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Thinking of Moving to Warsaw...can you help, give advice?


New Adventures 2 | 4  
18 Feb 2007 /  #1
Hey just found this website...great for advice and I'm hoping you guys can help me out. I'm a single female thinking of signing a new contract to work in Warsaw for an international commercial property company. Any advice? :)

A few colleagues think should have chosen a more exciting country but I think they are just being ignorant. I've obviously visited Warsaw and so far think it's a great opportunity...however I need advice on accommodation/apartments within Warsaw, how much rent should I expect to pay? Where are the nice areas to live? Costs of living eg food, travel, etc? What fun things can I get up to? Is language going to be a huge barrier for me? Will my Polish workmates resent me moving to their country? I've been given some advice from my company but need to double check it is good advice. It's feeling like a very scarey move for me so if anyone has similar experiences then please let me know! Thanks a million:)
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
18 Feb 2007 /  #2
how much rent should I expect to pay?

depends what and where... size and location...

there are loads of site with places for rent - try gumtree.pl to give an idea

Where are the nice areas to live?

quite a few... what do you mean by nice?

Costs of living eg food, travel, etc?

depends on your lifestyle but it can be as cheap or expensive as you want...

What fun things can I get up to?

no shortage of fun places to hang out... did you look at warsaw-life.com ...?

Will my Polish workmates resent me moving to their country

doubtfull...
vndunne 43 | 279  
21 Feb 2007 /  #3
Hi. I am from Irealnd and moved to poland last year. I currently live in poznan and visit warsaw occasionally.
Warsaw is slightly different than other polish cities. Most of the social life happens around the Rynek i.e. main square, whereas in warsaw, it is more spread out and you have to do a little bit of searchin but believe me, there is a great social life in warsaw with plenty of top notch clubs along with other more homely offerings.

The language issue probably wont be a huge problem in warsaw. I have found that a lot of the people especially the younger people speak english. I never have any problems when visiting warsaw.

AS the previous mail says, cost of living depends on how much you want to spend. It you go to the normal expats places, expect to pay a little bit more than the more local polish offerings.

There is lot to do in poland and is a great place to visit other places in Europe. The transport systems are great.
As any move to a new country can take a bit of getting use to but if you are a sociably individual, you should not have any problems and would doubt that you would regret the move. Everyone i know who has visited warsaw from ireland has been very pleasantly surprised.

Best of luck.
dannyboy 18 | 248  
21 Feb 2007 /  #4
Hey DunneStores, what prompted the move if you don't mind me asking?

what you do miss/regret about home (and don't say taytos!)

I would like to move over in the future, too early yet as I've my career to think about
CaleyJags 1 | 38  
23 Feb 2007 /  #5
I live in Warsaw now...only been here for a month nut had visited it many times before....like most people who move to Poland i moved here to be with my girlfriend im loving every minute of it!!!!!

Warsaw is an amazing city and its very friendly in my opinion....the language is a problem at first but most people speak good english so you will be fine!!!

I would go for it...its a great place to live and work and if you like to go out to socialise you will have no problem finding somewhere to eat or drink plus the prices are quite cheap.
vndunne 43 | 279  
27 Feb 2007 /  #6
Dannyboy...Unfortuantely I am not part of the Dunnes empire...!!
Anyway, what made me move over here. Got the opportunity to work over here for a few months back in 2002. I have always had itchy feet. When the contract finished, i decided i wanted more and decided to move over here. It took a few years as i was working on a contact back home. Now In poznan trying to set up a little business.

What do i miss about home...sorry to say very little...of course i miss friends and being able to go up to the local for a pint..but apart from that, i have very little desire to go back to live in ireland.
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
27 Feb 2007 /  #7
Now In poznan trying to set up a little business.
What do i miss about home...sorry to say very little...of course i miss friends and being able to go up to the local for a pint

Go grab yourself a pint of Guiness at the Londoner or Beegees :)
vndunne 43 | 279  
28 Feb 2007 /  #8
Is that Beegees in Poznan? Where is that?
Meg344  
11 Mar 2007 /  #9
Hi!

Thanks for all the posts, I've forgotten my password so have to use a guest name.

Does anyone know what the going rate for a 1-bed apartment in Warsaw is? Around USD 500? Not looking for anything too plush but centrally located would be good, also got to be a non-scarey area.

Sounds like the social life in Warsaw is fantastic....looking forward to moving now!!

hey thanks for your post! what took you over to Poland? Why not Warsaw?

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