Moving To Addis Ababa


Tips for New Arrivals and campus Residents
A useful general resource for new Addis Ababa residents


About the City

Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia, the largest city in the country and is the center for many of the nation's political and economic headquarters. With a relatively low crime rate and little community tension, Addis Ababa is a great city in which to soak up some African culture. The area is fantastic for families and has lots of local services, from childcare and home cleaning to shopping and education.

With a population of around 4 million made up of over 80 different nationalities, the rich cultural landscape means that you'll see and learn lots about the city as an expat. Visit the Addis Ababa Museum to discover more about the city and its history, or take a look around some of the city's beautiful sights and landmarks such as the cathedrals and palaces.

The local pace of life and pleasant climate are well suited to families and professionals, and the stunning scenery and vibrant culture make Addis Ababa a great place for expats to live.

Healthcare in Addis

Healthcare in Addis Ababa still has a long way to go, and it is generally recommended that expats avoid using the hospitals where possible. Infection control standards are not as rigorous as in some places, and disease quickly spreads in the capital's healthcare facilities. That said, there are some places which we can recommend - visit the Swedish Clinic, the Korean Hospital or the Kadisco Pediatric Hospital for international staff and a higher care standard on the whole.
If you're moving to Addis Ababa, you might want to consider taking healthcare supplies such as over the counter medications and first aid supplies - especially if you have a young family to look after. Being prepared could save you time and worry down the line.

Education in Addis

The international school is a great option for expats, with multi-lingual teaching staff and students from all across the globe: among all, a good option is the International Community School. The curriculum for the international school is designed with business in mind, and many students there are the children of foreign diplomats and businessmen who are living in Addis Ababa for work.

Culture and Leisure

The city of Addis Ababa offers lots to see and do. If you want to know more about the city and its surroundings, the National Museum of Ethiopia is a great place to start. You can find the museum near the Addis Ababa University, and it's a great place to explore the archaeological history of the country of Ethiopia and Addis Ababa itself.
The city is also home to the largest open air market in Africa: the Addis Merkato. Find gifts to send friends back home, pick up local delicacies and find new clothes as well. Addis Ababa's places of worship are also worth a visit: St George's Cathedral and Holy Trinity Cathedral are stunning examples of Ethiopian architecture. For a great weekend activity, visit one of Addis Ababa's coffee houses with friends and sample the tasty local coffee.


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