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Top 7 Tips For Getting a Private Hostel Accommodation In Yaba

Private Hostel Accommodation In Yaba

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If you are a student of Unilag, I am pretty sure that my tips for getting a private hostel accommodation in Yaba would interest you a great deal. Securing a private hostel in Lagos is not as straightforward as signing up for a bed space on your school’s website. Even that isn’t easy these days. I see the struggle for hostel accommodation here in Unilag.

The interesting thing about private hostels is that you don’t have to be a student of Unilag or any other school for that matter to qualify for a bed space. I stay in one of the private hostels around Yaba at the moment. It is not even a short let or short-term arrangement. I paid for a full year and this is my second year in the same hostel.There are a few more other people (who are not students) staying in this private hostel. Some belong to the working class, some are currently serving, the rest are just Lagos hustlers, well freelancers, lol and of course, Unilag students.

There are a lot of other female hostels around Yaba. You will hardly find male hostels around Yaba, they are mostly mixed, for both male and female or solely female hostels.

This blog post is to help you find a good private hostel around Yaba if you were not able to secure the school’s hostel accommodation. If you are not a student and are in need of a hostel around Unilag, this post is also going to be of much help to you. I also want to lay before you some precautions and things to avoid so that you are not scammed.

Many of the real estate agents you see walking around are ruthless liars. I have not personally met the plainly truthful ones. All I do is juxtapose their lying levels. Okay, this one’s lies are not up to that one. Let me try him and hope to God his criminal levels are not as high as the others.

I am saying this because if you want to get a hostel bed space in Lagos (or anywhere for that matter) and you are a new student, you will have to go and prepare a ‘how to be smart’ concoction and gulp it down very fast. Admission can be so pressing that the time frame between ‘not-admitted’ and ‘now admitted, settled down in school and with a hostel accommodation’ is just a minute.

Some of you may not get accommodation in school (I hate to unwrap bad news). When mine happened in 300 Level, I was thrown into utter panic and scattered confusion. I was not prepared but I got lucky. There were newly built private hostels within Unilorin, ready to be launched by us.

Tips For Getting a Private Hostel Accommodation In Yaba

I will share tips for getting a good private hostel around Unilag or Yaba as a whole if you are a student, working class or just in need of a decent apartment in Lagos for a while.

Check for Proximity to the Campus or your place of work

Don’t get a place where you can’t wake up, get dressed and be in class (if you are a student) in 15 minutes under duress. There will be impromptu lectures, tests, and even exams. They may not happen so frequently but the once-in-a-while occurrence will make you detest the entirety of your student life if your hostel is far.

If you are in the working class category, this is a no-brainer. Lagos is too stressful for places that are too far from where you work.

Road network

Some areas in Yaba are notoriously bad and rough. If you own a car, you might want to go check for your apartment in Yaba in the rainy season. It gives you an idea of how easy or difficult it is to ply the road. If the major road to the private hostel is bad, are there alternative routes?

As simple as this looks, this might be the difference between an awesome private hostel accommodation experience and a difficult one. I do not own a car yet but boarding bikes and tricycles has not been easy either. The road to my hostel is really bad. The only reason why I have stayed here is that I weighed so many other factors and chose to pick “the lesser of two evils”.

Check, double-check and silly check for basic amenities

Water and electricity are two of the most important. And then, what we usually never ever check for – the quality of water. If you read my post on finding good apartments in Lagos, you will clearly understand why I am stressing this. Hard water is not a joke. Unfortunately, I live in a hostel with hard water. That has affected my skin a whole lot. Dove Beauty Bar has been the only bath soap that has helped to provide thorough moisture because hard water dries your skin so much that it feels very tight.

How is the electricity in the area? Is there a common generator? How long will it be on in case power becomes erratic? Ask questions. Ask questions from people living there. Don’t stop at what real estate agents tell you. They get their commission and they are out! You are in!

Inspect before you pay

I know it sounds like an intelligently obvious point but really, inspect the hostel. Inspect the rooms too. Some real estate agents are fond of giving you fake assurance. Do not take any real estate agent by their word. Go see for yourself and be sure you are okay with the room condition and size.

Check if the room is a self-contained hostel or just a room. A self-contained private hostel has in them a bathroom, toilet, and a kitchen within the room. You practically have no business moving out of the room to do anything except you need to. Many of the self-contained hostels in Yaba are pretty neat, you might want to go for them than single rooms where you have little control of the way the restroom is used. Check PropertyPro for a range of other flats and apartments you might be interested in.

Compare prices with other hostels around Yaba

Because of the hostel accommodation rush, you may, later on, begin to spank yourself. I didn’t mean that in a sensual way, trust me. See, if you have to put up with someone, manage with a relative or something, do so until you find a good apartment.

Give yourself time to sample round to your satisfaction. Some of the expensive hostels may scream comfort that you will eventually find unnecessary. Our tastes and quest for comfort differ. You may not mind staying in a room without a fan, someone else might go extra lengths to get one with an AC. So compare your comfort level with prices.

If you are not the TV type and a prospective hostel bed space is ridiculously expensive because of the TV, just ignore. You might prefer YouTube or watch movies on your system.

Upper or Lower bunk?

As trivial as this sounds, decide whether you want an upper or lower bunk. This decision might determine a lot of things for the rest of your staying in that hostel. If you are comfortable with coming down the bunk frequently, well then, upper bunk.

