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  Over the past few years, the short-term niche has grown among Nigerians. Once the concern of only a few investors, this segment of the country’s real estate industry is currently booming. Landlords and developers are battling for a share of the market, as it has shown great potential. We’ve seen the demand for short-let apartments in Abuja, Lagos, and other major cities climb. And there’s more still to come.
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If you’re looking for a place in Abuja to call home for, say, a few days or weeks, this article points you in the direction of some districts where decent short lets are available. And if you’re a potential investor in short lets in and around the FCT, you’ll find clues about the best spots for your project within Nigeria’s capital city.


This highbrow district is home to wealthy businesspeople, top government officials, and other influential figures. It’s also where several embassies and exquisite hotels are located. If you’d like a homely experience and you have a deep enough pocket for it, Maitama is where you’ll want to be. A day at a 2 bedroom flat here will cost you anywhere between ₦100,000 and ₦300,000.


Lugbe stands in contrast to Maitama in terms of rental cost and sheer opulence. Located in the Southwest of Abuja, it’s a residential district that houses many of the city’s less well-off workers. But it’s nice enough for anyone who wants a place to stay for the short term without breaking the bank. You will find short-let flats priced between ₦30,000 and ₦100,000 for a day’s stay.

Wuse 2

Wuse 2 sits between the better-known Wuse 1 and the Central Business District (to its south) and Maitama (bordering it on the Northeast). Thanks to its proximity to the city centre, you’ll probably find it a convenient place to live if you’re in Abuja for brief business. You could pay anywhere between ₦70,000 and ₦200,000 for a day’s stay at a 2-bedroom flat here.
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Anyone who’s hunting for short-term apartments in Abuja should consider looking in the direction of Gwarimpa. Home to the largest single housing estate in Nigeria, it was originally conceived as a residential district. In recent times, several commercial establishments have sprung up in its vicinity. But it still possesses the allure of a finely designed dwelling place for the middle class. A 2-bedroom flat in Gwarimpa currently costs between ₦40,000 and ₦150,000 for short let.


Your perception of Jabi will depend on what part of the district you’re more familiar with. There are residential areas that have a pleasant aesthetic to them (nice buildings and tree-lined streets). Then there are the commercial establishments, which serve people from all over the city. Famous attractions include the Jabi Lake and Park and Serendib Restaurant. 2 bedroom short apartments in this area are on offer for daily bills of between ₦100,000 and ₦200,000.


Just to the South of the Central Business District, Garki is home to some commercial and public sector establishments. Well-known sites within it include the International Conference Center and the Ministry of Defence. There aren’t many areas within and around Abuja from which the city’s centre is as accessible. The rental fees for 2 bedroom flats available for short let range from ₦70,000 and ₦150,000.


This municipality is often marked as “still developing,” but it’s already attracting a lot of new residents, and investors are pouring billions of naira into its property market. The fact that it’s close to Gwarimpa and Jabi, two of Abuja’s better-known areas, pretty much covers its accessibility. 2 bedroom short let flats in Jahi cost between ₦50,000 and ₦200,000 per day.
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Final Words

We have presented you with a sweeping view of the short-let sub-industry in Abuja. It’s up to you to decide where you want to live while you’re in the city. And if you’re a potential investor who’s been trying to survey the market for short-let dwellings, you can use this article as a guide for what things are like in this segment at the moment. Featured Image Source: Booking
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This article was first published on 18th November 2023


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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