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#1 paula1

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:47 PM

I'm currently researching areas to buy a place.

I'll have to move a couple of suburbs out of where I live now and where my kids go to school.
I'll probably end up with a 20 minute drive from the school.

If you drive your kids to school, how long is the drive?
Would you consider 20 mins too long? I don't want to move them out of the school they're in.

Any thoughts?

#2 SeaPrincess

Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:55 PM

For me the issue wouldn't be the drive but the parking.  Being able to walk to school has changed my life!

#3 LoudMuffin

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:03 PM

We walk original.gif It's about a 5- 10 min walk away depending on how they were dragging their feet.

We will be moving to another area at the end of next year so I can still walk DSD2 to high school (the high school near here is too far away to walk) and the little ones to primary even though that means changing my sons school going into year 1. Just one of those things sometimes.

#4 Wiggle-fan's_Mum

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:05 PM

We live a couple of suburbs away but it's only about a 10 min drive, max 13, sometimes 8 biggrin.gif I wouldn't consider 20 min too long at all.  Friends have just moved and are 20 min from school, a shop and 35 min from her work and 50 min from his work - they chose that and so far (6 weeks in) are loving it and don't mind the commute.  By the same token there was a girl in my DD's Kindy class who moved out to the same area as these friends and she couldn't cope with the 20 min commute (and a 3 year old) and at the end of that year took teh kids out of school and is now in her second year of homeschooling (currently Year 2, Year 6 and Year 8 and the youngest Kindy)

#5 kay11

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:07 PM

One thing I hated about living far from school (one and a half hours by public transport - tiring and it sucked..) was that it was hard to participate in anything after school and also all my friends lived an hour and a half away from me - which made my teenage years lonely and boring.

20 minutes doesn't sound too bad though..

#6 emnut

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:12 PM

we are 25 mins from DS's school & nearly 3 years in & I hate it - I have far better things to do with close to 2 hours every day by the time the school drop offs & pick ups are done.

#7 Dowager fancie

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:13 PM


DD's primary school was a couple of hundred metres from home.

Her high school is a couple of kms as the crow flies, but a dedicated school bus picks her up very near to home and drops her at the school gate 10 minutes later.



#8 yabbadabbadoo

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:13 PM

500 metres, but I would be ok with 20 minutes drive.


#9 belinda1976

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:14 PM

I personally wouldn't drive the 20 mins to school unless I really really REALLY!!! wanted my DD's going there.

My DD1 goes to school literally around the corner from us about a 200m walk which is fabulous as I hear so many of the other mothers complaining about parking.

#10 sarah_jane

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:19 PM

<500m. It's literally on the next block. Along with the junior campus of the state high school (most likely option if we stay here!)

Works great for us, but I grew up about 20 mins from school (on the bus) and that was fine as well.

#11 Kreme

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:22 PM

We live a 2 minute drive or a 15 min walk from our school.
I wouldn't want to be much further away than a 10-15 min drive, especially while kids are young and dependent on me to transport them everywhere. I also would be reluctant to do after school playdates with someone who lived that far away if it meant I would have to spend 40 mins in the car to pick up my child.

#12 knottygirl

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:26 PM

we live about a 10 minute walk from the school my kids will attend.  living close to the school was important to me.  the high school they will attend is about 5 minute drive, but there is a bus stop 10 min walk away.  They can either get the bus or else ride bikes.

#13 Owl_Little_Girls

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:31 PM

As of next year, about a 15 min drive . Not an issue for us either, DD attends preschool in the same area 3 days a week, so the extra 2 are no hassel.



#14 unicycle

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:34 PM

the 9 km away from school didn't seem so far ( 36 km a day driving), until they had friends 10 km away in the other direction from school; it made after school plays impossible.

#15 Space Ninja Jetson

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:34 PM

About 10 minutes away. We're about to move, so it'll be about 15 minutes away from the new place.

It doesn't faze me at all - 15 minutes is pretty much nothing.

