Retiring to France from UK

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Retiring to France from uk

If you’re thinking of setting up home abroad once you’re retired, France will most probably have made its way into your top 5 contenders. Whilst the high cost of living may give pause for thought, there are a number of compelling reasons to seriously consider it, and it’s reassuringly close to friends and family in the UK.


France is famed for its food, its culture, the beauty of its regions, its amenities and the close historical connections that it shares with the UK. Whatever area you’re moving to, Schepens has extensive experience in providing streamlined, professional removals across the length and breadth of the country. Our goal is always to provide stress-free, successful removals.

We’re a 4th generation family run business which has been providing European removals since 1911.

Read on for practical advice on retiring to France and more information about the removals services Schepens offer.

Where to Retire to in France?

The weather becomes warmer the further south you travel in France, which is why many retirees choose to settle in Provence or Languedoc which enjoy a Meditteranean climate. Unsurprisingly houses are more expensive the further south you go; prices are lower further north, particulary in the Massif Central. Brittany offers some of the best property bargains, and great access to the UK!

Cost of Living in France

The cost of living is around 5% higher in France, and it’s worth remembering that if you’re planning to move your pension into a French bank account it will fluctuate according to the euro exchange rate. It’s worth taking your white goods with you as these are more expensive in France, as are DIY goods. If you’re planning property renovations, stocking up in the UK will work out much cheaper.


The French are proud of their healthcare system as it’s affordable, accessible and consistently high quality. Whenever you visit the doctor or dentist you pay a small flat fee. Everyone has health insurance is provided by 1 of 3 not-for-profit organisations. Accident and Emergency services are free to access; you pay 30% of the charged total for treatment, and nothing for long-term treatment.

Residency Permit

There isn’t a named permit for retirees, so the choice is between:

  • Visitor Permit (1 Year) – this doesn’t allow you to work and you have to demonstrate sufficient funds to cover your visit.
  • Employee – if you plan to work in your retirement you will need to show a contract, and have your employment approved.
  • Self-Employed – you will need to provide evidence of your qualifications, and submit a business plan for approval.

Most retirees apply for the Visitor Permit.


It’s worth noting that in France cars tend to be around twice the price we pay for them in the UK. You would be well-advised to take your car with you, although you will need to re-register it after 6 months, or sell it back in the UK.

Useful Resources if You’re Retiring to France from the UK

“A week on from our furniture delivery here in France we have finished unpacking! Everything arrived with no breakages or mishaps. Please pass on our special thanks to Baz and Perry who were simply superb. Kind regards Kit – Chandlers ford, Southampton, to the south of France”

Schepens Offer Reliable and Experienced UK to France Removals

You’ll know you’re in safe hands with Schepens from your first call onwards. We allocate a dedicated move co-ordinator, with experience of relocating to France, who will provide you with a detailed ‘no surprises’ quotation. Thereafter, should you choose to let us support your move, your move co-ordinator will take responsibility to bring your move to its successful completion, including:

  • Packing and loading
  • Transit options
  • Delivery schedule
  • Insurance

On the day of the move, your move co-ordinator will be in touch throughout, offering detailed updates until everything is safely unloaded in your new home.

Packing Service

If you would like help with the process of packing, creating a detailed inventory and loading, we have a team of uniformed, professional packers who have been trained to the highest BAR standards. If you would prefer to pack yourself, we will provide all the material you need to do so.

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A Range of Insurance Options

At Schepens we know how important good insurance is to your peace of mind when moving. We offer a comprehensive range of services, including:

  • All our movers and vehicles are fully insured.
  • We offer a range of insurance cover, including extended liability.
  • We use high quality insurance providers.
  •  Should you need to claim, we will handle the insurance paperwork for you.

Furniture Removals to France

We pride ourselves on providing knowledgeable, professional, and stress-free furniture removals to France for people who are retiring there. Call us now to see how we can support your move.

We service all of France

Schepens run removals to and from all major towns, cities and areas of France including: Paris, Dordogne, Languedoc, Charente, Bordeaux, Limoges, Toulouse, Nice, Lyon, Brittany, The Alps, Perpignan, Montpellier, Normandy, Marseilles, Lille, Loire, Rouen, Nancy, Dijon, Nantes, Brest, Grenoble, Burgundy, Valence, Toulon, Provence and many more. We also regularly perform removals from Versailles to the UK.

If you’re thinking of retiring to France from the UK, contact us today on 01794 323558. We offer obligation-free quotes and free advice!