Expat Guide to Living in Valencia
Whether you're already living in Valencia or preparing to move to Valencia, our Expat Guide to Living in Spain offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Valencia. For answers to specific questions, visit our Spain Forum to talk with expats in Valencia.
Expats moving to Valencia enjoy life on the Mediterranean coast and a cost of living that is lower than what expats in Barcelona and Madrid must absorb.
Take some time and get to know the zones of the city in a preview trip if you can. Do what works for you... unlike the US, you are paying the rental agents at least a month's rent for their services, so call SEVERAL and see what each can find. Be very clear what you are looking to rent, and walk around in the area and call the numbers from the signs in the windows.
One expat saved for several years and sold virtually everything so that he could move to Valencia, Spain. He enjoys Valencia's friendly people and cultural activities - many of which are free. He doesn't miss having a car, but has found the paperwork and fact that it takes much longer to get things done a bit of a challenge.
Culture Shock Report
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Valencia handle it can be very comforting. Help others preparing to move to Valencia by filling out our Culture Shock Report.
Submit a Culture Shock Report
Submit a Living Overseas Report
More Living in Valencia Reports
What are people's priorities in Valencia - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Valencia:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report
More Moving to Valencia Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Valencia? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Valencia? Below are some of the responses from expats in Valencia:
International School Report
Parents are invited to answer questions about the schools that their kids attend (Pre-K through High School) in hopes of helping others moving to Valencia with the school selection process. If you have expat children who attend school in Valencia, take a few minutes to submit a School Review.
Submit an International School Review
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report
Dream vs. Reality of Living in Valencia Reports
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Valencia. If you are already living in Valencia, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Valencia:
Overseas Retirement Report
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Valencia by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.
Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Valencia? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Valencia? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.
Submit a Working Abroad Report