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My husband and I are moving to Grenoble this August, along with our 2-year-old daughter. We'll be in Grenoble for a year, while my husband gets his MBA from GGSB. I just thought I'd see if anyone else has moved for this same reason or if anyone can offer any basic advice.

We are looking to rent a house (preferrably) in Grenoble - but I know this is hard to find and can be quite expensive. We are also open to renting an apartment in the city, but we need to have at least 2 bedrooms. Does anyone have any recommendations on where to look online?

I currently work from home part-time and will be able to continue to do this over in Grenoble, however, I am also interested in finding something else part-time. I have heard of people teaching English for supplemental money, however, my French skills are very minimal right now. Any help would be appreciated!

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Particulier à Particulier is the classic place to look for accommodation in France. This is a newspaper where owners can offer their places (for sale and for rent) directly to potential buyers or renters without the need for paying an agency fee. Location - Recherchez une annonce de location | PAP But it's all in French, and will be tricky to navigate if you don't have the language.

You may do better to wait until your arrival in Grenoble, and then see if you can find a rental agency with someone who speaks English who can explain some of the terms and conditions of rental in France. It usually costs a month (or sometimes two months) rent to go through an agent - but if you can find an English speaking one, it may well be worth the money.

Finding a job, too, without a reasonable understanding of French, is going to be tough. Does your visa actually give you working privileges? (My understanding was that it was pretty difficult to get working privileges if you go over as the dependent of someone on a student visa - but things have been changing lately.) Teaching English as an actual employee can be difficult to line up. The better employers usually want either TEFL certification or some sort of teaching experience - plus it may be necessary to have a certain level of French to deal with employment formalities. Tutoring informally (basically, undeclared) might be an option, though be careful with this.
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Hi there,
I am also enrolled in the GGSB MBA for 2010! Look forward to meeting you.
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My husband and I are moving to Grenoble this August, along with our 2-year-old daughter. We'll be in Grenoble for a year, while my husband gets his MBA from GGSB. I just thought I'd see if anyone else has moved for this same reason or if anyone can offer any basic advice.

We are looking to rent a house (preferrably) in Grenoble - but I know this is hard to find and can be quite expensive. We are also open to renting an apartment in the city, but we need to have at least 2 bedrooms. Does anyone have any recommendations on where to look online?

I currently work from home part-time and will be able to continue to do this over in Grenoble, however, I am also interested in finding something else part-time. I have heard of people teaching English for supplemental money, however, my French skills are very minimal right now. Any help would be appreciated!

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My husband is finishing the program! We found our apartment on leboncoin.fr. We live right in the city centre which is very convenient. There are plenty of 2 bedroom apartments available. Do you have a price range? I could probably help you look, if you like! I can also possibly help you find work. I know a few people who teach english. I, myself, do private tutoring. Check out the website for Open House Grenoble, an English-Speaking group in Grenoble. www.openhousegrenoble.org!

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Hi Sarah,

I'm sorry that I am just now responding to you... I didn't even realize you had posted your message until now. We have gotten settled in Grenoble and found a great place right in the city center (Place de Gordes) which we love so far! Are you still in Grenoble? I was wondering if you could give me any advice on how to find students that want private English tutoring. How many students did you have and how did you find them? I have already looked into Open House and plan to go to an event in the next few weeks. This month I am enrolled in intensive French classes, so I don't have much time to do anything else, but if you are still in Grenoble - I'd love to get together and get some recommendations. Thanks!

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My husband is finishing the program! We found our apartment on leboncoin.fr. We live right in the city centre which is very convenient. There are plenty of 2 bedroom apartments available. Do you have a price range? I could probably help you look, if you like! I can also possibly help you find work. I know a few people who teach english. I, myself, do private tutoring. Check out the website for Open House Grenoble, an English-Speaking group in Grenoble.

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