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.
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Steps to move to France.

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.
illustration of health insurance.

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.
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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.
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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! 
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Find a plan for you

N26 Standard

The free* online bank account

The N26 virtual card.
Virtual Card


  • A virtual debit card

  • Free payments worldwide

  • Up to 3 free withdraws

  • Deposit protection

N26 Smart

The bank account that gives you more control

N26 You card, Teal.
N26 You card, Ash.
N26 You card, Wheat.
N26 You card, Petrol.
N26 You card, Rhubarb.


  • Free Virtual Card

  • Up to 10 Spaces sub-accounts

  • Support Center phone number

  • Round-ups


N26 You

The debit card for everyday and travel

N26 You card, Rhubarb.
N26 You card, Petrol.
N26 You card, Wheat.
N26 You card, Ash.
N26 You card, Teal.


  • Up to 5 free withdrawals in the Eurozone

  • Flight and luggage delay cover

  • Medical emergency cover

  • Winter activities insurance

  • Pandemic coverage

N26 Metal

The premium account with a metal card

N26 Metal - Slate Grey.
N26 Metal - Charcoal Black.
Quartz Rose - N26 Metal Card.


  • An 18-gram metal card

  • Up to 8 free withdrawals in the Eurozone

  • Purchase protection

  • Phone insurance

  • Dedicated N26 Metal line

Learn more about moving to France

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How do you move to another country? 6 steps to get you ready for moving abroad

If you’re thinking of moving abroad, read on to discover our checklist of what to consider before starting your big adventure.

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How to open a bank account in France the easy way

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.

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