Moving To Saltillo

Hi! Let me introduce myself, my name is Lisa, and I will be guest blogging here once in a while about my experience moving to Mexico.

I have lived in Saltillo now for about a year and a half. I knew for most of a year before the actual move happened that I would be coming; so I had plenty of time to research, and thankfully I did. At the time, this wonderful site did not exist, however, I found Jill after weeks of searching. Thankfully she is a wonderfully  kind and patient person who answered all of my crazy questions!

My first question to Jill was basically “Where should I live?” At this time, I had never even been to Mexico. NEVER, not for spring break, not for vacation, never.  I had no actual intention of  coming to Mexico in my life, but when my husband called one day from work and mentioned he had been offered a position at the plant here in Mexico, that all changed.  This was also our first ex-pat assignment. We had moved from our home state of Michigan to North Carolina, not even two years before. Moving any time makes you think, where is the best place to live in that new area. Asking people’s opinions on where to live is always a great place to start.

 

My situation moving with a company could be different than yours, people move here for many different reasons, work, retirement, marriage, to name a few. When moving with a company usually they have some restrictions on where you can live, or what kind of allowance you have for housing. Also the location of your work could affect where you would want to live. Many expats live in the north of Saltillo, mostly because of proximity to work. There are a few that live in Centro (downtown), and a few that live in the south,but the greatest number of us live inthe north.068

That being said, my experience is based on living in the north end of town and renting a house. There are options here to live in a gated community or a house not in a gated community. Many houses on the street will have gated garages and entrances, so that someone can not just come and knock on your front door, they would need to ring a door bell, then you would have to let them in the gate and then into your house. In a gated community there are usually guards at the gate that will monitor who comes and goes, but once someone is in the community they can knock on your front door.

Another option are apartments.  There are few furnished apartments for rent. My husband lived in one of the furnished apartments while we were in the transition to full time in Mexico. The one he stayed in came with amaid service, as well as refilling of paper products, and clean sheets every few days.

Some companies have real estate agents they have a partnership with, other companies do not. One thing you need to remember is, the real estate agents will not show you every available house.  Usually, they will show you only the houses they have listed, or their connections have listed.

I really enjoyed looking at houses here in Saltillo, since they are so different than houses I had the chance to see before. I hope you enjoy them too! And best of luck finding the right fit for you.

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If you´re not currently in Saltillo, but want an idea of what houses for rent are like, click here.  Even if your Spanish is nonexistent, scroll through the pictures and enjoy the range of options available!

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  1. What I like about Saltillo is it´s close proximity to the U.S. and it is cheaper than other places. Yet has many modern stuff. However the winters are pretty cold which I do not like. As far as my knowledge goes…there are not too many expats here. Maybe 20. Ajijic has 3,000.

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    • Compared to other places, there aren´t too many expats here. But we do keep popping up!

      And I think that´s precisely why I prefer Saltillo to places around Lake Chapala–what percentage of those towns are Mexican? Ugh. (Though it must be nice, since so many people go there!) Despite my website written in English all about Saltillo, one of the things that I love about Saltillo is that there aren´t many foreigners. Because, let´s face it, if we´re going to live in Mexico, let´s have plenty of Mexicans in our social circles! 😉

      Ah, Saltillo! You´re so cute. (most days)

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  2. Not an ex-pat, or ex-pat to be. I’m from Michigan too. My boss got a call from an old client that wants him to travel to Saltillo for a few days. He asked me to find out if it was safe.

    I can see the US State Department has a travel warning (not a simple advisory) for all of Coahuila state: “Defer non-essential travel to the state of Coahuila. When traveling through the state, U.S. government personnel are allowed to travel only on toll highway 40 to highway 57 and only during daylight hours. Violence and criminal activity along the highways are continuing security concerns, particularly along the northern border between Piedras Negras and Nuevo Laredo.”

    What would *you* have me tell my boss?

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    • Hey Dave,
      Sorry for the delay. Traveling for work should be fine. There are plenty of people that do it.
      I would tell your boss he should be fine. When your boss travels I assume he will fly into Monterrey, there is a direct flight from DTW. Also always take the toll road and during daylight hours is better. If there is anything we can help with please let us know! And we hope your boss has a good experience in Saltillo!

