Seeking advice from expats in Kuala Lumpur

Hi there,

I am relocating to KL within the next couple of months with my wife, 3 year old daughter and "soon to be born" baby boy. I have been given a great opportunity within my company to join the ASEAN wing of our operations.

We are from South Africa and as this will be our first move out of the country it is needless to say an extremely exciting but also very daunting experience. I have heard some great and some not so great stories about life in KL and would really like to get some unbiased objective advice on cost of living related to accommodation, schools, monthly groceries, healthcare, etc.

Would someone be able to please guide me in the right direction with regards to good family oriented neighborhoods to look at and also some basic budgetary figures with regards to monthly expenses for a family of 4.

Thanks in advance for the advice and guidance.

Best regards,


Hi Jaco,

Welcome to! :)


Try also to view other topics on the Kuala Lumpur forum to find out some information.

Do not hesitate if you have any specific question.

Hi Jaco,
Great to know that you will be moving to KL Soon. I also went through  the same questions when I was planning my move over half a year back.

OK... Some tips for you:

If you are looking for a place to live here, the rent will totally depend on what kind of place you go in for. You have options to rent a room for as less as RM 800 to 1000 per month and a palace at as high as RM 50000 per month and beyond.

You need to figure out whether you would be getting a Car when you come here. That would be one of the deciding factors when you try and figure out where to live. Licenses from a lot of countries are recognized in KL and you may not even have to apply for a fresh one here. You can go through the below website and if your country is listed in it..... Lucky you :) … ng-license

For renting a house, you can look at the following websites:

It totally depends on your work location and what ind of places you want to live in:
You can select Mont Kiara area.... The places here are a bit on the expensive side and dominated by Expats. Lot of facilities around and also some good clubs/Pubs. But you will need to own a car as no Public Transport around.

Titiwangsa is also a good place to stay, It is well connected by Monorail, LRT (Train) and Bus so you do not need to have your own car. Community here is nice, but you will have to take a taxi (About MYR 10) for nearest supermarket. Some local groceries around and also a weekly market.

Brickfields is another good location dominated by Indian Expats. Rents are moderate but area is pretty crowded.

On the higher end, you can rent in Bukit Bintang or KLCC which is in the center of the city.

If your work location is in Selangor or Petaling Jaya, you may think of renting there.

Also, please note that Uber in this region is much cheaper than taking a local taxi. They keep coming up with rather good discounts and their services are very reliable. You can also use the promo code n37rw to get your first ride free.

Do let me know if you need any other info :) and all the best to you for your move. Do come in with an open mind. This country is awesome and you will be surprised at how cheap some of the things are here!!


Thank you Atishrake! Good advice. I will check out the sites.

Have a great day.

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