Moving to Santiago, Chile
Last updated on Apr 22, 2023
Summary: Santiago, Chile is an attractive destination for expats due to its vibrant culture, stunning natural beauty, and strong economy. The city is home to a diverse population, with a variety of cultural activities, restaurants, and nightlife. Additionally, Santiago is a great place to live for those looking for a lower cost of living than many other major cities. Before moving to Santiago, it is important to be aware of the city's high levels of air pollution, which can be a health hazard. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the city's high crime rate, and to take necessary precautions to stay safe. It is also important to be aware of the city's high cost of living, and to budget accordingly. Finally, it is important to be aware of the city's strict visa requirements, and to ensure that all necessary paperwork is in order before arriving.
What do I need to know before moving to Santiago?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Santiago, they said:
"Santiago is the capital of Chile and is a vibrant and diverse city. It is important to research the cost of living in Santiago before moving, as it can be quite expensive. It is also important to be aware of the local culture and customs, as well as the language. It is recommended to learn some Spanish before moving to Santiago, as it is the most widely spoken language in the city. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the climate in Santiago, as it can be quite hot and dry during the summer months. Finally, it is important to research the different neighborhoods in Santiago, as each one has its own unique character and attractions," commented one expat who made the move to Santiago.
How do I find a place to live in Santiago?
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