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  3. Hello,
    I moved to Saltillo about 3 years ago. The nature around the city is stunning if you take the time to explore it. The city is still nice to live in. There are few traffic jams, you can still move everywhere in the city and not taking hours on the road.
    Unfortunaltely the city has no magic and few culture. People love shopping and that´s basicly all they do. They gave up their own identity to copy as much as they can the consumerism of the United states, which is a pity. New commercial centers are popping up like weed in the garden. To me, it seems sometimes that there are more shops than people.
    Nevertheless, there are some other things aswell here. It has some nice museums, a cute colonial center, furthermore it is not too far from Monterrey, Torreon, Zacatecas or Laredo Texas. Never too hot, and relatively cheap to live. It has some nice bars with a vivid rock scene. (but it all ends at 1h30)
    A lot of things work with connections here. It is not always easy to find a job, defenitely not in biotechnology, environmental engineering or medical investigation. The professional area is mainly focussed on car manufacturing with all its aspects.
    People are generally more conservative and enthusiastic about their religion. Most social aspects happen in closed circles and you may find it difficult to blend in or be fully accepted. People can be really nice but you never get the feeling to really know them.
    Finally you really need a car if not, you are completely handicapped. Public transport is slow, bad quality and realtively expensive which is a pity because the city is perfectly suitable to have a good tramline system or metrobus system. There are some bicycle lanes but you as a cyclist you are not respected and it is very dangerous which is also a pity because the city is not soo big and with better infrastructure this city has huge potential to be a sustainable city with excellent public transport and bicycle transport. Unfortunately there are no signs that this is going to happen ever.
    It is still a Mexican city and it would be injust to compare it too much with European cities.
    In terms of crime, I can honestly say the city is safe and being a foreigner and blond I never felt treatened or in danger. This doesn´t include the countless times I was overcharged!
    To conclude, If you are an European you may find the city lacking culture and a soul. There are no terrases where you can have a drink outside or enjoy the city walking (except for some streets in the city center) It offers good and cheap living, even with children without exessive temperatures, traffic or people.
    Lots of nature around, good shools and medical services.
    Perhaps a bit isolated. the nearest other city is Monterrey, however it has some cute villages around. (Parras, General Cepeda, Arteaga) The aerport is very limited and you will feel obliged often to travel to Monterrey for flying often.
    I heared that Saltillo got a nomination in 2015 as ” the second best city to live in Mexico”. Whether this is true you decide for yourself but I would say it is not an injust price. In the very end you are responsible for your own happiness and with a postive mindset you can find that here.

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    • An accurate summary, Remi!

      My biggest complaint with the place is that it´s so far from anywhere else (except Monterrey, thank goodness for that, for what it´s worth).

      Living downtown, I have the advantage of seeing a bit more of Saltillo´s soul. But you´re right–that soul is a bit more subdued than other cities of this size. My guess is because Saltillo has grown exponentially in the last decade or two, and that soul hasn´t caught up with the growth. (Can it, even?) Maybe it´s just my optimism (and a trend that I´ve noticed in my hometown in the US, which is of similar size to Saltillo), but I see glimmers of hope that younger entrepeneurs are investing in Saltillo, and I think there is a growing segment of the population that prefers these local brands over the national/international chains. (Those of you entrepeneurs who might be following, feel free to chime in!)

      As for Saltillo being the second best city to live in in Mexico, I believe that survey had a lot to do with the quality of life issues, which has a lot to do with the availability of jobs. Generally speaking, Saltillo has a lot more jobs to go around than most Mexican cities, so–BAM–it´s a great city to live in. 😉 But like you said, with a positive mindset, this can be a great place to be.

      Thanks for chiming in, Remi!

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  4. Hello,

    I am Indian and planning to move to Saltillo for job as English teacher, can you please tell me how is the current situation in Mexico and is it safe for a single women to live in Saltillo considering I will be a foreigner. Also could you please tell how much monthly salary in Pesos would be sufficient for a decent living in Saltillo since I feel I am being offered a very less salary. Please reply soon as I need to accept or reject the offer.

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    • Dear Renu–As a single woman, you should be quite safe in Saltillo. Take ordinary precautions that you´d take in other cities (always keep your purse near you, call for a taxi instead of flagging them down on the street (although I´ve never had a problem doing that, either), be aware of your surroundings when wandering around, particularly at night, etc. Be wary of attractive men flirting with you–but 7 times out of 10 they´re probably genuinely nice guys.

      As for cost of living . . . let me check back with you on that! Off the top of my head (and anyone else reading this, feel free to correct me in another comment) you will be able to rent an apartment for $5000 pesos a month, and if you have time to look well, should be able to find a cheaper situation. As for food for the month (assuming you´d be mainly cooking for yourself at home), plan on 2000-3000 pesos a month. (Or maybe I´m just living large, and not taking into account how much a single adult eats, compared to my family of five–I did halve my monthly food budget (but my kids don´t eat much)).

      That being said, my last teaching job (not in Saltillo) paid me about 4000 a month–thank God I was married, or I would have only been able to pay my rent, eating NOTHING all month. (But then again, had I been single, I probably just would have rented a room somewhere, which would have been much cheaper.)

      If you´ve got a facebook account, we´ve got a group on facebook–please join us, and you´ll be able to pick more people´s brains and wind up with much better answers! And if I get some better answers, I´ll post them here (because I´m coming up with these figures waaaay off the top of my head).

      Good luck, and I hope to see you in Saltillo this fall! I have heard that there is a small Indian community on the north side of Saltillo, but unfortunately I don´t have any more information to go on than that. But the expat population is, in general, pretty friendly so if you do decide to move here, we´d love to meet you!

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  5. Dear Jill, Thank you so much for your reply. Really appreciate you taking time to address my concerns. I will surely let you know if I decide to move to Saltillo and hope to meet you soon!!

    Regards,
    Renu

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  6. What do expats do for their children’s schooling options in Saltillo? Are there many English and/or Spanish options?

    Thanks!

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    • Jay–I am so sorry that I didn´t see your comment until now! I don´t know how it slipped through the cracks!

      There are dozens of good, private, bilingual schools in Saltillo. I´m planning on writing a series of articles on specific schools here, with parent and student feedback. If you´re interested in specific websites, I´ll try to add a list of them in the next few days. (Or find saltilloExpats on pinterest–I´ve got a board filled with school pages!)

      Homeschooling is also an option. Some families homeschool long-term independently, others are able to do long-distance learning from their school in their home country.

      My kids are Mexican, and I´ve opted to send them to public school, which has also been a positive experience. But my kids don´t need that half a day in English. 😉

      So sorry if this information came too late to be of help!

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