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Warsaw, Poland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Warsaw, Poland: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

What do I need to know before moving to Warsaw?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Warsaw, they said:

"It depends where are you going to work. If you choose a district with a bad commute you can travel 2 hours to your work-place. I suggest close to the metro stations - Ursynow district is cheap, Zoliborz and Srodmiescie are quite expensive. Zoliborz is one of the locations with most parks in Warsaw," mentioned another expat in Warsaw.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Warsaw?

"Appartment of 80 m2 top floor. Zoliborz distrcit, close to the park. Mostly Expats live in the center of the city," added another expat in Warsaw.

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What is the average cost of housing in Warsaw?

If you live in Warsaw, newcomers to Warsaw would love to hear your answer to this question.


If you are thinking about moving to Warsaw, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Average cost - 400 USD to 1500 USD a month depending on the standard and location," said another expat in Warsaw.

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What should I bring when moving to Warsaw?

People living in Warsaw were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"More sun and warmer weather. Better roads. Italian food, especially fresh sea-food. I wish all present Polish politician to go to another country," added another expat who made the move to Warsaw.

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What are the schools in Warsaw like?

"The International European School was a great school till 2009, an excellent value for money. From that date, the management of the school has been a true disaster. Most of the international teachers and the best Polish teachers have been fired or invited to resign and they have not been replaced with equally qualified teachers. The academic level has gone down every year, mainly in Primary and Middle Years, while the fees have gone up. The most extraordinary decisions are taken by the Board of Directors without any consultation to parents or pupils, so the environment is often tense. Nevertheless, it is the cheapest international school in English (apart from the Canadian School) in Warsaw, and the fees include transportation and lunch. Only advisable if price is the main factor for taking a decision," remarked another expat living in Warsaw with children attending International European School.

"If you want your child to be fluent in 2-3 languages, make Polish, English and international friends- and have a highest probability in the country to enter world renown universities... this is the place," said another expat in Warsaw with children at International American School of Warsaw.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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