Hi everyone. I just took the leap to become an expat and decided on Uraguay. Based on my research, it seems to be what I am looking for. I will arrive May 24, 2017 and will be looking to rent a place to avoid extended hotel stays. I am single, AA female professional. Looking to make expat connections and lasting friendships. If you know if any rental leads, I certainly will appreciate it. Otherwise, I open myself up to any tips you might have as I begin to arrive.
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- Does anyone live in Montevideo?36w
- Mark MercerOwnerQuite a few folks live in Montevideo. Including expat/immigrants. :-)
But the beachside towns along the coast east from it are popular too, as are the inland areas.
What you won't find in Uruguay, unlike many Latin American countries popular with expats, are "expat colonies" or "Gringolandia' districts. We're all a little more spread out, and a bit less visible and more societally-integrated than, for instance, Gringolandia in Cuenca, Ecuador, or San Jose de Allende in Mexico, or big swathes of Panama, etc.
There are "expat gatherings" and "expat meetings", though. Some in Montevideo. Some right here where I live in the modest beach resort town of Atlántida about 45 km out from the center of Montevideo. (Expat meeting for Atlantida finally actually back in Atlántida - at least one of the 2 per month, as of this month, after years of being inconvenient to those actually in the city who didn't want to bus-it or drive-it.)
But though there are lots of expats in Atlantida, lots in various barrios of Montevideo like Pocitos, some in Piriápolis, some in Colonia, some in Punta del Este (pricey-glitzy and has a Trump Tower; my uruguaya friend from Florida says "Punta is not Uruguay"), there is no specific "expat area".
Which I take as a big PLUS for Uruguay. However, some may legitimately take that as a big MINUS.35w
- I understand that there is an English-speakers meeting in Punta del Este but as place to live, it is like a lot of the coastal towns in "emptying out" during off season (April-November; we could hardly find anything open then from Bello-Horizonte-Las Vegas besides a grocery store) and not much really during high season.
Atlantida is more of a year-around town and so it is uniquely desirable. I don't think that there is an English-speakers meeting in Montevideo currently.
*My info says: third Monday of the month Time: 11:00 a.m. at CALEXICO Restaurant, located atPASO DE LA CADENA street at the corner of DUNQUERKE street,off the Rotonda at Artigas and Roosevelt Avenues. Across the street from El Novillo Alegre. If someone knows that is wrong or only high season, please let us know.35w
- Thanks both Bill and Mark. I will be looking for a modest rental apt. ($750-$1,000). I'm thinking that Montevideo is the best place to look and could offer more availability. However, it could be the exact opposite. I plan to arrive May 24th, 2017. Stay at a hotel for about a week before I can secure a place. I'm glad to hear that expats are integrated throughout the country. Is it customary that apartments come furnished?35w
- I don't think it's customary but perhaps negotiable. Furniture may be marginal from US expectations. I have seen summer places that were furnished but very high and people renting for just 15-30 days. I have also seen places that rent stuff to furnish. In May it may cool enough to see if apartment buildings have their heat on yet. But there may be a date it gets turned on like June 1 but if it isn't on yet, I'd be skeptical about that date and stay in the hotel an extra day or two and come back when it is supposed to be on to verify that it's acceptable. On just someone's say-so, I would wonder if building has heat at all. While not as cold as the northern US, it can still feel really cold here. I don't know about pricing. Perhaps for $1000 and longer lease, you can get an acceptable place. But you need to put several months' deposit down.35w