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Accommodation in Senegal

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Where should you stay in Senegal? What are the types of housing available? What about rent prices? Find the answers to your queries in this article.

Moving to Senegal rhymes with finding accommodation. But this should not be complicated provided you do your homework! Senegal indeed hosts a range of accommodation options for all tastes and budgets. However, in some cities, such as Dakar, housing has become quite scarce due to the presence of tourists and expatriates in large numbers.

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You are more likely to find foreign families in the city centers than in the suburbs which, nowadays, are rather occupied by the locals.

Therefore, you are advised to inquire on the different neighborhoods and on the types of accommodation available, as well as on rent prices, before deciding where you would prefer to settle. These factors should influence or determine your choice.

Cities and neighborhoods

Senegal stretches over some 196,722 km2 and consists of many cities which, in turn, are divided into neighborhoods. Dakar, which is the capital city, has a population of nearly 3 million inhabitants. It is deemed to be the country's biggest city, as well as its economic, administrative, political and cultural hub. As a developed city, Dakar hosts all the facilities and amenities which you can expect if you intend to make a long stay there. It also hosts one of the country's two main airports, the Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport.

Other cities such as Thies, which is found in the West of Senegal, Kaolack, which is in the East, St. Louis in the North-west, Tambacounda in eastern Senegal, and finally Goree Island, are also very popular tourist destinations. You can also consider other regions such as Richard Toll, Podor, Matam, Nayé, Tambacounda, Kédougou, Kolda, Ziguinchor, Bignona, Diourbel, Linguere, etc.

Rent prices

To rent a single bedroom apartment in Dakar, you will need an average of 250 euros, that is some CFA 154,950. Outside the capital city, the same type of housing will cost an average of 200 euros,that is around CFA 126,650. For a three bedrooms, you will pay an average of 350 euros in the capital city and an average of 250 in surrounding regions.

Obviously, rent prices may vary from one region to another and at the owner's or real estate agency's discretion.

Lease

Once you have found accommodation matching your criteria, you will be requested to sign a lease document which then has to be produced to the nearest police station for registration. Two stamps of CFA 2,000 will be required. Note that lease documents should mention all necessary information such as the type of housing, rent price, a precise inventory, as well as the date when you will be moving in.

Fees

Besides the two stamps worth, you are also required to pay a deposit. The amount will be set either by the owner or by the real estate agent. Finally, if you have opted for a long-term stay, you will have to subscribe to a housing insurance.

Note that you will also have to pay agency fees which are equal to a month's rent, as well as a deposit which is equal to two months’ rent if you have found housing through a real estate agency.

Find accommodation

There are various ways to find accommodation in Senegal. Obviously, the fastest and most effective way is to go register with a real estate agency. You are likely to find many real estate agencies in Dakar provided you have sufficient means. However, for a less than two years stay, for instance, you can find high-quality housing on the Internet. If you have a high budget, you can turn to the Friendship neighborhoods, Ngor, Sacred Heart, Mermoz, Wakam or Fann, located in the west and renowned quiet. In the east, it is recommended to avoid Colobane, Pikine, Plots Assainies Grand-Yoff and Yarakh.

In the popular neighborhoods, you can easily get close to the ancients, who like to get together and discuss in public places. These people would happily act as brokers and put you in touch with the owners, for a few euros. Very aware of the real trend of the neighborhood in which they live, they will be of good advice. The people you meet will be overflowing attention and direct you with pleasure to the addresses set rental.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Housing in Senegal 
Expat.com - Real estate professionals in Senegal 
Senegal City www.senegalcity.com
Expat Dakar www.expat-dakar.com
Senegalaisement www.senegalaisement.com
Likibu www.likibu.com

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