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Moving to Nantes, France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 06, 2023

Summary: Moving to Nantes, France: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Nantes.

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What do I need to know before moving to Nantes?

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

"Nantes is a city in western France, known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and beautiful landscapes. Before moving to Nantes, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, the official language in Nantes is French, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or at least basic phrases before moving. Although many people speak English, especially in the business and tourism sectors, daily life and integration will be much easier with a good understanding of French. The cost of living in Nantes is relatively lower compared to other major French cities like Paris or Lyon. However, it's still important to budget carefully, taking into account expenses such as rent, utilities, groceries, and transportation. Nantes has a temperate maritime climate, with mild winters and relatively cool summers. Rain is common throughout the year, so it's advisable to always carry an umbrella. The city has a well-developed public transportation system, including trams, buses, and a bike-sharing program. Owning a car is not necessary for getting around the city, and many residents prefer to walk or cycle. Nantes is known for its high quality of life, with plenty of green spaces, cultural events, and leisure activities. The city is also family-friendly, with good schools and facilities for children. Healthcare in France is of a high standard, and Nantes is no exception. Expats should ensure they have health insurance coverage, either through a private provider or the French social security system. The job market in Nantes is diverse, with opportunities in sectors such as information technology, aerospace, food processing, and healthcare. However, it's advisable to secure a job before moving, as the job market can be competitive. Nantes is a safe city with a low crime rate. However, like any city, it's important to take basic precautions, especially in crowded areas and at night. Finally, Nantes has a unique culture and history, with a mix of Breton and French influences. Expats should take the time to learn about the local customs and traditions, to help them integrate and feel at home in their new city," said one expat in Nantes.

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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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