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1. Posted by debsta71 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

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Hi
My fiance and I were thinking that we would love to relocate from Australia to Paris. This is a huge decision, but would be a great adventure and a wonderful opportunity....however I am not sure where to start. Somewhere to live, visa's etc. employment, where is the best place to live in Paris, somewhere where it is not too expensive.
Does anyone have any thoughts, or have done this before? Cheers

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 8y

Hi there - big decision, but I would think anything like this is down to what you intend to do with your lives first and foremost. That will strongly influence where you live, and whether it's the right thing to do.
I'd love to move to Oz or NZ, but what would I do? It's a fine place to live, but work dictates unfortunately!

Paris is possibly my favourite city in the world, certainly the most beautiful (Sydney would be a close second, for different reasons). But I'm not fluent in French, so i can't say I know it intimately. You'll survive with English for a while, but the french appreciate the effort.

Can you cope with the weather difference

3. Posted by debsta71 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Thank you for your reply......the weather was one thing I didnt think of actually, and to be honest I have no idea what the weather is like in Paris. I would love the change I am sure..(I have lived in melbourne for a couple of years, although far from the same)!

Workwise, well I am a nurse and I would need to source out the correct information to see if I can practice in France...and we are also planning to learn the language which is a bonus.

Does anyone know much about the healthcare system/industry in Paris?
And how easy would it be to get a job?

Cheers;)

4. Posted by nzkatenz (Budding Member 51 posts) 8y

Hey there
Good luck with this!
I am from New Zealand, but spent a few months of my OE in Paris, which i loved! Its such a great city. A good friend of mine moved there about the same time as i did, and after 6 months had met her now fiance, and has settled in paris for good! Despite what some people say, its a friendly city.
I would recommend that you get a house/flat/whatever a little while out of Paris, perhaps somewhere like Vincenne, or Noisy le Grand. These places are lovely, have all their own markets and shops etc, and are still only a maximum of 30 minutes away from Paris centre on the metro or trains (which are really reliable.) This ensures that you arent overwhelmed by all the bustling and the noise in Paris centre. It also has the added bonus of being a bit cheaper, and being a friendly small community.
Perhaps spend a month or so in the centre first, its an experience not to be missed.
I personally spent 7 months in France, and had learnt the language pretty well after about a month or two, to the level where i could converse in shops and with people i met. There were obviously difficulties, but it was to a level where i could be polite, and purchase everything i needed in shops. After a wee while more of refining it, i had almost no problems, apart from every french person i met wanting to talk about lord of the rings!
Get out there and try the language, talk to shop keepers, talk to people you meet in cafes and bars, and chat to everyone who seems interested. Alot of French people really are willing to help.
If there is anything i can help you with, feel free to message me, I have a good knowledge of paris after my time there, and i would love to help.

5. Posted by nzkatenz (Budding Member 51 posts) 8y

Hey there
Good luck with this!
I am from New Zealand, but spent a few months of my OE in Paris, which i loved! Its such a great city. A good friend of mine moved there about the same time as i did, and after 6 months had met her now fiance, and has settled in paris for good! Despite what some people say, its a friendly city.
I would recommend that you get a house/flat/whatever a little while out of Paris, perhaps somewhere like Vincenne, or Noisy le Grand. These places are lovely, have all their own markets and shops etc, and are still only a maximum of 30 minutes away from Paris centre on the metro or trains (which are really reliable.) This ensures that you arent overwhelmed by all the bustling and the noise in Paris centre. It also has the added bonus of being a bit cheaper, and being a friendly small community.
Perhaps spend a month or so in the centre first, its an experience not to be missed.
I personally spent 7 months in France, and had learnt the language pretty well after about a month or two, to the level where i could converse in shops and with people i met. There were obviously difficulties, but it was to a level where i could be polite, and purchase everything i needed in shops. After a wee while more of refining it, i had almost no problems, apart from every french person i met wanting to talk about lord of the rings!
Get out there and try the language, talk to shop keepers, talk to people you meet in cafes and bars, and chat to everyone who seems interested. Alot of French people really are willing to help.
If there is anything i can help you with, feel free to message me, I have a good knowledge of paris after my time there, and i would love to help.

6. Posted by LittleHote (Inactive 78 posts) 8y

Quoting debsta71

I am a nurse and I would need to source out the correct information to see if I can practice in France...and we are also planning to learn the language which is a bonus.

Learning the language is not a bonus: it's absolutely essential! It's amazing how many people from anglophone countries seem to think that a high level of competence in the local language is some sort of optional extra.

I imagine a nursing qualification might be a helpful way of getting a work permit, though you would have to check whether Australian qualifications are recognised in France or what you would have to do to obtain the French qualification. For sure, you will need to be fluent in French: the potential for harm when a nurse misunderstands something is pretty obvious.