Santiago, Chile – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

The capital and largest city in Chile. A modern city, and the financial, political and economic centre of the country. Located just a few hours from the ocean and snow-capped mountains, Santiago is a perfect base for exploring the varied and unique geography of Chile. But the city of Santiago has plenty to offer as well.

POPULATION: 5,500,000 


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN SANTIAGO, CHILE

$600.00 will do the trick for something basic.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN SANTIAGO, CHILE

7/10

Has everything that’d you’d expect a city of its size to have in regards to nightlife, but not as easy to find the popular places as it is in other cities. Las Condes and Vitacura neighbourhoods probably have the best options.

I recommend: Las UrracasA barrel of fun to be had here. They have both a lounge and a disco, so if you tire of the loud music or want to have a chat with someone, you need only go upstairs.

 

IS SANTIAGO SAFE?

Santiago is one of the safest metropolises in South America. There are a few dangerous neighbourhoods, but you’re unlikely to wander into them by mistake. Police here are trustworthy.

 

COST OF LIVING IN SANTIAGO, CHILE 

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $1410 USD/month to live in Santiago, Chile

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FINAL THOUGHTS

A typical large city. Feels a bit soulless, unfortunately. It also isn’t cheap; prices are getting close to what you’d pay in the United States. The people are reserved, but friendly once given a chance. I’d recommend Santiago for a long-term stay because it is safe, modern and orderly. Also, once you get in with a social group of young Chileans, things will start opening up for you.


OVERALL RATING: 7/10


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