Looking forward to settle in Cape Town? Find, in this article, some tips to help you find accommodation in this major South African city.
Being one of the biggest and most densely populated South African cities, Cape Town is full of opportunities. Indeed, it attracts foreign nationals not only for its prosperous economy but also for its diverse and multicultural environment along with various leisure activities. As a supply to the demand, Cape Town also provides a range of accommodation to expatriates looking forward to settle there. However, start by inquiring on the different neighborhoods to determine which one will best suit your needs and budget.
Cape Town is first divided into several zones including many neighborhoods. City Bowl is known to be the historical center, comprising the business center, the parliament area and residential areas. Note that rent prices are higher in this zone. In the Northern outskirts, you will mostly come across Afrikaans communities in the 18 suburbs. In the Southern outskirts, on the other hand, you will find several residential areas with affordable rents.
On the Atlantic coast of Cape Town, you will find not only suburbs but also residential areas and beach resort, especially in Helderberg and West Coast. In fact, these areas most comprise holiday rentals for which you can opt while searching for long-term rentals.
The Southern peninsula, for its part, is considered as a small village within the city. However, it has been developing rapidly since a few years with the construction of beach resorts and fishing ports. Rent prices are quite affordable in this area. Located in the Southwest of the central business area, Cape Flats are deemed to be the poorest part of the city.
Expatriate communities, for their part, are more likely to settle in Down Town (in the heart of Cape Town), Vredehoek (which is a residential neighborhood at the foot of the legendary Table Mountain), Camps Bay, Clifton, Greenpoint, Seapoint, Mouillie Point and Waterfront, especially for accessibility to amenities and public transport, among others.
Although South Africa is often praised for its low cost of living, rent prices have significantly increased over the past few years. In 2016, monthly rents were as follows: R 5,000 for a small studio and around R 17,500 for a three bedroom apartment in the city-center. However, you can still find more affordable long-term rentals in some neighborhoods.
Flat sharing is quite widespread in Cape Town due to the presence of large numbers of local and foreign students. It is also quite easy to find home stay and student room share or flat share offers.
If you are looking for a bigger apartment or furnished house, it is best to register with a real estate agency. Indeed, a real estate agent can help you find the ideal accommodation as per your criteria more rapidly. Find more information on lease in the article Accommodation in South Africa.
You are advised to opt for an apartment rather than an individual house which have a greater exposure to thefts. In some areas, you can even find gated villages providing higher security to residents.
Expat.com – Housing in Cape Town
Expat.com – Directory of real estate agencies in Cape Town
Rent a Room www.rentaroom.co.za
Yellow Pages – Real estate agencies in Cape Town www.yellowpages.co.za