Bangalore schools and areas to live

#1 Oct 18th, 2010, 09:59
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HI, my family and I are moving to India in the near future, we are currently waiting on visa's. Originally we were planning to live in Delhi but my research scope has changed a little so we are now looking at living in Bangalore.

I am hoping for some advice on areas to live and schools.

We are thinking about living in a serviced apartment in Horamavu. Does anyone know anything about this area?

We are also thinking about the the Bangalore international school and I was hoping you all might have some advice. It will be our 5 year old first experience of school so we are not sure whether to home school or not.

We will be living in Bangalore for about 10 months from December this year.

Would really appreciate some advice
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Hi aussiee family,
welcome to india,
horamavu is a not a posh residential area but it is ok,
I would advice you to stay in kalyanagar a better place to stay.
The bangalore international school is quiete nearby to both these places
I advice you to home school your child.
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You have made a wise decision to stay in bangalore.
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Thanks for the reply n kumar!
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We are thinking about living in a serviced apartment in Horamavu. Does anyone know anything about this area?

Glut in apartment availability has led to many being converted to "serviced". These are bog standard units with no pools, gyms, clubhouses, but have standby power and security.

The water is not piped in by the council/borough but is groundwater: read "hard".

Grocery supplies are plentiful and adequate. Restaurants are another matter. Factor in a ride of 20 to 40 minutes to the CBD for some international cuisine. Local and North Indian more accessible but the standards fluctuate.

Because of the low rentals, Horamavu is a favourite destination for foreign students. On any given Saturday night, these students will be seen at the wine stores, loading beaten up hatchbacks with beer! Friendly lot, mostly African and Arab, with a sprinkling of Yanks, Scandinavian and German. Christmas time sees a lot of lights, as Christians have established meditation and retreat camps in the quieter sections.

We are also thinking about the the Bangalore international school and I was hoping you all might have some advice. It will be our 5 year old first experience of school so we are not sure whether to home school or not.

The International School is the oldest in Bangalore. Most students and their families stay at nearby Kamanahalli, which has a big expat population, mostly Korean, French, Belgian. Whitefield (much further away) seems to be more popular with expats, who like the gated communities and the villas, with their pools and fully equpped clubhouses, and the conveniently located high end restaurants.

We will be living in Bangalore for about 10 months from December this year.


Looks like home schooling would help in easing the transition to India, and later, back to Oz.
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Thanks Anton, this is really helpful.

We are thinking about staying in a serviced apartment or a hotel for the first few weeks while we try and find longer term accommodation. Can anybody recommend a place that is family friendly and won't hurt a fairly tight budget?
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Hi Aussiefamily22,

A rule of thumb is stay close to your work location, because local transport can be problematic.

Hope that helps.
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Here's the experience with serviced apartments, schools and transport, of a young Canadian family.

Of course they have a well paying job with a multinational, so their budget outlay is more than the norm.

http://nancysindiablog.blogspot.com/...1_archive.html
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Kalyanagar and Kamanahalli are good residential areas. Its best to home school your child and to stay as close to your office as possible!
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Best family residential area's in Bangalore are Indiranagar, Kormangala, Jayanagar, Kumarapark, Malleshwaram.

Horamavu is on the outskirts of the city just off Baneerghata road. Would not advise on that area since I know the area, one of my cousins stays there.

There are many good schools within Bangalore city. And there are many International schools which are in city outskirts. Most of them have pick up and drop facilities through their school bus.

I think first finalize the school of your children, Since you are coming in December nearly 3/4th of the educational year is over. Some of the schools do not take admission during this time. The educational year in India is from June to March.

Travelling in Bangalore city is a pain during office hours. So its better to fix a good school at first and then plan for a area which would be easy to travel to office and school.
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Thank you Kadri
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Where will you be working?

My favourite areas in the city are Old Airport Rd area, Indiranagar and Koramangla.
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How is it going Aussiefamily22 ? Have you made the move ?

I have recently returned from Bangalore, 3 weeks ago. I also live in Sydney.

I think if I was going to live in Bangalore for 10 months I would certainly stay in a hotel for a while and find out the best area to live in. If you haven't been to Bangalore before, or India, it might take a bit of getting used to.

When your work out what you like doing...for me I would want to be near a shopping centre, be able to walk out in the street with ease, have a local coffee shop, and be in a tidy area that does not have a lot of rubbish. These are my considerations for easy day to day living.

I stayed in Austin town, on Palmgove Road. This was an okay area. We stayed in a nice home unit. We had a driver. I found it really difficult to cross the road, and strolling along with a pram is pretty difficult. We had a good shopping centre up the road called Garuda Mall.

Regarding your daughter going to school, something for you to consider would be that if she does get involved in a school, she would meet other children, so she will have someone to play with in the summer holidays in March. You would also benefit as you would meet other parents.

I wish you all the best in your move and hope you benefit from the experience.
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I second kadri, indira nagar, kormangala, jayanagar are the best residential area, but again traffic in this areas is dense. So the best would be to stay put closer to work, in bangalore the distance does not count, don't be fooled by thinking I can travel 15 kms in 10 min, usually it may take 2 hours. Also since your stay is only for 10 months why bother with stress of schooling your child, home schooling seems to be the best, but if you want them get the experience of studying in foreign country apply early, also as others mentioned keep in note of the academic year in india, all the best with your move to bangalore, it is one of the nice indian cities to live in IMO.
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Hi,

You should try Legacy School Bangalore which is very close to Kammanahalli. The school management is some of the best of the International Schools as they really spend a lot of time with you and your child during the registration process. The school does not advertise much but has been growing quickly due to referrals from current and past parents of the school. I'm not sure if you are Korean, however there are about 20 Korean students enrolled in the school and they have an American ESL teacher. The contact person is Saad at +91 9991951876. Good luck.

Gabriella

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