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Lyon, France

Lyon, France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 20, 2023

Summary: Lyon, France is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage, beautiful architecture, and a great food scene. Expats love the city's relaxed atmosphere, its proximity to the Alps, and its excellent public transportation system. The weather in Lyon is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit (1-24 Celsius). The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Lyon is around $1,000 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost up to $1,500 per month. The population of Lyon is 513,275.

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What do I need to know about living in Lyon?

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

"Well, firstly - great to hear that there is nothing to wait for. Just start learning some French...take few documents with yourself as France seems to like red tape very much and you need papers for everything! Take some birth certificates for sure. Don't worry about the accommodation because here in Lyon you will get many estate agencies to help you out and they speak English! And mostly...read some blogs, forums, expats websites which will provide you with the up to date info," explained one expat living in Lyon.

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How do I meet people in Lyon?

When we asked people living in Lyon about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"I have been nicely surprised on how big the community of expats is in France. We are lucky to have: meetup.com/cities/fr/lyon/ - smaller groups of expats who organizes meetings close to their interests onlylyon.com - very useful for info and events happening in Lyon internations.org/start, which actively organizes events for expats," said another expat in Lyon.

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Will I be able to find a job in Lyon?

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

"Lyon is an old city with a great history but it has been developing and there have been made many investments recently which are being carried on. The modern Lyon has been created. So we have the Confuance district with new buildings, we have new modern museums, we have new shopping centres and mostly new companies invest in here. There are new start ups also appearing in Lyon. You can find work in new type of industries like online space as well as very established brands are here. Lyon is a headquarter of Interpol and Euronews just to name a few," said another person in Lyon.

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What is life like in Lyon?

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

"J'adore Lyon! It's an amazing place! Not only because of the history and landscape, but I especially love it because of the people. They are very authentic French! They love their city, they love their food, they enjoy life and they appreciate good quality of life. What I noticed is that they are very family oriented, they spend time together and do many activities, they care about the city and they appreciate it. They are very welcoming and helpful....and they will help you learn French as English is not popular here as in Paris ;-)," remarked another in Lyon.

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

"There is no problems with this here. There are many churches different religious groups you can attend. I didn't feel any pressure but only welcomed in new communities," explained one expat living in Lyon.

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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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