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Cape Town, South Africa: Cost of Living, Healthcare, Local Clubs and Activities, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Cape Town | Expat Exchange
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Cape Town, South Africa

William Russell
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William Russell
William Russell

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on May 01, 2023

Summary: People often describe Cape Town, South Africa as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with stunning natural beauty. Expats love the city's laid-back atmosphere, its diverse culture, and its proximity to the beach. The weather in Cape Town is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $1,500 to $2,500 per month, depending on lifestyle. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Cape Town is typically around $800 to $1,200 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $1,200 to $2,000 per month. The approximate population of Cape Town is 4.5 million people.

What do I need to know about living in Cape Town?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Cape Town, they said:

"Before retiring in Cape Town, expats should research the cost of living and the availability of healthcare services. It is also important to familiarize oneself with the local culture and customs, as well as the language. Additionally, expats should consider the safety of the area and the availability of transportation. Finally, it is important to research the visa and residency requirements for living in South Africa," wrote a member in Cape Town.

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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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