Expats in Wroclaw
As opportunities continue to open up and expand in the centre of New Europe, an increasing number of foreigners have arrived in Wroclaw to seek fame and fortune, new experiences and adventure. From the humble English teacher looking to learn the language and get to grips with Polish culture, to the quick-thinking businessman with the glint of gold in his eye, Wroclaw's expat community are a colourful mix of characters, enjoying their new lives in Poland. With an ever increasing number of multinational companies setting up shop here, there has also been a huge increase in salaried workers in Wroclaw plying their trades for the likes of LG Philips, Toyota, Whirlpool and Google.
Above: Foreigners relaxing on Wroclaw's Market Square
Expat Life in Wroclaw
A vibrant academic and business hub, Wroclaw may have a relatively small population of around 640,000 people, but there's certainly plenty going on for the city's residents to get to grips with. The theatre may be the preserve of Polish speakers, but a visit to the Wroclaw Opera House can be enjoyed by all, and film-wise most of the city's cinemas screen films in their original language - so movie buffs can keep up with the latest releases. A host of modern art museums and cultural centres exist, the big players being BWA, Impart and Wro Art Centre, and add to them a score of scintillating festivals and you've got a lively cultural programme. Our events calendar is the best way to stay in the know in Wro!
As far as eating and drinking are concerned, Wroclaw's ever expanding gastronomical realm is rich in treasures. Whilst Polish cuisine is of course the most prevalent, Wroclaw is a cosmopolitan place and that is reflected by the large number of Italian, Korean and Japanese restaurants (patronised by the large number of Italian, Korean and Japanese expatriots). In addition swanky bars are catering to the often fancier tastes of foreigners. Check out our nightlife page for more info.
Other forms of entertainment in Wroclaw come is a diverse manner of shapes and sizes. Get out and about in Szczytnicki Park and the Japanese Gardens, admire the flowers in the Botanical Gardens, take a walk on the islands and the banks of the Oder, head over to Wroclaw zoo for a chat with the chimpanzees or get active with golf, go-karting or a swim at the aquapark. There's plenty more to do besides and if you're considering packing your suitcases for Poland then you needn't worry about becoming bored!
Relocating to a foreign country can be a bit tricky to say the least, and for a flying start you may well want to get in contact with regional experts: PRO - Polish relocation office. These guys and girls can offer you all kind of advice and services, from helping you find a flat to navigating the nuances of Polish bureaucracy. When looking into moving your belongings to Wroclaw, you may want to look into international moving from Unigroup, who are experts in intercontinental moves.
Of course nothing helps you settle in to a new city and a new life faster than making new friends. Contacting The International Friends of Wroclaw is a great way to start on this front and with well over a hundred families representing twenty five different nationalities, the chances are you'll be able to meet someone from your part of the world. For info about the city in English, best make Wroclaw Life your first point of call. And if you really can't find what you're searching for why not post a message on our forum... The answer is out there somewhere!
Working in Wroclaw
Many expats who choose to live in Wroclaw work on a freelancing basis, but not everyone likes to be isolated at home all the time! Here are a few choices for "coworking" offices where you can rent out a desk and meet some new people!
Cocobar Coworking Place & Community
Cocobar is Wroclaw's premier option for freelance professionals looking for a modern, well-equipped, and central coworking space.
Sangeet from United Kingdom Reply
Hi, My husband got a job in Poland. Which is a really good job. I got a good job in England. We just had a baby who is 18 months. He's be working away for quite sometime but wasn't that hard when we didn't have the baby. Now, we thinking we uproot the whole family to Wroclaw. Wondering how is it going to be for us, I mean which is the best and safe place to raise a family, schools what are the chances I will get a job etc can someone help pls. Thank you
Wroclaw is a beautiful city, full of trees, parks & beautiful architecture. There is a wonderful web of rivers and bridges running through the city which gives Wroclaw a very peaceful and natural feeling. They have kiosks offering free activities in the park for kids, like archery, balls, hula hoops, badminton etc. There is a popular puppet theatre as well as a merry go round in another of their beautiful parks. People are kind and the city feels a lot slower paced than most. It's a great city for families, I personally know a little family like yours who are foreign and have a very young boy. They are very happy in Wroclaw, have found a good pre-school school for him and are enjoying the lifestyle. I think you have nothing to worry about, this could be a very positive and exciting move for you and an opportunity to explore a new culture and a new part of the world!
