Best Areas to Live in, in Ibadan

Ibadan is the capital of Oyo State which rose to dominance in the early 19th century. Since its establishment in 1829, Ibadan has become one of the best cities to live in Nigeria. Even with a population of 3 million people, which makes it the most populous city in Oyo state, and the third most populous city in Nigeria, it remains one of the most affordable places to live in Nigeria. Apart from the affordable standards of living, Ibadan also offers serenity which is another factor that attracts many to the city. This article gathers a list of the best places to live in, in Ibadan and reasons why you will find these places irresistible.

Best Areas to Live in, in Ibadan


Bodija is one of the most popular places in Ibadan. Bodija area became more popular with the development of the Bodija estate, a high brow estate built shortly after the independence of Nigeria. There are two Bodija estates within the region, called Old Bodija and New Bodija. Bodija estate is home to many popular schools within the state. There is also the Bodija market which is one of the largest markets in Ibadan. Living in Bodija area affords you easy access to a market where you find your essential needs.

Agodi G.R.A

Agodi G.R.A is a first-class residential neighborhood, known to be place of residence for mostly the wealthy in Ibadan. Agodi G.R.A is often referred to as the seat and home of power. The Oyo State secretariat which houses the Governor’s Office and all other government parastatals are located in Agodi area. Agodi G.R.A is known to be peaceful, clean and luxurious. From inception till date, Agodi has managed to maintain a solely residential status.

Oluyole Estate

Oluyole Estate is a blend of upper and middle-class residents. It is located in Ibadan South West Local Government Area of the state. It is a blend of upper and middle-class residents. Oluyole Estate is averagely affordable so you will find young working-class people as well as families. Oluyole Estate is a few minutes drive from the Legendary Liberty Stadium which makes it a catch. Its centrality makes it loved by many people. Oluyole Estate also has a good road network.

Iyaganku G.R.A

Iyaganku G.R.A is often referred to as the small London of Ibadan. It’s a residential neighborhood with breathtaking lush green lawns and swimming pools. Those who own houses in Iyaganku G.R.A occupy large acres of land. The area is known for its first-grade infrastructural facilities and tight police protection through its neighborhood police station.

 Onikere G.R.A

Onikere G.R.A is a high brow area that is not crowded. It is a small-sized residential neighborhood. It is close to the Ibadan Recreation Club, Golf Club and other Lebanese warehouses. Onikere G.R.A happens to be the investor’s delight in Ibadan and a place where you will find good business connections.


Ikolaba is one of the few government reserved areas in Ibadan. Many wealthy people, politicians and celebrities stay in Ikolaba G.R.A. This area is known to be exclusively for influential people who can afford it. The Nigeria Customs Service, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and other government institutions are located in Ikolaba G.R.A.

Jericho/Idi ishin

This is one of the highbrow areas in Ibadan prominent for housing many Ibadan politicians. It is one of the priciest locations in Ibadan with many standard schools. You will find many families with children in this area due to the presence of schools. Jericho/Idi ishin is also close to the popular Aleshinloye market and other popular areas such as Dugbe with cinemas, nightclubs, malls and recreational centers.

Ring road/Oluyole

Ring road is one of the most popular areas in Ibadan. It is a nice area with lovely sights and great shopping centres. Ring road is close to one of the shoprite malls in Ibadan. The area is also close to the toll gate on the express when traveling from Ibadan to Lagos. This makes it a perfect area due to its proximity to the road. Ring road has great schools and a number of markets. Lastly, it is known to be well secured with affordable rental prices.

Akobo Estate

Akobo estate is one of the biggest estates in Ibadan with many phases. You will find many masterpiece structures and high-tech estates in Akobo. There are privately developed estates within it which can be expensive depending on the location within the Akobo Estate. Akobo Estate has good road network and attracts many real estate investors so it has even greater chances of development.

Aerodrome Estate

Aerodrome Estate used to be an abandoned local airport called Samonda. The airport was converted to an estate by the then Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala. At the time, many kicked against the idea but today Aerodrome Estate has grown to become one of the most expensive and fast-growing estates in Ibadan. There are privately owned estates within the estate. Aerodrome GRA is a highly sought-after area in Ibadan, due to its location and good road network. It is located along Ojo Express road and near the University of Ibadan.

Alalubosa G.R.A

Alalubosa G.R.A is famous as a classy estate for the rich and influential in Ibadan. The selling point of Alalubosa G.R.A is its beautiful landscape, large coverage areas and privately-owned estates. It is one of the most expensive estates in Ibadan with plots of land that sell for as high as 25 million naira and other landed properties with structures for 35 to 40 million naira.

Kolapo Ishola Estate

Kolapo Ishola Estate used to be an old and abandoned estates near Akobo/General Gas axis but is becoming another fast-developing estate in Ibadan. Kolapo Ishola Estate has become a favourite construction site, due to its location and space. It has a good road network that leads back to many popular places such as Dizzengolf, a tech centre in Ibadan.

This article has gathered the best places to live in Ibadan, so you can have an easy life in the largest and serene city of Ibadan.

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