Roysambu in 2024: Places You’ll Find Affordable Rental Houses & What to Expect When You Relocate


This is a guide to rental houses in Roysambu.

It’s perfect if you don’t know where to find affordable houses in Roysambu, and you want to avoid getting scammed by fake agents.

If this sounds like you, don’t worry. I will show you where to find affordable single rooms, double rooms, bedsitters, 1 (one), 2 (two), and 3 (three) bedroom houses in Roysambu.

Say, for example, you want a Ksh. 5,000 bedsitter. Use this guide to identify the places that have a bedsitter going for Ksh. 5,000 or less, then go there and see if there is one that is vacant. Or send a friend to check for you.

Please note that all prices are in Kenya Shillings (Ksh.) per month.


I’ll show you where to find:

          •Bedsitters 7,000

          •1 bedroom 11,000

          •2 bedroom 16,000

          •3 bedroom 24,000

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Is Roysambu a good place to live?

Let’s take a closer look at Roysambu.

How is life in Roysambu?

The rent you’ll pay is one piece of the puzzle.

Daily fare, time spent commuting, food prices, water availability, and even security of the area are other factors you should consider.

So what is it like living there? This is what to expect when you relocate to Roysambu.

Alright! Let’s dive in.

Where is Roysambu located in Nairobi?

Roysambu is located along Thika Road from USIU Road up to Mirema Drive off Kamiti Road.

TRM (Thika Road Mall), TRM Drive, Lumumba Drive, and Mirema Drive are all located in Roysambu.

How far is Roysambu from Nairobi?

The distance from Imenti House to TRM via Thika Road is 11 km.

Where do I board matatu to Roysambu?

The Roysambu matatu stage in Nairobi is located at Imenti House along Tom Mboya Street.

In fact, any matatu heading to Kasarani, or Githurai, or Kahawa West will drop you at TRM. Of the three, the cheapest one is the Githurai bus (Ksh. 30-50), followed by the Kasarani bus (Ksh. 30-80).

The one to Kahawa West will charge you the fare they charge to Kahawa West (mostly Ksh. 60-80).

Fare from Nairobi CBD to Roysambu

Ksh. 30-50 during off-peak hours

Ksh. 80 during rush hour.

Let’s do the math. If you commute daily to town in the morning and get back in the evening, this is what your budget will look like.

(80×2) x 5 days = 800

800 x 4 weeks = 3,200

In addition to rent, you’ll spend approximately Ksh. 3,200 in fares per month if you decide to live in Roysambu.

Traffic jam pain points

You will experience traffic jam as you commute to the CBD in the morning at Muthaiga/Pangani, and Murang’a Road (Ngara).

In the evening, it’s from Allsops (GSU HQ) to Garden City Mall.

Other fares

Fare from Roysambu to Kahawa West

Ksh. 50

Fare from Roysambu to Githurai

Ksh. 20

Is Roysambu safe?

In 2023, there was 1 case of insecurity in Roysambu reported in the media here.

So far in 2024, there has been a murder case. Read about it here.

And an arrest of a police officer demanding bribes. Read about it here.

Affordable Houses in Roysambu

Here are the places where you will find affordable rental houses in Roysambu.

About the author

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Lenny is a content producer based in Nairobi, Kenya. A TV Production graduate from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, KIMC.