Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Toulouse, France: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Toulouse?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Toulouse, they said:
"Before retiring in Toulouse, expats should be aware that the cost of living can be quite high, especially in comparison to other parts of France. It's important to have a good understanding of the French healthcare system, which is considered one of the best in the world, but can be complex to navigate. Expats should also be aware that while many people in Toulouse speak English, it is not as common as in Paris or other major cities, so learning French will be beneficial. The city has a rich history and culture, with many museums, galleries, and historical sites to explore. Toulouse is known for its warm and sunny climate, but it can also get quite cold in the winter. The city is well-connected with an efficient public transportation system, but owning a car can be useful for exploring the surrounding countryside. French bureaucracy can be complex and time-consuming, so it's important to be patient and prepared when dealing with administrative tasks. Expats should also be aware of the French tax system, which can be quite different from what they are used to. Toulouse has a vibrant food and wine scene, with many local markets and restaurants offering regional specialties. The city is also home to a large number of expat communities, which can provide support and friendship for newcomers. Lastly, it's important to understand the French attitude towards work and leisure, which places a high value on enjoying life and spending time with family and friends. This can be a big adjustment for expats used to a more work-focused culture," said one expat in Toulouse.
"It is a big city and finding a place to live is fairly tricky (rent). However the weathers great and it is a nice place to live," said one expat who made the move to Toulouse.
What do I need to know before moving to Toulouse?
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 Toulouse?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Toulouse?
- Will I be able to find a job in Toulouse?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Toulouse appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Toulouse?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Toulouse accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Toulouse like?
- How are healthcare services in Toulouse?
- What are medical services in Toulouse like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Toulouse?
- What are emergency services like in Toulouse?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Toulouse?
- How are local medical facilities in Toulouse?
- As a foreigner living in Toulouse, 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?