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What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?
Housing is INCREDIBLE! Options are 6,500+sq ft huge houses for families with school aged kids to 3 bedroom 1800 sq ft apartments for non-school age families/no kids. The apartments are approximately 15 minutes commute to the US consulate each way, while the houses are approximately 30 minutes commute in the morning and 45 minutes in evening. We've never minded the commute.
It's also important to note a new consulate is being built out near the large houses and expected to open in January 2020; at that point, the families will have a 5-minute commute and those in apartments will have a longer commute until all housing eventually moves out that direction. Where the new consulate and family housing is in the city is the new area of the city: lots of US company headquarters, US hotels, restaurants, shops, golf courses, etc. - Nov 18, 2017
Most people live in spacious apartments, although there are also a few houses. Apartments are fairly large, located 20-25 minutes from the consulate. Houses are at the half way point between the consulate and the International School - minimum 60 minutes commute but more like 90 minutes during rush hour. Houses are big, but have recurring maintenance issues. None of the houses have adequate yards, and few allow dog walking on premises -- consider this when bringing a dog. Traffic is the worst part about living here, it takes way too long to get anywhere - it takes the fun out of everything. - Sep 20, 2016
They are moving more people out towards where the new Consulate is going to be, so people are kind of spread out. Some people are out in Banjara Hills, an older, more established place, about 20-25 minutes from the now-Consulate. Some people are out in Hi-Tech city with a lot more expats and all the new, shiny things, but it's about a 40-45 minute commute to the now-Consulate, with it being probably a 10-15 minute commute to the new Consulate. Some are in-between. All the houses - even the apartments for singles - are huge and spacious with multiple guest bedrooms. - Mar 16, 2015
Most people live in apartments, although there are a few houses left in the pool. I'm lucky to live about 20 minutes from the consulate. Others live a bit further away and it can take between 45 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic and time of day to go to or from work. Once the metro rail opens in 2016, traffic should reduce significantly. - Jan 18, 2015
Hyderabad has enjoyed a boom in residential construction providing some good housing options. For U.S. government employees, housing may be stand-alone houses within a gated community or a spacious apartment. Commute times differ and can be anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. - Nov 20, 2014
Large and fairly decent housing. Many singles and small families are in apartments roughly 20-25 mins from consulate. Families in larger, rambling, older homes about 40 minutes away. No swimming pools except at the apartment complex. This is a shame, because there's little else for families to do here on the sweltering weekends. We have access to a UN research facility about an hour outside of the city, which has a nice pool. But that's about it. Traffic is India. Enough said. - Jul 18, 2014
When I first arrived, I spent two months in temporary housing, but now all incoming officers should avoid that. Housing is very spacious and nice. Families have houses and couples or singles have apartments. Commute to the Consulate is 15-20 minutes in the morning when there is no traffic and 30-45 minutes in the evenings when the traffic is awful. - Mar 2, 2012
There are apartments and single-family houses within gated communities. Most are within the city or close to it. The commute to the Consulate is between 20-45 minutes depending on traffic patterns and how far away your home is. The international school is a good 45 minutes away from most houses. - Feb 27, 2012
U.S. Consulate housing is large and in acceptable condition, however most employees are in temporary housing for 1-3 months before they are moved into their permanent housing. This has been an ongoing problem and doesn't seem to be anywhere near being resolved. - Jan 11, 2011