Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Brazil

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: July 2014

Solo living has become a significant population trend all over the world in the past few decades. Modern work styles and financial independence has enabled people to have more choice in how they live. Top reasons for deciding to live alone are the feeling of freedom, independence and peace of mind.    

If you are moving to Brazil as an expatriate you may not have a choice but to live alone. As the largest country in South America, there are many places you can spend your time and it is unlikely you will get bored. If you want to go shopping, you will find large varieties of goods available. For more information about the shopping in Brazil, see Shopping for Expats in Brazil.  If you enjoy eating out, there are thousands of places from street food stalls to luxury restaurants. You can also find different pubs and bars in Brazil, especially in the larger cities, where many people from different nationalities spend time.  

Note there have been some safety issues emerging in the past few years and many expatriates have shared their experiences of crime while living in Brazil. Safety is always important, especially when you are living alone in a foreign country. For more experiences shared online, you can check here:

You may want to meet new people and make friends with others in Brazil. There are many opportunities to meet people, either at work or in social situations such as bars and clubs. If you struggle to find time to go out an meet people, dating websites may be helpful.

There are many dating websites providing services for people based in Brazil. You can search online to find some good dating websites. For example, this article gives you the three best dating websites in Brazil in the author’s opinion:

Each dating websites provides different services depending on what you are looking for. Different dating websites provide services to cater for certain requirements.  Many websites will give suggestions based on shared characteristics between you and a  potential match.

Normally, you will need to register yourself and create a profile when using these services. In most cases, many websites will charge a fee. Before submitting any personal information, make sure you have fully researched the websites reliability and security.

You may need to buy credits to see others’ profiles or subscribe to further services and pay fees according to the length of your subscription.
The online dating scam has become a prolific problem all over the world. Many fraudsters use these sites to con people out of money, often befriending someone before requesting financial assistance. Be aware of anyone asking for money from you through these sites. You can find tips on how to avoid such scams by searching online using key words such as ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’.

If you do find or you suspect you are scammed, you should stop contacting and paying any money to the fraudsters. You can also report the incident to the nearby Civil Police station (Polícia Civil). If it is an emergency, call 190.