To be an expat in Bulgaria? This is something that might seem a little odd at first glance but the question is why not? New adventures in Bulgaria are waiting for you! You will live and work in Sofia while discovering a new culture. You will make new acquaintances, you will understand the customs and habits of the Bulgarians.
Sofia is considered to be a typical Bulgarian city, which only contributes to its already existing “old capital” charm. In addition to that, the beautiful ski slopes are situated less than half an hour away.
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Perhaps, living and working in Bulgaria may not have been your first thought when you decided to work abroad. Yet, the city of Sofa will surprise you! It is a very lively one. While strolling the streets you will discover the magnificent city center made up of ancient Roman buildings. Not to mention the remarkably low cost of living! Working and living in Sofia also gives you the opportunity to easily plan trips to Istanbul, Athens, Bucharest or the Black Sea.
Would you consider moving to Sofia if you were aware that the amount of money you would be spending would be at least 50% less than the amount spent in France for example? This is not a delusion but simply reality, especially when it comes to restaurants, night-out gatherings, public transport, taxis and groceries. Everything is more accessible here, compared to most parts of Central and Western Europe.
Another great fact is that Sofia has many bars and restaurants which both locals and tourists find very welcoming. Having said that- cooking for yourself would usually cost you around the same price as a served meal. Unbelievable, right?
When it comes to finding your accommodation- in Sofia this is not something complicated. There are many new buildings in the city, so the chances of living in a newly-built modern house are quite high. If you decide to live in a one-bedroom apartment, be prepared to spend around 300-350 Euros for one located in the city center. On the other hand, a one-room flat around the suburbs comes at a cost of around 250-300 Euros.
Renting a 2 or 3-room apartment outside the center will cost you approximately 450 Euros. Still, if you opt for a place with the same size in central Sofia, you will not spend more than 600 Euros.
Whether you choose the city center or not, all areas are easily accessible on foot or by public transport. Trams, metro and bus lines reach almost every neighborhood/area of the city and buying a ticket would cost you practically nothing.
A few things to keep in mind
Last but not least: talking about accommodation- one important thing, however, should be mentioned: Make sure not to sign or pay anything in advance. You can, of course, make pre-arrangements with real estate agents or landlords in order to ensure a visit immediately upon arrival. Alternatively, you can choose to stay in an airbnb or a hotel at first. Meanwhile, you will be searching for your future home in Sofia!
We would be glad to accompany you during the signing of the lease agreement and make this experience smooth for you! Do not hesitate to contact us.