Expat Exchange
Free MembershipSign In

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 16, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

Allianz Care
Allianz Care
Allianz Care
Allianz Care

What do I need to know before moving to Port Elizabeth?

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

"Port Elizabeth, also known as the "Friendly City", is located in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa and is known for its warm hospitality and beautiful beaches. Before moving to Port Elizabeth, expats should be aware that although English is widely spoken, there are 11 official languages in South Africa, including Afrikaans and Xhosa. The cost of living in Port Elizabeth is relatively low compared to other major cities in South Africa, making it an attractive destination for expats. The city has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers, so it's important to pack accordingly. Healthcare in Port Elizabeth is of a high standard, with both public and private hospitals available, but expats are advised to have comprehensive health insurance. The city is generally safe, but like any other city, it has areas that are best avoided, especially at night. Public transportation in Port Elizabeth is not very reliable, so having a car is almost essential. The city has a variety of housing options, from apartments in the city center to houses in the suburbs, and it's recommended to use a reputable real estate agent to find suitable accommodation. Port Elizabeth has a diverse food scene, with a mix of traditional South African cuisine and international options. The city is also known for its vibrant nightlife, with a variety of bars, clubs, and live music venues. The city has a number of good schools, both public and private, and several universities, making it a good place for expats with families. Lastly, it's important to note that South Africa has a high unemployment rate, so it's advisable to secure a job before moving," commented one expat who made the move to Port Elizabeth.

Answer this Question

How do I find a place to live in Port Elizabeth?

Please login to continue reading this article.

Not a member? Join Today (it's free).

About the Author

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.

Allianz Care
Allianz Care

Flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Use Promocode: LIFE10 and get 10% off your international health insurance for life!
Get Quote

Allianz CareAllianz Care

Flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Use Promocode: LIFE10 and get 10% off your international health insurance for life!
Get Quote

Contribute to South Africa Network Contribute
Help others in South Africa by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in South Africa.

Allianz Care
Allianz Care

Copyright 1997-2024 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal