Ruai: Places You’ll Find Affordable Rental Houses & What You Should Expect to Find When You Relocate

Ruai town, Nairobi

This is a guide to rental houses in Ruai.

It’s perfect if you don’t know where to find affordable houses in Ruai, 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, bedsitters, 1 (one) and 2 (two) bedroom houses in Ruai.

Say, for example, you want a Ksh. 9,000 one-bedroom house. Use this guide to identify the places that have a 1 bedroom going for Ksh. 9,000 or less, then go there and see if there is one that’s vacant. Or send someone to check for you.

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


I’ll show you where to find:

          •Single rooms 3,500

          •Bedsitters 5,500

          •1 bedroom 8,500

          •2 bedroom 13,000

Advertise Ruai

Before we dive into places where you’ll find affordable rental houses, let’s take a closer look at Ruai.

How is life in Ruai?

Because 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 Ruai.

Where is Ruai in Nairobi?

Ruai is located along Kangundo Road, after Komarock, Kayole, and Njiru.

The postal code for Ruai is 00520.

How far is Ruai from Nairobi?

The distance from Bus station near Afya Center to Ruai Equity via Eastern Bypass is 26 km.

Where do I board matatu to Ruai?

The Ruai stage in Nairobi is located at Bus Station near Afya Center.

Fare from Nairobi CBD to Ruai

Ksh. 100 during off-peak hours.

Ksh. 110 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:

(110×2) x 5 days = 1,100

1,100 x 4 weeks = 4,400

In addition to rent, you’ll spend approximately Ksh. 4,400 in fares per month if you decide to live in Ruai.

Quite pricey.

Traffic jam pain points

The main traffic jam pain point is the Muthurwa market area.

Other fares at Ruai Bypass stage

These are the current fares at Ruai Bypass matatu stage.

Matatu fares at Ruai Bypass stage

Fare from Ruai to Githurai

Ksh. 80

Fare from Ruai to KU

Ksh. 80

Fare from Ruai to Kahawa

Ksh. 80

Fare from Ruai to Kenol

Ksh. 250

Fare from Ruai to Sabasaba

Ksh. 250

Fare from Ruai to Murang’a

Ksh. 300

Fare from Ruai to Sagana

Ksh. 400

Fare from Ruai to Kangema

Ksh. 400

Fare from Ruai to Karatina

Ksh. 450

Fare from Ruai to Nyeri

Ksh. 500

Water availability

Now, now, now… Ruai has a serious water problem.

6 out of the 10 people I talked to said they receive water only once a week. If lucky twice a week. That is the County Government water.

The other days they buy borehole water at Ksh. 15-20 per 20-litre jerrican.

The remaining 4 said they had water throughout, but it’s borehole water. And it’s salty.

That means they have to buy drinking water. Refilling a 10-litre jerrican with fresh drinking water costs Ksh.50.

Food prices in Ruai

7/10 people I talked to said that food prices in Ruai are average.

3 said they are high compared to the nearby markets.

Is Ruai safe?

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

So far in 2024, there’s none.

And what about unreported cases?

For the unreported cases, I talked to the residents.

8/10 of the people I talked to said the area is insecure with high cases of theft.

They said there have been recent muggings of market women and the snatching of mobile phones by bodaboda gangs.

They also said they have heard of housebreaking cases.

Alright! Let’s dive in. 

Places in Ruai you’ll find affordable rental houses

Rental houses in Ruai after Quickmart

At Quickmart, take the road on your left.

Houses in this area are few and spaced apart.

Rental houses near Worldwide Gospel Church of Kenya

Rental houses in Ruai near Worldwide Gospel Church of Kenya

Drop till you get to the road to the Worldwide Gospel Church of Kenya. In this area, you will find:

          •Single rooms 3,500

          •1 bedroom 10,000

          •2 bedroom 13,000 ; 15,000

Rental houses at Baraka Center

Rental houses in Ruai at Baraka Center

Further down the road, you get to Baraka Center. This is what you will find here:

          •Bedsitters 5,500

          •1 bedroom 7,000

Rental houses near Ruai Family Hospital

Rental houses in Ruai near Ruai Family Hospital

Back on Kangundo Road, near Ruai Family Hospital. On the other side of the road near Masjid Mustafa mosque you will find:

          •Bedsitters 6,500

          •1 bedroom 8,500

          •2 bedroom 13,000

What I didn’t like about Ruai

One thing I didn’t like about Ruai is that the marketplace is dirty! On that day, I saw cows roam around freely. The place didn’t look like it had been cleaned in a while.

Then, the drainage around the marketplace is poor. Most residents live on the upper side of the town along Kangundo Road, and dark sludgy water flows down to roadside trenches. 

Dirty Ruai market

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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.