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Can you live in Antarctica?

Can you live in Antarctica?

April_Adventurer

Since nobody owns it at present, there’s no-one to sell it to you. You could settle there and build some kind of a dwelling. People have done that kind of thing, but there are some nations that object to people just camping in their areas, and a very few people have been prosecuted for trespass (effectively) for sailing into certain areas without permission and in a way that could endanger themselves and others.


InsomniacAndroid

Houses for sale? No.


Complex-Ad-1557

Is it just like scientists living there


InsomniacAndroid

Not much other reason to live there than research, yeah. If you think it's like living in cold parts of Russia, then no. The highs can be as low as -90°F


Luckbot

Yeah and it's horrible. Can't leave the house for 9 months and the whiteout (can't tell the difference between sky and ground) drives them crazy


colorfulunicornfarts

All that live there are scientists. They have their stations/set ups.. but no houses. I don’t think anyone would really want to live there !


slash178

You can. But, there aren't houses. Just many government installations that house scientists and also many supporting staff.


Unscriptablee22

What if you payed some company to build one?


slash178

No land on Antarctica is privately owned. It's all portioned off to various government agencies around the world for scientific usage. Antarctica is an [incredibly harsh environment](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz2SeEzxMuE) much of the year. A normal house would not last long even if you could get some land. Antarctic structures need reinforcement and even so, many buildings need to be replaced after a couple of decades. Also limited access to food and other imported goods. The scientific establishments get regular shipments, but only through the summer. There is less than 10% of the people there that stay through winter, and it's like being on a space station.


Unscriptablee22

Never knew that actually, thanks!


slash178

NP. You can still live there though, employed by a government agency. If you don't have a science background, they need cafeteria workers and janitors and plumbers and truck drivers and various other jobs. [https://aq.indeed.com/All-jobs-in-Antarctica](https://aq.indeed.com/All-jobs-in-Antarctica)


ghilliesniper522

How's the pay, if you know.


slash178

I don't sorry. I'm guessing the pay is OK, but expenses are probably low so you can still end up with plenty of savings. I don't think you pay much for rent, there's staff cafeterias, and it's not like you can go out bar hopping.


wowowow864921

Chile and Argentina both maintain civilian settlements in Antarctica. So, if you happen to be a citizen of one of those two countries, you can probably pull it off if your determined enough.


Jtwil2191

No private property. You need to become a scientist and get a job at the research facilities.