Cost Of Living In Medellin, Colombia “El Poblado”

Cost Of Living In Medellin Colombia still very reasonable. Read more:

The cost of living in Medellin, Colombia is still quite low and many times one can find a very affordable stay. Anything from affordable accommodation, food, and even nightlife. Medellin, Colombia is one of the best places to live in the world.

Take it from me I have been traveling around the world now for roughly 6 years. I have lived in 12 countries across 5 continents as well. Living in Medellin, Colombia is one of the best places to live year round. There are a few places that are better at certain times of the year but you simply cannot find a city like Medellin, Colombia throughout the entire year.

When considering the cost of living in Medellin, Colombia the accommodation will be cheap especially if you are on a backpacker budget: You can also look to rent an entire apt with friends or colleagues. It will be much cheaper than staying at a hotel.

Between $300-$1500 for housing.

Food is also very cheap. You can have a chef come to the house and cook you very good food including Salmon, Shrimp, and Steak and you will spend between $200-$300 per month. This includes fresh veggies from the market as well that she picks up fresh every day. If you are going to eat out then obviously it will cost a bit more

Food: Between $200-$300 With eating out: $400-$600

If you are going to be doing little things like going to the gym, taking Spanish classes, and taking salsa classes then that would cost a bit more as well.

Gym: $30-$100
Spanish Classes: $10-$20 an hour
Salsa Classes: $10-$20 (private sessions)

My cost of living in Medellin, Colombia is very cheap. I purchased a 7 bedroom penthouse and my total expenses for the month are roughly $748. This includes all utilities, internet, and even the chef and maid monthly.
Would definitely recommend coming to Medellin, Colombia and experiencing the city. It is one of the best cities to both live in the world and also to visit.

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  1. Mattia Zambaldi
    Mattia Zambaldi 11 May, 2016, 15:46
  2. project10bball
    project10bball 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    you won't be able to find a city anywhere in the world like Medellin year round, just curious, what about Lima, Buenos Aires, and Rio?

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  3. Chrisi77
    Chrisi77 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Thanks for the nice overview! Most likely I will visit Medellin at the end of this year. Hope so 🙂 .
    But my spanish is not very good.

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  4. T.E. F.S.
    T.E. F.S. 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Hey good video

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  5. cabala7
    cabala7 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    don't come to Colombia ,we don't need anger gringos here! or people that want to take advantage of our bad situation

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  6. Java Brown
    Java Brown 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Show us your penthouse ,will ya!!!!

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  7. TomnCosta Rica
    TomnCosta Rica 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Subway in León GTO Mexico, is very cheap and very fresh. I was astonished how good they were since I swore them off in Portland, Oregon a couple of years before I retired in 2013. Here in Costa Rica where I know live now I was in McDonald's recently where the Tico family in front of me had three meals and it was nearly $18 USD. I was treating two Ticos and mine was $22.

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  8. Elliot Nash
    Elliot Nash 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Thanks for the information. subbed

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  9. Richard Waverijn
    Richard Waverijn 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    with an income from around $350 it's not a cheap country!

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  10. Samuel McElvenny
    Samuel McElvenny 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Last question: What areas in Medellin are areas I should stay away from?

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  11. Samuel McElvenny
    Samuel McElvenny 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    And what is the weather like? Does it get really cold? Will I need to pack a huge parka or it warm throughout the year?

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  12. Samuel McElvenny
    Samuel McElvenny 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Hey Marcelo, I messaged you before. Your info was good. I am now on my way to Medellin to study Spanish at EAFIT university for at least a year in less than 10 days. I am a little nervous but excited. I have a few questions: 1. Where should I take up salsa and bachata group classes? I am not a beginner as I have been taking classes in these styles for over 2 years.
    2. What is the public transportation like? Is it easy to get around? For example, I want to live in Laureles but need to get to EAFIT everyday
    3. What vaccinations do I need to take before coming to Colombia? I know I have to take the yellow fever vaccination.

