You might hear very often that you are not going to live anywhere like in Belgrade, but if you have enough money to spend. The average salary in Belgrade is pretty much low. Comparing to the average salary in the EU. On the other hand quality of life is way more affordable. Living costs are lower and its is way less expensive then in other EU capitals. Social life is vibrant. People are friendly and happy to see new faces around. Foreigner’s life in Belgrade is pretty much heaven. Before you arrive to Belgrade lean about Belgrade Expats. We are welcoming you to become a member of Belgrade Expats community. Belgrade people love foreigners. We admire different cultures and costumes. if you are coming to Belgrade for the first time it could be cute to bring something unique from your country. Food or Drink maybe Just an idea. With good vibes you will get to know alot of people and make new friendships. Choose wisely where will you hang around in Belgrade. In which social circles are you going to end up. Continuing reading and find out interesting things about living in Belgrade.
Uk salary in UK VS Belgrade
Is Belgrade a good place to settle for a while? Sure it is! Especially if you make money online with having UK salary. So as u know with average UK Salary in the UK you will not have an amazing life at all. You will not be able to Dine-in outside of your home. Ride with a public transportation no fancy car on sight any time soon. No fancy holidays. You can forget about living in a popular mainstream area. Having 2 bedroom apartment would be a dream. Even in the suburbs this would be still be a dream.
On the another hand one of the main reasons why Belgrade has so much expats is the price compering quality of living. Having a UK Salary in Belgrade could bring you a nice life. Lets start with your new home. An Epic 1 – 2 bedroom apartment at the top location ( Fully Furnished ). After some time with some savings you can get Mercedes SUV. Full health insurance in a good Private hospital. Every day lunch and dinner in an amazing Belgrade Restaurants. Alot of party in the popular Belgrade Clubs. Plus Savings on a side. Belgrade is an amazing choice! For people thinking to invest and start a business everything is pretty much straight forward. Its super easy to set up a company and a business account in Belgrade! Overall joining the tribe of Belgrade Expats is a good decision. In Belgrade you will have time of your life.
Expat VS Foreigner
Get yourself educated. Learn the right terms for the right people. Very often people feel they belong somewhere else then their native country. Pointing with a wrong name into them might heart their feeling and your friends relationship. In some occasions you might even sounds funny.
Why do they say that Belgrade is the heaven for EXPATS ?
Beside Price VS quality where Belgrade pretty much rules another advantage is a social life. City just never sleeps. People of Belgrade are welcoming and friendly. Very Curious to hear your story and more about your county. Just because its Monday or Wednesday or any other working day it doesn’t mean that the streets are going to be empty. There are always people cruising around. Day or night there are always something happening in the capital of fun.
- Price Vs Quality
- Friendly people
- Very Social
- Europe Time
- Fast access to other Europe Capitals
- No Visa / Easy Visa
- Safe City
- Art and Culture
- Events and Festivals
- Top Nightlife
- Good food
- GMO Free at Flee markets
- Fast Internet
- Chaotic in a good way
- Beautiful people
- People speak English
Bored at Home? Want to go out and meet new people?
If you want to go out and mingle you don’t need to wait until the weekend. There are events every night. That’s why Lonely Planet named Belgrade the capital of nightlife in Europe.
Social life in the different areas of the City
Knez Mihailova street is the main pedestrian street. Its crowded with people cruising around. Fill with a cozy restaurants, galleries and small shops. At the end of your walk you will face a huge park. Kalemegdan Fortress has a great story behind.
Skadarlija street – The famous bohemian part of the city, one of the oldest streets in Belgrade. Place for Traditional food. Try Sarma and Cepapcici. Heaven for Serbian food and specialties.
Cetinjska street – Old factory turned into the area of Art. We like to call it the Hipster area of Belgrade. There are Art events almost every weekend. Opposite to mainstream vibe. Our recommendation is to get a glass of wine and to listen Jazz. Not for a Jazz event? Just walk a bit and get a beer. Join the pop rock event at the same night.
Savamala and Beton Hall are next to each other, walking distance in a 5 minutes or so. Restaurants, Bars, popular Belgrade clubs are located next to each another. What makes this place even more unique is the fact that is located just next to the Danube. During the day you people sit to enjoy the Danube. There is no doubt that you will enjoy in the beautiful view.
Safety for Belgrade Expats
Belgrade is at 31st place on the list of 162 countries when it comes to safety, which means you good.
The tip is to be aware of pickpockets in the main streets, (very rare, but it can happen) and to watch out your bag all the time, not to leave your wallet, mobile phone, or anything expensive visible to others. Same as you would not do in other countries.
Food and Drinks
Local people enjoy tradition of having a coffee few times a day. Local see it as a ritual. Sometimes they go for a coffee to often. Before, after work and during a work. For sure you will not have a problem to find a good coffee in Belgrade. People mostly stay sober during the week and go hard on weekends. Younger generations, Expats and Tourists are going hard on Weak days as well.
Serbian traditional kitchen is tasty. Serbian Food is good. Our suggestion is to try Pljeskavica, Cevapi, Ajvar, Kajmak or Proja.
There is not much attention on vegetarians. You might feel lonely when ordering food in Belgrade restaurants. Dont worry there are places designed only for Vegetarians and Vegans.
Serbs are paying attention a lot on social life, food and drinks. Belgrade Expats describe Serbs as hedonists. People who are far away from work-home way of life. This fact is actually what tourist love about this town.
Belgrade is the main telecommunication hub of Serbia, connected to all world telecommunication centres. The telecommunications area is entirely under the authority of the republic authorities. There are three mobile telephony networks and a number of Internet providers in Belgrade.
If your work depends from internet, you can be completely sure that Wi-Fi is a must in almost every cafe or a restaurant ,the connection is very good, and its free.
Tipping in Belgrade
Its completely normal to leave a tip, whether in a coffee shop, at hairdresser, at taxi, hotel, etc.
Tips are not considered as something offensive, but a way to show gratitude with provided service.
Belgrade does not have metro, you can use public transport (buses, trolleybus, tram).
There is a BusPlus app, giving you the information such as for how many minutes your transport is coming, how far it is, map of routes, station streets, night buses..
The transport is mostly well organised. Don’t be surprised when you see a really crowded bus or a very old public vehicle, that is completely normal over in Belgrade. The traffic is the worst from 4-6 p.m, it would be perfect to avoid it in that time frame.
You can use taxi or CarGo app, similar to Uber(there is no Uber in Serbia).
Co-work places In Belgrade
You will be able to focus easy. There are many places to choose to work from. There are small cozy places restaurants and huge cafe / restaurants where u can plug in your lap top and enjoy in a good working environment. Almost every single place offers fast wi fi and a good coffee. If you want to meet other Belgrade Expats join some of Co Work places in Belgrade. One of the most famous places co working caffe restaurants is called Kafeterija in Kralja Petra street. Google out this place. Go up on the second floor. You will see as soon as you get there why we recommended you this place. Coffee at this place is super tasty! Food menu is average. If you are a parent there is a place for kids on the third floor.
Interesting facts about Belgrade
- Belgrade is one of the oldest European cities, with very long and complicated history, City that exists for about 7000 years
- Lays between two rivers, Sava and Danube
- Surface – 360km2 , population : about 1.500.000 million people
- Official language is Serbian
- Official money is Serbian dinar (RSD)
- Belgrade does not have metro