Living in France

Living in France Once your property purchase has been finalised, and you've bought your new French home, you need to start preparing for your new life in France!

Find out about visas, the cost of living and more here.


If you want to live in France for more than 90 days in every 180 you need to make sure that you have a visa or French residency. Find out more about the types of visa and how to apply for them:

If you are planning on working in France for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a long stay visa. You can find out more about the application process on the French government website below.


Once you're living in France, you need to make sure that you have access to healthcare, take a look at what's available to you below.

Find out more about healthcare in France.

Education and schools

If you're moving to France with children you will need to think about what type of school you would like them to attend, and whether you want them to learn in French or English.

Read about the education system in France here.

Cost of living in France

You'll need to factor in how much life is going to cost - we've outlined all the things you need to think about before you move to France!

Find out about the cost of living.

Your driving licence in France

When you make the move to France, you will more than likely need a car to get around, find out what steps you need to take to be able to take to the road, ahead of moving. 

Find out about driving in France.

Settling in to life in France

Quality of life is often top of the list for foreigners moving to France, but that initial settling in phase can still be tricky. We've outlined some ways you can make the process a bit easier. 

Take a look at our tips for settling in to life in France.


If you're moving to France to retire, take a look at our dedicated section on living in France as a retiree.

Read about retiring to France.