Finding Accommodation, Flatsharing, Hostels in Maputo


Cost of Living in Maputo

Overall, the cost of living in Maputo 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 8
  • Expensive meal out: USD 50
  • Domestic beer (0.5L): USD 2
  • Bottled water (0.33L): USD 2
  • Eggs (12): USD 2
  • Mid-range bottle of wine: USD 18
  • Gasoline (1L): USD 2
  • Basic Utilities per month (electricity, heating, water and garbage): USD 140 - 160
  • Internet and TV bundles: USD 50 - 120, depending on number of channels and amount of data

Prepare for your Housing Search in Mozambique

Finding a home in Mozambique 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. Downtown Maputo is often younger and more energetic, while Costa do Sol and Sommerschield are wealthier and more exclusive.  Matola happens to be one of the most rapidly growing suburbs.

Flatsharing in Maputo

Flat sharing/house sharing is very popular in Mozambique, 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 Mozambique, there is again a huge variation in terms of quality and price.

Hostels in Maputo

There are a growing number of youth-orientated hostels in and around Maputo, with Fatima's leading the way. 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 10 and USD 40 for dorm and private rooms.

Update 15/06/2015


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