Accommodation in Accra

Finding Accommodation, Flatsharing, Hostels in Accra

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Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Accra is likely higher than expected. Accommodation and household utilities often account for the majority of a monthly budget. Items like local transport and meals are less of a burden.

The following points give estimates of the costs of goods, items and activities in the capital.

  • Inexpensive meal out: USD 7
  • Expensive meal out: USD 45
  • Domestic beer (0.5L): USD 2
  • Bottled water (0.33L): USD 1
  • Eggs (12): USD 2.30
  • Mid-range bottle of wine: USD 13
  • Gasoline (1L): USD 1.10
  • Basic Utilities per month (electricity, heating, water and garbage): USD 130 - 150
  • Internet (6Mbps, unlimited data, cable/ADSL): USD 100

Prepare for your Housing Search

Finding a home in Ghana can be a difficult and time-consuming task. The following tips will serve you well as you prepare to find a place to rent or buy:

  • Find a short-term option first, that you can use as a base while looking for something more permanent.
  • Visit the properties and be meticulous with negotiating contracts with landlords or sellers.
  • Visit promising properties multiple times at different times of day in order to get a sense of your surroundings.
  • Consult with the local expatriate community for tips, ideas and referrals.
  • Consider the neighbourhood you want to live in. Legon is often younger and more energetic, while the airport residential area is wealthier and more exclusive.


Flat sharing/house sharing is very popular in Ghana, given the high rental prices and large number of expatriates. It is an especially popular option with younger expatriates who are in country to volunteer or study for a shorter period of time.

As with most rentals in Ghana, there is again a huge variation in terms of quality and price.


There are a growing number of youth-orientated hostels in and around Accra. The quality ranges considerably around the city, and it is well worth reading external reviews before making any long-term bookings.

Most have rates that range between USD 5 and USD 20 for dorm and private rooms.

Update 9/05/2015


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