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  13. NisaChannel
    NisaChannel 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Why have you settled in Medellin, Colombia exactly??

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  14. Sean Jones
    Sean Jones 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Great Vid…What do you do for a living? How do you afford all that travel?

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  15. Brus Sprinsti
    Brus Sprinsti 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Just remember something: Colombia is not an easy place to live for too long. Let me explain. The authorities just let you stay there as a tourist for three months. Then you will have to go to the DAS, Departmento Administrativo de Seguridad, in order to ask for the salvoconducto, that is, an allowance to stay there for 1 month longer. At the end of the fourth month you ask for another month. At the end or before the fifth you can ask for one another… the last. Depending on the chief that sign this allowances, they can deny it or shorten the period. The DAS, something to have into account. The will investigate what you do or what you did, where you have been to, if they want. You cannot work as a tourist. If you work in Colombia you'll have to inform them if you change the job. Perhaps people think that is quite easy, but it's not.

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  16. Acen Kay
    Acen Kay 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Was that 300-600 dollars a week for rent or a month ?

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  17. rowchdi
    rowchdi 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Hey man. You used the word "cheap" talking about the cost of everything you mentioned, and compared to my state "Alaska" I really don't see anything cheap, knowing I live in the most expensive state.
    – 5 Star Hotels, you said $85 to $150. I don't know about 5 star here, but I stayed in hotels that are super nice with less than $150.
    – Room $300 to $800. I am renting a 1 bedroom with $875 in Alaska.
    – House $1500. I've rented a 3 bedroom house in an upscale neighborhood with $1700.
    – Food $200 to $600. I spend $300 to $400 a month.
    – Gym $30 to $100. I pay Planet Fitness $29. And the most expensive gym in my city is $100.
    – Drinks $3 to $10. I don't drink but I have seen my friends all the times paying less than $10.
    – Bottles $50 to $70. I have seen bottles at the stores mostly ranging between $19 to $40.
    – House $200.000. My friend just bought one with $250.000. However, it is only 3 bedrooms in an upscale neighborhood.
    Compared to Medellin, my state is way cheaper. You know why? because I am positive the individual income in Medellin is way lower than here.
    Sorry, based on what you stated in the video, life is very expensive in that city.

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  18. Samuel McElvenny
    Samuel McElvenny 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Hi Marcelo, Sam from Australia here. I am travelling to Medellin at the start of next year to study Spanish at EAFIT university. As I don't know anyone there, how will I go about renting whilst I am over there? I don't need to live in luxury. I'm cool as long as there is a bed, kitchen and bathroom. Is there a site to go to for expats to give info about renting there, because I don't want to spend all my savings on rent or get ripped off! What would you do?

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  19. Tony Angelino
    Tony Angelino 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    WanderingTrader, how's the situation there for English teaching? Is it fairly easy to land a job as an English teacher? Are salaries decent?

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  20. Constance Mote
    Constance Mote 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    I want to visit Medellin so much! I'm working on learning Spanish and I love the Paisa dialect:) I just like them so much because they are so affectionate and warm, just so friendly:) Also, the cost of living seems very reasonable!

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  21. Semsem Eini
    Semsem Eini 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    You must speak Spanish.

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  22. StormRider
    StormRider 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    I currently live in Medellin. This is one of the most overrated cities I've ever came across.

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  23. Antony Stagg
    Antony Stagg 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Hi man, great video, how did you the background to display the text on your videos? To make it look like a presentation.

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  24. Rene Ruiz
    Rene Ruiz 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    What nationality are you? 

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  25. Caroline Smith
    Caroline Smith 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Is it easy to find work 

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  26. evert coca
    evert coca 11 May, 2016, 15:46


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  27. sbb85
    sbb85 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    medillin when i went there a few years ago was quite expensive…i did not find it cheap at all…nice place though,,,,

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  28. Jaime Jaramillo
    Jaime Jaramillo 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Hey marchello hey what's up, I'm going to Medellin Colombia August 6th to the 9th in your opinion what is the best hotel to stay at location wise. I'm going with a few friends and we looking to party. Would love to stay somewhere close to the night life. . Look foward to hearing from u..

