Last updated on Sep 17, 2022
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Bruges, Belgium. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
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:
"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," explained one expat.
How do I find a place to live in Bruges?
We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:
"I visited estate agents and one of them introduced me to my gorgeous furnished flat. It's difficult to find furnished properties for rent in Bruges. They're mostly unfurnished. I paid the commission and administrative charges happily. The rent is ludicrously cheap," said another expat in Bruges.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Bruges?
"I live in a rented studio. I'm not sure about where or in what type of housing other expats are living," said another expat in Bruges.
What is the average cost of housing in Bruges?
If you are thinking about moving to Bruges, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:
"Lower, much lower. I had been living in London and I would say that this flat would be worth at least twice as much in London," added another person living in Bruges.
About the Author
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.