Hanoi is a vibrant, bustling, changing and exciting city to explore and discover!

The parent volunteers of the School Community Organisation (SCO) organise a bus tour to show new parents a glimpse of the city and is a great opportunity to meet other parents. Register here for the February 8 Bus Tour.

Beyond UNIS

Below is a list of resources that new families may find useful. Take your time, surf the web and get a feel for the city!

  • Moving to Hanoi? - Hanoi International Women's Club collection of practical information about moving to Hanoi
  • Real Estate - VietLong Housing and Image Group Properties are agencies the school works together with (but there are many more).
    • UNIS Hanoi families are spread throughout Hanoi, a large number choose to live in Tay Ho district or Ciputra (the residential compound in which UNIS Hanoi is located). Other areas where families live include the districts of Ba Dinh, Cau Giay, Long Bien and Hoan Kiem.
  • Chameleon City - is a live support platform that gives users 24/7 access to a team of Insiders in Hanoi who help take the guesswork out of living abroad.
  • Hanoi Connections - List of where to shop, online merchants, medical practices, fitness centres, electronics and more (hint: most places offer cash on delivery)
  • Food Delivery - Choose a restaurant, pick your food and pay upon delivery (Eat.vn | Vietnammm.com )

  • Hanoi Family  - A great google group for expatriate families to ask questions, find home help, purchase used goods and find out about local events for the family. To join simply email HanoiPlayGroup@gmail.com and ask to be put in the Hanoi Family group
  • The Word - online version of the free monthly magazine with features and news as well as a guide to what's on 
  • The New Hanoian - Hanoi's community-produced local reviews and answers guide
  • Friends of Vietnam Heritage - Friends of Vietnam Heritage (FVH) is a non-formal group of mainly Hanoi residents from many countries, including Vietnam, whose basic goal the preservation and advancement of Vietnamese heritage and culture, and whose purpose is to enhance and deepen the understanding of Vietnam's culture. FVH functions as a non-profit educational group.

Still have questions about your move? Contact our Community Liaison Officer, Nathalie Grun, for questions and support during your transition.

Kindly note that the resources above are not officially endorsed by UNIS Hanoi, but rather a collection of useful contact information pulled together to help families get settled.


  • United Nations International School of Hanoi
  • G9 Ciputra
  • Tay Ho
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
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