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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 06, 2023

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

What do I need to know before moving to Toulouse?

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

"Toulouse, located in the South of France, is known as the "Pink City" due to the distinctive pink stone used in many of its buildings. The city is a hub for the aerospace industry, hosting the headquarters of Airbus, and is also renowned for its universities and research centers. French is the official language, so learning the language will be beneficial, although English is also widely spoken due to the international nature of the city. The cost of living in Toulouse is relatively lower compared to Paris, but it's still higher than in many other countries. Renting an apartment in the city center can be expensive, but the outskirts offer more affordable options. The city has an efficient public transportation system, including a metro, trams, and buses, making it easy to get around without a car. Toulouse has a warm and temperate climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The city is known for its vibrant food scene, with a focus on local produce and regional specialties like cassoulet and Toulouse sausage. It's also famous for its wine, particularly the red and rosé wines from the surrounding region. Healthcare in France is of a high standard, and Toulouse is no exception. However, it's important to have health insurance, as not all costs are covered by the French healthcare system. Expats from outside the EU will need to apply for a visa to live in Toulouse, and it's recommended to start this process well in advance of your move. Toulouse has a rich cultural scene, with numerous museums, theaters, and music festivals throughout the year. The city is also home to several top-tier sports teams, including the Stade Toulousain rugby club. Despite being a bustling city, Toulouse is close to the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, offering plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. The education system in Toulouse is of a high standard, with a range of options for expat families, including international schools. Finally, it's important to note that the pace of life in Toulouse is typically slower than in many other major cities, with a strong emphasis on enjoying life, food, and socializing," said one expat who made the move to Toulouse.

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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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