

Single room in Juja can go for Ksh 2,000 to Ksh 5,000, Bedsitter for Ksh 5,000 to Ksh 8,000 while one bedroom is Ksh 6,000 to Ksh 13,000.