a VirtualTourist member asked on Nov 19, 2011
My name Puspa,,
I will go to pretoria this month,,,
I plan to stay in pretoria for 2 months,,
and I need place for that time,,
does anyone know the best and the cheapest place I can get??
btw, I work near schoeman st. so hopefully I can get place near there..
I would strongly recommend that you don't stay near Schoeman Street as it's not a very nice area, particularly at night.
it woudl help if you gave more information on where you're from, what you're planning to do for two months and what sort of budget you have available so that we can provide constructive feedback.
I only spent a night in Pretoria but the Pretoria backpackers is a nice enough place to stay in the suburbs, it could be a good base til you find somewhere permanent.
I'm from Malaysia and I will work there for two months. I'm working at the west side of Schoeman Street.
I really have limited of budget but I hope I still can get good quality flat in pretoria.
That's why I asked for more details, as the west side of Schoeman - particularly the section in the CBD - is not somewhere that I would recommend anyone staying in, particularly someone unfamiliar with South Africa.
Are you coming out with a company or university? If so, have you asked for their help in recommending accommodation? Are you by yourself? Presumably you are looking at furnished accommodation given it's such a short period, but are you expecting self catering facilities?
If it were me, I would look for somewhere in the Hatfield area, which is around the University of Pretoria (east of the CBD). The university will be on break from the end of this month for a couple of months, so presumably there should be more options than there might be at other times of the year?
The next question is how you plan to get around, as South African cities have pretty awful public transport? Obviously your transport plans will influence the areas in which you can look for accommodation.
It ocurs to me that if you were to find a place in the Hatfield area, you could then commute to the CBD using the new Gautrain rapid rail transit system. This has only been open 6 months and is extremely clean, efficient and safe.
To get to Schoeman Street, the easiest way would be to catch Gautrain from Hatfield to Pretoria Central station, and from there, either walk or catch the connecting bus system. For more information on this, have a look at the transport tips under my Pretoria page which will give you all sorts of useful website links and also my Johannesburg page, where I have developed a 'users guide' to the airport.
You could also use Gautrain to get from the airport to Pretoria when you arrive - you need to buy a smartcard (R10) and then load on value which is then deducted as you go. The train to Pretoria takes less than an hour and is quicker, cheaper and much easier than other options such as taxis or buses.
The only downside with Gautrain is that it doesn't run late into the evening - it stops about 20:30, but then I wouldn't really care to be in the CBD in the evening anyway, as it's run down and unattractive.
Hatfield - by contrast - has vibrant nightlife geared up towards students, so this should be more geared towards your budget. There are also supermarkets where you can shop if you're self catering.
Hope this helps.
When we go to considerable trouble to provide feedback - particularly to what sounded like an urgent request - it is disappointing when the person posting the query doesn't even have the courtesy to respond.
Hi Catherine,, I'm so sorry for late respond.,,
I experienced a bad internet connection last day,,,
thanks for your feedback,, that will really help me,,
I'll post more what I wanna know in this forum next,,
after I list the information,,,
Catherine let me reply your suggestions.. :)
C : That's why I asked for more details, as the west side of Schoeman -
particularly the section in the CBD - is not somewhere that I would recommend
anyone staying in
Re: What is CBD? and why you're not recommend?
C : I would look for somewhere in the Hatfield area...
Re: My office is near Hatfield area,, so how much cost for furnished flat
per month there ?
C : are you expecting self catering facilities?
Re : No, I'm not. But I hope there will be a near mini market or a cheap
C : as South African cities have pretty awful public transport..
Re : this is bad news.. :(. coz i plan to go to cape town..
Now Catherine,, I would like to say thank you,,
But there still many question from me..
1. how much the flat cost range for furnish flat per month at hatfield area?
2. how much it will cost for daily life there,, I mean for meal and transportation cost..
3. how about weather there, about the temperature..
That's all I wanna ask you and all member of this forum..
CBD = Central Business District and I don't recommend it because it's run down and crime ridden.
You need to be more exact about where your office is. What street is it in and what road intersection is it close to? You first state that you're working at the west end of Schoeman Street and then say that your office is near Hatfield, which simply doesn't make sense. It's either one or the other.
I think that to expect to eat out every evening, even in a 'cheap' restaurant is unrealistic, as South Africa (although cheap compared to Europe and North America) is still probably more expensive than Malaysia. The cost of daily life depends on your expectations - students and business professionals will have very different expectations. So rather than expecting us to guess or read your mind, then be more specific about your expectations.
As for the weather, well there are any number of sites you can Google to find that out. I think that you need to realise that we are people who volunteer in our spare time to try and help out fellow travellers based on our local knowledge. We are not here to do research for other people that they could quite easily do themselves.
It sounds as though you presently know very little about South Africa, so I suggest that you start doing your research so that you have a realistic idea of what to expect. For example, I find it somewhat odd that you're coming out to do work in Pretoria over a period when South Africa pretty well shuts down for three weeks.