Moving to Grenoble
Are you thinking of moving to Grenoble? The city is situated at the foot of the French Alps in south-eastern France. It is often called the “Capital of the Alps” because of its closeness to the mountains. In the 18th and 19th centuries the city was well known for its booming glove industry.
In 1968 it held the X Olympic Winter Games. Its economy is now based on high-tech industries such as biotechnology and nanotechnology, Hewlett Packard and US-based Caterpillar, the world’s largest maker of construction equipment, are based here.
Local Information if you are thinking of moving to Grenoble
When you first move to a new city finding your way around the local taxes and requirements can be daunting, a quick visit to the following website can help you on your way: http://www.expatarrivals.com
Property prices if you are thinking of moving to Grenoble
Buying a property in Grenoble is generally a straightforward and well-regulated process. One point to remember is the process becomes legally binding very quickly so it is wise not sign anything in a rush.
In general, buying property is done in two stages, the pre-sale agreement (‘compromis de vente’) and the sale agreement (‘acte de vente’). The appointment with a solicitor (‘notaire’) is usually free of charge and property loans are available through banks and other credit organizations; the conditions will have to be examined and negotiated with them. Prices in Grenoble are high, but less expensive than Paris, Lyon or Marseille.
The following site will give you advice on purchasing a property and has a selection of homes for sale: http://www.immo
Schools if moving to Grenoble
The majority of expats choose to educate their children at an international school, especially if they only plan to stay for a few years. This option eliminates any concerns surrounding the language barrier and children are able to follow the curriculum of an expat’s home country
The following site will help you find a suitable international school: http://www.expatica.com/fr
Travel if moving to Grenoble
Grenoble has an extensive network of buses and trams making travel around the city easy and convenient. There is a network of intercity coaches serving the rest of Isère (called ‘Transisère’), connecting Grenoble to most of Isere’s other cities such as Crolles, Voiron and Villefontaine.
The Grenoble area has the TGV (high Speed Train), which will connect it with all other major cities in France. There are also plenty of taxis available for travelling in and around Grenoble.
Most expats will have driven in France on their holidays so will know what to expect before they move to Grenoble, driving in the old city is relatively easy although there are a few streets off limits to cars. All expats who are EU citizens can drive in France using their national driving license and since March 2013; all drivers must carry a breathalyser in their vehicles.
Currency Conversion If moving To Grenoble
The official currency in France is the euro (€). One euro is divided into 100 cents. Most credit and debit cards are accepted in France and ATMs can easily be found across the city. There is a good selection of local and international banks and opening a bank account is a simple and straightforward process.
When moving overseas making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with The FX Firm.
Simply call us on Tel: 01494-857672 or follow the link to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free account. https://www.whiteandcompany.co.uk/foreign-exchange/
European Removals if you are moving to Grenoble
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