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Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, Romania

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 08, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Bucharest, Romania is 1,883,425 people. People describe Bucharest as a vibrant city with a unique mix of old and new, with a rich cultural heritage and a lively nightlife. Expats love the affordability of living in Bucharest, the great food, the friendly people, and the easy access to the rest of Europe. The weather in Bucharest is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from an average low of 33°F (1°C) in the winter to an average high of 79°F (26°C) in the summer. The average cost of living in Bucharest for an expat is around $1,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400-$500 per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $600-$700 per month.

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

"Expats considering retiring in Bucharest should be aware of several factors before making the move. Firstly, it is essential to research the cost of living, which is generally lower than in Western European countries, but can vary depending on lifestyle choices. Housing options range from affordable apartments to more luxurious villas, and it is crucial to explore different neighborhoods to find the best fit. Healthcare in Romania is a mix of public and private systems, with the public system often facing challenges such as outdated facilities and long waiting times. Expats may want to consider purchasing private health insurance for better access to quality care. Romania has a four-season climate, with hot summers and cold winters, which may be a significant change for some expats. Bucharest is known for its vibrant culture, with numerous museums, galleries, and theaters, as well as a lively dining and nightlife scene. However, the city also faces issues such as traffic congestion and air pollution. Romanian is the official language, and while English is spoken by many younger people, it is helpful to learn some basic Romanian phrases to navigate daily life more easily. Expats should also familiarize themselves with local customs and traditions to better integrate into the community. Romania is part of the European Union, but not the Schengen Area, which means that visa and residency requirements may differ for non-EU citizens. It is essential to research the appropriate visa and residency permits and ensure all necessary paperwork is completed before moving. Finally, it is crucial to consider the availability of social and support networks for expats in Bucharest. Joining expat groups and clubs can help ease the transition and provide valuable connections in the new community," wrote one member in Bucharest.

"- Know the cost of living in Bucharest to help plan your budget. Research in advance the quality of health care and availability of private health insurance. - Learn about Romanian government benefits and retirement schemes. Ensure that you will be able to access your pension and other social services when moving abroad. - Become familiar with the local environment in Bucharest. Knowing the transportation system, language, culture, housing options and other social activities that you can participate in could help with your transition in settling in Bucharest. - Research and plan the type of Visa that is necessary when moving to Bucharest. Understand the regulations of immigrating to Romania before relocating to ensure that you have the required documents required for staying in the country. - Locate a safe area to live in and consider the healthcare facilities nearby. Also look into the different shopping and recreational venues available in Bucharest. - Think about the preservation of your rights when retiring. It is important to understand your rights and be aware of the taxes and legal implications for retirement in Romania. - Find out about the visa requirements when traveling to and from Romania from different countries. Plan in advance for any necessary travel and medical documents that may be needed when visiting other countries," remarked one expat who made the move to Bucharest.

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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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