Johannesburg, South Africa

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

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

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What do I need to know about living in Johannesburg?

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

"The biggest concern for this country is crime. You have to be careful and have to sacrifice a bit of freedom in terms of moving out," said another expat in Johannesburg.

"Work with a relocation person to find out about shopping, schools, banking, etc. Check out Joburg (if possible) in advance. There are a lot of problems with crime so one has to be hyper aware at all times. But hey, it's Africa and Joburg in particular has it's own kinda vibe.........not a bad thing. Good luck," added another person living in Johannesburg.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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