Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Avignon, France: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Avignon?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Avignon, they said:
"Avignon, is a popular destination for expats due to its rich history, vibrant culture, and beautiful landscapes. Before retiring in Avignon, there are several things expats need to know. Firstly, it's important to understand the cost of living in Avignon. While it's generally lower than in Paris, it's still higher than in many other parts of the world. This includes costs for housing, food, healthcare, and other daily expenses. Secondly, healthcare in France is of a high standard. Expats will need to register with the French healthcare system and may also want to consider private health insurance. Language can be a barrier for some expats. While many locals speak English, especially in the tourism industry, it's beneficial to learn some basic French to help with day-to-day living. The climate in Avignon is typically Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters. It's important to consider this when deciding when to move and what to pack. Avignon is known for its rich culture and history. There are many festivals, museums, and historical sites to enjoy. However, it's also important to respect local customs and traditions. Transportation in Avignon is reliable and efficient, with a good network of buses and trains. However, many people also choose to walk or cycle due to the city's compact size. Finally, it's important to understand the French tax system. France has a tax treaty with many countries to avoid double taxation, but it's advisable to seek professional advice to understand potential tax obligations," commented one expat who made the move to Avignon.
What do I need to know before moving to Avignon?
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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