How much do I need per month for a sabbatical

jmartin

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Am considering moving to Buenos Airs to enrolle in spanish immersion courses. Am wanting to share a flat rather than rent one on my own. Not including the cost of the spanish language school, how much will I need per month, living modestly, including renting a room in an apartment in a decent neighborhood; private health insurance in Buenos Aires (for 42 year older male); and basic dining out a few times a week.

Any input is greatly appreciated!!!
 

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I´d say you will pay around 350 usd for a shared apt, then health insurance will be around 100 usd... with 1200usd per month you should be fine.
 

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I think you will get a tough time finding a 350 dollar shared appartment but it can be done(with a lot of luck)

Grocery - 300 dollar a month
Eating out 2 times a week - 400 dollar a month
Extra's including travel - 300 dollar
Health care - 150-200 dollar

I think you need atleast close to 1500 dollar to be more comfortable. And you offcourse need to pay your bills at home and buy the ticket.
 

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I'm not sure on the shared room - probably depends on what level of accommodation you're looking for - I'm assuming you probably don't want to share an apt with a 20 year old student. I'd budget around 400+ for a room. 150 -200 USD per month for health insurance is a safe bet - I'm currently paying about 175 USD for Swiss Med and am in my 30s. (although you don't need it, if you want to risk it as there is a free public hospital). As for the rest - it's so variable it's hard to say.
 

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i live on around US$1000 per month, including rent for my studio (US$425 including gas, phone, internet, power etc). I have travel insurance from home, which is only around US$500 per year, way cheaper than getting medical insurance here..

But i dont eat out often, and i dont go to pub much. Only a couple of times a week. But saying that cooking at home isnt cheap either, maybe around some price as eating out.

When i first arrived here was probably spending US$1500 a month, but thats when it was all new and doing more touristy stuff, going out more etc.
 

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Agree with everything said.

I'm 41 and expect to pay around 150 usd for medical insurance.
One dinner, per person, without wine (costs 4 USD an half bottle) or beer (2 USD half liter) costs around 10-15 USD in a regular restaurant (good food, basic type).
 
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