Moving to France

Last updated: October 25, 2019

If you are thinking of moving to France, you will find everything you need to know on this page. This includes the job market, what it’s like to live there and how to move to France!

Cost of Moving to France from UK

Size of HouseTimeCost to ParisCost to Lyon
1 bed flat<30 days£2,200 – £3,000£2,300 – £3,200
3 bed house<30 days£4,600 – £6,300£4,800 – £6,500
5 bed house<30 days£6,900 – £9,500£7,400 – £10,200

The two biggest factors that influence how much your move will cost are how much volume you want to move and the distance. So, as you can see from the table, these are the costs on moving to France by Sea. For further details, you can look at our international moving costs page.

Request Removal Quotes:

If you are serious about moving to France and are in search of a removal company, use our quick online form to receive up to five free removal quotes. It only takes a few minutes and can save you up to 40% on your move, so there’s no reason not to!

Tips for Saving Money:

There are many ways that you can save money on your move. Here is a brief list of things that you can do:

  • Don’t pay for your boxes because many moving companies will charge high prices. But why do that when you can gather boxes from several different places? For example, ask supermarkets, shops or friends who have recently moved if they have some spare boxes.
  • Get rid of the things that you haven’t used in the past year. Most likely, if you haven’t used it in the past 12 months, you probably don’t need it anymore!
  • Look at the options of moving yourself or hiring a professional service to move your belongings for you. It may be cheaper to hire a moving company rather than to do it yourself, so don’t rule it out if you want to move on a budget!

Read our moving tips page for more advice on how to make your move easier.

Information on Emigrating to France

Here you can find more about the formalities on moving to France, especially visas.


A British citizen and passport holder can enter France without a visa. After 3 months, a UK national immigrating to France is required to register at the town hall in their area of residence. You may also want to apply for a ‘carte de séjour’ which is a permit of residence and is not a requirement for members of the EEA. However, having one may make it easier to prove your stay to the local police. The ‘carte de séjour’ is valid for 5 years and you can apply for it free of charge.

Moving to France After Brexit:

A primary concern for those wanting to move to France is what will happen after the Brexit negotiations are finalised. As it stands there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding immigration policies with the EU. Therefore we recommend proceeding with any moves but keeping a close eye on current events to be prepared for every outcome.

Moving to France

Moving to France Checklist: What to Remember

  • Health insurance: Make sure you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This covers temporary treatments but if becoming a resident it is important to apply for the state health insurance. Check out our page of Healthcare in France for more information.
  • Moving Pets to France: The close distance of France makes it quite simple and easy to move your pets to your new home. As long as your pet has been micro chipped, has a  pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate and has been vaccinated against rabies it can enter into France. Check out our moving pets abroad blog for tips on making your pets move easier.
  • Transporting a Car: You are able to freely import your new or used vehicle (including boats and planes) as long as VAT has already been paid for in another EU country. It is easy to drive or use removal companies to transport your car to France.
  • Bank: If you plan on keeping any UK bank accounts, the bank interest will be taxed (up to 45%) in France. It is also important you tell your bank you’re moving as they can block cards if they think activity is out of the norm. Transferring money is possible also, visit our page to find the easiest and cheapest way to transfer money abroad.
  • Taxes: Make sure you tell the relevant UK tax authorities that you are leaving the UK and let the French tax authorities know you intend to permanently live in France. Visit our page for more information on taxes in France.


Living in France as an Expat

Here you can find information on what it’s like to live in France. This includes the costs of living and where to learn French abroad.

Cost of living in France:

City scoresCosts per city
CityQuality of lifePurchasing powerSafetyHealth careCost of livingPollution
CityCappuccino price1L milk priceOne dozen eggs priceThree room apartment rent
Lyon£ 2,27£ 0,65£ 2,45£ 883,57
Paris£ 3,04£ 0,99£ 2,83£ 1.598,00

The cost of living in France on average is quite cheap, but of course it depends if you live in a city centre or a rural village. Housing and rent prices are also dependant on what area you are wanting to live in.

Want a better insight into French places? Take a look at these pages:

Learning French in France:

It is important to note that most jobs and business are done in French, so you may want to take a refresher course in French if your language skills are a little rusty. If this is something that you may be interested in doing, there are several different organisations which can offer to teach you French. For example, Accent Francais in Montpellier and Centre International D’Antibes on the Riviera are just two companies that provide lessons at every level.

Education, Housing and Jobs in France

If you’re interested in what the education system in France is like or how to find a place to live or how to find a job, this section will help you find out what you need to know:

Education in France:

The French Education system is a little different from what we are used to in the UK. So, if you are moving with your family, you may be interested to find out where your children will go everyday.

Firstly, your child is entitled to free education when you are living in France. Your child can also go to an international school, which is a popular choice, but this can be expensive. School is compulsory from the age of 6 until 16. Also, state schools are usually allocated to where you would live. You can ask to enrol your child in another school that isn’t in your area, but you need to process this request with the town hall.

To find out more, you can read our page on education in France or take a look at the top 10 universities in France.

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The Housing Market:

If you still want to find somewhere to live, the websites below are useful to search for places to rent and to buy property:

Jobs in France:

So, if you’re planning on moving to France, then you will probably be interested in finding a job. There are many ways that you can find work in France, here are a few websites:

You can read our working in France page for information on what the French working environment is like.

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