Last updated on Apr 22, 2023
Summary: People describe Santiago, Chile as a vibrant, modern city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the city's diverse neighborhoods, its excellent public transportation system, and its proximity to the Andes Mountains. The weather in Santiago is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $1,500 to $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Santiago is around $500 to $700 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $700 to $1,000 per month. The approximate population of Santiago is 6.5 million people.
What do I need to know about living in Santiago?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Santiago, they said:
"I would tell a friend looking to move here to learn a little Spanish first, don't bring everything you own with you because you can find all you need here and prepare to have a wonderful, new cultural experience because Chile is an interesting and beautiful place to live," commented one expat who made the move to Santiago.
What do I need to know before moving to Santiago?
About the Author
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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