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Experience in Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia by Diana

What is it like to live in Santafé de Bogotá? Would you recommend it? What is the city like?

Well, most of the people know how it is to live in a capital. Of course, living there has advantages and disadvantages.

It depends on the kind of person you are, for example, if you are a party boy/girl, you will find the city exciting because there are lots of bars and restaurants and it is pretty cheap to go out.

On the other hand, if you like nature more or you are more calm and peaceful, the city would be a nightmare because of the traffic, the noise, the pollution, etc...

The city is pretty big, the transportation is in average OK, it is not expensive at all but you have to be well-informed in order to make good decisions, I mean there are expensive places too. I really recommend the city for those who are used to be in big cities.

What is the student lifestyle like in Santafé de Bogotá?

There are lots of foreign students everywhere, there are lots of activities to do, there are many things to learn. The city offers the way to do whatever you want to whenever you want.

How much does it cost to live in Santafé de Bogotá?

It is not expensive but it is better to be well-informed. You need to read and look for cheap places and things. Between 400 and 500 dollars per month including rent, groceries, transportation and entertainment.

Is it difficult to find accommodation in Santafé de Bogotá? Is there any advice you can give?

No, there are lots of family houses that receive foreign students for a low price but make sure to interview with the people before making a decision and agree all the conditions.

What is the food like? What are your favourite dishes?

The food is pretty good, it is not spicy at all like most of the people think. There are lots of good restaurants in the downtown. My favourite one is Ajiaco.


What places would you recommend visiting in Santafé de Bogotá?

  • Monserrate


  • La candelaria


  • La plaza de Bolivar


  • Parque Simon Bolivar


The towns around the city like:

  • Chia
  • Cota
  • Tenjo
  • Tabio and Cajica
  • Maloka


Is it good to eat out in Santafé de Bogotá? Can you tell us your favourite spots?

It is good to eat out. My favourite restaurant is Andres Carne de Res.


Is the nightlife good in Santafé de Bogotá? Where is good to go?

It is really nice. There are lots of bars in La Zona Rosa in the north of the city.


What advice would you give future students heading to Santafé de Bogotá?

Be careful and get a lot of fun there!

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