Cairo Accommodation

What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?
When searching for a place to live, some important factors to consider are safety, location preference and individual needs. Depending on your preferences, you may want to find a place close to a school, church, transportation, shops, medical facilities, work and, most importantly, an area that is secure and safe. Some may also want to consider the amount of traffic in the area, preferring an area with less traffic. Choosing the right place to live is essential to having a pleasant and safe stay in Cairo.
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What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
There are many nice places to live in Cairo. Downtown is more lively with the many tourists and a variety of restaurants and stores to choose from. Some of the most popular neighborhoods for expats are:

  • Dokki (upscale)
  • Giza (near the Great Pyramids)
  • Zamalek (middle- and upper-class)
  • Heliopolis (close to the airport)
  • Katameya (golf community)
  • Mohandessin
  • Maadi

For more information on the above-referenced neighborhoods or other areas, please contact Crown Cairo.
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Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
Most expats tend to rent a home or an apartment.
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Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common?
Yes, usually three months’ rent is required upfront, along with a deposit equivalent to two months’ rent.
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Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
Typically, utilities, as well as their connection charges, are extra and not included in the price of rent.
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Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
As with most cities, some areas are more desirable than others. This is usually evident in the cost of the accommodation. It is recommended that you check out local police reports before deciding on an area to live. These reports provide factual information on types of crimes and how often they occur. This will most likely be a determining factor on whether you choose to live in a certain neighborhood or not.
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I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?
The electric current for most areas in Egypt is 220 volts. The electrical Hertz (Hz) is 50 cycles per second. Some rural areas use 110-130 volts and 60 Hz. 

Plugs are the two-pin European style. Visitors from abroad who wish to operate small, personal electronic items should bring a plug adapter and a transformer with them because these can be difficult to find in Egypt. 

Type C plugType C plug figure 
Type C - Round pin attachment plug

Note:  Type C plugs can also be used with E and F  and some L receptacles, shown below.

Type E plug
Type E - Round pin plug and receptacle with male grounding pin
Type F plug
Type F - "Schuko" plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts
Type L plug
Type L - Round pins with round grounding pin (in-line)
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Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?
If you have any other questions, please contact Crown Cairo.
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Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.