Moving to France
A Complete Guide

Are you moving to France from the UK, then bienvenue; you are in the right place! Organising a removal to France from the UK does need to be a struggle and moving costs don’t need to be a mystery, and give got information, advice, and tips on both. So, keep reading for a breakdown of moving costs, an essential checklist, and even free moving quotes. We aim to help get you to L’Hexagone in one piece.

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The Cost of Moving to France from the UK

Let’s talk money. We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but moving house, let alone moving house to France, does not come cheap. However, it is 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.

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 moving 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.

If you are still curious to understand exactly where these figures come from, our international removal costs page provides all the answers.

Just one bit of advice, the quality and cost of your move will be affected most by your choice of removal company for your move to France from the UK. So, choose wisely and be sure to check out reviews!

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Do I Need a Visa When Moving to France?

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!
Wait, do I need a Visa?

Brexit has made moving to France more difficult. So, we put together an entire article dedicated to this topic, so make sure you check it out if you are completing a move to France from the UK after Brexit.

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. Also, it would be wise choice to create duplicates.
    • 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 out list of 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 and great information to help you pack to move furniture to France.
  • Tax Love paying tax? We thought not… but, 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.
  • Learn the languageBefore moving to France from UK, it’s important to apprendre le français. It’s great on a CV and in your personal life. You can visit the French embassy’s website to find class near you for beginners or to brush up.
  • Taking a car? Some good news! You are able to 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.
  • And what about pets? – As long as your pet has been micro-chipped, has a pet passport or third-country veterinary certificate and has been vaccinated against rabies, it can join your French adventure!

Moving to France

Once you have moved to France:

  • Apply for a Carte de RésidentWithin three months of moving to France from the UK, you must register at your local town hall.
  • Banking. We recommend setting up a local bank account, since the UK is no longer in SEPA and also because currency conversion fees will add up. Explore some of the following banks’ websites to find a good fit for you:
  • Healthcare – France has publicly funded healthcare system, but unlike in the UK, you will have to pay towards treatment at 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.
  • Driving licence. You can use your British driving licence in France for one year. However, after that, you may be required to swap it over.

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

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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