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Moving to Orleans, France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: Expats move to Orleans, France for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant nightlife, and excellent educational opportunities. The city is known for its beautiful architecture, including the iconic Cathédrale Sainte-Croix, and its many parks and gardens. Orleans is also home to a number of universities and colleges, making it an attractive destination for those looking to further their education. Additionally, the city is well-connected to the rest of France, with easy access to Paris and other major cities. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and excellent educational opportunities, Orleans is an attractive destination for expats looking to experience the best of French life.

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What do I need to know before moving to Orleans?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Orleans, they said:

"Before moving to Orleans in France, expats should be aware that the city is located in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France. It has a moderate climate with mild weather in the winter and hot summers. Expats should also familiarize themselves with the public transportation options available, which include bus, bicycle, train and taxi. Expats may also want to research the area, the local culture and etiquette, as the people of Orleans have their own culture and traditions. Additionally, Orleans is a diverse city and has a vibrant night-life, so expats should familiarize themselves with the restaurants and entertainment venues open in the city before their arrival. Finally, it is important to ensure that all the required documents and paperwork have been obtained before moving to Orleans as it will guarantee a smoother transition," explained one expat living in Orleans, France, France.

"The housing and neighborhoods south of the Loire river is more expensive but are nicer. When deciding where to live, think about the traffic you will face daily to get to and from work. All rental contracts in France allow the renter to get out with three month notice to the owner. If the owner wants to remove the tenant, he has to have a legimate reason such as non-payment of rent or he wants to move into the property himself. He can't just arbitrarily force you out even if he sells the property to another person. You can stay as long as your contract which is either 3 or 6 years. Read the book by David Hampshire entitled "Buying a Home in France"," said one expat in Orleans.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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