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  29. vol jack
    vol jack 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    I love Medellin and tell all my friends about it.  I have visited a few times but if I were to move there fresh as a green gringo here is what I would do.  Rent a place in Poblado for 3 months.  Take an immersion spanish class and commit to learning the language and culture.  After 4-6 weeks you can branch out.  I agree to learn to dance – salsa and other dances are integral to the culture.  Also learn the music.  If you work hard you can be fairly integrated in 2-3 months.  During that time you will get to know the city and can look to move to a more local type neighborhood and really get the flavor of "La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera."

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  30. TheBeachboy1107
    TheBeachboy1107 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Where would I find a chef Im moving out there what the best city

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  31. Athena Anderson
    Athena Anderson 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    hey i am thinking about  coming to medellin to see my best friends i was wondering what is the best hotels to go to

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  32. Juan Fer
    Juan Fer 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Are you studing in some University in Medellin o have job there?

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  33. WanderingTrader
    WanderingTrader 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    +Diana Mcgovern Many cities in Colombia are quiet cheap (except Bogota). I would recommend Medellin it is still very cheap compared to international standards. It is one of the best places to live in the world.

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  34. Juan Fer
    Juan Fer 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Medellin is one of the most expensive cities in Colombia.

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  35. Camila Carmichael
    Camila Carmichael 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Ugh I can't wait to move back to Colombia next year…

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  36. lukez874
    lukez874 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Which neighborhoods/areas of Medellin would you recommend living in for expats that are looking for decent/affordable housing?  

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  37. Jared Jorgensen
    Jared Jorgensen 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    how to you afford to travel for 6 months straight? Im new to your channel. What do you do for a living

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  38. justin connor
    justin connor 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Do you have an instagram or any form of social media besides youtube where you post pictures of your travel?

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  39. Tavin Lucy
    Tavin Lucy 11 May, 2016, 15:46
  40. Athena Anderson
    Athena Anderson 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    my best friend lives in medellin wish i could go over there for a week or two to see what it was like

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  41. WanderingTrader
    WanderingTrader 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    +worldstarnekkas I know many people that do not speak Spanish that actually prefer to live in Laureles. Most people in Colombia don't speak English as it is so its irrelevant what part of the city you ar eliving in.

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  42. worldstarnekkas
    worldstarnekkas 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Yes, but you are talking pricing in non-gringo areas. Most of the people watching this WILL be staying in Poblado. Laureles is cheaper, YES, but far harder for gringos to navigate. I personally like Laureles, but I put in the work to learn spanish and Paisa culture, but your average gringo will not put that kind of work in to survive in Laureles. It should also be noted that you CAN NOT get into clubs WITHOUT girls entering with you. In other words, you and 3 of your boys CAN NOT walk into a club without chicks. Period. So that is where the prepagos come in, best 'wingmen' eva! Just know this: being alone is the kiss of death….wingmen and friends at any cost, or you'll die on the vine, kids. also, LEARN SOME SPANISH BEFORE GOING!!!!

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  43. HARRY S
    HARRY S 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    be there in two months, ive shopped around and it seems your prices are on point.. Medellin seems to be much cheaper then Bogota, and I mean north bogota and some parts of el centro. Spend alot of time in Bogota but this will be my first time medellin. Thanks for the info

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  44. mega0876
    mega0876 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    Not bad  200k for a 7 bedrooms Penthouse , But still is Colombia come on now is not like is Hawaii

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  45. Jimmy Lee
    Jimmy Lee 11 May, 2016, 15:46

    When you say dollars, do you mean american dollars? Or colombian dollars? What ever those are.

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