Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical documents required to sign a lease are a valid passport and proof of employment.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 2-3 months’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned upon completion of inventory, inspection, outstanding refurbishments, and cleaning. All outstanding payments for utilities, water, electricity and repairs must be paid.

Rental Commission

Should you utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually collect rental commission equal to 1 months’ rent.

Payment of Rental Commission

The agent’s rental commission is typically paid by the tenant.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer, check, and cash are acceptable methods of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

Typical school fees include a registration fee and tuition.

International school tuition ranges from 3,000,000 to 6,000,000 FCFA per year.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer is the preferred method of payment.

Additional Notes

International schools may have a waiting list for entry.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


It is necessary to convert a driver’s license from the origin country within 3 months of arrival (International driver’s license – within 6 months). The driver’s license needs to be certified and authenticated and a recent medical certificate provided.

Additional Notes

The process to obtain a driver’s license can take up to 2 weeks.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Copy of ID card and passport
• Copy of utility bill or a residence permit
• Work permit
• Employment contract or a copy of a pay slip
• 2 passport photos

Time Required

Typically opening a bank account can be completed in 1 day.