Life in Bulgaria

What is it like to live in Bulgaria?

Bulgaria is a country in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the North, Serbia and North Macedonia to the West, Greece and Turkey to the South, and the Black Sea to the East. It has a territory of 110,994 square kilometres and a population of nearly 7 million people. Bulgaria is one of the oldest European countries, with more than 1,300 years of history. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the population is characterized by its unique, one of a kind spirit, whose power can be still felt in every part of Bulgaria. The life in Bulgaria is characterized by affordable way of living, Eastern European culture and architecture as well as great student life. Also, the fairly cold winter and hot summer offer plenty of leisure activities in must-visit resorts.

Living costs in Bulgaria

Living in Bulgaria is as affordable as you can imagine. In 2013, The Telegraph found Bulgaria “to be the cheapest European destination”. To illustrate that, we provide you with a small table which shows the average prices in Bulgaria (as of 2016) for various goods and services. It is important to point out that the Bulgarian currency is lev(a) which equals 0.51 EUR, 0.58 USD and 0.43 GBP.

  • Meal at a restaurant – around 10 leva.
  • Domestic bear – around 2 leva.
  • Water – around 1 lev.
  • Milk – around 2 leva.
  • One-way ticket for the public transportation – 1.60 leva.
  • Monthly pass for the public transportation – around 22 leva (with student discount).
  • Taxi 1 km – around 0.80 leva.
  • Fitness club, monthly fee – around 40 leva.
  • Flat in the city centre (1 bedroom) – around 700 leva.

For more information, you can check out the prices in Bulgaria by choosing any city in the country in the right upper corner on the website http://www.numbeo.com/.

Tourism in Bulgaria

Bulgaria offers excellent conditions for tourism. The Black Sea Coast has become world known - there are many nice summer resorts like Sozopol, Nesebar, Albena. Bulgarian mountains also offer many leisure activities for students. Romantic bungalows around the country, modern hotels and traditional guest houses welcome locals and foreigners throughout the year. 

Bulgaria is also famous for its mineral springs (more than 500). There are many SPA resorts - for instance, the towns of Velingrad, Hisarya, Bansko are famous for the mineral springs and the modern hotels that provide tourists with great SPA facilities. There are also many waterfalls, lakes and caves in Bulgaria. Some famous sightseeing places in Bulgaria are: the Belogradchik rocks, the sand pyramids in Melnik, the Old Town in Plovdiv, Koprivshtitsa. In Bulgaria there are also many historical and cultural monuments.

Demographic diversity in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has rich demographic diversity - 85% of the population is Bulgarian, with other ethnic group representations being Turkish (8.8%), Roma (4.9%) and about 40 small minority groups, including Jews, Armenians, Russians and Greeks. The only official language is Bulgarian and is spoken by most of the population. The main religion is Eastern Orthodox (59.4%), but there is also a significant percentage of Muslim (7.8%) and others, including Catholic, Protestant, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox, and Jewish.

In general, life in Bulgaria is easy and great for international students - the demographic diversity and the amount of tourists make Bulgaria a multicultural destination. Also, the affordable living costs and tuition fees are suitable for students who wish to study abroad without having to apply for a student loan in Bulgaria. 

Life in Sofia, Bulgaria
Life in Plovdiv, Bulgaria