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Moving to Patras, Greece

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Moving to Patras, Greece: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Patras.

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What do I need to know before moving to Patras?

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

"Patras, the third-largest city in Greece, is known for its vibrant culture, rich history, and beautiful landscapes. Before moving to Patras, expats should be aware that the official language is Greek, and while English is commonly spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations, it may not be widely understood by older locals. The cost of living in Patras is generally lower than in many other European cities, but it's still important to budget carefully. The city has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Public transportation in Patras includes buses, taxis, and a suburban railway, but many locals prefer to use cars or motorcycles. The city is also known for its lively festivals, particularly the Patras Carnival, one of the largest and most colorful in Europe. Greek cuisine is a highlight of living in Patras, with local specialties including seafood, olives, and feta cheese. Healthcare in Greece is of a high standard, with a mix of public and private providers. Expats should also be aware that Greece has been affected by economic instability in recent years, which has led to high unemployment rates and austerity measures. However, the situation is gradually improving. In terms of accommodation, there is a range of options available, from modern apartments in the city center to more traditional houses in the surrounding countryside. It's also worth noting that Patras has a significant student population, due to the presence of the University of Patras, which can influence the availability and cost of housing. Finally, while Greece is generally a safe country, expats should still take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings," explained one expat living in Patras, Greece.

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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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