Located 12 kilometres from the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD), Roysambu is a fast growing neighbourhood that witnesses high-rise apartments sprouting every day. The area, which is easily accessible from the CBD through the Thika Super Highway, is a favourite for first-time homeowners who are starting out and students from nearby tertiary institutions who are keen on cutting down on transport costs.
From a former strictly commercial centre, Roysambu is fast rising as a prime residential estate with both high and low income apartments sometimes towering as high as eight storeys. The new crop of apartments and houses for sale and rent can be attributed to the completion of institutes of higher learning within the area including United States International University-Africa, Pan African Christian University, Kenyatta University and KCA University. The primary and secondary schools within the area include Thika Road Baptist, Mountain View, Cornerstone Academy, Roysambu Primary and Queens of Apostles.
The Thika Road Mall (TRM), which is within the confines of Roysambu, has provided ample social amenities for the vibrant population within the neighbourhood. Mountain Mall and Garden City, which are five minutes away, also offer social amenities for the ever-growing population in the area. Furthermore, located within the vicinity is Safari Park, Sports View Hotel and Roasters Inn which offer a wide range of recreational activities.
With such a heavy presence of academic institutions, the dominant demographic trend is towards younger people and especially students and young professionals looking for affordable housing. This location is pervaded by multiple studio apartments to meet the high demand of student housing. There are also several bedsitters for rent. OVerall, the apartments for rent at Roysambu have excellent finishes, ample water supply and 24 hour security. These flats are relatively affordable, just like those in the neighbouring estates i.e. Zimmerman and Kasarani.
In 2014, a classic one bedroom apartment for rent ranges from KSh 10,000 to KSh 17,000, 2 bedroom apartments cost between KSh 17,000 to around KSh 27,000 while 3 bedroom apartments are a bit higher at KSh 27,000 to as much as KSh 45,000. The varying costs depend on proximity to social amenities and infrastructure.
Kasarani Police Station which is within the locality has boosted the security in the area. The police officers usually conduct patrols within the area, assuring you of your security. When it comes to health matters, many of the rental apartments are near various hospitals that are within Roysambu; AAR has branches in Roysambu and at Mountain Mall, Mater Hospital at TRM and St. Francis Hospital in Kasarani. And if these are not enough to ensure your good health, Aga Khan University Hospital is only 10 minutes away by car.