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Old Feb 16th 2016, 12:31 pm   #1
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Hi,

I'm considering moving to Mumbai next year with my family (wife & 2 kids - 2 year old & 1 year old). We would be living in Chembur as I've got access to accommodation there and hence no rental costs. I'm doing some sums on monthly costs and would be grateful if someone could shed some light on it.

Also, no firm job offers, but may quit and try my luck there. Also, my wife is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 10 years experience split between Mumbai & UK, so she may stand a better chance of securing a job. Also, it would be good to know if a qualified Chartered Accountant can aim for a job paying 15-18 lacs/year because I feel that's what we would need to live on.

I've allowed 15k/child/month cost as fees. Do you know if this is reasonable for a IGCSE/IB school in Chembur/Ghatkopar area ?

Any input would be helpful

Living Expenses

School fees.................30000
Misc school costs.........5000
Electricity charges........5000
Gas charges................1000
Society charges...........2000
Telephone charges.......500
Mobile phone charges...2000
Internet..................... 1500
Kids clothes + toys......6000
Adult clothes...............3000
Haircuts.....................1000
Maid..........................2000
Cook..........................3000
Health Insurance..........2200
Life Insurance..............1000
TV cable charges..........600
Transportation.............10000
Grocery......................11000
Entertainment..............10000
Doctors.......................5000
Medicines....................3000
Total..........................104800
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Hi,

I'm considering moving to Mumbai next year with my family (wife & 2 kids - 2 year old & 1 year old). We would be living in Chembur as I've got access to accommodation there and hence no rental costs. I'm doing some sums on monthly costs and would be grateful if someone could shed some light on it.

Also, no firm job offers, but may quit and try my luck there. Also, my wife is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 10 years experience split between Mumbai & UK, so she may stand a better chance of securing a job. Also, it would be good to know if a qualified Chartered Accountant can aim for a job paying 15-18 lacs/year because I feel that's what we would need to live on.

I've allowed 15k/child/month cost as fees. Do you know if this is reasonable for a IGCSE/IB school in Chembur/Ghatkopar area ?

Any input would be helpful

Living Expenses



School fees.................30000
Misc school costs.........5000
Electricity charges........5000
Gas charges................1000
Society charges...........2000
Telephone charges.......500
Mobile phone charges...2000
Internet..................... 1500
Kids clothes + toys......6000
Adult clothes...............3000
Haircuts.....................1000
Maid..........................2000
Cook..........................3000
Health Insurance..........2200
Life Insurance..............1000
TV cable charges..........600
Transportation.............10000
Grocery......................11000
Entertainment..............10000
Doctors.......................5000
Medicines....................3000
Total..........................104800
Presume you are both of Indian origin with OCI cards. You don't say what your line of work is. If your wife has worked there, again I presume you have contacts otherwise chartered accountant is a very popular job so competition. The starting salary will vary.
General household and 'helper' spending will depend on the 'lifestyle' you want.

I know the Chembur/Ghatkopar area quite well, as have stayed there with close relatives regularly over decades and I would need a very good potential salary to offset the general horror of traffic congestion there. In rush hour it can take hour and half to drive even 10 miles.
Transportation costs will depend whether you buy a car, use a driver employed by you or the 'job', or brave the trains/buses.
Schools-- if you don't get a place in an International school the capitation fees of private schools can be 1 lac.
There are no real parks or green spaces for children.
Personally it would be the last place I would want to live with or without children but I know relatives there who would live nowhere else, mainly because they have been there for years and so have property and because of the money they can earn!
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Presume you are both of Indian origin with OCI cards. You don't say what your line of work is. If your wife has worked there, again I presume you have contacts otherwise chartered accountant is a very popular job so competition. The starting salary will vary.
General household and 'helper' spending will depend on the 'lifestyle' you want.

