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Moving to Pakistan

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 02, 2021

Summary: Moving to Pakistan? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Pakistan.

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What do I need to know before moving to Pakistan?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Pakistan, they said:

"I've written over 100 articles about expat life and travel in Pakistan. You can access the index on my blog: http://www.expatheather.com/Expat_Heather/Pakistan.html It includes moving guides, shopping tips, restaurant reviews, packing lists, cultural observations, travel tips and destination guides. If there's anything else about life in Lahore you would like to know, contact me through my website: http://www.expatheather.com," added another expat who made the move to Lahore.

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How do I find a place to live in Pakistan?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"We lived in Defence as this was close to my husband's place of employment, had a lot of green space, was quiet and has residents who were used to seeing foreigners. We used a real estate company, Deal Makers to find our apartment. You can read more here: How to Find Housing in Lahore http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1195348/how_to_find_housing_in_lahore_pakistan.html?cat=54 Best Areas to Live in Lahore http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1797302/best_areas_to_live_in_lahore_pakistan.html?cat=16," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Lahore.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Pakistan?

"We lived in an upper portion, an independent flat above our landlord's family who lived in the bottom section. This is typical for most expats. It's hard to get a stand alone house and much more expensive. You can read more about living in Defence here: Living in Defence Housing Authority in Lahore, Pakistan http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1163761/living_in_defence_housing_authority.html?cat=54," remarked another expat in Lahore, Pakistan.

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What is the average cost of housing in Pakistan?

If you are thinking about moving to Pakistan, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"We had a 3-bedroom portion and paid 24,000 rupees per month, although prices have gone up since 2009. Costs are MUCH lower than in the U.S," added another expat who made the move to Lahore.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

What should I pack when moving to Pakistan?

We asked people living in Pakistan to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded:

"Wish I had brought: comfortable dress shoes/sandals, digital camera, good ear plugs Should have left home: soccer ball (you can buy them everywhere), bass guitar (I never got around to playing it), books I didn't use (got water damaged on the way through the Pakistan Post) Read more here - Expat Packing List for Pakistan http://www.expatheather.com/Expat_Heather/Expat_Travel/Entries/2010/3/2_Expatriate_Packing_List__Pakistan.html," remarked another expat who made the move to Lahore.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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