Living In Islamabad
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Apr 7, 2013 12:07 AM Last Post By: k2_heights
Dec 14, 2012 2:42 PM
Living In IslamabadHi all!
I have a potential opportunity to work and live in Islamabad and wanted to get some information about furnished apt/studios (doesn't need to be in the sectors as F6 as I heard its quite expensive there).
As a non-Pakistani female, would it be difficult to find a place to rent?
Cost of Accomodation / utilities?
Basicaly, how much is it realistically to live i.e food, electric, gas, water, internet, telephone...
Whats the least amount you would need as a salary?
Any information/comments/advice would be appreciated :)
Dec 14, 2012 9:25 PM
Rentals in Islamabad are expensive. I will suggest finding an independant room as a paying guest or rent a room in numerous guest houses there. There are a few dubious guest houses so be careful there. Cost of living for one person with all amenities should be around 70-80k per month that is in rupees of course. A major chunk will go towards rent.
Best of luck!
Dec 17, 2012 5:51 AM
2Islamabad is expensive city as compare to other cities like Karachi,Lahore,Rawalpindi & Peshawar.Agreed above that a bigger part of money 'll go to renting a house BUT there some sectors (areas)Karachi Company & Barakoh in Islamabad where housing is much cheaper then F/6,F/10 & 11.
A good house/flat (in Karachi company) with three rooms will cost you about 2 to 3 or 350$ maximum per month and utility bills like electric,gas food,water,internet & phone will be another 300$ per month so 1000usd per month is fine to live in Islamabad
Dec 18, 2012 10:42 AM
Dec 18, 2012 3:56 PM
4i would not recommend living in barakoh or karachi company areas. its better to stcik with the sectors F6,F7, and F8 for a foreigner. The rent may be around 200 to 300 dollars there. on top of that, 300 dollars per month are more than enough for a single person as living expenses (including all bills).
Dec 19, 2012 5:08 AM
Dec 21, 2012 8:09 AM
Jan 19, 2013 11:15 AM
7Bonjour from Islamabad,
I think I've responded to your queries on some other travel board too .
If you find any space in F 7, F 6, F 8 sectors, they're expensive but G 6 is a better option for you that's located close to F 6 super market and comparatively better and reasonable area for foreign ex-pats.
Jan 21, 2013 9:44 PM
Jan 23, 2013 1:51 PM
9I'd suggest searching for an expat houseshare if you want to keep costs and admin hassle down. You can do these short / long term so keep your options open if you decide to rent your own place. As others have said the F sectors are the expat ones (esp. F6 & F7) - G is noticeably more scruffy unless you are looking at G10. But the G's are safe from my experience - however as a solo female you will get a lot of attention in the G sectors, where, speaking personally, I never saw any westerners in over a year living in ISB. In the F sectors expats are everywhere and hence local people don't gawk and stare.
Also think about the need to rent or buy a car - you can survive on taxis - but this can become a pain late at night / in hot weather etc. (no a/c in the cheapo taxis) - if you are not getting a car then try and live within walking distance of your office. There is pretty much no public transport in the city that you could rely on to commute.
Send an email to Jenny's List (email@example.com) with a 'i'm looking for a room to rent' and you'll find something.
Your question does raise a question about your potential employer - given (perhaps unwarranted) security concerns, and out of general courtesy, any reputable employer would help you with accommodation and not just leave you to organise it yourself.
Hope you enjoy Pakistan!
Apr 5, 2013 12:34 AM
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