Accommodation in Democratic Republic of Congo
Accommodation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly in Kinshasa, is extremely expensive. However, most housing costs, including rent, electricity and other utilities, are usually covered by expat employers.
Expats moving to the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a corporate relocation should ensure that their package provides for the high accommodation costs or includes secure accommodation.
Types of accommodation in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Expats living in the Democratic Republic of Congo will mostly be accommodated in secure compounds where accommodation is provided and paid for by their employer. Both furnished and unfurnished accommodation is available in Kinshasa, although furnishing may still be quite minimal in homes marketed as “furnished”.
Safety is a major concern when searching for accommodation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Burglaries and other petty crimes are common in Kinshasa, and conflict continues to plague the eastern provinces, so expats should seek secure accommodation, preferably within a gated expat compound with 24/7 guards and access control.
Finding accommodation in the Democratic Republic of Congo
For expats moving to Kinshasa on a short-term contract, a hotel is a good option. In the past decade, hotels have sprung up in Kinshasa, many of which offer decent accommodation. Lubumbashi also has a few hotels, but other cities in the country offer very limited options.