Living in Hawassa
Hawassa has been preferred by many people to live due to its suitable weather condition, natural attractions, business and job opportunity, investment potentials and friendly community. Infrastructures, relatively good schools for children, its centeredness for regional political and socio economic activities and heterogeneity in residents are among the prominent factors making Hawassa an ideal place to live. The cost of houses and other livable goods and services is similar to that of larger cities in the country.
Hotels and Recreation Centers
As a main tourist center of the region and the most preferred destination for weekend recreation by most Ethiopians, Hawassa city has attractive hotel and recreation centers. However these centers have to improve thier service delivery and quality to meet the growing needs of tourists.
Clean , Easy and Welorganized Infrastructure
It is also preferred by most national and international tourists from Addis Ababa and abroad to spend the week end and summer with family or with other deeds that requires dedicated effort. The transport system is not crowded with the exception of high traffic areas like Atote and Mobile in Market days and at the beginning and end of business hours. Once can say no traffic congection on Hawassa roads and pollution.
Living as Employee
It is common to see both foreigners and Ethiopians to walk on main roads and be engaged in different organizations as residents. There are interesting opportunities to be involved being in Hawassa. These activities could be charitable activities, volunteering, business, arts and music, events in Hawassa, business activities, tutor, sport and various entertainment opportunities.
Living as Business Man
As a business center of South Nations Nationalities and Regional state, the city has various opportunities and potentials for business entrepreneurs. The growing population, income of residents, tourists and other untapped resources are the niches to attract more business men to Hawassa. The blessings of nature and development of Hawassa, addes unique values to live and do business in less stressfull and organized way.
Living as Diaspora
You are welcome by both residents and government to come up wih your experience resources you want to work with. There are also investment and business ivestment by Ethiopian government. It will be wise to consult Ethiopian foreign affairs or embassies. For your short term stay , you can easily find affordable accomodation and related services. Besides, there are thousands of Ethiopian communities who come here for recreation and to own small to midium business that requires less involvement as owner like building houses for rent, transportation and partnerships.
Living as Foreigner
It is common to see foreigners who are from different paart of the world living in Hawassa for different reasons. There are no significance difference between foreigners and Ethiopians as residents of Hawassa city. Costs of living and facilities in the city are preferred than most other cities in Ethiopia, even from other cities abroad. However, there are immigration regulations you need to follow prior to your arrival in Hawassa. For further information please click here.
Local Markets in Hawassa
There are two major open markets in Hawassa that are serving customers with different consumption goods. These markets are widely used in marketii days of Hawassa that are Monday and Thursday. In these days , most of nearby people brings fresh agricultural products and most residents prefer these market days for fresh productsc and higher level of market interaction.
Prices are relatively cheaperid in these markets and fresh products are available in these open markets that other market places in Hawassa. Theree are crowds specialy in market days and the market is mostly crowded with not well organized merchandizehg facilities.
Hospitals , Education Centers and Other Facilities
There are a number of health facilities, academic centers and other social service delivering governmental and non governmental organizations. These organizations delivr variety of services for its residents in different areas of the city . These service providing organizations are preffered by Hawassa city residents and other areas of the region for education and health facilities.
There are a number of Government and Private Schools in Hawassa that are giving services in Hawassa. Most of private schools are growing in their accomodation capacity and service delivery is being improved from time to time. To this end education bureau is following them regularly. However, there are disparities in quality and students accomodation trend between government and private schools due to various factors. In 2007 E.C the share of students who have pass mark for Ethiopian Universities regular admission is 98 % from private and 83 % from government schools.