Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Aix-en-Provence , France: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Aix-en-Provence?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Aix-en-Provence, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Aix-en-Provence, France, should be aware that the cost of living can be high, particularly for housing, compared to other parts of France. It's important to have a good understanding of the French healthcare system, which is one of the best in the world, but can be complex to navigate. Expats should also be prepared to learn French, as while many locals speak English, day-to-day life and administrative tasks will be much easier with a good grasp of the language. Aix-en-Provence has a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers, which can be a significant change for those used to cooler or more temperate climates. The city is known for its vibrant cultural scene, with numerous museums, galleries, and festivals, so there's plenty to keep retirees busy. Public transportation in Aix-en-Provence is reliable and efficient, but having a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding Provence region. France has a high tax rate, so it's crucial to understand the tax implications of retiring in Aix-en-Provence. It's also important to understand the visa requirements for living in France long-term, as well as the process for becoming a permanent resident or citizen, if desired. Finally, it's recommended to seek advice from a financial advisor or lawyer who is familiar with both your home country's and France's laws and regulations regarding pensions, taxes, and other financial matters," commented one expat who made the move to Aix-en-Provence .
What do I need to know before moving to Aix-en-Provence?
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.
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