Cheap rent – Everyone wants to live in Lagos! Okay, maybe not everyone but till very recently, a lot of people still see Lagos as the ‘New York’ of Nigeria. Lagos is undoubtedly the city with the largest population in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. It is easily one of the fastest cities in the world as a result of the commercial activities that goes on within the state and it has been ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world. So, if you are living in Lagos, you are presumed to be a big person financially. Lol!
There are twenty (20) local government areas in Lagos state and they are –
- Ajeromi Ifelodun
- Lagos Island
- Lagos Mainland
Also, the entire Lagos is categorized into two main districts – you are either living on the Island or on the Mainland. The basic difference is the cost of living. Initially, the Island part of Lagos used to house expatriates from foreign nationals who came to Nigeria on business grounds and who wanted to replicate their environment. However, it now houses a bigger per cent of the very wealthy in the state. Securing accommodation on the Island comes at a very high cost that most residents in the state have no choice but to find accommodation on the mainland.
Now, the majority of ‘Lagosians’ are struggling for the limited spaces on the mainland. The mainland is further divided into two -the ‘highbrow’ mainland and the ‘lowbrow’ mainland.
An attempt to identify every cheap accommodation in Lagos would be too cumbersome for an article as this, so I will be mentioning three known areas where rent is very affordable. In addition to that, I will mention about three other local government areas within the state where accommodation is also cheap.
- Ajegunle – Ajegunle is located in Ajeromi Ifelodun local government and is popularly referred to as the largest slum in the state. A lot of activities go on in Ajegunle – legal, illegal and what have you. It is one place in Lagos with high level of multi-ethnic population. Poor planning and poor infrastructures are responsible for the informal setting in the community. You can get an accommodation for as cheap as three thousand naira a month and it is basically a ‘face me and face you’ kind of setting.
- Ijora Oloye – Ijora is located in Apapa local government area and is also referred to as a slum because of the kind of settlements and the standard of living. It is located in an environmentally degraded coastal area, lacking basic infrastructure including water, electricity, roads, sanitation and quality housing. Rent here is cheap but the buildings are largely old and decaying and the community is regularly plagued with floodings during rainy seasons. Well, we can’t deny the fact that the high population is as a result of the very affordable accommodation. On the average, a room apartment can go for as low as two thousand naira per month.
- Alapere – Alapere is located in Kosofe local government and it is another low-income residential area in the state. On average, rent for a room can go for as low as three thousand nairas a month.
Other local government areas with cheap rent-
- Agege – Agege can be either be mainland highbrow or lowbrow, depending on the accommodation you seek. Agege has a lot of ‘face me I face you’ buildings with buildings as old as thirty to forty years (even if not older). Rents in Agege depends on the type of building, the number of people living in the building and the location. In a place like Ogba, accommodation is a bit more expensive when compared with rent in Isale-Oja. Other communities in Agege where rents are a bit cheaper include, Onipetesi, Keke, Orile, Tabon-Tabon, Moricas, Oke-Koto, Mangoro. Rents in these areas can actually be paid monthly, depending on your ability to negotiate with the Landlord. There are also usually no signed tenancy agreements, though it’s possible to get one signed upon request. Depending on the type of house, rent can cost as low as one forty thousand naira per annum to as high as three hundred thousand naira per annum (note that three hundred thousand naira per annum is considered cheap accommodation in Lagos when compared to accommodation on the island).
- Ajeromi-Ifelodun – This is also another place you can get cheaper rent. In places like Aiyetoro Ajeromi, Araromi Ajeromi, Ashafa, Awodi, Layeni, Temidire, you can get pocket-friendly accommodation.
- Alimosho- Alimosho is subdivided into six units of Agbado/Oke-Ode, Ayobo/Ipaja, Egbe/Idimu, Ikotun/Igando, Mosan Okunola and Alimosho areas. All of these areas actually have their highbrow and lowbrow versions. You will get exactly what your pocket can afford in these areas.
Something common to all the above-mentioned cheap areas is their poor social infrastructure, social amenities, bad road, poor hygiene and high crime rate. Need I mention again that this list is not exhaustible of affordable accommodation in Lagos but it gives you an idea of areas where rents are affordable. Lagos is a land of opportunities and like it is been popularly said: ‘If you can hustle, you can make it in Lagos’.
Eko O Ni Baje!