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Living cost in Uruguay???

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TAJOHNS
7/15/2008 15:31 EST

I have read some posts about living cost in Uruguay. 1 person say you have to pay atleast $800 to get an apartment that is ok whereas in another person say a couple can live ok on $700 a month. Rent being $300. My question is, whats right and what wrong? What kind of lifestyle differences are we talking about?

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valentine
7/24/2008 02:42 EST

When I moved to Uruguay in 2006 I got a beautiful place three blocks from the beach in Pocitos for U$S 280 per month. July 2007 an income tax was implemented and inflation has been very high ever since. I was not able to renew my lease and now my current rent in a smaller apartment nearby is U$S 750 because I know the owner. Other people in the building are paying over U$S 1000.

So, bottom line, things have changed.

It is no longer cheap to live here, nor is it as safe. Robberies and break ins are increasing.

I recommend moving to Uruguay because you like the culture and the atmosphere here, not because you want to live a Beverly Hills lifestyle on a Compton budget. That is still doable in places like Belize and Nicaragua, but not here anymore.

Good luck,
Elena

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maryjomeek
7/24/2008 15:03 EST

thank you for your hands on info re rentals and COL in UY; i appreciate it.

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lynnww666
8/11/2008 22:36 EST

I'm sorry to hear the life in Uruguay is becoming more difficult. My husband - who is from there - and I are coming to visit in the new year and thinking of relocating from Canada.
I hope though that the good things about the place will outweigh the bad and that we can perhaps find a nice life there (even if not a flashy one...)
Lynn

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valentine
8/23/2008 03:51 EST

I think you will like Uruguay. Being cautious of crime and bargain hunting at the grocery store do not detract from the charm of the culture.

I have friends at the Canadian Embassy and, unlike the very impersonal US Embassy which I had to interact with, they are very helpful and warm to Canadians in Uruguay needing referrals, advice, or just some sort of networking.

No doubt your husband has family who will be very helpful, but sometimes it is comforting to have someone from your culture give you a hand as you adjust to a whole new hemisphere.

Enjoy your new adventure. There is definitely a lot to love about Uruguay!

Elena

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gypsygirl1925
8/24/2008 14:27 EST

Sorry, I don't know your name, but I just wanted to tell you about a website for UY that is outstanding. There is tons of info from people living there and you can find out anything you want to know. It's www.uruguayliving.com. Go on the forums and you will be reading for days. Good luck,
Candy

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cjp724
9/9/2008 02:42 EST

There is a city cost guide for many countries at: tefl.com, and specifically for Uruguay: http://www.tefl.com/home/col_survey.html. You may have to register ---but you can register just to see the cost guide. There is no date on the guide, so I have no idea when it was last updated. According to another response on this forum, prices have gone up recently. You can check http://www.buscandocasa.com/ for apartment rentals with photos and prices. You can find exchange rates at: http://www.xe.com/ucc/full/. I don't know where you live now, but for an apartment that might cost me $1000-1500 in the U.S., it looks like there are some available in Montevideo for about $600-800.

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Wilbur
10/1/2008 07:02 EST

Make sure you are looking at costs in OCT 2008.. not Jan 2008, not Jan 2007, not earlier.

There has been some high inflation recently especially with real estate and food.

Don't believe the government reports of 8% annual inflation.

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