In this article, we are providing you with a overview of Pretoria's rental market and some tips to help you find the ideal accommodation.
Despite its dense Afrikaans population, Pretoria is rather welcoming toward expatriates from around the world. Indeed, many of them have moved there, either to work or to study in a multicultural environment.
Pretoria is also South Africa's administrative capital city, hosting most of the country's government, parastatal and administrative institutions. Moreover, you will find two prestigious universities, namely the UNISA, the world's biggest distance learning institution, and the University of Pretoria where thousands of international students enroll every year.
Regardless of the purpose of your stay in Pretoria, you will have no trouble in finding accommodation thanks to its developed rental market. However, take the time to choose the ideal neighborhood and the housing unit which best suits your needs and budget.
Pretoria consists of several commercial, industrial and residential neighborhoods. Arcada, for its part, mainly hosts foreign embassies and Union Buildings. In general, expatriate communities tend to flock together, except in Laudium where you are more likely to find Indian and Pakistan nationals.
In Pretoria's outskirts, that is around Capital Central, Pretoria Central and the historical city-center, you will also find a few pleasant areas. The West and Northeast, for their part, include two townships, namely Atteridgeville and Mamelodi.
Stretching over some 26 km, Church Street links East Pretoria to the West, along with Pretorius Street and Schoeman Street. Potgieter Street, Bosman Street, Paul Kruger Street, Adries Street, Van der Walt Street and Nelson Mandela Avenue, for their part, link the North to the South.
Rent prices in Pretoria are rather lower than those of other major cities such as Cape Town. Moreover, the neighborhood and surface area do not really have an impact on the rent price. Hence, you will need around R 3,900 a month for a studio in the outskirts and an average of R 4,200 a month for the same type of housing unit in the city-center.
For a three-bedroom apartment, on the other hand, you will need between R 8,800 and R 9,000 per month.
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Flat sharing is quite widespread in Pretoria due to the presence of a large number of students in the city. However, you can also find studios, flats and houses in the different commercial, business, popular and residential neighborhoods.
Pretoria has a quite modern and dynamic population. Therefore, you are very likely to find housing ads on the Internet via different specialized websites and other virtual platforms. Networking may be the ideal solution for students, especially if they are looking for flat-share. Feel free to spread the word among your friends on contacts on the spot.
Housing ads are also available in local newspapers such as Pretoria News and The Star. However, if you have moved to South Africa for the first time, it is best to register with a real estate agency which can help you find accommodation as per your criteria more rapidly and assist you with relating formalities.