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Hyderabad, India

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 02, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Hyderabad, India is 8.7 million. People describe Hyderabad as a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage, a bustling IT industry, and a thriving food scene. Expats love the city's diverse culture, friendly locals, and affordable cost of living. The weather in Hyderabad is generally hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit (18-35 Celsius). The average cost of living for an expat is relatively low, with a one bedroom apartment costing around $400-500 USD per month and a two bedroom apartment costing around $600-700 USD per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Hyderabad?

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

"Hyderabad is a vibrant city, full of culture and activity. Before retiring in Hyderabad, you should make sure to research the city's health care options, cost of living and quality of life, safety and security, climate, transportation options, taxes, and housing. Additionally, it is important to familiarize yourself with the local language, culture, and customs, as well as the medical infrastructure, health insurance plans, visas, and residency requirements. It is also important to consider the availability of recreation and leisure activities in the area, such as gyms, parks, and golf courses, as well as cultural and religious institutions," added another person living in Hyderabad.

"To get in touch with someone who has been or knows somebody in that city, before and after coming, as Indians are generally very hospitable and like to help others, The fact is that almost every second household has someone from the family settled abroad ( Worldwide )," explained one expat living in Hyderabad.

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What do I need to know before moving to Hyderabad?

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

"Before moving to Hyderabad, it is important to ensure that you have access to resources such as public transportation, healthcare facilities, and educational institutions. Additionally, it is a good idea to research the local climate and culture of Hyderabad to get an understanding of what to expect before you arrive. It is also recommended to make sure you have an adequate funds in case of an emergency while travelling. Moreover, it is useful to know some of the local language so as to navigate the city and make communication easier. Finally, it is advisable to become informed about the visa requirements for people travelling to India and our applicable to Hyderabad," replied an expat in Hyderabad.

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How do I find a place to live in Hyderabad?

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

"If you are looking for a place to live in Hyderabad, there are several options available to you. You can look for rental apartments, houses, villas, or commercial properties in areas such as Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills, HITEC City, Ameerpet, Gachibowli, Manikonda, and Secunderabad. You can also consider opting for a flat/room in a hostel or PG accommodation. Additionally, you can contact local real estate agents and Property Aggregators who can help you in finding the perfect place to live in Hyderabad. Finally, you can also search online websites and portals for the best deals and listings of properties," remarked another expat in Hyderabad.

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

"Expat homes or apartments in Hyderabad can typically be quite spacious, with modern amenities and large balconies that allow for plenty of natural light. Expats often enjoy the convenience of air conditioning, high speed internet, and large wall-mounted televisions. Furnishings tend to be quite stylish, with plenty of comfortable sofas, rugs and decor items. Most apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen which provides access to all the necessary appliances and typically has granite countertops. Most apartment complexes in Hyderabad also offer additional facilities such as a gym, swimming pool, park, and other leisure activities," remarked another expat in Hyderabad.

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What is the average cost of housing in Hyderabad?

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

"The average cost of housing in Hyderabad varies depending on the location and type of housing. Generally, housing costs range from moderately priced apartments to expensive villas," said another expat in Hyderabad.

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How do I meet people in Hyderabad?

When we asked people living in Hyderabad about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Meeting people in Hyderabad can be easy. Going to local parks, cafes or restaurants is a great way to strike up conversations and make new connections. Volunteering your time at social and cultural activities or local organizations is another good way to meet people. Joining sports teams, signing up for classes or workshops, and attending events are other good ways to make new acquaintances. Finally, taking advantage of online platforms to connect with people who have similar interests and connecting with people on social media can also be good ways to meet people in Hyderabad," explained one expat living in Hyderabad.

"Learning the traditional handicrafts and culinary classes, the expats club, the Local city clubs for networking, joining Red Cross and other NGO"s who have volunteers from school and colleges, working for the masses and improving the quality of life," said another expat in Hyderabad.

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What should I bring when moving to Hyderabad?

People living in Hyderabad were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"Essential items to pack when moving to Hyderabad include clothes for very hot weather, sunscreen and UV protection, mosquito repellant, umbrellas and raincoats for the monsoon season, comfortable walking shoes, a laptop, a power strip/surge protector, an adapter for electrical plugs, an adapter for water taps, a supply of local currency, personal care items, a first aid kit, household goods and kitchen items, and any important documents for visa or residency," remarked another expat in Hyderabad.

