Last updated on Apr 22, 2023
Summary: People describe Nairobi, Kenya as a vibrant, bustling city with a unique mix of cultures and a great nightlife. Expats love the city's diverse culture, the great food, the friendly people, and the many outdoor activities. The weather in Nairobi is generally warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $500 to $800 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $800 to $1,500 USD per month. The approximate population of Nairobi is 4.4 million people.
What do I need to know about living in Nairobi?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Nairobi, they said:
"Before retiring in Nairobi, expats should research the cost of living and housing in the city. They should also familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs, as well as the language. It is important to understand the local laws and regulations, and to ensure that all necessary paperwork is in order. Additionally, expats should consider the availability of healthcare and other services, as well as the safety and security of the area. Finally, expats should make sure to have a valid visa and residence permit before arriving in Nairobi," wrote one member in Nairobi.
"Do it! This is a great city. Ignore the reputation. Kenya does have some crime and social unrest issues but with care and caution these can be avoided. This is a beautiful city in a beautiful, friendly country," remarked one expat who made the move to Nairobi.
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Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.