Frequently Asked Questions about Brussels
Do I need to learn a language before I move to Brussels?
Brussels is bilingual, the majority of citizens speak French. If you are looking to find work outside of Brussels, you will need to learn to speak Flemish. In the East there is a small German-speaking community. English is widely spoken so learning a language if you’re in the centre of Brussels is unnecessary.
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 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 nation, and you will find yourself making friends quickly and easily.
Are weekend getaways from Brussels possible?
The wonderful historic and popular tourist city of Bruges is extremely close by and the whole of Europe is on your doorstep with plenty of option for easy transport access, you would be foolish not to explore some of the neighbouring countries, such as Germany, France and Switzerland or even pop across the English Channel to the English countryside.
Where can I meet other expats?
Most expats working in and around Brussels tend to socialise with their colleagues, but there are expat clubs online who meet at certain restaurants and bars on a weekly basis and organise group activities for expats living in Brussels.