In this series of posts, we will share with you some of the expat life experiences that we have heard from expats living in Brussels. We have been getting many requests from our readers to share more stories of expats living in Brussels so we decided to do an interview series where we ask different expats about their experiences moving abroad.
We hope that these stories will help other people who are thinking about moving abroad and give them a better idea of what it is like to live as an expat in Belgium.
Hi, I'm Dave from the UK and I've been living in Brussels for the past seven years.
I recently moved to Brussels from the UK. I work for a large company with offices in London and Brussels, and I was transferred to the Belgian office.
I am not alone in this move—my friends and family were also surprised by my decision to move here, but now that I'm here, they are all very supportive.
My wife and I have lived in London for a number of years now, so it was nice to be able to return home every evening after work, but we're both looking forward to having more time together as a couple outside of our home.
We've been living in an apartment near the European Quarter that we found through a friend who works here at the European Commission. The apartment is great because it's close enough to walk or bike into town but far enough away that it's quiet at night when we want to go to bed early!
Hi, I'm Silvia from Colombia and I've been living in Brussels for the past four years.
I first came to Brussels because my wife got a job here and we needed to move. We had never visited Brussels before and didn't know anything about it.
We were expecting a city similar to London or Paris but instead, we found a city that was quite different.
Brussels is a small city, with only 1 million people living here. It's also a very green city with lots of parks and gardens around the city centre.
The people in Brussels are very friendly and welcoming, especially if you speak French or Dutch (which is the official language). They're also very tolerant and don't mind having people from other countries living here as long as you respect their culture and traditions.
Hi, I'm Thomas from Singapore and I've been living in Brussels for the past three years.
I have been living in Brussels for over two years and it has been a great experience. I will share my story and give you some tips on how to make the most out of your time here.
I moved here with my wife, who is Belgian after we graduated from university. We had no job prospects and were looking for a place to live that was affordable and had a comfortable lifestyle. We found it in Brussels.
It is true that many expats come to Belgium for work. However, there are also many reasons why expats choose to stay here after they get their job done. For example, we chose to stay because we love city life and enjoy being able to walk everywhere we need to go. The quality of life here is amazing; there are parks everywhere, the weather is nice (for most of the year), the food is diverse and delicious, etcetera!
Hi, I'm Anthony from the United States and I've been living in Brussels since 2012.
I moved to Brussels in 2012 on a work assignment and have been living here ever since. I work for an American company that has offices around the world, so I've had the chance to live in many different countries.
When I first arrived in Brussels, I lived in the city centre near Avenue Louise. It was a great area, with lots of shops and restaurants nearby, but it was also very busy and noisy. When my wife joined me on weekends, we found it hard to get around because everything was so crowded with tourists. We decided to look for somewhere quieter that would be easier for her to get around on foot or by public transport; so we ended up moving out towards Uccle/Watermael-Boitsfort/Etterbeek/Auderghem (depending on who you talk to).
We now live in Watermael-Boitsfort (Woluwe-Saint-Lambert), which is about 20 minutes walk from the European institutions in Brussels. It's not as far away as some people think (there are still plenty of commuters who live closer), but it does mean that we need our own car if we want to go anywhere further.
Are you an expat or someone who has been living in Brussels for a while? We would love to hear your story and share your experience with the rest of our community. Send us your story at firstname.lastname@example.org!