I know the Chembur/Ghatkopar area quite well, as have stayed there with close relatives regularly over decades and I would need a very good potential salary to offset the general horror of traffic congestion there. In rush hour it can take hour and half to drive even 10 miles.
Transportation costs will depend whether you buy a car, use a driver employed by you or the 'job', or brave the trains/buses.
Schools-- if you don't get a place in an International school the capitation fees of private schools can be 1 lac.
There are no real parks or green spaces for children.
Personally it would be the last place I would want to live with or without children but I know relatives there who would live nowhere else, mainly because they have been there for years and so have property and because of the money they can earn!
Hi Bipat,

Thanks for your response. Some clarification
  • Yes we are Indian origins with OCI
  • The reason for Chembur area is because I have access to accommodation and hence no rental costs
  • I'm in IT, but not a software developer, more into Project Management/Programme Management
  • Yes, she's got some contacts there but again that doesn't guarantee a job or also the salary that we should be looking at
  • I take your point on traffic, but isn't it like this in most of suburbs in Mumbai, unless ofcourse you meant South Mumbai which just isn't affordable
  • I've looked at few schools in Chembur/Ghatkopar area - PG Garodia, Ryan International, The Universal School, RBK, do you have any feedback on any of these schools ?
  • Do you have a rough idea of fees in those schools ?
  • Initial transportation would be rickshaws and maybe metro
  • Household/helper would be used for general cleaning, plan is for one parent to be at home for at least a year till the kids settle into routine. I'm happy to take care of kids if my wife can get the salary to cover our living costs

Again, thanks for your input. In terms of average living costs for a middle class family, do you have any input on my costs ? I do realise many of it is subjective as in which restaurants and how often do you go, etc, etc, but say a family day out at a mall or kids play area once/twice a week - would that equate to roughly 10,000 a month ?
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Hi Bipat,

Thanks for your response. Some clarification
  • Yes we are Indian origins with OCI
  • The reason for Chembur area is because I have access to accommodation and hence no rental costs
  • I'm in IT, but not a software developer, more into Project Management/Programme Management
  • Yes, she's got some contacts there but again that doesn't guarantee a job or also the salary that we should be looking at
  • I take your point on traffic, but isn't it like this in most of suburbs in Mumbai, unless ofcourse you meant South Mumbai which just isn't affordable
  • I've looked at few schools in Chembur/Ghatkopar area - PG Garodia, Ryan International, The Universal School, RBK, do you have any feedback on any of these schools ?
  • Do you have a rough idea of fees in those schools ?
  • Initial transportation would be rickshaws and maybe metro
  • Household/helper would be used for general cleaning, plan is for one parent to be at home for at least a year till the kids settle into routine. I'm happy to take care of kids if my wife can get the salary to cover our living costs

Again, thanks for your input. In terms of average living costs for a middle class family, do you have any input on my costs ? I do realise many of it is subjective as in which restaurants and how often do you go, etc, etc, but say a family day out at a mall or kids play area once/twice a week - would that equate to roughly 10,000 a month ?
Hello,
I think with schools you need to contact the school and ask about fees for the particular age group and then visit yourself to judge.
Helpers now are very organised and will do just as little or as much as you want for a fixed price, most live out. It will be necessary to ask around where you actually live for recommendations.
As for days out, as you say it depends what you eat and what you want to buy, but your budget would seem very low-- on looking on-line, the least expensive child play areas seem to cost around 500 rupees an hour.

Sorry not able to help with specific prices but going for a few weeks trial would seem to be the best way.
(Was there three weeks ago for just 4 days, and was relieved to get away. Possibly it is our age, we used to enjoy Mumbai but now as senior citizens and with the increased congestion it is just a place for brief duty visits. As OH remarked probably the young enjoy the 'buzz')

You could try looking at the Indiamike Forum, Mumbai section for info.
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Old Feb 23rd 2016, 9:52 am   #5
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Thanks Bipat. The schools in Mumbai seem very protective of sharing the fees. I don't see why they just cannot put it up on their website. Oh well, will check with them. Thanks for everything
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Old Mar 16th 2016, 3:05 pm   #6
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Fees of any International Borad school is around 1,50,000 Rs for Indian residents.
No clues for the NRIs and also they take a lot of bribe , so you need to know someone . in spite of the JACK you will have to give money for admissions in the name of donations to the school.
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Old Oct 20th 2016, 11:30 am   #7
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Just an update to our moving process.

