Moving to France
A Complete Guide for moving to the Hexagon

Are you moving to France from the UK, then bienvenue; you’re in the right place! Organising removals to France from the UK don’t need to be a struggle and Sirelo is here to help make the process as easy as possible. So, keep reading for a breakdown of moving costs, a great checklist, and even free moving quotes. We aim to help get you to L’Hexagone in one piece.

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How Much Does It Cost to Move to France from the UK?

Let’s talk money. Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that international removals to France aren’t too expensive. It’s just across the Channel! As for the price, average house removals to France can cost between £1,400 – £2,000 for a 3-bedroom home.

However, it’s important to note that the cost of removals to France from the UK is hugely dependent on the exact nature of your move, most notably the volume of your things, the distance travelled, and which of the many removal companies from the UK to France you choose. You can read more on our international removal costs page!

Sirelo Tip: Use our handy volume calculator to work out how much furniture you have to save precious time when completing your move to France.

To give you a rough idea of how much to budget, the table below indicates the estimated cost of hiring a removal company from London to Paris by road for various sized properties.

Property SizeTimeCost
1-bedroom apartment8 – 10 days£900 – £1,300
2-bedroom house1 – 3 days£1,100 – £1,600
3-bedroom house1 – 3 days£1,400 – £2,000
4-bedroom house1 – 3 days£1,800 – £2,600
5-bedroom house1 – 3 days£2,300 – £3,200

Disclaimer. The above costs only reflect average removal costs to France. The only way to get accurate figures is to request removal quotes from us, which reflect the specific characteristics of your move.

Find Removal Companies for your UK to France Move Today!

Removals to France from the UK are not the easiest but can be easier with professional removal help. However, it can be difficult to find a removal company for your UK to France move as it’s time-consuming and stressful as your move draws nearer!

Fortunately, Sirelo is here to help! We connect you with up to 5 removal companies that can help you move to France instantly. Furthermore, you can compare the companies and save money on removals to France from the UK.

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Moving to L’Hexagone After Brexit

Time to get to the nitty-gritty details of moving to France from the UK. Firstly, it would be remiss of us not to mention that Brexit has resulted in the loss of freedom of movement to European Union countries (except Ireland). Thus, you’ll most likely need a visa to move to France from the UK after Brexit.

French Visa
Since Britons no longer have freedom of movement around the EU member states, we can imagine that you have a lot of questions about what you need to do to live in France. Fortunately, we have a visa page that should help clarify the situation. Be sure to give it a read!
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Moving to France Checklist

Whether you are moving to the hustle and bustle of Paris, or the rolling vineyards of Bordeaux, follow this step-by-step checklist, et voilà: moving to France from the UK has never been easier.

Before you go:

✔️ Important documents

Gather all your vital paperwork and store it in a safe accessible place.

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Medical Documentation (including dental and immunizations)
  • University Degree(s) and qualification(s)
  • Police Background Check
  • Visa and Work Permits

✔️ Choose an international removal company

Trusting someone else with all your possessions is stressful. So, make sure you find the removal company that best suits you when moving to France from the UK. We recommend starting with our list of the top international removal companies in the UK.

✔️ Pack

You can never start too early! Our expert packing guide has got you covered on this front.

✔️ Taking a car?

Some good news! You can freely import your new or used vehicle to France as long as VAT has already been paid in another EU country. Either drive your car yourself when moving to France or pop it in a container to be shipped.

✔️ Moving to France with pets?

As long as your pet has been microchipped, has a pet passport or third-country veterinary certificate and has been vaccinated against rabies, it can join your French adventure!

✔️ Tax

Love paying tax? We thought not…unless you want to run the risk of being taxed twice, make sure you inform HMRC of your move to France and organise which country you intend to pay tax in.

✔️ Parlez-vous français?

If you don’t speak French already then get practising! The French are not known for their English proficiency and if you want to assimilate, learning the language is the best way to go.

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Once you’ve moved to France:

✔️ Carte de Séjour

You’ll need to apply for your a carte de séjour within three months of moving to France from the UK, you must register at your local town hall. It is free of charge to do so.

