For information, most shops do not accept 500€ notes.
Coming to Nantes:
- check out the connexions to Nantes: Nantes Airport. The shuttle bus costs 9 € and takes 20/25 minutes to reach the city center. More information on the Tan (local bus network) website. To reach the airport (or coming to the city center) it is also possible to use the tram line 2/3 until Pirmil stop. And then take bus number 98. One normal ticket (1,60€) is enough for both transport (2€ if you buy your ticket on the bus).
- many daily trains to reach Paris. See times and conditions on the SNCF website.
How to get around in Nantes: use the many buses, tramways and busway. Local map and information.
In France, you can drive with the driving licence wherever you have passed it during the whole duration of your residence permit, as long as it bears "student" status.
Important: if your residence permit has the mention "Passeport Talent: Chercheur", "scientifique", "salarié" or "vie privée et familiale", you must ask us if an exchange of driving licence is possible within your first year residing in France. If you have not apply for a change within the first year after arriving, it will be too late and you will not be allowed to drive in France.
Please note that the international driving licence is only valid for one year after the date of arrival in France. It cannot be changed into a French one. If you spend more than one year in France, you can ask then for the exchange of your driving license into a French, see the process and list of required documents on that page of Prefecture 's website. If it's not possible and you want to go on driving in France, you will have to take and pass the French driving test (theory and practice). More info: http://www.securite-routiere.gouv.fr/permis-de-conduire/passer-son-permis
OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT
It is very difficult to open a bank account in France from abroad. You can ask your usual bank if they have a branch or partner bank in France and start the procedure.
Otherwise, once you have arrived, we will give you our local contacts in different banks that can welcome you in English.
LOCAL AND INCOME TAXES
In France, since January 1st 2019, income tax is now deducted from your salary each month. However all incomes have to be declared in May each year. We inform you about a month before the deadline for submitting your tax report with an updated guide (see below). If needed, we can also help you filling it in.
Deadline for declaring your income is : May 28th online or May 16th 2019 on paper*
*Submitting your tax declaration on paper is only possible if you declare for the first time and still don't have a fiscal number. Otherwise you need to do it online.
Document to download and fill in here
The local tax is attached to the flat/house you live in and is calculated according to the surface. If you live in a residence with fully furnished flats, the tax should be included in your rent. If you rent a flat with a private landlord or with an agency, you should ask before signing the contrat how much the tax will be. It applies to you as long as you are in the flat on January 1st. It usually amounts to one month full rent and includes TV licence.
Photo La Tour de Bretagne vue du Cours des 50-Otages : nantes-just-imagine.com