< Back What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city? What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats? Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes? Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common? Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra? Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood? I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city? Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me? What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city? House hunting is never easy. Choosing the right place to live is essential to having a pleasant and safe stay in Brazil. Rent can vary greatly depending on the neighborhood and condition of the building. In general, you can expect to pay between R$ 2.000,00 to R$ 2.500,00 for a one- or two-bedroom apartment, R$ 2.500,00 to R$ 4.000,00 for three bedrooms and R$ 4.000,00 to R$ 6.500,00 for a four-bedroom apartment ↑ Top What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats? Here are brief descriptions of the main neighborhoods in Curitiba: Santa Felicidade The International School of Curitiba is located in this neighborhood. The colony was established in 1878 by Italian immigrants. It is Curitiba´s main gastronomic center and is a show of typical houses, which are preserved for historical and architectural reasons. It also holds the second-largest restaurant of the world, which can serve 4,500 meals simultaneously. Besides typical Italian food and local wine, its attractions are craft and wicker furniture shops. The neighborhood has attracted a strong foreign presence, probably due its proximity to the ISC. Batel The neighborhood of Batel is full of restaurants and options for a night out. The axis between Avenida Batel and Rua Bispo Dom José is being renovated to become a boulevard with new lighting, new pavement and ample sidewalks. The neighborhood also has nine hospitals and four shopping malls. It is popular among the foreign community. The region has good commercial infrastructure and contains green spaces, making it popular among pet owners. Bigorilho/Champagnat The neighborhood of Bigorrilho, also known as Champagnat, housed many families of Italian and Ukrainian immigrants in the second half of the 19th century. In a major expansion in the late 20th century, many residential buildings were constructed. It has wide avenues, beautiful boulevards and charming squares. Park Barigui is located close to this neighborhood and it is the most popular park in Curitiba, with trails, barbecues, restaurant, automobile museum and convention center. Mossunguê/Ecoville The neighborhood of Mossunguê is also known as Ecoville. This is one of the city’s fastest-growing regions in terms of residential buildings and is the newest area to live. The neighborhood is predominantly residential, but the traffic en route to the main part of the city can be a problem, particularly at peak times. There is ample green area with relatively quiet streets. Most of the region’s commerce is located along av. Pedro Viriato Parigot de Souza. Cabral and Juvevê The region is a mixture of residential and commercial areas, has a good infrastructure and ample green spaces. Due to its proximity to Quatro Barras, some foreigners prefer to live at this side of the city. There is also a large variety of bars and restaurants to choose from and good public transportation facilities. Jardim das Américas The region is residential and the advantage is it proximity to São José dos Pinhais as well as the local airport. There are many secluded condominiums that need fewer security precautions than usual. The neighborhood’s main feature is the abundant presence of triplex-style townhomes. It is home to the Polytechnic Center, major campus of the Federal University of Paraná, as well as the Technical School UFPR. ↑ Top Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes? Expats tend to rent their homes. ↑ Top Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common? It is common to have a warrantor/trustee (“fiador”) to sign your rental contract. You don't have to pay additional money up front. ↑ Top Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra? Utilities are not included. ↑ Top Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood? Brazil has an unfair reputation of being extraordinarily dangerous, when its main cities are no more dangerous than any you would encounter in Europe or North America. Brazil is politically stable with no natural enemies - as long as you're street-wise and sensible, you should be just fine. ↑ Top I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city? Electric current is 60Hz and plug shape 110 v. ↑ Top Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me? No. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.