I'm stuck! I really want to move to France (from America) but I have no clue as to how to go about it. Maybe I should describe who I am and what I'm looking for. I'm a 20 year old college student who wants to explore more in life (only one life to live, you know). I've chosen France to live in because of the beautiful landscape, the romantic language, and the possibilities (oh, did I mention that I love fine wine and bread! Yum!) I only have a couple of thousand saved up for this move and I need a place where I can find employment, a nice, cheap place to live, and a community that is friendly. Is there such a place in the south of france? I'm planning on making this move in January or February of next year (2006), but I don't know where to go or what to do when I get there. Any advise would be super great. Thanks.
At the risk of sounding like a middle-aged French professor (which I am) my first piece of advice is 1) make sure your French is in very good shape.
The south of France is full of people who speak very good English. You need to find something that you have that others don't. So if your French is okay and your English is native, you need to figure out what else you have to offer.
But if you want to move to France, you can do it...
Nice is an incredible city, but best if you are already rich--like LA--hilly and very expensive. Aix-en-Provence is a wonderful place--an old city which has become a suburb of Marseille. Maybe you could look at a little town called Sainte-Maxime. It's like Saint-Tropez without the awful trendy yacht crowd.
I applaud your desire to move to France. We're thinking of moving to France too (in retirement, in our case, but to Brittany, where it is cool).
Hope all works out for you.
careful when u do this - make sure u have a good job lined up - unless u wanna work in a resort town on the Mediteranean? which is fine too.
U may want to look into work possibilities, as an American myself livin abroad - money is a drag since the dollar is soo weak and the South of France is quite expensive. Make sure u organize ur finances well in advance - I brought 10,000 USD last year to the UK and its gone within 6 months.
just to tell you which city you should go to or not in southern france : the most reputated are Montpellier, Aix en Provence, Nîmes, Toulouse , Bordeaux (Atlantic ocean) but these cities are not next to the sea.These places are student cities, great ambiance and nice weather. Nice, Toulon and Perpignan are nice but there is a high concentration of old people ... St Maxime,St tropez etc. are great beach and sun places but dead in winter. Biarritz (surf city) is nice as well.
If you try to find a work you should go to the cities I first mentioned because they are relatively big and you will have less problems to find a job
Be carefull France can be very expensive ... even more in the south
if you need help while arriving in Paris, you can join me, I am studying there (firstname.lastname@example.org)