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Where to live in Manila?

For newcomers to the Philippines, choosing a place to live can be a challenging process.

Indeed, considering the traffic and the road infrastructure in place, it is wise to find housing close to the LFM. 
You should also take into account the community aspect: your child will certainly appreciate living in the village where the other friends from his school also live; this will facilitate his integration and socialization.
To help you make your choice, here is a breakdown of where families with children currently attending the Lycée Français live*:


Parañaque: About 1/3 of the families live in the Parañaque area where the school campus is located. They are spread out among the barangays of Don Bosco, Merville, Sun Valley and Moonwalk. These are the closest villages in kilometers to the school. Rents are affordable.
Average travel time from school to home: 15-20 min.

Makati: Nearly a quarter of LFM students now live in the Makati metropolitan area north of the Eurocampus. Closer to the business districts and attractions of the capital (shopping malls, restaurants, etc.), this agglomeration has beautiful tree-lined villages such as Dasmarinas, Urdaneta, Legaspi village or San Antonio, to name a few. The rents are however higher than elsewhere. The access to the school is "relatively" fast thanks to the Skyway which serves well this part of Manila.
Average travel time from home to school: 30 min

BGC/Taguig/Pasay: Located to the north of the Eurocampus, about 10% of the families chose to move there. These communities offer the same advantages and disadvantages as Makati.  
Average travel time from home to school: 30 min

Muntinlupa/Las Piñas: About 12% of the families chose to move to the "green" south of the Eurocampus in the towns of Muntinlupa and Las Pinas in villages such as Ayala Alabang, Alabang Hills, BF Homes, Filinvest or Hillsborough. The travel time to campus is longer but the area is less urbanized. Depending on the village, rents can be high.
Average commute time to school: 35 min

All of these communities are served by the pedagogical school shuttle and/or the school bus during face to face classes.

*Data update: October 2021
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