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An Expat Talks about Moving to Bruges, Belgium

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Bruges

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

Wish I'd brought my friends, my family and my local pub.

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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

I wish I'd moved to Bruges years ago. It's a tiny place and all neighbourhoods seem very safe, clean and friendly. I'm not sure about the surrounding areas, but I'd definitely suggest the centre of Bruges or at least within the 8000 postcode. Also, I'd advise paying the estate agent's commission. They'll help you with translation of documents and with setting up your utility bills, etc. Well worth the fee.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

I live in a rented studio. I'm not sure about where or in what type of housing other expats are living.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

I visited estate agents and one of them introduced me to my gorgeous furnished flat. It's difficult to find furnished properties for rent in Bruges. They're mostly unfurnished. I paid the commission and administrative charges happily. The rent is ludicrously cheap.

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Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

Lower, much lower. I had been living in London and I would say that this flat would be worth at least twice as much in London.

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