Moving to France: a how-to guide
Planning to move to France? Between finding somewhere to live, arranging insurance, and understanding your employment contract, the bureaucracy can be overwhelming. Meanwhile, all you want is some real joie de vivre! Whether you’re exploring France for the first time or moving home after years abroad, we’ve put together practical info to help you settle into your new home country.
No two experiences are alike, which is why the information in the infographic above is for general reference only. Processes and procedures may differ depending on your situation, which is why it’s important to conduct your own research, and seek professional advice as needed. Oh, and the creators of this infographic are not liable for any errors or damages resulting from its use.
Opening a bank account in France
If you’re planning to move to France, opening a bank account will almost certainly make your life easier once you get there. Even if you don’t need it for your day-to-day expenses, you’ll quickly realize that a French bank account is a must for paying taxes and bills, receiving your paycheck, or buying real estate in France. Learn more in our guide!
Compulsory insurance in France
Health insurance, liability insurance, housing insurance — there are enough types of insurance to make your head spin. So, what types of insurance are compulsory in France? And which ones are voluntary but potentially useful? Before blindly signing on the dotted line, check out our guide.
Finding a place to live in France
How can I quickly find rental accommodation in France? It’s a familiar question for many expats in France, but our guide will help you find your perfect pad in no time at all. Stressed by all the paperwork? We’ve thought of that too. Read more in our guide to navigating administrative processes in France.
Understanding your employment contract in France
Congratulations, you’ve just got yourself a job in France! Before you seal the deal, make sure to read your employment contract carefully. There are different types of contracts for permanent, fixed-term, and freelance roles. And there are lots of factors to consider, such as contract length, working hours, travel, bonuses, and benefits. Here's some advice to help you sign your contract — and have full peace of mind.
Cost of living in France
Before you move, it’s a good idea to consider the cost of living in France. Living expenses can vary considerably depending on where in France you choose to live. That’s why we’ve put together practical information on the various costs you need to anticipate, such as rent, food, transportation and healthcare, and how to set your budget accordingly. Read the guide for much more!
Find a plan for you
The free* online bank account
- A virtual debit card
- Free payments worldwide
- Up to 3 free withdraws
- Deposit protection
The bank account that gives you more control
- Free Virtual Card
- Up to 10 Spaces sub-accounts
- Support Center phone number
The debit card for everyday and travel
- Up to 5 free withdrawals in the Eurozone
- Flight and luggage delay cover
- Medical emergency cover
- Winter activities insurance
The premium account with a metal card
- An 18-gram metal card
- Up to 8 free withdrawals in the Eurozone
- Purchase protection
- Phone insurance
Learn more about moving to France
If you’re thinking of moving abroad, read on to discover our checklist of what to consider before starting your big adventure.
The easiest way to get an estimate for your move with our moving cost calculator.
Following your dreams all the way to France? Having a French bank account will make life easier. Here’s a quick guide on how to set one up.