Living in Graz,
Austria
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Why we love Graz

High Quality of Life

Graz ranks in the top five of European cities with the highest quality of life. Maybe that’s why people look so happy and easygoing on the street.

Family-friendly

The city is lively, friendly and safe, yet affordable. A rare combination. The education and healthcare systems make Graz a paradise to raise your kids.

Bubbling Creativity

Graz bubbles with cultural initiatives and thriving businesses. It’s no wonder it is a UNESCO City of Design.

In the Heart of Europe

The Alps are around the corner, the Adriatic Sea a short drive away. Do you want to mountain bike or sunbathe on the beach this weekend?

Busy relaxing

We spend the long sunny summers outside, in parks, café terraces or festivals. Snow marks the start of winter sports. No matter what your hobby is, you’ll find a new club here.

Gastronomy

Great regional food, even greater wine and beer. And restaurants from all over the world to spice up the ordinary.

About Graz

More Details

Here you can find more info about our lovely city: About Graz
You can also watch the video below to see how Graz looks like in winter.

F.A.Q.

Living

How is the quality of life? Is Graz safe?

Graz ranks in the top cities in Europe according to the Quality of Life Surveys carried out by the EU Commission. According to the study, Grazers feel safe and particularly appreciate their health care system, their personal job situation and their trust in fellow citizens.

Why do expatriates love Graz so much?

Expatriates find it hard to go back. The healthcare system and infrastructure are excellent, the education of high quality, the economy dynamic. Graz also offers offers a lively nightlife and endless outdoor and cultural activities. The climate is temperate, with long sunny summers and snowy winters. Expatriates from big cities say they find in Graz the offer they are used to without the commute and the waiting lines.

How to get there?

Graz is reachable by plane, train and bus. There are multiple daily connections to major hubs like Munich, Frankfurt & Vienna.

Can I get around without speaking German?

Graz is a student city and a lot of people speak English. However, some German is always helpful. We offer weekly beginner & advanced German courses in-house to help our new employees settle down faster.

How is the healthcare system?

Visits to the numerous public doctors and several state hospitals, which offer high quality services, are fully covered by the public insurance. The Austrian healthcare is also prevention-oriented. For example, it offers to all a free yearly comprehensive check with specialist examinations, to detect illnesses in their earliest stage.

What about social security and pension plan?

Each month, both employee and employer contribute to the employee’s social security and state pension. The Austrian social security is comprehensive and family-oriented. For example employees can go on parental leave for up to two years.

Where is the Bongfish office?

The Bongfish office is located in the city center, right off the main square, where all public transportation lines in the city converge. It is fast and easy to reach, and offers all the shopping and eating amenities you could wish for.

How do I get around in Graz?

Biking is a popular way to get around. Thanks to the dense public transportation system, you can also reach any destination by tram and/or bus within 30 minutes. Weekly, monthly and yearly public transportation tickets are available at preferential rates.

Relocating

How will the company support me in moving to Graz?

We will provide you with financial support for relocation-related costs, including temporary accommodation, and our HR team will gladly help you in your search of a new home.

How is the rental market?

The rental market is dynamic due to the many students coming and leaving the city. The offer is large but apartments come and go quickly. You can expect an average rental price of 12 EUR/m2 in the city, with some variations from district to district.

Do I get support in requesting a work permit?

We will guide you through the paperwork and support you financially in applying for your first work permit.

How is the educational system?

Your family is entitled to a free education in public schools, which are excellent. German is the main language of instruction in the state system. There are also private kindergartens and schools which allow your children to pursue a full education in English from A to Z.

What activities are there for children?

There is a vibrant network of sports & cultural associations for children, often starting at a young age. There is no doubt your children will find an activity they like.

How international is the city?

Graz attracts many foreigners through its universities and international companies. No matter where you come from, it is very likely that you will find a community of expatriates from your home country.

Leisure

How many vacation days do I have?

You get 25 vacation days and 13 public holidays a year.

What can I do in Graz during my spare time?

Graz offers lots of bars, restaurants, concerts and events. In summer, people enjoy sitting outside in parks or on café terraces, or going to outdoor music festivals and other open-air cultural events. And there are myriads of associations and clubs you can join.

Any ideas for day or weekend trips?

Close to Graz, the “Styrian Tuscany” offers wonderful wine hills and villages to hike and stop for regional gourmet food and wines. There are hiking, biking and climbing trails all over Styria. In winter we enjoy skiing and thermal baths, and in summer we swim and sunbathe on the many lakes surrounding the city. And sometimes, we simply hop to the Adriatic Sea and spend a day or a weekend in Italy, Slovenia or Croatia.

Where can I get more information about Graz?

If you are curious for more, you can check out the tourist information of the city of Graz: www.graztourismus.at/en

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