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Possible move to Belgium (where to live...)

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Hello all, I am contemplating a job offer that would have me working in Mons. I will be living by myself and would prefer to live outside of Mons. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thank you.

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frasg Nov 13, 2016 21:22

I will be working at SHAPE.

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J Nov 13, 2016 23:36

SHAPE ought to have a relocation officer who can help you...

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CC_R Nov 14, 2016 07:43 Marked as helpful by the topicstarter

Ultimately making a social life is possible anywhere if one finds the right avenue to go. Belgium is small its possible to get around easily outside of rush hours. Trains do run on time as a rule. If you're young and single a good way to practice French and meet the locals. I don't know the area well but I'm sure there are other young people who want to meet up and do social activity everywhere. My friends daughter whose English speaking originallyand came in her later teens met the love of her life here and now lives in Luxembourg and works in French speaking company

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Mikek1300gt Nov 14, 2016 09:15

I don't know on what basis you would be employed at SHAPE, but something to consider now is the way the USA treats it's expats. The ever increasing numbers renouncing or returning to the USA are doing so for good reason, despite some on this site thinking I have lost my mind over FATCA. Nope, I'm quite sane. It's the US tax system and FATCA that are insane.

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R.Harris Nov 14, 2016 13:48 Marked as helpful by the topicstarter

Mons itself is a very pleasant city with plenty to do. Why not just live there? within Mons itself there are plenty of houses with gardens if that's what you are looking for.

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kasseistamper Nov 14, 2016 15:13 Marked as helpful by the topicstarter

When considering your commute, you should be aware of the price of fuel here.
Obviously the basic price fluctuates and varies slightly in different areas and so does the dollar/euro exchange rate but, currently, fuel here is close to 2.5 times what you will pay in the US.

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anon Nov 14, 2016 17:17 Marked as helpful by the topicstarter

As other have noted, SHAPE is not actually in Mons itself, it's to the north in a relatively suburban area.

I've got no personal knowledge of how SHAPE works, but personally I would recommend asking the HR people for assistance. They've been moving lots of international military and civilians into and out of the area for 40 years. If they can't help you, then come back here.

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frasg Nov 14, 2016 23:08 Marked as helpful by the topicstarter

I colleague living in the area now told me it was very small and quiet without much of a social scene. Turns out he was speaking about the SHAPE area and not the surrounding Mons. I am hoping to venture out later this month on a week journey to check out the areas myself. I appreciate all input. There have been invaluable for my research on this location and job offer.

Cheers,

Frasg

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KJo Oct 13, 2017 17:41

Even though this post is almost a year old--- FRASG, can you tell me how your year has been? I am in a very similar with moving to Mons.

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