If you are looking forward to settle in Durban, here is what you need to know about its different neighborhoods and rental market.
Young and dynamic, Durban attracts many expatriates by its lively and bustling environment, its pleasant climate and its tourist cachet. Indeed, the city hosts a very popular tourist resort. Its great cultural diversity and hospitality also contribute to its position as one of the best cities for expatriates in South Africa. Note that Durban's population mainly consists of Afrikaans and Zulu, as well as Indian and other Asian communities and a large number of British expatriates.
Furthermore, regardless of the area where you have settled, you can easily access to health care services and public transports. However, you are advised to be cautious when traveling by public transport, especially at night.
Each of Durban's neighborhoods is particular in its own way, thus determining the different rent prices. Those along the coastline are rather lively and noisy thanks to the presence of several hotels, restaurants and other leisure activities. You are also likely to feel secure due to regular police patrols in the surroundings. On the Northern coast, most housing units have security installations.
The North of Durban, at some 11 km from the city-center, also comprises several popular neighborhoods with spacious houses and apartments. Morningside, for its part, is ideal for expat families, especially with children, thanks to the presence of several prestigious schools. Despite being quite far from the city-center, Kloof also attract many foreign nationals.
If you are looking for huge houses and villas at affordable prices in coastal regions, you should head towards Umhlanga, La Lucia, Musgrace and The Berea.
Rent prices in Durban generally vary from one neighborhood to another. Thus prices offered in residential neighborhoods are quite different from those of tourist areas. In the city-center, for instance, you will need around R 4,400 a month for a studio and some R 8,000 per month for an apartment.
In the outskirts and around coastal regions, you will need between R 4,600 and R 10,400 per month depending on the surface area as well as other criteria such as security installations.
Given that Durban has a developed rental market and a high tourist concentration, housing offers are abundant on the Internet. You can even opt for a holiday rental on your arrival until you find a more appropriate long-term rental. Note that short-term rentals apply for a maximum of three months while long-term rentals involve a minimum of one year lease contract.