#16 Chocolate Addict

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:42 PM

1.5km away. Takes a few minutes, but parking is a pain in the butt.
I would not go to a school 20 minutes away unless for a bloody good reason. I am lazy and don't do mornings! lol

#17 Arthena

Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:50 PM

we are a 20 minute drive from school but its a fantastic private school, we made the decision based on how good the school is

#18 *LucyE*

Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:23 PM

We are about a 15 min drive with decent drop off zones.

I went to a high school 1.5hrs train ride away.

I don't think 20mins is a big deal.

#19 ~shannon~

Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:40 PM

I wouldn't drive 20 minutes each way if I could help it. Initially it will seem fine, but it does get painful over time, especially if they've left stuff at home! I also found it became a problem trying to get there on time to pick her up again in the afternoon as I worked part-time. I can now see just how much of a big chunk of my day is was to spend 40 minutes in the car.
I have also lived 10 minutes drive from my DD's school, which was better, and now we live within two minutes drive which is brilliant, and often walk or ride bikes to school. We have to cross a highway though, so she's not old enough to go on her own yet.


#20 2bundles

Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:45 AM

We are 10-15mins from DD's school. Wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't the opposite direction to my work!

I wouldn't do more than that for primary. I'm hoping only a few more years and she can catch the train.

The worst part is that not many kids live close to us, so play dates are less frequent.

#21 idignantlyright

Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:51 AM

For DD8yrs we walk straight out the door and across the road then down 2 houses to the bus stop to get her to school.
The bus drops her 5 houses away on our side of the street, but her sister is there to meet her when she gets off.
By car it is about 5-10mins depending on traffic. Walking it is about 30mins.

DD13's school is a 5-10min walk depending on what sort of mood you are in and whether or not some of the people are out in their yards. This causes the kids to have to change to the other side of the road, because one has been know to proposition the girls.

#22 Crinkle cut

Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:51 AM

20 minutes doesn't sound like much - but remember by the time you drop them off and do the return trip you are probably actually looking at 50 minutes, twice a day.  For up to 12 years.  That's a lot of travel time.  It would also depend if it was on my way somewhere - work or shops or other place I frequent so I could combine trips.

I'd do that for a great school, or a great location out of town, but not for an average school in the next suburb over.

We are a 15 minute drive from my kids primary, BUT, we live on acreage out of town and they go to a fabulous little independant school on the way into town - so worth it IMO.

Edited by ~maryanne~, 13 November 2012 - 05:53 AM.


#23 ~JASB~

Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:20 AM

About 12 mins for us.  It used to be 20-25 mins when there was major roadworks on the way (went on for close to 2 years).  That was draining, but because it was so long just sitting in traffic.  20 mins of straight driving wouldn't worry me.

DS#3's best friend lives around 30 mins away from school.  They travel because it's a great school and they are happy to do it.

Edited by ~JAS~, 13 November 2012 - 06:21 AM.


#24 belindarama

Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:22 AM

We lived a theoretically 20 min drive from school for the first 2 terms this year. We were building a new house and it was his FYOS so it was worth it.

However, in morning traffic it was up to 45 minutes. No way to know what it would be so you had to give yourself 45 minutes.

Afternoon traffic was around half an hour some days, especially Fridays.

So it took up to 3 hrs a day with return trips.

If you plan on having any more babies that adds another complication.

The other issue is playdates etc. It is just too hard for most people and we didn't do many before we moved.

It was such a relief to move 800 metres from the school. I wouldn't do it for anything less than a spectacular school.

Edited by belindarama, 13 November 2012 - 06:24 AM.


#25 LookMumNoHands

Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:33 AM

About ten minutes walk.

I'm not as concerned about how far away their high school will be, as long as there is public transport available if needed.

My nephew goes to a private school in the area that has no public transport routes close by, only designated school buses. It has been very annoying for him at the moment, because he has exams and only needs to be at school for a couple of hours at a time.




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