Bydgoszcz, Poland
Bydgoszcz, Poland
Bydgoszcz, Poland

Living in Poland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Dec 02, 2021

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

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What do I need to know about living in Poland?

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

"Why? There are other cities, but it is up to you. I would ask my friend what he/she is looking for: short term stay or long, do you hate big, crowded cities, what are the other reasons he/she is coming, is he/she coming for a boyfriend, fiance/e or he/she has a good job offer to get real? Consider the exchange rate zlotys (local currency) vs Euro since you can start reasonably saving only from 2500 zlotys ( less than 750 EUR aprox, check it by urself) and comparing it to other salaries elsewhere in Europe it won't let you save enough for frequent flights to see your family/friends, or just trip around. Your choice. Nature is great and watching these people produce and work hard is great, but if you don't have the antropologist vein, don't listen to me. I appreciate them in my experience for what they achieve with their constance and hard work. But this country just went out of a different era not so long ago. So well, give them some time and have low expectations. Overall they are nice people, so keep it low-expected and positive and you will have nice surprises with people and finding natural treasures yet untouched around," explained one expat living in Gdynia, Poland.

"Well coincidently one just did, from Dubai, first you need to generate an income, this is a doddle as you can teach English conversation very easily, next you need to learn Polish and the culture as without you will have a very hard time. I took the easy route and have a Polish lady partner who did not speak any English but was a teacher to 'adults with learning difficulties' which is my category," said another expat in Bydgoszcz.

"Have a very open mind, then make the move and be prepared for the village life. It may not be easy, however, it's very rewarding and beautiful," added another expat who made the move to Siemiechow.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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