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Where to live in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Updated on October 8, 2011

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Enjoy art in RecoletaEnjoy tree-lined streets in Buenos Aires.
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Enjoy art in Recoleta
Enjoy tree-lined streets in Buenos Aires.
Enjoy tree-lined streets in Buenos Aires.

Live Cheaply, Live Well in Buenos Aires

Many people who have visited Buenos Aires want to return to live there. And for good reason, Buenos Aires offers the all of the luxuries of a modern Western society at about a third of the cost. It is possible to live well and live cheaply in this cosmopolitan city that has been called the Paris of the South. This article will offer some advice on where to live in Buenos Aires.

Best Neighborhoods in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is known for its diversity of neighborhoods. Each has its own distinct personality. With this diversity comes reason for caution. Not all neighborhoods would be a good place for an ex-pat to live.

In general neighborhoods close to the center of the city, Microcentro, are more accommodating to foreigners.

Recoleta and adjacent Barrio Norte, are the most wealthy and cosmopolitan neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. There are always apartments for rent and they are close to amenities such as the Colón Theather, the Village Movie Theater, and a dozens of great places to eat and drink.

Retiro, also close to Recoleta, is where the main train depot and bus station are for this part of the city. If mobility is important, you may want to stay here. Recoleta, Barrio Norte, and Microcentro are all a short walk from here.

Palermo and Palermo Viejo are two neighborhoods that are exploding with foreigners. The bars and restaurants cater to an ex-pat crowd. The neighborhood that was once home to Jorge Luis Borges, is home to many upper class students and young professionals. This is the place for people in their 20s.

If being in the center of the ex-pat community does not appeal to you, try Belgrano or Colegiales. These neighborhoods are a little outside the beaten path for foreigners but are still great places to live. Belgrano and its Avenida Santa Fe has everything one needs to live comfortably. Plus, there is access to trains, buses, and subway to get to where you need to be.

Jobs for Ex-Pats in Buenos Aires

Often when people think of working abroad, they think of teaching English in a non-English speaking country. While this type of job abounds in Buenos Aires, there is much more available in the city than teaching.

Buenos Aires is a modern cosmopolitan city. It has offices for many Fortune 500 companies, as well as many domestic companies who might be interested in a well-trained foreigner. If you are interested in living there, you might start by researching your own company. See if they have offices there and see if you might transfer. If your own company does not have offices there, it is likely that a competitor does. Whatever your job is at home, that job likely exists in Buenos Aires, so you may not even have to change industries.

Today, it is more possible than ever to have a job that generates income remotely. High tech jobs, such as programming, design, and online publishing can all be done from Buenos Aires. The city has reliable high speed internet and ample office space available. There is even a labor force trained and ready to be employed for those who might have an entrepreneurial spirit.

investigate regulations related to your immigration status and ability to work. For this reason, it might help to have a company lawyer backing you up. If you don't, however, regulations in Argentina tend to straight forward. When in doubt, hire local attorneys to assist you.


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    Jennifer Hugsworthy 5 years ago from London

    I prefer Belgrano, Palermo, Colegiales, Villa Crespo and even Almagro as they have more ambiance. Would be less interested in Barrio Norte, Recoleta and Retiro, aprt from their convenience to the microcentre.

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    Woodson 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for the suggestion. I added a link above to the Buenos Aires Herald. They are the best resource for English speakers in the city. Their classifieds might help give you an idea for jobs.

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    cyncags 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed this hub but it leaves me wanting more :-) Do you have any articles that include crime levels and perhaps types of jobs an expat could have and still live comfortably?