Settling in France is very difficult for expats
France welcomes each year more than 500 000 expatriates (young working persons, scholars, interns...), among those are 300 000 exchange students.
They will sadly have to face many national problems:
1. French paperwork
They will discover the joy of forms, file building, acknowledgment letters, online forms to be sent by regular mail, etc.
2. Waiting periods
Almost an hour to get a transportation card, closed booths between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm, up to 3 weeks to get a credit card... Losing all this time when staying in France for 4 ou 5 months can quickly become a real nightmare.
3. No French guarantor
No French guarantor? No accommodation! The rules are strict and no owner will take the risk of not being paid.
4. Langage bareer
Our bankers, insurers, real estate agents, customer services, counselors, websites, etc. do not speak english! "French only" and good luck if you don't understand a thing.
As you understand French reality doesn't usually match the French dream. Despite many qualitites - like gastronomy or heritage that still make the whole world dream about France - the arrival is a real shock for those students or young working people that will think twice abour coming back.
Here is the paradox: we are proud to present our heritage and French specialities but essential needs are left aside.
This difference between visitors' expectations and reality is bad for the image of France: the story told by these people when they're back home testifies of malfunctions in our country and contributes to France's devaluation worldwide.
Indeed how could one benefit from France's beauty and culture with no accommodation, credit card or phone?
> OUR SOLUTION "FRANCE IS NOW EASY"
Tired of seeing foreign universities stop their partnerships with French ones, Australian people lost in the depth of the French adminstration or Asian students scammed by fake landlords, My French Lifeguard has created simple essential services adapted to expats: housing, banking and many more are now easy to access, in English.
All our services are sold turnkey: subscription, assistance, termination, our team handles everything.
> FURNISHED, FLEXIBLE AND GUARANTOR FREE APARTMENTS
To be able to provide accommodation to these expats who do not easily access traditional channels (real estate agencies, private owners...) we rent empty apartments ourselves for long periods, furnish them (fridge, washing machine...) and install internet, electricity, water...
Our landlords are happy! We rent their apartment for 3 years sparing them maintenance, vacancies, deteriorations, outstanding debts, squat...
BEFORE | Empty, faded apartments for rent for at least 9 months
AFTER | Renovated all equipped and furnished apartements for rent for 1 month or more
> WHO ARE WE?
Louis and Hubert, both 23 and expatriated from the North of France to Lyon. We gradutated college last year and launched this project 3 years ago while we were still in college after we saw how easy it was to settle in countries we studied for a year (Canada, Finland, Poland, U.K) compared to difficulties we had to face in our own country! We have taken other passionate Lifeguards with us who help us on a daily basis to welcome expats.
- Passionate with this adventure that started in 2012
- Flabbergasted by French administrative formalities' complexity when other countries do everything they can to welcome expats in adequate conditions.
- Ambitious enough to change things and create a positive image for our country
- Moved by our members' thanks to whom we made the settling in France easier