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Epinal, France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 19, 2023

Summary: Epinal, France is a charming and picturesque city with a rich history and culture. Expats love the small-town feel of Epinal, its friendly locals, and its proximity to larger cities like Strasbourg and Nancy. The weather in Epinal is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-60s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $500 per month, while a two bedroom apartment is around $700 per month. The population of Epinal is around 25,000.

What do I need to know about living in Epinal?

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

"Check out nancy.OnVaSortir.com to find out about events that are planned by locals (and therefore not promoted by any public methods), and follow the city on Facebook to get updates about festivals and other happenings around town," explained one expat living in Epinal, France.

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Will I be able to find a job in Epinal?

When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Epinal, they reponded:

"Wood, art, typical small-town businesses (bakers, restaurants, clothing & home goods stores). Several employment agencies provide plenty of opportunities to learn about jobs," remarked another expat who made the move to Epinal.

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What is life like in Epinal?

When we asked people living in Epinal what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Work, socializing, sports, festivals & community celebrations in centre-ville. Lots of opportunities to be active with a climbing gym, sports halls, dance classes, martial arts clubs, etc," remarked another expat who made the move to Epinal.

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What do expats in Epinal appreciate most about the local culture?

"In France, there really is time to stop and smell the roses, and when one does things here, one does them fully, instead of splitting attention in 5 directions at once. Mealtime is meant for good food and fellowship. Weekends are meant for enjoyment (not bringing work home). In general, the culture is more slow and appreciative of simple pleasures," added another expat who made the move to Epinal.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"The humor is darker (people don't find it rude to joke at the expense of others) and people are much more direct, which can come across as brashness or rudeness. Also, mealtimes are very rigid, so my stomach had a hard time adjusting to the hunger between meals," remarked another expat who made the move to Epinal.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Epinal accepting of differences?

"As a small town with few expats & international visitors, there is not an overtly diverse culture, but there are various religious institutions, celebrations of other culture (like "American Night" in the summer), and an organization called "EST Solidarite" dedicated to solidarity with foreigners," added another expat who made the move to Epinal.

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Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Epinal?

"Very affordable, even before I was on the healthcare system I paid less than 100 euros for full x-rays and a cast for a broken wrist. With healthcare, it's simply covered thanks to higher taxes," said an expat in Epinal.

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Is the cost of living in Epinal high?

We asked people about the cost of living in Epinal, they wrote:

"Affordable. It's a small town, which means housing and food costs are low, but there's lots of cultural value to be had, which makes the living experience even more valuable," mentioned another expat inEpinal.

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What are the visa & residency requirements in Epinal?

"Carte de sejour/titre de sejour: residence card. This can be obtained through enrollment in a French university, sponsorship by an employer, marriage to a French citizen, or a few other ways. Details here https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/," mentioned another expat inEpinal.

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Why do people move to Epinal?

When we asked people why foreigners move to Epinal, they responded:

"Mostly for work or school. Epinal is home to the only public timber engineering school in France, and also houses some international companies such as Michelin," added one expat living in Epinal.

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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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