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Arriving in Argentina: 8 Top Tips for Expats
By Connor Davies, Aspirations Abroad

If you are planning to become an expat in Argentina for a few months, a year, or longer, you’ll want to settle in as quickly as possible upon arrival. Here are some useful tips and resources for finding accommodation, meeting people, and getting the most out of your time here so that you will feel right at home in no time at all.

1. Meet Up with Other Expats

One of the first things you will want to do is meet up with some other expats, and luckily the expat community is thriving (in Buenos Aires at least). Make a beeline for the South American Explorers office in San Telmo. This is an organization which arranges meet-ups, games evenings, Spanish conversation classes, outings, and voluntary placements. It is a great way to meet new people, and if you become a member you can get discounts on many of their events.

2. Get Your Questions AnsweredCasa Rosada

If you have questions about any aspect of life in Argentina then I highly recommend taking a trip to the Travelsur forum, which is the best Argentinian forum I have found. Almost any question you can imagine has already been asked, and the knowledgeable locals can nearly always point you in the right direction.

3. Buy Electric Goods Before You Arrive

One quick tip which could save you a lot of money is to purchase any computers, tablets, smartphones, etc, before you arrive because the added import taxes make them much more expensive to buy in Argentina. It is also becoming increasingly difficult to import almost anything, whether it is electrical or not, and restrictions have even been placed on books! Things change all the time here, so to be on the safe side I would recommend bringing everything you need with you.

Obelisco4. Find Somewhere to Live

Unless you become a legal resident of the country, your best bet for finding somewhere to live will probably be a private apartment rental. There are lots of companies offering this service, but the one which I would recommend is Pura Buenos Aires. Here you can arrange your rental accommodation for a few days, weeks, months, or longer, and most apartments come with all the essentials like Wi-Fi, cable TV, and all bills included.

5. Be Prepared to Eat Late

This was one of the things which threw me the most when I first arrived. People eat very late here, so if you are invited to dinner or go out to eat in the evening then don’t expect to eat before 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. at the earliest.

6. Order Food in English

If you want to order food to go but your Spanish is still not quite there then you can order whatever you want Buenos Aires Delivery. Here you can search for nearby restaurants and place your order in English, and you then just pay as normal when the food is delivered.

7. Keep Up With the NewsCathedral

If you do not speak Spanish and cannot read the local newspapers, there is a very good English newspaper in Buenos Aires called The Buenos Aires Herald. Read the articles online or pick up a copy in your local ‘kiosco’ to keep up to date with all the latest happenings.

8. And For Everything Else There’s…

Craigslist. This site is big in Buenos Aires and you can use it to find apartments, jobs, Spanish classes, clubs, and more. I’ve used it a lot over the last few years and it has proved to be a very useful resource. Argentina: A Fantastic Expat Destination These are a few tips to get you started when you first arrive in Argentina. This is an amazing country to live in and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


© Connor Davies

Connor Davies lives in Argentina where he enjoys a location-independent existence working as a freelance writer, marketer, and English teacher amongst other things. For more information on making a living from anywhere in the world, you’ll find all you need to know—and a free ebook to get you started—at Aspirations Abroad.

 Article and Photos courtesy of Connor Davies.