Ljubljana is a beautiful city to live in, but it is not a paradise. Here I look at some of the problems you may face when starting a new life in Slovenia. I find it worth preparing for them, and perhaps I share the lessons I learned along the way.
Anyone who has lived in Slovenia for more than three months is legally obliged to register during these three months. It is worth registering as soon as possible, because after receiving your number, you can do other things, such as opening a bank account, requesting a business tax number and registering as unemployed. Keep in mind that this process can be long and tedious. If possible, bring a Slovenian friend; it will speed things up.
2. Get an apartment
You have to live somewhere in Slovenia. Nepremicnine is an excellent search engine site which is also available in French. Two important things to remember are:
The ads can be misleading
you can find ads for two-room apartments with the idea that it means two bedrooms, but you may find that you have one bedroom and a toilet. It is worth asking a simple question before planning a visit to save a lost trip.
Be prepared to be rejected because you are a stranger
I don’t think there is another word for it than racist. My Slovenian friend often called to find an apartment, and when I visited her, they decided that they didn’t need anyone! This usually happens with old owners or ladies, and to be honest, it is not much you can do. Young owners or owners who have travelled themselves generally agree.
3. You are no longer a tourist
Ljubljana is a wonderful and relaxing place to spend a summer; However, Ljubljana is capita,l and now you come here to live. Don’t expect to live as you lived here during your vacation. If you’ve decided to live in Ljubljana and want to make a living here and you’re not Bill Gates, you have to get a job like any other place in the world and live on a limited budget. Resettlement is said to be one of the most stressful experiences of life. If this is true, moving to another country is a difficult process, and should not be underestimated.