Because of its strong economy, many people throughout Brazil, and even those who came from other countries, try their luck for golden opportunities in Florianopolis. However, moving from one place to another has never been an easy process. Thus, for those who are thinking about living in Floripa – as the city is also known – this guide may just help you.
Where to Live in the City
Located on the South of Brazil, which is the country’s richest section, the standard of living in Florianopolis is high. It is therefore to be expected that getting a place to live in the city will not come cheap. A condominium for instance can go an average of R$150 to R$300 per month, while those which are situated near the city’s restaurants, stores and shops can reach up to $146,000. Unfurnished studio apartments or flats are priced even higher, averaging on R$400 monthly.
Utilities and Services
A typical expat in Brazil pays an average of R$50 per month on electricity (and could even go more if an air conditioner is being used) and around R$350 – R$400 goes for food. Around 13-25% of a person’s salary on the other hand goes for tax which is being utilized for road constructions and other services in the city.
Most of the people in Floripa spend their money mostly on food. Although there are a lot of dining establishments in the city that cater to your specific needs and cravings, cooking for your own will actually save you more. You can of course splurge once in a while but you also have to remember that there are other things to spend for aside from food.
Planning to live in Floripa would also mean getting familiar not just with the modes of transportation in the city but with what is also most economical for one’s budget. The average fair of a one-way bus ride on the city’s center is about R$2.70. A taxi cab may be more expensive but many people prefer it for its convenience and comfort. On the other hand, getting your own car in the city may be considered by many to be just a luxury as they can really be expensive and impractical as traffic in Floripa gets very bad especially on peak hours.
If your apartment is near your office though, it is actually better to get there on foot. Not only is it economical, it is also practical as it helps you avoid traffic faster.