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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.

Moving to Valencia, Spain

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.

Dream vs Reality of Living in Valencia, Spain

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.

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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 Living 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:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

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.

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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:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

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

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Valencia? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Valencia by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby 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
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Culture-Shock-in-BarcelonaAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Barcelona, Spain

One expat who lives in Barcelona experienced very little culture shock when she moved there. She suggests that when you are open and sincerely interested in the people you meet and their way of life, you'll almost always have a great experience.

One expat who lives in Barcelona experienced very little culture shock when she moved there. She suggests that when you are open and sincerely interested in the people you meet and their way of life,...

Expat Spain: 10 Tips for Living in Spain

With it's warm culture, thriving cities and beautiful countryside, expats agree that Spain has it all. Expats share their tips and experiences living in Spain.

With it's warm culture, thriving cities and beautiful countryside, expats agree that Spain has it all. Expats share their tips and experiences living in Spain....

5 Tips for Living in Barcelona

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region where some citizens are fighting for their independence from Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city that's rich in history and architecture with a thriving nightlife scene.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region where some citizens are fighting for their independence from Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city that's rich in history and architecture with a thrivi...

International Schools in Barcelona, Spain

Families moving to Barcelona have a number of great schools to consider. There are several American and British schools plus foreign children are allowed to attend public school. In this article we highlight several of the more popular English schools and expats' advice with regard to public vs. private English schools.

Families moving to Barcelona have a number of great schools to consider. There are several American and British schools plus foreign children are allowed to attend public school. In this article we ...

12 Expats Talk About What It's Like Moving to Spain

Expats in Spain share their experiences moving to Spain. From what to bring to learning Spanish, culture shock to finding a flat.
Expats in Spain share their experiences moving to Spain. From what to bring to learning Spanish, culture shock to finding a flat. ...

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