Where Do Expats Live in Malaysia?

If your work or life commitments are taking you to beautiful Malaysia, one of the first things to sort out is your accommodation. Malaysia and its capital, Kuala Lumpur, often attract expats from around the world. KL is a popular destination for many workers interested in working in the IT, engineering, construction and oil and gas industries. Malaysia offers good opportunities for education and healthcare and the country is constantly improving its infrastructure.

Expats who live there will be enjoying a country on the rise. However, this does mean that house prices are also rising due to demand. Kuala Lumpur is still an affordable city with plenty to offer, so if you are new to the city, the team at Allied Pickfords has collated a list of the some of the most popular neighbourhoods for expats.

City Centre

If you are moving to Malaysia with your significant other or by yourself, you can’t go wrong with living in an apartment in the CBD. The hustle and bustle during the day will keep you busy. There are plenty of restaurants and shops to pique your interest and being right in the middle of all the action will allow you to discover Malaysian culture more easily. Savour the fast-paced city lifestyle and get involved in social clubs and you’ll soon blend in.


If you are moving to Malaysia with a more flexible budget, you will love what the more affluent Bangsar has to offer. Filled with houses on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, this suburb is trendy and full of cafés, bars and many more amenities. You can easily get to the city centre for work from here via the extensive Kuala Lumpur Sentral transit hub.

Mont Kiara

If you prefer to stay away from the centre of the city, Mont Kiara is a great option for expats with a larger budget. Just a short 15 minutes away from the centre by car, this area is very popular among expats and is growing quickly. This is a great location for families who wish to enrol their children in international schools.


Expats who wish to find more moderately priced accommodation should consider this township. This is a wonderful area for families as there are many good schools nearby. It can take up to half-an-hour to reach the city centre, however, you’ll have everything at your fingertips, with plenty of restaurants, bars, shopping areas and things to do in this neighbourhood.

Desa ParkCity

Desa ParkCity is another popular destination for expats moving to Malaysia. There are different neighbourhoods in this area, all of them family-friendly. One of the biggest perks of Desa ParkCity is that it has a community feel to it. Many families choose to live here to enjoy the parks and sports centres.

Choosing the right neighbourhood depends on your circumstances and your budget. When you first arrive in Malaysia, it’s advisable to rent before committing to one area. Even if you’ve travelled to Kuala Lumpur before, visiting and living in a city are two completely different experiences. Therefore, you will likely need time to explore the city and find a neighbourhood that ticks all the boxes for you. Once you have chosen your ideal home, contact Allied Pickfords and we will be there to help you with all the heavy lifting.

So when you’re ready to make the move to or from Malaysia, come to Allied Pickfords and we’ll get your belongings there safely, on time and at an affordable price. www.alliedpickfords.com.my