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Cost of Living in South Africa

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in South Africa? Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in South Africa talk about the general living costs, the cost of housing and health insurance.

What is the average cost of housing in South Africa?

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If you are thinking about moving to South Africa, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Lower, but so is the quality of the house. No, central heating and very large single pane windows to give examples," added another person living in Johannesburg.

"Haven't lived in NZ for a while but compared to UK and Ireland and US where I lived it is much cheaper (except food) - I could never have the lifestyle anywhere else that I have here," explained one expat living in Cape Town.

"Housing costs are much lower than in the U.S. I do not know the average cost," said another in Johannesburg.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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South Africa GuideSouth Africa Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in South Africa.

South Africa Forum South Africa Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in South Africa on our South Africa forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

South Africa Index South Africa Index
An index of all of our site's South Africa information.

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