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Housing and Schools in Tanzania

Are you wondering what life in Tanzania has in store for you and your family? In this guide on living in Tanzania, we first give a brief introduction to Tanzania and its people, and then discuss important topics such as health and safety, accommodation, and schools.
There are several excellent international schools to choose from in Tanzania.

Expat Housing

Before you sign your rental contract, you should get answers to the following questions:

  • Does the property get good and sufficient water and electricity?
  • Can you get internet in your area?
  • Who will pay for repairs – you or your landlord?
  • Does a connection need to be installed for a washer and dryer?
  • Are utilities included in the rental price?
  • How secure is the compound? Is there a house alarm and a security guard on duty 24 hours a day?

Once you’ve found a place that fulfills all your criteria, it’s time to settle on a rental price. Remember, bargaining is part of Tanzanian culture, so it can’t hurt to try to lower the price for your accommodations. Many landlords will require a year’s rent up front, but this is also negotiable. See if you can pay your rent in three or six-month installments instead. And finally, make sure there is a written contract, whether it is drawn up by you or your landlord.

Hiring Household Help

One thing that many expats in Africa come to appreciate is the ease of hiring one or more local Tanzanians to help with the running of their household. Most expat families have a housekeeper and/or nanny and a cook, in addition to one or more security guards. Even if it may seem strange to you and you don’t think you need anyone to help out with the household, it is almost seen as a social obligation for expats in Tanzania to employ household help, as it is inexpensive (by expat standards) and you are providing much-needed jobs for the local population.

International Schools: Get On the Ball

There are a number of excellent international schools in Tanzania. The most popular schools are often overbooked, so it’s important to apply for a spot as soon as possible. When applying, you will require your child’s birth certificate and a copy of their school records. After you arrive, your child will probably also have to come in for an assessment and to spend a couple hours at the school.

Here is a list of some of the most popular international schools in Tanzania:

And for the Youngsters…

If you are coming to Tanzania with under school-age children, there are several childcare options available. Many of the international schools offer classes for children of three years and older. In addition, as mentioned in the previous section, most expat families hire a nanny to help look after the kids.

This person will sometimes also help with the cooking, laundry, and other household tasks, depending on what you decide and what other household help you hire. Having a nanny is also helpful for older children, as school often only lasts until early afternoon, although many schools offer after-school activities.


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