Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

There are no set standards for required documentation to sign a lease.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 1-2 months’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after completion of inventory, inspection of the unit.

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 10%-15% of the annual 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:

• Registration fee around 50 USD
• Tuition fees per semester around 1,900 USD
• Admission Fee around 1,700 USD

Accepted Method of Payment

Checks are the preferred method of payment.

Additional Notes

Both French and English schools advise to register early in the year.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


SADC or International driver’s licenses are accepted. If you have any other license (especially if you drive on the right side of the road in the country where you obtained the license), you will have to go for re-examination for competence purposes.

Additional Notes

The international driver’s license is issued by the country of origin.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

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

• Valid passport (original, not copies)
• Residence and work permit
• Proof of residential address
• Last 3 bank statements in origin country
• Minimum deposit (varies depending on the bank)

Time Required

It may take up to 1 week for your account opening to be complete.