Moving to Vienna

Expats moving to Vienna will get to enjoy one of Europe’s most beautiful and culturally vibrant cities. Austria's capital, which ranked first in the 2017 Mercer Quality of Life Survey, combines majestic architecture with an abundance of tranquil green space.

Vienna is home to the famous State Opera House, numerous art galleries and corner cafés. All accessible by bike paths which wind their way through Vienna's quaint streets and neighbourhoods.

Vienna’s expats take care of themselves; partly because there are so many of them and partly because the Viennese are not known for their warm welcome. To put it lightly, the locals are a very reserved people. Expats living in Vienna may always feel, to some degree, like foreigners – even if they master German.

The Austrian culture can be insular. This is why there are so many social groups set up by expats, with groups for interests and identities as various as Australian-Austrians, book lovers, hikers, museums goers, mothers, writers and sports enthusiasts of every kind.

Finding suitable accommodation in Vienna is a battle that most expats have to face. Housing is generally quite expensive and getting to grips with the property market can be frustrating. For this reason, most expats hire an estate agent to assist them with finding a home. 

The city is highly accessible and getting around Vienna is easy. Extensive train, tram and bus systems allow expats to traverse Vienna in minimal time. Transportation is on schedule and inexpensive compared to many other cities.

Expats moving to Vienna with children will be pleased to know that the standard of education throughout Austria is excellent and that the capital boasts a number of reputable international schools. 

Contrary to what one might think, language is not an insurmountable barrier. The Viennese speak English very well and seem to enjoy practising their skills with expats. That said, there are many opportunities to learn German, and expats who make some effort to master the local language will certainly improve their career prospects.

Those thinking of moving to Vienna should arrange employment before arriving in Austria. Vienna is home to many international organisations such as the UN, OPEC and IAEA. Many Austrian banks have international departments that operate in English, and there are endless opportunities for native English speakers to teach English.