Best Cities to Live in Europe as a Young Professional

If you’re still in college or have recently graduated, there’s one pressing question that’s probably haunting you right now: ‘what am I going to do with my life?‘.

As soon as you start thinking about a possible job, or starting your own endeavours and the next question arises: ‘where am I going to live?’.

Moving back in with your parents could be a possibility, but you kind of want your independence too. Difficult. If you’re worried about the cost of living in the UK, it could be worth looking at settling in a different country in Europe. They can be a lot cheaper.

Here are the best cities to live in Europe as a young professional.

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Portugal’s capital has been attracting young professionals for some time. It’s also one of the cheapest European capital cities around. It’s a great place for creative people as the arts scene has become more attractive. Another thing that you might find important is the scenery of the country, which is spectacular and also, the beach is really close, not to mention the weather which is usually great. The only question left to ask is when can I move there? As for the living arrangements, no need to worry, because Uniplaces has you covered.


Germany is known for its big expat communities and its openness to accepting different cultures. In addition, the so called “jewel of Germany” is one of the most attractive cities in Europe for young people with ages between 18 and 35. Munich is the perfect combination of rich history and an ultramodern spirit. The question here is why do young people choose Munich? What really attracts young professionals to this German city is the democratic spirit of the country.


Tourists fly from all over the world to visit this incredible city in Spain, but nothing beats the experience of actually living there. Barcelona is one of the most attractive destinations for young professionals. The colorful streets filled with music and art give life to the city and attract you to it even more. The unique architecture of the city along with the cosmopolitan urban environment make it the perfect place to live. Oh, and not to forget about the limitless opportunities to study, find work, and maybe even build your own business. Also, the city is best known for its nightlife and for being a great place to meet interesting people from all around the world.


If Lisbon has not yet convinced you to move to Portugal, then Porto might be the city for you. It is for sure one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and it is also very welcoming and tolerant. It has a great climate throughout the year and it is also really close to the beach. As for the work opportunities, many start-ups and also large companies are starting to settle in Porto. In addition, the city is well known for its gastronomy and good wine and the Portuguese are also quite welcoming.


Last on this list is one of he most famous cities in Italy. Milan is an amazing city which is very dynamic and full of art. It is also one of the fashion capitals of the world and the atmosphere of the city combines both the modern and the old. Don’t let the conservative architecture scare you, the city is quite open to foreigners as well. And if it has not convinced you already, then try out some pizza, pasta or gelato and you will definitely have some hard time leaving the city.

If figuring out what you want to do with your life is hard, at least finding the right city to settle down for a while will be much easier for you after having read this post. Whether you go to Italy, Portugal, Spain or Germany, these cities will definitely steal your heart. After all, it is living in a different city that mostly changes us and these five are all worth giving a try.

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