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. International people who are moving to the Côte d'Azur will also find useful specific services > here.
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. Between the Monaco and Menton region on the one hand and the Alpine or Grasse hinterlands on the other, prices vary wildly, ranging from €10.7 to €26/m2 for apartments, and from €10.3 to €22/m2 for houses according to statistics issued by LaCoteImmo.com (October 2013). [Cadre]
Source: lacoteimmo.com October 2013
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.
The CIL Méditerranée: tailored services for employees
A key player in accommodation serving employee mobility in the Mediterranean area, the CIL Méditerranée (former '1% logement' system) oversees 4000 companies. The package provides overall support to boost quick integration of relocated employees or new recruits and their families, by helping them adapt to their new life and location.
- Explore the CIL Méditerranée
Numerous websites publish estate agent adverts, while others will help you get a better idea of the city or area you're moving to.
- National property websites (in French): Se loger.com, (which offers a list of estate agents in the département), Explorimmo.com , logic-immo.com, fnaim.fr, …
- Regional property websites (in French): fnaim06.fr, laprovence-immo.com, immo.nicematin.com , …
- Property section of personal adverts (in French) on PAP.fr or LeBonCoin.fr.
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
Tram, bus, train, car-sharing, car pools, biking: the ceparou06.fr website (French, English, Italian) gives you an overview of the different means of transport available to residents on the Côte d’Azur, as well as costs, timetables and even service updates. You can get the PACA version at pacamobilite.fr There are many websites that focus on car-sharing across the region's cities as well as on a regional/national scale. These include equipage06.fr, ottoetco.org or covoiturage-regionpaca.fr
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
- Sites specialising in the Côte d’Azur: edrh06.com,E-DRH06 , sophiaantipolis-careers.com, edrh-ecovallee.com, emploisindustrie06.com, emploi-parfum, emploi.nicecotedazur.org or nice-job.fr,
- Also of value for regional searches: La Provence , Paca Job, meteojob, …
- Focusing on management positions: Apec, Cadremploi, Stepstone, Talents, …
- And there's always the official employment agency Pôle Emploi.
Make good use of heightened reality - Nice locals can use the mobile app offered by the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis Employment Service.
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
- AMB Côte d'Azur - guide for residents and visitors (in English).
- Anglo Info French Riviera - web portal (in English) for information on moving to and living on the Côte d'Azur
- Best Of Nice Blog - a wealth of information and news for expats living in Nice (in English)
- Craigslist Côte d’Azur - web portal (in English)
- Expatica - guide for expats looking to move to the Côte d’Azur (in English)
- Internations - guide for expats looking to move to Nice, and expat social media network (in English)
- Le Vieux Nice – directory and portal for Nice (English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish)
- Riviera A-Z – web portal (in English)
- Riviera Business Club, business club for expats working on the Côte d'Azur (in English)
- Sophiality – small ads website focusing on Sophia Antipolis (French/English)
- Enfants d'azur - Online directory for Families on the Cote D'Azur catering to residents as well as tourists with children