A lot of parents will agree that having a school a hop, skip and jump away from home is a godsend. One of the advantages of living near a school in Dubai is that one doesn’t have to worry about extensive commutes, which can be particularly tiring in the scorching summers. We at Bayut partnered with Edarabia.com to compare rents with school fees, to find out how much it will cost you to live near a school, based on published school fees and average annual rents. The good news for parents is that both rents and school fees have reduced on average for 2018, with school fees going down by 10-15% in some areas, and rents down by 15-20%, as per the Q1 real estate market report for key neighbourhoods. Let’s take a look at the best residential areas near schools in Dubai.
Upscale neighbourhoods near high-end schools in Dubai
According to the statistics gathered by Edarabia, the most expensive schools in Dubai are concentrated around Nad Al Sheba, Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) and Al Sufouh. Nad Al Sheba is predictably home to some of the most elite schools in Dubai, including, Kings, Repton, Hartland International and Kent College. Parents hoping to enroll their children in any of the nine schools in Nad Al Sheba will be happy to note that annual fees for all year groups have come down to AED 65k. In terms of rental trends in the area, the villas in Nad Al Sheba also experience an overall decrease in prices; 4-bedroom villas in Nad Al Sheba showed a decline of 15.7%, with the average annual rent at AED 223K.
Next on the list of high-end schools in Dubai is JVC, which despite having just two schools, records almost similar annual fees for all year groups at AED 63k. Properties in JVC are, however, much more affordable than those in Nad Al Sheba. The annual rent for 1-bedroom apartments averages at AED 60k and a comparable 4-bedroom villa in JVC rents out for an average of AED 140k, which is significantly lower than the trends for Nad Al Sheba. Rents on average fell across most apartments and villas in JVC, with 3-bedroom villas showing the most significant fall of 20.7% at AED 135k. Parents looking to send their children to these exclusive schools can take a look at more information on Jumeirah Village Circle to find out the lifestyle in the area. Other areas near JVC to rent properties near schools include the villas and apartments in Dubai Sports City and International Media Production Zone (IMPZ).
When it comes to the three schools in Al Sufouh, annual fees on average for all years is AED 59k. The properties for rent in Al Sufouh start with 1-bedroom apartments at AED 82k, 2-bedroom flats at AED 107k and 3-bedroom units at AED 165k. For larger villas, the rents are comparable to those in Nad Al Sheba; 3-bedroom villas in Al Sufouh will set you back by AED 245k, and 4-bedroom houses by AED 260k. Parents can also look at the villas in the Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim for residential areas near schools in Al Sufouh. Both areas have experienced a fall in rental prices, with 3-bedroom villas in Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim averaging at AED 180k and AED 207k respectively. Residents whose children go to schools in Al Sufouh can also get to know more about the Umm Suqeim community, if they would like to move nearby to these schools.
Affordable neighbourhoods near Reasonably-Priced Schools in Dubai
According to the data collected by Edarabia, some of the most affordable schools in the city are located in Deira, Al Qusais, Muhaisnah and Al Karama. Incidentally, these are also some of the most affordable residential neighbourhoods in Dubai.
Al Qusais and Muhaisnah take the lion’s share of affordable schools in Dubai, with 33 institutions currently operating in the area including Millenium, GEMS Westminster and Dubai Scholars. The average annual fees across all years for schools in the area is a pocket-friendly AED 15.5k. When it comes to the properties for rent in Al Qusais, prices are also extremely modest. The annual rent on average for 1-bedroom flats are AED 51k, 2-bedroom apartments are AED 70k and 3-bedroom units are AED 87k. There are not too many villas in the area, but the highly sought-after villas in Mirdif are also close to these areas, making it perfect for families with children. The average annual rent for a 3-bedroom villa in Mirdif is AED 120k, one of the most affordable rates for a unit of this size in the city. The apartments for rent in Al Nahda are also good options for those looking to send their children to schools in Al Qusais or Muhaisnah. Interested in moving to Al Nahda? Take a closer look at the lifestyle of the Al Nahda community.
The 17 schools in Deira record the lowest average annual fees across all years at AED 12k. It’s also one of the most budget-friendly residential areas near schools in Dubai. Parents can look at an average annual rent of AED 57k for 1-bedroom apartments, AED 96k for 2-bedroom units and AED 137k for 3-bedroom flats in Deira. Those looking at villas close to schools in Deira can expect to shell out between AED 102k to AED 175k for 3 and 4-bedroom properties. For those whose children attend school in Deira and would like to move to the area, have a look at Bayut’s Deira Dubai guide for an overview of the community.
If you are looking at living close to the schools in Al Karama, rents are more or less similar to those in Deira, with the exception of 1-bedroom apartments, which average at a higher AED 72k per year. There are 12 schools around the area as per the records on Edarabia, with overall average annual fees of AED 16k across all age-groups. The school fees are substantially higher in neighbouring Bur Dubai at AED 34k per year. The rent for properties in Bur Dubai are however more or less comparable to those in Al Karama, so read up on the Bur Dubai overview if you are interested in moving to the area.
Living near a school, or across from it, has plenty of advantages; they really are the perfect neighbours. To get a better understanding of the best residential areas near schools in Dubai, here is a detailed infographic.