FlyFishAddict wrote:Hello there,
I am moving to Lima in about a month, and would like to live close to the beach, in a cool neighborhood, but don't have a ton of money to spend. I could probably spend around 300 USD a month, and I should say I am looking to live alone in a pre-furnished apartment. I am also looking for a good language school, and wouldn't mind living near it, as I speak little to know spanish (but hope this changes quickly)!!!
Nice to meet y'all,
It's possible to live of that money in Lima but your lifestyle will be far from 'cool'.
If you want to live close to the beach then you can rent a room (with shared bathroom) in Villa El Salvador, San Martin de Porres, Callao and Chorillos for around $100 a month. (I tell you in advance, those neigboorhoods aren't like Beverly Hills)
Budget around $5 a day for food if you cook at home and shop at markets.
The nearest 'good' language schools will be a 1 or 2 hour busride away. And a good language school will cost you easily $150 a month.
If your budget is $300 a month then you better move to a place outside Lima. There are many smaller cities located at the coast with a lower cost of living.
$300 is the official minimum wage in Peru. Most people in Lima can live of that because they don't pay rent as they live with their family.
Many people from the provinces move to Lima to work but share a cramped room with several others.