French Riviera, France
Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in French Riviera, France: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in French Riviera?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to French Riviera, they said:
"Expats planning to retire in the French Riviera should be aware of the cost of living, which can be high, especially in popular cities like Nice or Cannes. They should also understand the French healthcare system, which is one of the best in the world, but may require additional private insurance for full coverage. Understanding the French tax system is crucial as it can be complex and different from what expats are used to in their home countries. It's also important to know that France has a wealth tax that applies to worldwide assets. Expats should also be prepared to deal with bureaucracy, as France is known for its red tape. This can affect everything from setting up utilities to buying a car. Language can be a barrier for some, as not everyone speaks English, especially in more rural areas. Learning French will make daily life easier and more enjoyable. The French Riviera has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers, which can be a big change for those used to cooler climates. The French Riviera is known for its relaxed lifestyle, but it's also a popular tourist destination, which can make it crowded during peak travel seasons. Finally, it's important to understand the cultural differences and social norms in France, such as the importance of good manners and the slower pace of life," remarked one expat living in French Riviera, France.
What do I need to know before moving to French Riviera?
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 French Riviera?
- Where should I setup a bank account in French Riviera?
- Will I be able to find a job in French Riviera?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in French Riviera appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in French Riviera?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in French Riviera accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in French Riviera like?
- How are healthcare services in French Riviera?
- What are medical services in French Riviera like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in French Riviera?
- What are emergency services like in French Riviera?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in French Riviera?
- How are local medical facilities in French Riviera?
- As a foreigner living in French Riviera, 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?