The 7 best Polish cities to live and work
When deciding where to live, many factors are in the eye of the beholder, such as affordable housing, a low cost of living, access to well-paying jobs, good schools, and quality healthcare. Other aspects may include proximity to family, climate, politics and opportunities.
Poland is quite a diverse and large country, with many different regions that could make your Polish experience really different depending on where you decide to live. To help you with your decision (or if you haven’t settled in permanently yet perhaps help you change your mind) we’ve prepared our ranking of the top 7 best Polish cities to live and work in.
Voivodeship: Pomeranian Voivodeship
Słupsk, probably the most open-minded and tolerant city in Poland is govern by Robert Biedroń, a Polish LGBT activist. Biedroń won the mayoral elections in 2014 and secured 57% of the vote, becoming the first openly gay mayor ever in Poland. His attitude, ideas and initiatives gained him a huge number of fans and help Słupsk to become modern and great to live in city.
If environment, tolerance and equality are close to your heart Słupsk is a great choice for you. Proximity and easy access to Tricity means that you won’t have problems with finding a job and can enjoy big city life whenever you feel like it. And when you are done with making money and going out, you can relax in Słupsk which offers tranquility and access to nature. What more could anyone ask for?
Population: 1.711 million
Voivodeship: Masovian Voivodeship
Fusing tradition and desire to remember its history with modernity and innovation, Warsaw has become in the recent years one of the European’s prime cities. It is also known as the phoenix city as was almost completely destroyed during WWII and with the help of the nation, was rebuilt from scratch. The spirit and energy of those times is still present and admired by millions of tourists who visit the city every year.
As any capital Warsaw offers well-paid jobs and access to all sorts of opportunities. The job market is especially attractive for foreigners with lots of international companies looking for English and German speakers. Thanks to abundance of theatres, museums, galleries, bars and restaurants you will never be board.
But there is always the darker side of Warsaw – high cost of living, expensive housing (in comparison to other Polish cities) and constant busyness. In the end Warsaw is no different to any other European capital and if you don’t like big city you are not going to enjoy living in Warsaw.
If you’re interested in Warsaw check out what to do and see in Warsaw.
Voivodeship: Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship
Medieval and charming Toruń ranks high on almost every urban quality of life list and it’s not a surprise as this architectural treasure escaped destruction during the World Wars and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the hometown of Nicolas Copernicus who had a great influence on his city – Toruń’s university is one of the best, especially in science subjects like physics and chemistry.
If you like smaller cities with unique architecture and relaxing vibe Toruń is the one for you. Perfect place to have a family and settle down or just to slow down a little bit . And if you are not ready for calmer life you should definitely visit Toruń just to experience its beauty and charms. Don’t forget to try famous gingerbread which is the local speciality.
Voivodeship: Pomeranian Voivodeship
Situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea Gdańsk is a modern city, thriving centre of culture, science, sports and entertainment. The city has a unique feel that sets it apart from the other Polish destinations, created by centuries of maritime ebb and flow as a port city. Gdańsk played a very important role in the collapse of communism and often is referred to as a city of freedom.
Every year Gdańsk wins in rankings for the happiest place to live in, with 79,2% of its population feeling content with their life. Beautiful beaches, good weather and lively city centre must contribute to this impressive result. If you’re interested in Gdańsk check out what to do and see not only in Gdansk, but also in Gansk and Sopot (Trojmiasto).
Voivodeship: Lesser Poland
City of legends and magical places, Kraków is Poland’s old capital and a perfect place to settle down. The old market square is breathtaking and often is voted to be the best one in the world (last time in 2013 by Lonely Planet). City centre is full of historical attractions, museum, bars, restaurants and shops tucked away down the old narrow streets.
Kraków is probably the most touristic of all Polish cities and locals are used to foreigners who they really like and make an effort for. Proximity to Tatra Mountains means that you can go skiing or hiking every weekend without any hassle. And of course finding a job as a foreigner is quite easy as Kraków is a big city with vibrant job market.
If you’re interested in Kraków check out what to do and see in Kraków.
Voivodeship: Greater Poland Voivodeship
City of business, trade and huge student population, Poznań has a distinctive vibe quite independent of tourism. Buzzing any time of the day and night is full of restaurants, pubs and clubs. Poznań has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Poland (around 2% at the moment) and it’s a great place to look for a job even if one doesn’t speak Polish.
Poznań is situated only 2.5h drive away from Berlin which makes it a great spot to travel from and explore. Thanks to its vibrant job market the city is very attractive for foreigners and next to Wrocław is one of the most favourite destinations for expects to settle down.
If you’re interested in Poznań check out what to do and see in Poznań.
Voivodeship: Lower Silesian Voivodeship
Full of live and character, with magnificent architecture and vibrant colours Wrocław is one of foreigners most favourite cities in Poland to live and work. Because of many rivers, islands and over 200 bridges, the city has a growing reputation as the Venice of the North. European Capital of Culture 2016 and the host city of Euro 2012 has over 100 bars and clubs, open often almost 24h a day. Wrocław is definitely a city of action, events and fun and it appeals to people looking for those qualities.
Wrocław attracts not only people but also big companies that are looking for skilled employees who speak multiple languages. Lots of them are looking for native speakers which makes Wroclaw the perfect place to live for expats. And a big community of foreigners is always a bonus if you are looking for a friendly homie to hang out with.
If you’re interested in Wrocław check out what to do and see in Wrocław.