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San Jose, Uruguay

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in San Jose, Uruguay: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to San Jose?

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

"San Jose is a small city with a population of around 36,000 people, offering a peaceful and relaxed lifestyle. The official language is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or at least basic phrases before moving. The city has a subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters, and it rains throughout the year. The cost of living in San Jose is relatively low compared to other cities in Uruguay, making it an attractive place for expats. The city offers a range of accommodation options, from apartments to houses, which are generally affordable. The healthcare system in Uruguay is of a high standard, with both public and private healthcare options available. Expats are eligible for public healthcare once they become permanent residents, but many choose to use private healthcare due to shorter waiting times. The city is safe, with a low crime rate, but like any place, it's always important to take basic safety precautions. Public transportation is reliable and widely used, but many locals and expats also choose to drive. San Jose has a range of local and international cuisine, with a particular emphasis on beef, as Uruguay is one of the world's top beef exporters. The city also has a vibrant wine culture, with many vineyards located nearby. The education system in Uruguay is free and compulsory for children aged between 4 and 14. There are also private schools available, some of which offer international curriculums. San Jose has a rich culture and history, with many festivals and events taking place throughout the year. The city is also close to the capital, Montevideo, making it easy to explore the rest of the country. Finally, it's important to note that the process of obtaining residency in Uruguay can be lengthy and requires various documents, so it's recommended to start this process well in advance of your move," said one expat who made the move to San Jose.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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