List of Best Student Hostels in Nairobi, Kenya

ListsList of Best Student Hostels in Nairobi, Kenya
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hostel is a form of low-cost, short-term shared sociable lodging where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed in a dormitory, with shared use of a lounge and sometimes a kitchen. List of Best Student Hostels in Nairobi, Kenya. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex and have private or shared bathrooms. Private rooms may also be available, but the property must offer dormitories to be considered a hostel.[1][2] Hostels are popular forms of lodging for backpackers. They are part of the sharing economy.[3] Benefits of hostels include lower costs and opportunities to meet people from different places, find travel partners, and share travel ideas. Some hostels, such as Zostel in India or Hostelling International, cater to a niche market of travelers. For example, one hostel might feature in-house social gatherings such as movie nights or communal dinners, another might feature local tours, one might be known for its parties, and another might have a quieter place to relax in serenity, or be located on the beach. Newer hostels focus on a more trendy design interior, some of which are on par with boutique hotels. Some may cater to older digital nomadsglobal nomads, and perpetual travelers that prefer slightly more upmarket private rooms or a quieter atmosphere.

Many hostels are locally owned and operated, and are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants than hotels. Hostels may offer long-term lodging to guests for free or at a discount in exchange for work as a receptionist or in housekeeping.

Here is a list of the best student hostels in Nairobi


 Qwetu Residences are home to more than 4300 students, from over 128 universities and colleges in Nairobi. If you are a student studying a full-time degree course or enrolled for a diploma or short-term course in any of the colleges and universities in Nairobi, you are welcome to be a part of my Qwetu community.

Phone:  0730 850 000, 0800 730 333.

Elite Hostels

Elite Hostels is situated near African Nazarene University, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, MultiMedia University, Cooperative University, Marist International University College, Kenya School of Law and Aviation college.

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P.O Box 100987-00101
Nairobi, Kenya
Maasai Lodge Road, Ongata Rongai

Opening Hours 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Monday – Sunday

Call. 0707 213055


New Mawingu Ladies Hostels

It is an exclusively ladies’ hostel that offers student-friendly accommodation from as low as Kshs 6,500.

Phone:  0703 214 879.

Young Women’s Christian Association Hostel (YWCA) 

YWCA provides accommodation for students and young professionals looking for secure and strategically located hostels in Nairobi. The headquarters/ main hostels are located on Mamlaka Road.

Phone: : 020 272 4789, 020 802 6568.

Pink Roses Garden Hostels

The hostels are located along Mtelo Road, close to JKIA, off Mombasa Road, Lang’ata Road and Wilson Airport. They provide accommodation with a shared lounge, pool table, free parking and free WiFi.

Phone:  0723 317 677.

New Executive Ladies Hostels

New Executive Ladies Hostel is a hostel in Kenya. New Executive Ladies Hostel is situated nearby to Avenue Hospital and the community center Swamibapa Hall.

Phone:  0715 507 519.

Royal Palm Executive Hostel

Royal Palm Executive Ladies Hostel is the ideal destination for female students and women seeking affordable, neat and secure accommodation. Royal Palm Executive Ladies Hostel is situated at the heart of the Central Business District, next to the globe cinema roundabout. This prime location is surrounded by between 30 universities and colleges such as Inoorero University, Kenya Methodist University (KeMU), Mt Kenya University, KCA University and Kenyatta University and many more and is also a walking distance from the renowned Nairobi University.

Phone: 0721 240 613.

Latemi Hostels

Latemi Hostels Nairobi West has: Serene and Clean environment; Spacious rooms and dorms; Free WiFi 24/7; Laundry Services at a Fee; Meals. 

Phone: 0722 929 460, 0715 393 480.

Soniri Hostels

Soniri Hostel is a hostel in Kenya. Soniri Hostel is situated nearby to Shree Ambaji Temple and Kenya Water Institute.

Phone: 0725 733 712.

DEFOCA Mukuru Studyville

DEFOCA and Mukuru came together to form the DEFOCA Mukuru Studyville, a company limited by guarantee and incorporated under the Companies Act (Cap 486) on the 7th March 2007, with the aim of providing affordable and dignified residential accommodation for young men and women studying at universities in Kenya.

KAFOCA Mukuru Studyville Ltd

Next to Madaraka Shopping Center, off Ole Sangale Road.
P.O Box 3141, 00506, Nairobi.

Tel: 020 2357322, 0714 371 811, 0738 038456
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