Kesha from Azerbaijan Reply
Hi everybody, my husband was offered a job in Wroclaw.We are planing to move in March, Im a bit upset, have to quit my job in my home country and my job is hr and migration related therefore i dont think I" ll be able to find a job there :( and being a housewife is not for me. What can be advised for me? I know russian and turkish.
Editor from Poland
Try corporations, there's a bunch of them in Wro, and they need people with foreign languages and HR skills. Good luck
Mai from India Reply
Relocating to Wroclaw for a year to start with next year 2017, and hope to continue for more years to come. Lawyer by Profession, I come from India. My proposed salary will be 6500 after tax deduction (gross). Though my employer says its good to lead de cent life for 2 person (me & my Husband) , would really appreciate if you can throw some more light. Thanks!!!
David from United Kingdom Reply
Hi all, I'm considering a move to teach in a primary school in Wroclaw. I get good vibes, but can I save?? I currently live in the middle-east and contemplating higher salary vs good living in beautiful Poland! The proposed salary will be 6000 zl after tax. Advice would be appreciated
Imogen from United Kingdom Reply
Agreed with James below! As a new person to the city the website is great.
James from United Kingdom Reply
There are loads of great things going on in the expat community right now - take wroclawuncut.com for instance. It's updated several times a week and is really good for knowing what's going on in the city.
Polish from Poland Reply
Here is a website for all people interested in learning Polish http://polish.study-time.org/
Junaid from Pakistan Reply
I am thinking of moving to Wroclaw as a system administrator for IBM. To be more precise as an AIX system Administrator. Can anyone give me an idea about the monthly expected salary or pay that I should expect after tax deductions ? Please an early reply would be highly appreciated.
Salman from Pakistan
If you found out salary can u tell me also?
Agata from Poland
This question has been asked long time ago but maybe someone could still make a use from the answer. The salery in this field in IBM or similar company would be about 6000-8000 PLN per month depending on experience (which is around 1800-2200$) per month after all taxes. For Poland it is a really good salery (as minimum wage is around 400$ and the average salery in town like Wrocław is probably between 700-900$ per month after taxes)
IanM from Poland Reply
As an attempt to help English language speakers to acclimatise in Wrocław (and Poland generally) I have started writing a blog: wroclawworkshops.blogspot.com My recent articles have been about 'Polish small-talk', 'Bar Mleczny ('Milk Bars') and 'How Poland is seen by others')
Joel from United States Reply
Here is also a link to the expats on fb: http://www.facebook.com/wroclawlife#!/group.php?gid=25964246149
Paul from Norway Reply
Depend on your experience and expectations - it is not that easy but not impossible - both freelance and full time.
Mark from United Kingdom Reply
Hi, I am currently in Wroclaw a lovely and vibrant city, i wondered what th chances would be of me finding a job here in Poland ??
Miguel from Spain Reply
Best place for all foreigners - Manana Cafe!
Ana Vilar from Portugal Reply
Hi. I am looking for some relatives who lived in Breslau/Wroclaw during WWII. Can you help me, indicating me were I can find information on people living there at that time? Thank you. Ana
Delvanzan from Poland Reply
Join Wroclaw Expats also on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=25964246149
chris from United States Reply
Nice ;-) You can also meet some ppl from around the world on http://wroclaw.sense-of.com/
Peter from United Kingdom Reply
Wroclaw is a great city to live and work in as an expat!