Loved by French and international tourists alike, the Côte d’Azur also draws in a number of workers looking for a dynamic environment with an exceptional quality of life. Below you'll find a collection of tips for finding accommodation, getting around and finding a job.
Coming to France
For non-EU, EEA or Swiss nationals, a visa is required for entry and must be obtained in the country of residence before the departure. However, France is simplifying the issuance of "circulation" visas to "foreign talents": business men, university professors, scientists and artists. Visit the page Coming to France for formalities and required documents.
Finding accommodation on the Côte d’Azur
Residential property in the Nice area is more highly sought-after than in any other French region, aside from Paris - the price it pays for its attractiveness and incomparable quality of life. Relatively high average prices shouldn't distract from the wide variety of choice available on the real estate market.
Buy price (Jan 2019)
|Flat - Average price/sqm||3 950,00 €||4 108,00 €|
|House - Average price/sqm||4 948,00 €||4 615,00 €|
|Rent price (Jan 2019)||SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS||NICE|
|Studio - Average monthly rent/sqm||21,60 €||19,00 €|
|2 rooms||16,90 €||15,50 €|
|3 rooms||14,70 €||14,00 €|
|4 rooms and more||12,60 €||14,60 €|
Source :meilleursagent.com, Jan 2019
The Côte d’Azur offers a large selection of property. City centre apartments or estates on the outskirts of town, houses or villas close to science and technology hubs, business parks and tourist zones... so much choice allows Côte d’Azur property professionals to provide quick, tailored solutions to both individuals and companies. Institutional bodies are work together to keep the accommodation supply flowing, and notably to facilitate staff mobility.
|The 06 accommodation guide, for employees on the go|
|Made available by the CCI Nice Côte d’Azur, the 06 Accommodation Guide is a free resource that includes a specific module for short-term accommodation for employees. It offers a service whereby employees are put directly in touch with accommodation professionals. A specific module focusing on short-term accommodation for employees is available to employers in the Alpes-Maritimes area who are seeking to facilitate the process of relocating their temporary staff, contract staff, project consultants, salaried doctoral students or seasonal workers.
A directory of estate agents in the Alpes Maritimes area allows workers to search for apartments or houses to buy or rent on the Côte d’Azur quickly and easily.
|Action Logement accompany the employees in their residential and professionnal mobility|
|Action Logement offers services and financial helps to facilitate access to housing and so employment. Action Logement also build and finance social housing to contribute to stakes like eco housing, society evolution and social diversity.
The website offers to help you to buy, rent, repairing and moving out.
Numerous websites publish estate agent adverts, while others will help you get a better idea of the city or area you're moving to.
|Property adverts||Exploring your destination|
Available facilities and services, economic or sociological statistics, local opinion: the following sites will help you choose the commune or area that's right for you (in French).
The service-public.fr website reminds you of the different steps to take before, during and after you arrive (in French).
Getting around the Côte d’Azur
- By public transportation (bus, tramway) : Lignes d'Azur and for the region PACA Mobilité
- By train : OUI.SNCF
- By self service bikes (Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur) : Vélo Bleu
- By self service electric scooter (Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur) : CityScoot
- By self service electric car (Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur) : Auto Bleue
- By car sharing : Rydigo or Blablacar
Finding a job on the Côte d’Azur
Other than signing up to Pôle Emploi, try joining job sites to get the most out of your job hunt
There are different portals combining practical information, ads, and news from the Côte d'Azur, and some of them come in handy for expats.
Multilingual portals on the Côte d’Azur