Inquire of the hostel rules and etiquette

Some private hostels in Yaba are more favorable to students than non-students. Don’t pay before asking to see the rules if you are in the working class category or a freelancer. Thankfully, I have no issues with the rules in my private hostel. Some of my friends have told me they really can’t understand how comfortable those rules are for me.

The irony of it all is that I decided to go for a private hostel accommodation because of the rules. I don’t know, for example, how I would deal with a weed addicted neighbor on my own or a dirty environment or security or waste disposal or electricity bills. The fact that all of that is taken care of makes it easier on me.

If there is a curfew in the private hostel accommodation you are looking at, ask for when it starts. If that doesn’t work for you, you can as well check out other private hostels around Yaba.

Do you have any other tips for getting a good private hostel accommodation in Lagos? Have you stayed in a private hostel in Yaba, please share your experience in the comments section.

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(16) Comments

  1. Thanks, Esther this article is very helpful.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      I am so glad to have helped.

    2. Pls give me the contact number to the male/female hostel in Ikeja… Affordable one,which accepts weekly payment…

  2. Hello Esther, I’m presently looking for a cheap private hostel with a single room (I’m not a student) in Yaba and I don’t know the right agent to contact

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Hmmmmmm, okay I have a couple of agents I could recommend but thing now is I don’t know if they have cheap hostels.

      Send me an email, let me compile some numbers and send to you, you can then sample. I will reply to this with some briefs I got during the week. It should give you an idea of what to you should expect.

      1. Esther Adeniyi says:

        JUST OUT!

        1. 3bedroom #750k for a yr @ Iwaya.All room ensuit wit parking space.
        2. 3bedroom #700k for a yr @ iwaya rd.
        3. 3bedroom #600k for a yr @ iwaya.
        4. 3 bedroom #750k for a yr @ comm rd. (4 tenants in d compound wit parking space & separate entrance).
        5. 2 bedroom #900k for a yr plus a service charge @ iwaya. (new house).
        6. Miniflat #350k for a yr @ Joseph Harrison.
        7. Miniflat #250k for a yr @ Akoka. (for a muslim client)
        8. Roomself #250k for a yr and half @ abule oja.
        9. Roomself #250k for a yr @ abule oja.
        10. Room in a flat #200k for a yr @ shomolu(female client).


        ? *1. Unisex Hostel @akoka with Ac, flat screen TV & Decoder in each room, gas cooker, generator, 24 hrs water with security personnel. (4man room)*

        *Payment Plan*
        #⃣ *220k for 1year*
        #⃣ *192k for (9 Months)*
        #⃣ *122k for 6months*
        #⃣ *70k for 3months*


        ? *2. Unisex Hostel @ 2 Bello Street Akoka off Obadiah Rd. With large room, reading tables, gas cooker, generator, standby cleaner, security personnel plus 24 hrs water. (4 man room)*

        *Location: Akoka*

        *Flexible Payment Plan*
        #⃣ *170k for 1year*
        #⃣ *150k for months*
        #⃣ *100k 6months*

        ? *3. Fully furnished hostel with gas cooker, standby gen. 24hrs water, AC, TV&decoder, all rooms ensuite with parking space* (4 man room)

        *Payment plan*
        #⃣ *250k for 1 year*
        #⃣ *150k for 6 months*

        ? *3. Well furnished Female Hostel at Abule oja with AC, standby gen, ensuite rooms. (2,4&6 man room categories)*

        *Location:* Abule oja, 1 minute walk to Unilag

        *payment plans*
        #⃣ *140k for 6months (2man room)*
        #⃣ *130k for 6 months (4 man room)*
        #⃣ *120k for 6 months*

        *Luxury Unisex hostel& apartment at pako with refrigerator, 32” flat screen TV&Dstv Decoder, water heater, 60kva gen, CCTV camera, AC, ensuite, security personnel plus 24 hrs water*

        *_Payment Plan_*

        #⃣ *1. 270k___4 man room (1 year)*
        #⃣ *2. 320k___2 man room (1year)*



        11. Newly renovated 2 bedroom flat apartment at Bajulaye area *with pop, wall screeding, spot lightening, prepaid meter, Parking space, all rooms ensuite for 800k rent*

        12. *2 bedroom flat at akoka for 550k rent*

        13. *Relatively new mini 2 bedroom flat at ilaje for 500k*

        14. *2 bed room flat at akoka and abule oja for 700k*

        1. Esther Adeniyi says:






          A ROOM SELFCON @ ONIKE 250K

          A ROOM SELFCON @ ALAGOMEJI 400k with pop



          MINIFLAT @ AKOKA 300K






          1. Faithful says:

            Please i am interested in the yaba apartment, Kindly give me contacts needed

          2. Iluobe clement says:

            I need d 5k per month

        2. Esther says:

          Hi Esther,
          pls can I have the contact of the agents in charge of some of your listed hostel. I really need a place ASAP.


  3. I need a cheap hostel in Ikeja..One that accepts weekly payment…

  4. Uwakmfon Joshua says:

    Pls the ensuit hostel you used is it still available?

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Yes please, it is still available. But I will advise that you check other options. The water in this particular hostel is hard water. It destroyed my skin

  5. Adesola says:

    Hello Esther.. Great tips, thank you for that, I am currently in need of a one man room around yaba, could you get back to me so we can talk more about it, I will really appreciate that, Thank you

  6. Fawale Phoebe says:

    Please, send me your contacts I need accommodation around yaba/akoka side. Thanks

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Hello, Phoebe. I am not a real estate agent. I can only find you the contact of one.

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