Last updated on Sep 05, 2022
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Bologna, Italy. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Bologna?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bologna, they said:
"I would tell them to try it out as it offers a bit of everything. The general population are well educated due to the strong university presence and there is a good mix of Italians from all over. Many come to study and then just stay. There is also a lot of cultural activities, many which are either free or low cost," said another expat in Bologna.
How do I meet people in Bologna?
When we asked people living in Bologna about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:
"Internations is a good way to meet some international ex-pats, though the majority are Italian and the organization charges a lot and offers little if you are not a paying member. If you are a woman there is also an international organization, IWF, where you can meet other women," said another person in Bologna.
Will I be able to find a job in Bologna?
When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Bologna, they reponded:
"The number one sector is metallurgy and then of course many people work with the university. There are opportunities in every saector of work though the majority are for people who have a university degree," added another person living in Bologna.
Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Bologna accepting of differences?
"The town is relatively wealthy and the majority of people have jobs. People of all social levels generally interact with each other without problems. Generally speaking the Bolognese are accepting of people of different cultures and religion, but do not necessarily interact with them," said another person in Bologna.
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.