Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Lille, France: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Lille?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Lille, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Lille, should be aware that the city offers a high standard of living with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant arts scene. It's important to understand that the cost of living in Lille is relatively lower compared to other major French cities like Paris, but still higher than in many other countries. Before moving, it's crucial to have a good understanding of the French healthcare system, which is one of the best in the world. Expats are usually eligible for state healthcare after living in France for three months, but it's advisable to have private health insurance to cover any gaps. Language can be a barrier as English is not widely spoken in Lille, so learning French will greatly enhance your experience. The city has a good public transportation system, but owning a car can be expensive due to high fuel costs and parking fees. France has a complex tax system, so it's advisable to seek professional advice to understand your tax obligations. It's also important to understand the French legal system, particularly in relation to property ownership and inheritance laws. Lille has a temperate oceanic climate with cool winters and mild summers, so it's important to be prepared for this type of weather. The city is known for its friendly locals, but it's still important to understand and respect the local customs and traditions. Finally, it's crucial to have a solid financial plan in place before retiring abroad. This should include a clear understanding of your pension rights and how your retirement income will be affected by moving to France," explained one expat living in Lille, France.
What do I need to know before moving to Lille?
About the Author
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.
- What should I pack when moving to Lille?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Lille?
- Will I be able to find a job in Lille?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Lille appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Lille?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Lille accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Lille like?
- How are healthcare services in Lille?
- What are medical services in Lille like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Lille?
- What are emergency services like in Lille?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Lille?
- How are local medical facilities in Lille?
- As a foreigner living in Lille, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?