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

By Lenny Kamwara

Zimmerman, Nairobi

This is a guide to rental houses in Zimmerman.

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

If this sounds like you, don’t worry. I will show you where to find affordable single rooms and bedsitters in Zimmerman.

Say, for example, you want a Ksh. 8,000 bedsitter. Use this guide to identify the places that have a bedsitter going for Ksh. 8,000 or less, then go there and see if there is a vacant one. Or send a friend to check for you.

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


I’ll show you where to find:

          •Single rooms 5,000

          •Bedsitters 7,500 

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Is Zimmerman a good place to live?

So now, let’s take a closer look at Zimmerman.

How is life in Zimmerman?

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 Zimmerman.

Where is Zimmerman in Nairobi?

Zimmerman is sandwiched between Thika Road and Kamiti Road from TRM (Thika Road Mall), just before you reach Githurai.

How far is Zimmerman from Nairobi?

The distance from Imenti House to Zimmerman is 13.7 Km.

Where do I board matatu to Zimmerman?

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

Fare from Nairobi Town to Zimmerman

Ksh. 50 during off-peak hours.

Ksh. 70 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:

(70×2) x 5 days = 700

400 x 4 weeks = 2,800

In addition to rent, you’ll spend approximately Ksh. 2,800 in fare per month if you decide to live in Zimmerman.

Traffic jam pain points

The main traffic pain points are Muthaiga area, Globe roundabout, and along Kamiti Road after TRM.

Other Fares

Fare from Zimmerman to Kahawa West

Ksh. 50

Please note that today’s update on water availability, food prices, and security covers the area between TRM and Base Road.

Water availability

Water availability in Zimmerman has improved. Note that I haven’t said there is no water challenge. It’s just better compared to previous years.

8 out of the 10 people I talked to on this upper side of Base Road said they have no water problem.

They have water almost throughout. The only days they don’t have water are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

One thing, though, is some buildings don’t have a water pump. People who stay on the upper floors suffer because the water pressure is not strong enough to reach them.

They have to fetch water on the ground floor. And when it cuts out, it suddenly leaves them high and dry.

And most of the older buildings don’t have storage tanks. Buy a large tank in case you find yourself in such a building.

Market food prices in Zimmerman

8/10 people I talked to said that food prices in Zimmerman are average. 

2 felt they were high.

However, they all agreed that it’s cheaper to shop at the nearby Githurai market.

Is Zimmerman safe?

This year 2023, there has been 1 case of insecurity in Zimmerman reported in the media, here.

What about unreported cases?

For the unreported cases, I talked to the residents.

9/10 said the upper side of Zimmerman is safe. That’s the area around Cooperative and the immediate surrounding area.

They said security is not good as you go downtown. Residents have witnessed a few cases of muggings.

Alright! Let’s dive in. 

Places in Zimmerman you’ll find affordable rental houses

Rental houses at Zebra

Rental houses in Zimmerman at Zebra

Today I want to feature this long stretch of road that joins Base Road on the other end.

One area where I found good, affordable houses is the area near PAG Church.

Rental houses in Zimmerman at Zebra near PAG Church

Follow the road up to almost the end, take a right turn to PAG Church, then a left turn (See insert).

Around this area you will find:

          •Single rooms 5,000

          •Bedsitters 7,500 (8,000 with balcony)

I will keep updating this post, in the meantime check out Rental houses in Kasarani.

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.