Things to know before moving to Poland
November 23, 2018
Poland, a land steeped with rich history, eclectic architecture, buzzing cities and wondrous natural sites. It’s easy to see the attraction to the gem nuzzled in Eastern Europe. Here are a few things those looking to relocate should know before making the move.
Cost of living
Poland is one of the most affordable EU member countries to settle in. A small apartment in the centre of town can be reasonably priced, but small. If looking for larger living spaces, then seeking accommodation outside of big cities may be ideal. The low living costs are reflective of the low wages. With that in mind, there are varying degrees depending on how much you are willing to spend. All in all, you are looking at living comfortably with a fair salary.
Besides living costs, eating out and moving around a big city and even out to quiet villages comes at a fair price. The cost of transport is considerably cheap. Petrol prices are similar around Europe, so public transport is the preferred option.
Despite the price of fuel, traveling by car can be difficult. Roads in some of the major cities like Warsaw and Gdansk, often have single lanes in each direction. So, there can be a lot of traffic congestion.
As mentioned previously, transport is cheap and comprehensive. With a well-developed rail network running between all major cities, there are even lines running from Warsaw and other European major cities. There are even bus lines going from the city to small villages, even if only a few times a day.
Trams are the easiest way to get around, with the added benefit of not having to queue at the ticket machine. A dispenser is waiting on the tram, who you can buy your ticket from.
Renting and home purchase
Accommodation is easy to find, whether in the centre of a city or out in the suburbs. As mentioned earlier, renting can be low cost which is reflected in the fact that salaries are much lower.
For those able to afford a little more there are great options in the city. The average price for an “expensive” two-bed apartment ranges from 3,000 - 4,000 PLN (£576/$717 - £768/$956) per month. On top of that utility bills average 600 - 800 PLN (£115/$143 - £154/$191). Not a bad price in comparison to what a studio flat in London would cost (one of the most expensive cities in Europe).
Apartments are the preferred living space. However, the space of most apartments in the country may be surprisingly smaller than you may be used to.
Housing is in high demand due to a rise in wages, lowered unemployment and historic low interest rates. Just be weary that house prices have risen 2.7% in the last part of this year. At the start of the year there were considerable increases seen in Poland’s major cities. Warsaw say a 6% rise at the start of 2018 and Gdansk which saw the highest price rise of 17.5%.
Lifestyle and culture
There is entertainment to appeal to everyone. From a vibrant nightlife, food fairs, film and music festivals, to plenty of museums and galleries to visit. There is no room for boredom.
Along with a lot of fun there may come some frustrations. Bureaucracy, unfortunately, is prevalent and you might come to experience some difficulties. Especially when trying to organise residency and work permits.
Frustrations can extend into the working environment. With low wages being prevalent there is intense competition for jobs with a competitive salary. It’s likely you will see some practices you are not too comfortable with, but this really is dependent on the nature of the job and the company. Another point to note, Poles are considerably hard workers. It’s not unexpected to work long hours. This expectation is very dependent on the job and company itself.
Overall, Poland has a lot to offer and for anyone relocating or just passing through.
If you’re looking to relocate to Poland, then get in touch with one of our experts today.