We've managed to secure admission for our child in an international school. Just for anyone looking for reference the fees are roughly INR 80,000/year for nursery rising roughly 10% as you go higher

The Indian schools tend to be very protective of displaying their fees, not sure why. Oh well onwards and upwards !

Now, onto the next step which is to secure employment

Let's see how that goes. Couple of follow up questions for people aware of the Chembur/Ghatkopar area, are there any swimming pools where you can just pay as you use ? I've done a search and the one's I have come across you need to be a member of the club (Jolly Gymkhana, Sindhi Society Gymkhana, etc), or a guest of the member.

Just wondering if there is an option of pools where you can just pay on the day you want to use it
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Just an update to our moving process.

We've managed to secure admission for our child in an international school. Just for anyone looking for reference the fees are roughly INR 80,000/year for nursery rising roughly 10% as you go higher

The Indian schools tend to be very protective of displaying their fees, not sure why. Oh well onwards and upwards !

Now, onto the next step which is to secure employment

Let's see how that goes. Couple of follow up questions for people aware of the Chembur/Ghatkopar area, are there any swimming pools where you can just pay as you use ? I've done a search and the one's I have come across you need to be a member of the club (Jolly Gymkhana, Sindhi Society Gymkhana, etc), or a guest of the member.

Just wondering if there is an option of pools where you can just pay on the day you want to use it
Sorry, also only know about the club pools, probably the municipal pools do not advertise on line.
You might ask on Indiamike

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Hi,

I'm considering moving to Mumbai next year with my family (wife & 2 kids - 2 year old & 1 year old). We would be living in Chembur as I've got access to accommodation there and hence no rental costs. I'm doing some sums on monthly costs and would be grateful if someone could shed some light on it.

Also, no firm job offers, but may quit and try my luck there. Also, my wife is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 10 years experience split between Mumbai & UK, so she may stand a better chance of securing a job. Also, it would be good to know if a qualified Chartered Accountant can aim for a job paying 15-18 lacs/year because I feel that's what we would need to live on.

I've allowed 15k/child/month cost as fees. Do you know if this is reasonable for a IGCSE/IB school in Chembur/Ghatkopar area ?

Any input would be helpful

Living Expenses

School fees.................30000
Misc school costs.........5000
Electricity charges........5000
Gas charges................1000
Society charges...........2000
Telephone charges.......500
Mobile phone charges...2000
Internet..................... 1500
Kids clothes + toys......6000
Adult clothes...............3000
Haircuts.....................1000
Maid..........................2000
Cook..........................3000
Health Insurance..........2200
Life Insurance..............1000
TV cable charges..........600
Transportation.............10000
Grocery......................11000
Entertainment..............10000
Doctors.......................5000
Medicines....................3000
Total..........................104800
India and Mid-East nations are relatively cheap, or at least have better affordability. "1 British pound =
85.4661854 Indian rupees" is what Google says just now. i guess that may not be a decent allowance in GBP but it's pretty decent where you're going. plus the factors you mentioned should get you or your spouse a decent job.
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Hello people I realise that this may be an old post thread...but here goes, can anyone please recommend a reliable and reasonably priced relocation service from UK to Mumbai? I have had some quotes which are through the roof...and a few cheap ones but I am not sure if the companies are reliable...don't want to hand my stuff over to a bunch of cowboys and suffer in agony....any help will be appreciated...I have had good quotes from a company called Eagle Relocations...can anyone vouch for them at all? Many thanks. Saga
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Hello people I realise that this may be an old post thread...but here goes, can anyone please recommend a reliable and reasonably priced relocation service from UK to Mumbai? I have had some quotes which are through the roof...and a few cheap ones but I am not sure if the companies are reliable...don't want to hand my stuff over to a bunch of cowboys and suffer in agony....any help will be appreciated...I have had good quotes from a company called Eagle Relocations...can anyone vouch for them at all? Many thanks. Saga
Get used to it, you will be dealing with plenty to cowboys once you get out there.
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Get used to it, you will be dealing with plenty to cowboys once you get out there.
There are cowboys in every country. Could I suggest the OP asks on the IndiaMike Forum as it is more used than here. It is a travel Forum but people post on most things.

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