Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Annecy, France: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Annecy?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Annecy, they said:
"Expats considering retiring in Annecy, should be aware of several factors to ensure a smooth transition and enjoyable retirement. Firstly, it is essential to have a good understanding of the French language, as English is not widely spoken in Annecy. This will help with daily interactions, making friends, and integrating into the local community. It is also crucial to research and understand the French healthcare system, as retirees will need to register with a local doctor and obtain a Carte Vitale, which is the French health insurance card. Expats should also be aware of the cost of living in Annecy, which can be relatively high compared to other parts of France, particularly when it comes to housing and dining out. Retirees should familiarize themselves with the French tax system, as they may be subject to taxes on their worldwide income and assets. It is advisable to consult with a tax professional to ensure compliance with French tax laws and to minimize potential tax liabilities. Annecy has a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters, so expats should be prepared for varying weather conditions. The city is known for its outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and water sports, so retirees who enjoy an active lifestyle will find plenty to do. The public transportation system in Annecy is reliable and affordable, making it easy to get around the city and explore the surrounding areas. However, owning a car can be beneficial for those who wish to travel further afield or visit more remote locations. Finally, it is essential for expats to build a social network and engage with the local community. Joining clubs, attending local events, and participating in activities can help retirees make friends and feel more at home in their new surroundings," said one expat in Annecy.
What do I need to know before moving to Annecy?
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.