(Closed) How much income is required to live comfortably in Paris?

posted 6 years ago in Europe
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Paris is pretty expensive, with rents around €800 (currently the Euro is very weak against the USD, at about $1.25=€1, but usually the Euro is more like $1.50-1.60) for a mid-scale 1 bedroom apartment. Restaurants, markets and services are along the lines of NYC plus there’s a 20% VAT (basically sales tax) on top. The Metro (public transport) is relatively cheap if you don’t ride a lot but can get pricey (€6/day for an all-day rail pass) if that’s your only form of transport.

If you’re not a citizen then most government benefits like free health care are difficult to qualify for, even though your VAT goes to fund that. Work visas are not horribly expensive but can be hard to get, depending on your industry.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@UpstateCait:  I don’t have an answer for you, but I’m super excited for you! What a fantastic opportunity!!!  I hope it works out.  

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@UpstateCait:  OMG, I am SOOOOO jealous of you! I majored in french, so that would be a dream for me!!!!!!

Sorry that i don’t have an answer to your question. I just wanted to express how awesome that is!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Dishwashers are only common in newer buildings; European washers and dryers can turn out to be a combo unit where one machine both washes and dries (and does neither well, In My Humble Opinion, but at least saves space). Elevators are fairly common but there are still quite a few walk-up buildings with 4 or 5 stories (common in a city where some buildings are hundreds of years old). Garbage disposals aren’t super common in rental apartments, especially in older ones with older pipes.

Economic growth in France, like much of the rest of the world, is not good, so the French are pretty protective of their workforce and don’t give out a ton of work visas. There is a little ray of hope as an IT worker though, it is a little easier. Speaking French is almost a Must when you apply for a work visa.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Food can be super expensive!!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@UpstateCait:  What a fantastic opportunity for you guys. I don’t have any advice either but just wanted to say congrats.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@UpstateCait:  I hear you when it comes to telling Mom! That’s going to be tough. Moms always seem to hate any idea that involves their babies moving away, even temporarily. But she’ll come around and realize what a fantastic opportunity it is. This is a once in a life time. I’d love to be able to do that! 

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