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Bruges, Belgium

Moving to Bruges, Belgium

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: Bruges, Belgium is a popular destination for expats due to its picturesque canals, cobblestone streets, and historic architecture. The city is known for its vibrant culture, with plenty of festivals, events, and activities to enjoy. Additionally, Bruges is a great place to live for those looking for a slower pace of life, with plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors. Before moving to Bruges, it is important to note that the city is quite small and can be quite expensive. Additionally, the city is quite touristy, so it is important to be aware of the crowds and prices that come with that. It is also important to note that the city is quite traditional, so it is important to be respectful of the local customs and culture. Finally, it is important to be aware of the language barrier, as most locals speak Dutch, with some speaking French and English.

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What do I need to know before moving to Bruges?

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

"Bruges is a beautiful city in Belgium known for its canals, cobbled streets, and medieval architecture. Expats should be aware that the city is quite small and can be explored on foot. The city is also quite touristy, so it is important to be aware of the crowds and plan accordingly. Expats should also be aware that the city is quite expensive, so budgeting is important. Additionally, the city is quite traditional and conservative, so it is important to be respectful of local customs and traditions. Finally, the city is quite safe, but it is still important to be aware of your surroundings and take necessary precautions," commented one expat who made the move to Bruges.

"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," remarked one expat in Bruges, Belgium.

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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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