Living in France
Why live in France?
Relocating abroad can open up incredible new opportunities, and expat families in France will confirm that the experience of living in France is unparalleled. Expats in France have access to an enviable lifestyle based on French culture, great food, amazing scenery, a climate to suit just about everyone and property to match any taste.
Find out how you can make France your new home in our MumAbroad Ultimate Guide to Moving to France.
Where do expats live in France?
From the nation’s cosmopolitan capital city of Paris to historic Toulouse, the gastronomic hub of Lyon or the glittering French Riviera, living in France offers the best quality of life for international families from around the world. With a growing international community across its diverse regions, moving to France would make an exciting and potentially life-changing destination for an international move.
- Excellent climate
- World class food and wine
- Beautiful and varied countryside
- Rich heritage, steeped in art and culture
- Safe and welcoming
- Perfectly located to visit and travel around
- Great education, free or paid, local or international
- Excellent healthcare available to all
- Business friendly
- Great roads, airports and fast TGV trains
- Proven property market with no restrictions on foreigners getting a mortgage
- Immersion in another language, with good English spoken
Moving to France is helped by its central location in Europe and the ease of getting to and from the country, as well as moving about within it. French education, healthcare and real estate options are among Europe’s best and like most countries the French cost of living ranges from the value of sleepy rural villages to the expense of buzzing city living.
Many expats in France choose to live the urban high life in Paris, but the regional hubs of Lyon, Toulouse and Nice have their own cosmopolitan appeal, including a more southerly location that provides much warmer year-round weather – one of the key benefits to expats from the cooler north.
- International capital, cosmopolitan lifestyle
- Varied climate, enjoy the seasons
- Beautiful architecture, museums and galleries
- Easy to get around without a car
- Simple access to Europe and beyond
Opportunities for children and families to find indoor and outdoor activities range from mountain walks to beach fun. A choice of good international schools works alongside the free local French schools system to provide plenty of opportunities to study the English-speaking curriculum or to become bilingual and immersive in French society.
- Global business hub for tech, banking
- Fast-growing profile driven by football team
- Second only to Paris in terms of wealth and population
- Gastronomic capital of France
Expats will tell you that if you are looking for things to do with toddlers and kids of any age and give them an interesting start in life, then France is an excellent option. Indoor activities are plentiful and outdoor activities benefit from the excellent climate, although parents will also take advantage of the babysitting and childcare to explore a few more grown-up benefits of relocating to France.
- Beautiful architecture
- Mediterranean climate
- Excellent schools and France’s oldest university
- Cultural diversity
The French property market ranges from summer villas to chateaux, and the property buying process is helped by unrestricted access to mortgages in France for foreign buyers. Like the rest of Europe, real estate prices in France can suit any budget and French estate agents are happy to help in your search.
- Glamorous multicultural centre of the French Riviera
- Thriving tourism industry, beaches and cuisine
- Famous south of France climate
- Significant location for the tech industry
Becoming a French citizen and fulfilling the visa requirements may change if you are planning to move from the UK to France after Brexit and it may be sensible for UK citizens to get their French visa application in early.
But given the many companies who call France home and the booming tourist industry there are opportunities to work that will hopefully remain available for expats from all countries, and relocating to France with your current company, or to explore new challenges, will continue to be an excellent idea for the whole family.