Moving to a new country like Ghana as an expatriate is both an exciting and challenging experience. You will go through different stages of cultural adaptation and you will probably need to follow some steps to adapt to your new life in Ghana. One of those steps -you guessed it- is finding the right place to live. Fortunately we got you covered: as experts in the matter we have some essential tips on how to secure the best apartments for rent in Accra.
Apartments for rent in Accra: Determining Your Budget
Before embarking on your search for apartments for rent in Accra, it’s essential to set a realistic budget for yourself. Rental prices can vary significantly depending on the neighborhood, size, and quality of the property. Be prepared to allocate a significant portion of your income to housing, especially if you aim for the expat-friendly, upscale areas.
Determine what you can comfortably afford, factoring in other expenses like utilities, transportation, and groceries.
One aspect will be your budget, but another aspect will be what type of accommodation can I afford with that budget in Ghana? Will it be up to my expectations? Will it be more or less what I visualize or want for myself/my family?
You will only be able to get some kind of answers to such questions by doing a quick research online on prices for various types of accommodation. This will give you a head start on what to expect realistically.
Choose the Right Neighborhood in Accra
The best neighborhoods in Ghana offer a diverse range of neighborhoods, each with its unique charm and atmosphere. Follow the previous link to familiarize yourself with the best areas to live in Accra.
Here is a quick glance at a few popular areas you may want to consider:
- Airport Residential Area: This neighborhood is home to our luxury apartment complex of Greenviews Residential, as well as to many embassies and international organizations, providing a safe and luxurious living environment. Not to mention it is only a 10 minute drive from the Kotoka International airport.
- Osu: Known for its vibrant nightlife, Osu is a bustling area with numerous restaurants, bars, and cultural attractions.
- East Legon: A residential area with a mix of expat and local residents, East Legon offers a variety of housing options and is conveniently located near shopping centers and international schools.
- Cantonments: Another prestigious area popular among expats, Cantonments offers well-maintained properties and proximity to various amenities.
- Labone: Labone is a quieter neighborhood, suitable for those seeking a peaceful environment within reach of the city’s offerings.
Top tip: Consider your priorities, such as proximity to work, schools, or entertainment, when choosing a neighborhood that suits your lifestyle.
On the other hand, as any big city, there are some areas you will want to avoid so make sure to check our article about the most dangerous neighborhoods in Accra.
Check out some Real Estate Websites and Agents
In the digital age, real estate websites and property agents have become indispensable tools in the search for accommodation. Numerous online platforms, such as meQasa, Tonaton, and Jumia House, provide listings of properties available for rent in Accra. You can filter your search based on budget, location, and property type, making it easier to find options that match your criteria.
Working with a local real estate agent can also be beneficial, as they have a deep understanding of the local market and can provide valuable insights and guidance during your search. They can arrange property viewings, negotiate terms with landlords, and help you navigate the legal aspects of renting apartments in Ghana.
Verify the Legal Aspects
Renting property in Accra, like in any other place, involves legal formalities. Ensure that your lease agreement clearly outlines the terms and conditions, including rent, duration, and responsibilities of both the tenant and landlord. Make sure the lease agreement is in writing and duly signed by both parties to avoid potential disputes.
Additionally, it’s common for landlords to request a security deposit, typically equivalent to one to three months’ rent. This deposit is refundable at the end of the lease, provided there are no damages or outstanding rent payments. Be sure to receive a receipt for your deposit.
Lastly, and a very important point to keep in mind, is that rent in Ghana in payed yearly and not monthly. This is something that may help you determine what you are able to pay monthly.
Consider Furnished vs. Unfurnished
Accommodation in Accra can be categorized into furnished and unfurnished options. The choice between the two depends on your needs and preferences. Furnished apartments or houses are convenient for expats looking for a hassle-free move. If that’s your choice make sure to check the architecture of our fully furnished apartments in Accra.
They come with all necessary furniture and appliances, making settling in more straightforward. Unfurnished options allow for more personalization but may require additional investments in furniture and appliances.
If unfurnished is something you may consider, we have a post for you on the best shops in Accra for home decor.
Be Mindful of Utility Costs
Utility costs can add a significant expense to your monthly budget. In Accra, you’ll typically be responsible for paying for electricity, water, gas (if applicable), and internet services separately. It’s advisable to ask your landlord about the average utility costs for the property you’re considering.
Additionally, consider factors like backup power sources (often required due to occasional power outages) and water availability when assessing your accommodation options (does it have a water deposit?).
Take a look at the most reliable internet service providers in Ghana to help you make an informed decision.
Explore Security and Safety
Safety is a significant concern for expats in any new location. When viewing potential accommodations, inquire about security measures in place. Gated communities with 24/7 security guards and surveillance systems offer a higher level of safety.
Additionally, consider your personal safety measures, such as securing doors and windows, and ensuring your chosen neighborhood is well-lit and safe for nighttime activities.
Transportation and Commute
Your daily commute to work or other essential locations should influence your accommodation choice. Accra’s traffic congestion can be challenging (although we also have some tips for you on how you can avoid traffic), so proximity to your workplace or schools can significantly impact your quality of life.
Consider the availability of public transportation, parking facilities, and your accessibility to main roads.
International Schools and Educational Facilities
If you have children, the availability of international schools and educational facilities should be a crucial factor in your housing decision.
There is a wide range of international schools in Accra, such as the American International School, the British International School, and the International Community School, which provide high-quality education for expat children.
Why is Greenviews an ideal home option for you?
If we have a look at the list above and go point by point we will see that Greenviews brings together everything you would need as an expat:
- We are located in the Airport Residential neighborhood, one of the safest and best located areas.
- Our complex is close to some of the best international schools in Accra as well as to the airport and some great cafes and restaurants.
- Our commitment to delivering all the comforts needed to start a new life in Ghana, will ensure you have a stress free move because you will not need to think about things such as furnishing the place (all apartments are full furnished and well equipped) or arranging to install Internet broadband (the whole complex is wired with fiber-optic connectivity and includes satellite TV).
Please contact us for any information you may need!