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Moving to Graz, Austria

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 05, 2023

Summary: Graz, Austria is a popular destination for expats due to its vibrant culture, stunning architecture, and excellent quality of life. The city is known for its friendly locals, diverse cuisine, and vibrant nightlife. Expats are also drawn to Graz for its affordable cost of living, excellent public transportation system, and proximity to other European cities. Before moving to Graz, it is important to be aware of the city's strict smoking laws, which prohibit smoking in all public places. Additionally, it is important to note that Graz is a German-speaking city, so it is beneficial to have a basic understanding of the language before relocating. Finally, it is important to research the city's housing market and rental prices before making the move.

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What do I need to know before moving to Graz?

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

"Graz is the second largest city in Austria and has a rich culture with a vibrant university scene. English is not widely spoken, so it is important to learn some German before going there. The cost of living in Graz is slightly lower than in Vienna and numerous public transport options are available to get around the city. Housing in Graz can range from luxury apartments to affordable student housing. Graz has a strong cultural identity, so be prepared to learn and take part in local customs and traditions. The city has a mild climate, with warm summers and cold winters, and plenty of outdoor activities throughout the year," commented one expat who made the move to Graz, Austria.

"Prepare to learn this language, and this slang. Go to the district office for help in finding a place, but do this as soon as possible, also look in the paper, or go to virtual vienna site, there is alot of help there," remarked one expat in Graz, Austria.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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