5 Useful tips for relocating to Lyon – Sojoourn

Updated: Aug 15, 2019

Moving to France can be an exciting adventure, but for most newcomers, it's quite complicated to understand the French bureaucracy and adapt to the French way of life. We're going to share with you 5 tips that may be useful should you decide to relocate to Lyon.


1. Housing in Lyon


Searching for accommodation in France can be very challenging, especially for expats who choose to live in big cities like Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux... You may see a lot of options at the beginning of your search, but in reality, there's not that many available on the market. Even the locals have the same struggle, and they need to wait at least several months until they can actually move.


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Usually, on a house-hunting journey in Lyon, you'll first have to go to an apartment viewing with about 20 other applicants. Next, you need to send a list of required documents to the landlord for checking and approval. If you're lucky enough or your profile is the best among the other candidates, you'll finally get that house. Bear in mind that most of the homes are unfurnished.

To avoid housing scams, it's much safer to get help from your friends, your network, or a relocation company in Lyon.


We work with relocation experts who can help you relocate and settle in Lyon.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to have more information.



2. It's really important to have a French bank account


After moving to France, one of the first things you’ll have to do is open a French bank account. You’ll need a French bank account to pay your rents, your bills, to easily withdraw cash, and to get paid by your employer, to name just a few.