I received some requests to write up my cost of living in Medellín, Colombia so here we go. I’ve lived in Medellín on and off for about 6 months. It’s a popular nomad hub because of its low cost of living, eternal spring climate, and great parties. You would meet a lot of creative talents and people from all walks of life in the city. There are many expats and digital nomads who reside in Medellín so you can always find a supportive foreigner community.
To give you a better idea, I live near El Poblado but it’s not walkable to the gringo hub near Parque Lleras. I have to cab every morning to get to a cafe because my apartment is up on the hill. Last year, I lived in Manila and it was close to many good cafes and restaurants, but I moved because I wanted a more stable accommodation. You can probably find cheaper accommodation in Laureles and Envigado and have a more “local” experience as they say. Some nomads in Laureles and Envigado have this “Brooklyn pride” in being in the peripheral areas, but I think it’s silly. Many upper middle class Colombians hang out in El Poblado and they’re also “locals”… Just a side comment on how some Westerners think they’re hipsters because they live farther away, lol. I wouldn’t choose Brooklyn or Queens if I could afford Manhattan.
This monthly budget is based on my personal lifestyle, but my expenses certainly went up after I started dating someone. You heard me, ladies, stay single. But I still love you, Tyler <3. Your expenses can vary depending on if you’re going on any side trip. It’s very common to take a weekend trip to the coast or the coffee region, and that would increase your monthly expense of course.
I hope this monthly budget is helpful. You can check out Numbeo for a detailed breakdown of how much each item costs. Feel free to ask me any questions about living in Medellín 🙂