Moving to Malaysia

For over 15 years, we have welcomed parents and students from more than 35 countries to our school. Our parents, staff and students tell us that one of the things they love about the Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) is our strong and welcoming school community. This makes settling into Kuala Lumpur relatively easy.

Moving to Malaysia Malaysia attracts expatriates from all over the world who work and live mainly in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and the Klang Valley area. It can take about six months to settle in to a new country and city, and the adjustment period may be challenging for you and your family. Getting involved with school, expat and community groups will help make your new posting or life more enjoyable and exciting. You will also get to meet people from many countries and cultures.
A good resource for families coming in is the Happy Go KL and The Expat Go websites.
Moving to Malaysia under MM2H Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) Programme is promoted by the Government of Malaysia to allow foreigners who fulfill certain criteria, to stay in Malaysia for as long as possible on a multiple-entry social visit pass.The Social Visit Pass is initially for a period of ten (10) years, and is renewable. More information on how to apply can be obtained from MM2H Centre located in Putrajaya.

Living and Working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia About sixty percent of our families live in the popular expatriate suburbs of:

  • Ampang – close to the city centre and embassies
  • Bangsar – popular shopping, leisure and dining area for expats and wealthy locals with a range of high rise condominiums available, as well as single residences
  • Damansara – close to Bangsar, more detached single residences available
  • Mont Kiara – convenient for shopping and close to the city, very popular with expats, mainly high rise condominiums.

Our school families come from many areas in Kuala Lumpur. We can put you in touch with one of our parents who will give you first-hand knowledge of the residential areas. Popular residential areas for our families include those close to the school:


Gita Bayu

A leafy secure community with bungalows, detached townhouse style residences and low rise 3 bedroom apartments, pool, tennis courts, walking tracks, lakes, community area and restaurant.
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A small secure gated community of attached 5 bedroom townhouses, with pool and gym, walking distance to the school and within the same estate.
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A gated community with detached houses or bungalows, within the same estate as the school.

Heritage Residences

Condominiums looking towards the school over the lake, has pool and is walking distance to the MINES Resort City shopping centre.

Country Heights, Kajang

A quiet gated community of detached (mostly very large) single residences about 15-20 minutes’ drive from the school.
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IOI Resort City

High rise condominiums with a pool, shop and barbeque areas, within walking distance of the IOI Putrajaya shopping mall and the Marriott Putrajaya, about 15 minutes’ drive from school.
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Dreamcity condominiums

Available in mid 2016, very close to the school.
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BRDB’s Senja

Available to live in by mid 2016.

All the areas mentioned above are serviced by our school buses.

If you would like to get in touch with housing agents or relocation agents recommended by our school community, please contact our Admissions Office.

Expat Life in Malaysia Get involved in your local community by joining one of Kuala Lumpur’s many expatriate organisations. From volunteering at a local organisation to learning Bahasa Melayu, there’s something for everyone. Some recommended groups our families are involved with include:

Malaysia Australia New Zealand Association (MANZA)

It welcomes members of all nationalities, and helps people settle in and provides a social network by organising activities and events. These include dinners, balls, tours, and coffee mornings, opportunities to learn activities such as Mahjong and drinks nights.
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Ibu Family Resource Group

It Runs playgroups for children aged 0-5, pregnancy and breastfeeding support groups, well baby clinics, annual events and rents baby equipment.
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Malaysia Australia Business Council (MABC)

For discussion and exchange of views between Malaysian and Australian businesses, hold networking and information events.
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Malaysian Australian Alumni Council (MAAC)

Bringing together Malaysian-based alumni associations for Australian universities, holds networking events, awards and activities for members.
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Malaysian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce

It has developed to become the focal point for New Zealand related activities in Malaysia, and sustains a membership of over 130 individuals and 30 corporate businesses.
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Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur

It is an organisation for all things Japanese in Malaysia. They house various facilities for members to use, a kindergarten and primary school for Japanese children and organise events.
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Our AISM Community page on Facebook, for parents of children attending our school, is also a great place to connect, ask questions and buy things from expats who are relocating. It is a closed group and only for parents and teachers who have already enrolled their children at the school.

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