Expats moving to Brussels are likely to have some questions about life in the city. Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about life in the Belgian capital.
Do I need to learn a language before I move to Brussels?
Brussels is bilingual, with most citizens speaking French. English is widely spoken, so learning a language if in the centre of Brussels is unnecessary. If looking to find work outside of Brussels, one may find it necessary to learn Flemish. Alternatively, in the east, there's a small German-speaking community.
What is the weather like in Brussels?
Brussels has a maritime temperate climate, characterised by warm summers and mild winters. The city has a high average annual rainfall, and visitors can expect a downpour any time of the year. Temperatures range from highs of around 80°F (27°C) in summer to 45°F (7°C) during the middle of winter. Snow is possible, but not frequent in winter.
Are the locals friendly to expats?
Belgians are by nature a very friendly people. Making friends is usually an easy process.
Are weekend getaways from Brussels possible?
The historic tourist city of Bruges is extremely close by, which makes for an incredible getaway. Alternatively, with plenty of options for easy transport access, the neighbouring European countries, such as Germany, France and Switzerland, are right on Belgium's doorstep. One can even pop across the Channel to the English countryside.
Where can I meet other expats?
Most expats working in and around Brussels tend to socialise with their colleagues. However, there are expat clubs online who meet at certain restaurants and bars weekly and organise group activities for expats living in Brussels.