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Where should I setup a bank account in Hyderabad?

We asked expats in Hyderabad what banks they use and there advice about banking. They advised:

"There are numerous banks branches located in Hyderabad that provide services to open a bank account. Some of the most popular banks in Hyderabad include State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank. You can visit the nearest branch of any of these banks and get your account opened. Most banks will require you to submit valid documents for identification and proof of address for opening a bank account," explained one expat.

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Will I be able to find a job in Hyderabad?

When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Hyderabad, they reponded:

"Yes, it is possible to find a job in Hyderabad. The city is home to a variety of industries, including technology, finance, and the services sector. With its IT and financial hubs, Hyderabad offers plenty of job opportunities. Many large multinationals have set up their offices here, and Hyderabad is a great destination for entrepreneurs and freelancers," added another person living in Hyderabad.

"IT . ITES, BPO, Agriculture, Tourism are the main industries. The focus is shifting to R&D and Manufacturing of high end electrical and electronic components," explained one expat living in Hyderabad.

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What is life like in Hyderabad?

When we asked people living in Hyderabad what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Living as an expat in my area can be an enjoyable experience; however, there can also be some challenges due to language barriers, cultural differences, and the unfamiliar legal system. It is important to research the local laws, customs, and culture before moving to better understand what to expect. Making local contacts is important in order to connect with the community, essential services, and to get the most out of living in the area. It is also a good idea to keep up to date with the news and developments in order to have a good understanding of the area. Overall, living as an expat in my area is a rewarding experience, even with its challenges, where you can explore a new culture and environment as well as create a strong network of friends," added another person living in Hyderabad.

"Basically, in India, daily life revolves around five quadrant i.e family, work, religion, self and socializing. But for the past few years the younger generation are more focused on work and being financially secured, unlike the older generation who had a higher level of contentment," explained one expat living in Hyderabad.

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What do expats in Hyderabad appreciate most about the local culture?

"Expats in Hyderabad appreciate the city's rich and diverse culture. They are fascinated by the numerous historic monuments and places of worship, including the iconic Charminar, the Maqdoomiah Mosque and the Golconda Fort. Additionally, the vibrant and colourful local cuisine, including the famous Hyderabadi Biryani, is a big draw for expats, as are the numerous festivals celebrated throughout the year. The city also has a rich and vibrant art, music, theatre and dance scene. Furthermore, the warm hospitality and warmth of the locals are appreciated by expats, making the city a desirable destination to live," said another person in Hyderabad.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Expats often find the language barrier and cultural differences the most challenging when living abroad. Additionally, navigating through unfamiliar systems, such as healthcare, government procedures, and the financial systems can be a source of difficulty and frustration. Many expats find that living away from family and friends can be particularly isolating and difficult to adjust to. Challenges with finding suitable housing and employment are also common, as well as discrepancies of salary between countries, and the lack of career opportunities," said another person in Hyderabad.

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Is there a lot of crime in Hyderabad?

We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:

"Crime rates in Hyderabad are generally lower compared to other cities in India. Though there is some presence of organized and petty crime, overall it remains relatively low and comparatively safe," explained one expat living in Hyderabad.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Hyderabad accepting of differences?

"Yes, there is a lot of diversity in Hyderabad. It is a cosmopolitan city with a large population comprising of people from various nationalities and ethnicities. Additionally, Hyderabad has a rich history of co-existence between Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities. This has resulted in a culture that is open and accepting of differences, allowing people to live in peace and harmony," explained one expat.

"The beauty of India, especially Hyderabad, is the tolerance of other religions and acceptance of their values , customs and participation. The social bonding is generations old, though it might not be accepted as far as weddings go," said another person in Hyderabad.

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What are the schools in Hyderabad like?

"Schools in Hyderabad vary widely in terms of academic offerings, size, student-to-teacher ratios, facilities, and tuition fees. Private schools are often significantly more expensive than government-run schools, however, the quality of education provided is typically higher. Common schooling options include residential schools, convent schools, international schools, and progressive schools. Many of the schools in Hyderabad employ English as the medium of instruction, particularly at the higher levels of schooling. The Hyderabad education board also provides a wide range of courses and certifications for the benefit of students," explained one expat living in Hyderabad, India.

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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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