Typical expat accommodation

Housing & utilities in Angola

Most expats moving to Angola find themselves living in compounds in Luanda, many of which are in the south of the city. Decent, secure accommodation is very hard to come by, which is partly why the costs prices are so high.

Typical expat accommodation

The majority of international companies with employees in Angola will help with the search for accommodation, and pay for the rental accommodation. If this isn’t the case, you will have to seriously consider whether you can afford to live in Angola.

Most expats working for international oil or gas corporations will live in compounds, with accommodation paid for by the company. Other expats must either negotiate housing with their company or ensure their salaries are weighted accordingly.

Expat housing compounds are good quality and offer a high standard of living. Facilities usually include a swimming pool, and possibly a gym, and all are patrolled by security guards. Compounds are generally the best option, especially if you are relocating with your family.

Rental prices for a house in a compound range from US$10,000 to $30,000 a month, depending on the location, facilities and size.

Popular expat neighbourhoods in Luanda include:

  • Luanda Sul - a satellite city of Luanda, popular with expats. Several international schools and stores can be found in this area. If you work in the city centre be aware the daily commute can be a nightmare of up to three hours in heavy traffic on any given day.
  • Miramar - an exclusive area of Luanda popular with foreign diplomats and very wealthy Angolans.
  • Talatona - a wealthy suburb south of Luanda. New business parks and villas are being built here as the area grows in popularity.

For expats without families, an apartment in the city centre is common. Again, you must expect a very high rental price. If you are on a short-term assignment, you may well be housed in a hotel in the centre of the city. Hotels are generally quite upmarket, but the quality and availability of services varies greatly.

Utilities

The water and electricity supplies can be very unreliable, wherever you live in Angola. Expats will want to make sure their accommodation has a backup generator to supply power during the frequent power cuts. A large water tank is also a useful addition for when the water supply cuts out.

The majority of international companies with employees in Angola will help with the search for accommodation, and pay for the rental accommodation. If this isn’t the case, you will have to seriously consider whether you can afford to live in Angola.

Most expats working for international oil or gas corporations will live in compounds, with accommodation paid for by the company. Other expats must either negotiate housing with their company or ensure their salaries are weighted accordingly.

Expat housing compounds are good quality and offer a high standard of living. Facilities usually include a swimming pool, and possibly a gym, and all are patrolled by security guards. Compounds are generally the best option, especially if you are relocating with your family.

Rental prices for a house in a compound range from US$10,000 to $30,000 a month, depending on the location, facilities and size.

Popular expat neighbourhoods in Luanda include:

  • Luanda Sul - a satellite city of Luanda, popular with expats. Several international schools and stores can be found in this area. If you work in the city centre be aware the daily commute can be a nightmare of up to three hours in heavy traffic on any given day.
  • Miramar - an exclusive area of Luanda popular with foreign diplomats and very wealthy Angolans.
  • Talatona - a wealthy suburb south of Luanda. New business parks and villas are being built here as the area grows in popularity.

For expats without families, an apartment in the city centre is common. Again, you must expect a very high rental price. If you are on a short-term assignment, you may well be housed in a hotel in the centre of the city. Hotels are generally quite upmarket, but the quality and availability of services varies greatly.

Utilities

The water and electricity supplies can be very unreliable, wherever you live in Angola. Expats will want to make sure their accommodation has a backup generator to supply power during the frequent power cuts. A large water tank is also a useful addition for when the water supply cuts out.

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