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La Rochelle, France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in La Rochelle, France: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in La Rochelle?

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

"Expats considering retirement in La Rochelle, should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, it's important to understand the cost of living, which can be higher than in other parts of France due to the city's popularity as a tourist destination. You should also be aware of the local climate. La Rochelle has a temperate maritime climate, with mild winters and cool summers, which may be a significant change if you're used to a hotter climate. Understanding the healthcare system is crucial. France has an excellent healthcare system, but it's important to ensure you're eligible for coverage. If you're not, you'll need to arrange private health insurance. Language can be a barrier for some expats. While many locals speak English, particularly in the tourism industry, day-to-day life will be easier if you have a basic understanding of French. La Rochelle is a historic city with a slower pace of life, which can be a big change if you're used to living in a bustling city. It's worth visiting the city several times before making a decision to retire there. The city is also known for its seafood, particularly oysters and mussels, so it's a great place to live if you're a fan of these delicacies. However, if you're not a seafood lover, you might find the local cuisine a bit limited. Finally, it's important to understand the French tax system. France has a complex tax system with several different types of taxes, and it's crucial to get professional advice to ensure you're not paying more than you need to," remarked one expat who made the move to La Rochelle.

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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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