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Re: Where to purchase modest dwelling 30-minutes from major University

Another example of not being able to choose to do what you wish is the direction of teachers to a teach at particular schools.

They can (or could - maybe things have changed!) choose up to three preferred schools, but the bottom line is that the French government can send them to work anywhere in the country.

The son of French friends was sent to a school in the north-west, when he had never ever visited. After a few years he was able to obtain a post in the Drôme, where he wanted to be.


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Re: Where to purchase modest dwelling 30-minutes from major University

NormanH, thank you for the link; and no, of course, I don't mean to doubt you. After all, I am asking for advice, and I am extremely grateful to those who have contributed to this discussion, and I hope they continue to do so. You're exactly right, I'm looking at this from an American standpoint, and seeing that there is a lot to learn.

I must say I am very perplexed by the family situation you described, Gardengirl. Do I understand correctly: a family in, say, Brittany, was told by the government that their son of Lycée age had to attend a great distance away from home? Can that happen?

I am looking at properties in the Poitou-Charentes region where the median house price is 105,200. I have pinpointed nine towns where the railway stops. Am I wrong to assume that if we were to go to France in December to view properties and schools, I may not be able to enroll my daughter in Poitou-Charentes in a school to which I could drive her every day while she lived at home? Merci.
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Re: Where to purchase modest dwelling 30-minutes from major University

dhama, sorry if I've confused you; our friends' son had just qualified as a teacher and was sent to teach in Brittany. A lovely area, just not the Drôme where he wished to be.

Good luck with your searches, sorry I can't help with that area.


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Re: Where to purchase modest dwelling 30-minutes from major University

Hi Gardengirl....thanks! I probably didn't read your post carefully enough. So I will ask the realtors point blank whether, if I buy a house, our daughter is eligible to attend a nearby school, and I assume she will be eligible.

I switched over to "non EU French residents Q&A" and I see I have an enormous amount of work to do to see if and how we three Americans can make this happen according to US & French rules (VISAs, etc). My husband will be on Social Security, but I have to find out if the Health Insurance I buy for myself and my daughter will be good in France. Plus so much more. But......I don't want to move to an inexpensive Snowbelt USA nowheresville. We want to be in France!
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Re: Where to purchase modest dwelling 30-minutes from major University

<BLOCKQUOTE><table width="85%"><tr><td class="txt4"><img src="/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/Themes/default/images/icon-quote.gif">&nbsp;<strong>Lehaut wrote:</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="quoteTable"><table width="100%"><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" class="txt4">Taken off the current government sites:

Les étudiants étrangers ont droit, comme tous les étudiants, à une aide au logement. La seule pièce supplémentaire à fournir sera le titre de séjour, d'une validité supérieure à quatre mois, valable pour l'année universitaire en cours.

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Oui, un étudiant peut bénéficier d'une aide au logement versée par la Caisse d'allocations familiales (Caf).

Un étudiant peut toucher une aide au logement qu'il vive

dans un logement privé,
en résidence universitaire
ou dans un logement social.
La demande doit être faite via un téléservice dédié.

Toutefois, l'étudiant qui choisit de bénéficier d'une aide au logement n'est plus considéré comme enfant à charge de ses parents pour le calcul des prestations familiales. Ainsi, lorsque les parents perçoivent des prestations familiales, il y a donc un choix à faire entre la situation d'allocataire à titre personnel de l'étudiant et la qualité d'enfant à charge.

So the child in question could have got a contribution towards his student accommodation, but the mother would have lost his part of the contribution towards her rent. Seems fair as he would no longer be living with her for most of the year?</td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes the choice was made and no way was the maman in question giving up her allocation. Just the way she was.
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Re: Where to purchase modest dwelling 30-minutes from major University

"So I will ask the realtors point blank whether, if I buy a house, our daughter is eligible to attend a nearby school, and I assume she will be eligible."

I don't think the realtors (Immobiliers) will necessarily be able to answer this question they are really only interested in selling their properties.

Have you visited France recently and looked at different regions?

Cendrillon
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Re: Where to purchase modest dwelling 30-minutes from major University

 dharma.wheel wrote:
Hi Gardengirl....thanks! I probably didn't read your post carefully enough. So I will ask the realtors point blank whether, if I buy a house, our daughter is eligible to attend a nearby school, and I assume she will be eligible. I switched over to "non EU French residents Q&A" and I see I have an enormous amount of work to do to see if and how we three Americans can make this happen according to US & French rules (VISAs, etc). My husband will be on Social Security, but I have to find out if the Health Insurance I buy for myself and my daughter will be good in France. Plus so much more. But......I don't want to move to an inexpensive Snowbelt USA nowheresville. We want to be in France!


I do not understand how you only need health insurance for you and your daughter and not your husband? That is curiousity on my part as we see all too often that americans in America are not covered for health care, never mind living thousands of miles away.

You did make me smile, I call it Nullepartville-en-Pleincampagne, your nowheresville. In fact a good friend in France moved to a city for the sake of her children to get away from 'that mentality' and live somewhere where there was chance of a better education. She had lived in Nullepartville for years prior to having kids and had some good friends there, but the mentality in general, was, well, as it was, narrow and bigoted. Also my experience with quite a few of the old families in my old french village. Wouldn't americans say 'red neck'.



Never depend on your agent immobilier or even Notaire giving you all the correct information about anything at all that is nothing to do with them. Easy to say 'si' or 'oui' when they do not know. You want information about education, call the Education Nationale and bother them.





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Re: Where to purchase modest dwelling 30-minutes from major University

Hi Cendrillon, and thanks for writing,

As for how knowledgeable realtors are about regional schools....ce n'import quoi...but here in the US realtors are expected to know all about the schools. But I can do that research myself.

My husband is employed full-time in NY and our 3 daughters attend school full-time in the US, so no....we have not been to France for over ten years; we would like to do a school and property search in December. Still, we know France somewhat well. My husband lived in Rennes, travelled widely, and speaks fluently. I have travelled widely and speak passably.

I have a list of "the cheapest 10 departments (with their average house prices), but I am not "sold" on this list. As I've written earlier, my main concert is to find a range of the best Universities and look at houses and apartments situated on rail lines int the University city (Lyon, Poitiers, Toulouse). Poitou-Charentes is seventh on the list. Anyway, to answer your question specifically, though I have not been able to visit France recently, I and my husband are pretty well aware of the regions.
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