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Hi all, After 18 months living in Paris we are now moving to Bordeaux, starting May 2017. I'm a Brit and my wife is French (from east of Paris originally), and we have a 1 year old.
Just wondering if anyone has any up to date advice for Bordeaux:
+ Best areas to live (short term we would like to be central - then think about buying in a couple of years - I imagine this would be in the suburbs) and any good letting agents - we are currently scouring leboncoin and PAP etc.
+ Any advice on childcare - we have 5 weeks to get in, so looking for something/anything for the short term, before we can get on the "system" we need proof of residence in Bordeaux which I imagine we can get from September.
+ General thoughts/advice on Bordeaux (I work from home, she will be working at the university) - good places to go etc.
+ Language schools (she is fluent English and we don't speak much French at home - I have been following the FLE (Francais Langue Etrangere) via the cours municipale in Paris. I just passed level B1 and want to continue something like this. My work is home-based, and completely conducted in English, so I don't get exposure to French unless I chase it, so will be looking for regular evening classes).
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Once you get settled in a bit, you may want to look more for associations and activities to get involved in rather than language classes. It can really help your language abilities to just get involved in something that interests you and "forces" you to use what you know to communicate and participate. It's also a really good way to get to know some people in the area without limiting yourself to other expats.
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You may find the Internationa club of Bordeaux useful when you get there. Link is here. http://www.icbordeaux.fr/calendar/.
I haven't been myself yet but have met people who do go. Not everybody has English as their first language, which is good.
I'm too far east of Bordeaux to be much use in recommending areas etc. Obviously as you are moving from Paris you should find property prices cheaper but not a lot as you wish to be in the centre.

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Hey angrybadger, my husband and I just moved from Bordeaux to Ile de France, so I'm happy to pass on whatever might be useful! Which university is your wife working for? We lived right off Place de la Victoire, which is next to one of the Universite de Bordeaux campuses. I loved living there, although it's a pretty studenty area, so it may not be ideal with a 1-year-old-- it stayed noisy pretty late at night as there are plenty of bars and students with apparently little homework to do. If she's working at the campus in Talence, you could still feasibly live in central Bordeaux, as the trams and buses are quite reliable.

Quartier Saint Michel is charming and not too expensive, and you have easy access to the Marche de Capucins, which is a wonderful place to go on the weekends for produce, cheese, oysters, or just to sit out with a coffee or a glass of wine. The Chartrons is also a beautiful neighborhood, thanks in large part to the urban renewal under Juppe, although it was out of our price range-- even if you don't end up living there, it's a quirky place to wander around, with a lot of art and antique shops, little restaurants, and so on. You'll be getting there at a beautiful time of year, before the stifling, sweaty Bordeaux summer comes and sits on your chest for two months, so take advantage of the quais-- they are super pedestrian and biker friendly, and there are lots of beautiful spots to visit (the miroir d'eau, the park in front of the jardin botanique, the guinguette). I used V3, the city rental bikes (like velib' in Paris).

I don't know about language classes, but I can tell you who would know: the folks at Bradley's Bookshop, an anglophone bookstore and cafe on Rue de la Merci off Place Camille Jullian. The people who work there are all lovely, and it tends to serve as a hub for anglophonie in Bordeaux- they can point you in the direction of language schools, tutors, English-speaking jurists, whatever you may need. It's also a great place to go use wifi or just have a cup of tea and chat.

Let me know if you have other questions! Typing this all out is making me miss Bordeaux, so count yourselves lucky.

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