Living in France

One of the best things about living in France is the wonderfully varied surroundings that the country has to offer. Abundant sunshine, beautiful countryside, elegant coastlines, chic towns and rustic villages are just some of the inspiring areas that make up the stunning country patchwork that is 'La France'.


British people seeking second homes abroad still favour France most above other countries, and it is equally popular with expats who have taken the leap and moved to France permanently. France seems to have an enduring allure, depsite the economic and Eurozone crises, which have done little to deter Brits seeking their place in the French sunshine and the laidback lifestyle that is now synonymous with living in France.

When living in France as an expat, there are a number of legal and financial matters that you will need to be aware of, as well as understanding the minutiae of local life. Here are the France Buying Guide's tips to help you settle in to life in France and to get the very best out of French living.

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Money matters

One of the primary things to take care of is opening a bank account. As well ensuring you are working with a currency broker.
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Legal matters

Make sure you take the time to investigate the legal system so that you know what you can and can't do.
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Social life in France

The best way to get settled in France is to find out as much as you can about your new community.
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Learning French

Successful moves lie in integrating into the French lifestyle – alnd to do this you need to learn at least a little French!
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Healthcare

The French healthcare system is one of the best in the world. And when compared to the UK the difference obvious.
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Family fun

French culture is very family oriented, and a move to the country has increasing appeal for those with young children.
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Download our guides

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France Buying Guide – Your definitive guide to buying property in or moving to France, written by expats living in France and industry experts. To download click here.

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Your Viewing Trip: The Golden Rules – A handy guide to everything you need to know for a successful property viewing trip overseas. To download click here.

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A Trader’s Guide to Overseas Property – A currency specialist’s ‘insider’s guide’ to a successful international property purchase, written by currency and overseas property experts. To download click here.

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Removals Guide – We have teamed up with the British Association of Removers (BAR), the removal industry's only not-for-profit trade association, to offer a free guide to finding the best removals company for your move abroad. To download click here