✔️ Banking

We recommend setting up a local bank account. Explore some of the following banks’ websites to find a good fit for you:

✔️ Driving licence

You can use your British driving licence in France for one year. However, after that, you will be required to swap it over for a French permit.

✔️ Healthcare

France has a publicly funded healthcare system, but unlike in the UK, you will have to pay for treatment at the point of service. Of course, as a new arrival, you will need to have private health insurance as you won’t yet be covered by the public system.

If you still have some questions unanswered, our more detailed general moving abroad checklist is sure to have the answers.

Life in France

There is more to France than wine, cheese and croissants. Although we wouldn’t complain if there wasn’t! In fact, France produces 1,200 different varieties of cheese! Anyway, we digress… Read on for everything you need to know about what your life might look like once you have completed your move to France from the UK.

The cost of living in France

Right, before we move on to the fun stuff, time to talk a little more about money. Unsurprisingly, in a country known for its sophistication and elegance, living in France does not come cheap. You can expect day-to-day life to be about 15% more expensive than in the UK, however, your rent will be approximately 10% lower.

Before you put your head in your hands and wave goodbye to your dreams of moving to France, take a look at the following table which compares the common cost of living metrics between the UK and France. Remember, when there is a will, there is a way!

MetricUK AverageFrench Average
Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre£750£613
Price per square metre to buy in the city centre£4,187£6,183
0.5L of draught beer£3.60£5.40
12 eggs£1.95£2.71
1L of gasoline£1.26£1.33

Did you know? In France, it is illegal to throw away any food which is still edible. Not only is this a great way to do your bit for the environment, but it also makes you thriftier 😉 which is necessary given France’s high living costs!

Finding accommodation in France

We are sure that getting a roof over your head is something of a priority for most of you. Much like any country, your property expenses, both for renting and for buying, will vary hugely depending on where in France you choose to settle.

If you are moving to France from the UK on a budget, try to avoid the Rhone, Ardennes and Paris areas, and opt for areas such as Montpellier, Marseille and Lille instead. With 41 UNESCO World Heritage sites across the country, you are sure to find something to discover wherever you are!

For a better insight into various areas in France, visit the following pages:

If you know where you plan on heading but are still on the hunt for your French residence, explore some of the following websites:

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Working life in France

Fancy rocking up to the office at 10 am, working for a couple of hours and then sipping the finest Châteauneuf-du-Pape over lunchtime? Who wouldn’t! While this might be a slight exaggeration of the stereotype, the French are known for their leisurely lunch breaks, although this is often made up for by employees working later into the evening.

If you still are not convinced, then budge up because we will take your place and move to France instead. But you will be sorry to learn that the average amount of sleep is 8.83 hours a night; sounds like our kind of place!

If you want a piece of this lifestyle but are yet to find employment upon moving to France, then consider some of the following online portals:

Ready to Move to France?

By now you are well on your way to moving to France from the UK and becoming an authentic Frenchie! However, to really fit in, you are going to have to train yourself to like snails: the average French citizen eats over 500 escargot every year!

That last fact probably wasn’t the most endearing about France, so here are some more to get you excited about moving to France:

  • If you hate waste, you’ll be glad to know that France has banned supermarkets from throwing away food.
  •  A French woman named Jeanne Louise Calment lived to age of 122, making here the oldest person who ever lived. She enjoyed a daily glass of port, so bottoms up! 😉
  • France makes some great wines, and unsurprising the origin of the most expensive bottle of wine. At almost £500,000 a 73-year-old bottle of French Burgundy was the most valuable ever sold at auction.
  • You might be familiar with April Fool’s day, but you’re probably less familiar with Poisson d’Avril. It’s the French version, but instead of jokes, watch out for someone sitting a paper fish to your back.
  • If you haven’t had time to practice your French, the radios in France are there to help. With a requirement of at least 35% of all songs played to be in French, you’ll soon pick up the language, or get some catchy beats stuck in your head.

If that hasn’t scared you off, and a move to France from the UK is still on the cards, consider exploring further to answer all of your moving queries. Just look below and you’ll find some useful links.

In the meantime, bonne chance! We wish you every success with your move 😊

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