Moving to France from the US: What You Need to Know

France is a stunning country surrounded by Germany and Belgium to the north; the Atlantic Ocean to the west; Switzerland and Italy to the east; and the Pyrenees Mountains and Spain to the south. This popular tourist destination is home to over 764 million people and a popular location for many ex-pats looking to relocate. France is known for the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris as well as rich museums, art galleries, fine culinary experiences, and breathtaking landscapes in all corners of the country. Each year, up to 87,000 people move to France, and the country maintains an inbound status with more immigrants coming in than emigrants leaving. If you’re looking for a change of pace in a land where French is the native language and society values high arts and sharing experiences with one another, then check out Atlas® International’s France Moving Guide.

an aerial view of white buildings and trees along a river in the middle of Paris, France

Paris, France

Moving from the US to France

Why are Americans moving to France? One of the appeals of relocating to France is the contrast in culture. France, like many Western European nations, puts an emphasis on family and quality of life. Where America is fast-paced, France enjoys a slower work life that allows for free time outside of working hours to recuperate and enjoy what the French call joie de vivre. When you are not working, there is no shortage of sights to see. France is full of historical and cultural sites, including 41 UNESCO World Heritage sites. These include the well-known Palace of Versailles; Mont-Saint-Michel, the tidal island containing an abbey that has been the destination of pilgrimages for over 1,000 years; the prehistoric, decorated caves of the Vézère Valley, among which the cave of Lascaux boasts some of the most detailed and colorful cave paintings; and the Chaîne des Puys, a volcanic field including many gorgeous volcanic features. 

France experiences a predominately temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers. Beyond wine, fine cuisine, and rich artistic culture, France displays stunning landscapes, from the lavender fields of Provence to the soaring mountains of the Massif Central. Whether you are settling in an urban area or prefer the countryside, you are sure to wake up to a beautiful sight. France is home to the Loire River, a destination for canoeing, flat-bottom boating, and hiking. Finally, you can experience the picturesque French Alps for a day of skiing or gorgeous views.

Where to Live in France

Thinking of relocating to France? Here are some popular locations for ex-pats:

  • Paris
  • Brittany
  • Lyon
  • Bordeaux
  • Nice

Moving to Paris, France

Paris is a dream destination for many travelers, but it is also a popular city for immigrants. For those seeking educational opportunities, Université PSL, or the PSL Research University, is a globally ranked university and among the top in France. For Americans, Paris is cheaper by comparison, with the average rent, on average, over 50% lower abroad. When you relocate from the United States to Paris, France, you can also expect different values placed on general welfare, with French taxes going to public spending. If you are moving to Paris from the US, you will likely run into the need for overseas shipping and specialized movers who are familiar with customs and import regulations.

a smiling woman sitting with her arms on a moving box preparing to move to France

Atlas® International helps people move to France every year.

Resources for Moving to France

Thinking of moving from the US to France? Check out our detailed customs guide for international relocation tips including household goods importing, restricted and prohibited items, moving pets, importing vehicles, and documentation you will need.

France Customs Guide

Plan Your France Move with Atlas® International

Atlas® International is a full-service global moving company with more than 50 years of professional experience. From individual residential moves to military and corporate relocations, we have helped people start off the next chapter of their life with quality, door-to-door service, and stress-free planning. Experience the Atlas® International difference with a management team vetted by decades of international relocation experience with worldwide accredited moving certifications. Need assistance with common moving questions like import regulations and applying for a visa? Whether you just getting started with planning your move to France or have your personal affairs in order, Atlas® International is here to help.

Ready to get started? Get in touch with an Atlas® International moving expert and begin planning your move today. Give us a call at 206-526-1137 or contact us to receive personalized advice on beginning your move to France.