Family, health, friends… Enjoying your life in Rouen with those who are most important to you.
You are settled in your new home and you are wondering how your new life here will be? Will your family enjoy living here? Will your child have a quality education? Will your spouse find a job? Can you bring your pet? How will you do to get to your job? And what if you get sick? All of these questions should not worry you. Indeed, Rouen has all the assets to ensure an excellent quality of life and transform your life and your family’s into a fulfilling and rewarding experience.
Your family is so important. Your loved ones followed you in this new adventure and their well-being is essential to us.
Your spouse/life partner: finding a job
A professional transfer of a member of a family can mean that her/his spouse must had abandon her/his career or professional activity. This is not inevitable and shouldn’t dissuade you from moving to Rouen.
With its many job offers, the Rouen area is a dynamic and diverse economic hub: aeronautics, pharmaceutical, automotive, handicraft, health, trade, agriculture, ports activities, digital, logistics, tourism, teaching, tertiary, etc. There are many sectors where she/he could create a new company or find a new job where she/he could develop and value her/his skills.
Where to ask ?
There are a lot of platforms, specialized websites and support structures that offer employment opportunities, personalized accompaniment throughout the process of job-search activities and assistance with setting up new businesses.
Which formalities ?
As an EU citizen, you can carry out in France, without any formality, any employed or self-employed professional activity, with a few exceptions (public and regulated professions).
If you have another nationality, non-EU, you will need, in theory, a work permit to carry out an employed activity, no matter how long your professional stay is. There are cases of exemption from work permit as well as residence permits (multi-year residence permit) “worth” work permit.
Your children: from the cradle to university!
You will not arrive alone … Your family accompanies you in this new assignment ?… Be confident : Rouen offers them an incomparable living place. Renowned for the quality of its school offer (all ages), the leisure activities variety or simply its living environment, it is a city dedicated to families.
- Children under 3 years old
Different structures welcome your children when they are too young to go to school: collective crèches, associations, company crèches, day nurseries, maternal assistants, home guards shared (with another family) or not, there are many possibilities.
- Schooling (children aged 3 and over …)
The French school system is renowned for its quality. The diagram below shows the complete course. The compulsory school applies for all children, French or foreign resident in France, from the age of 6 and extends until the age of 16 years. The family also has the possibility of ensuring the children’s education itself (with prior declaration).
There are two types of education in France :
Service coexists with private institutions, which are subject to state control and can benefit from its assistance (in return for a contract signed with the State). However, the State is the only authority to issue degrees and degrees: diplomas issued by private schools have official value only if they are recognized by the State. The regulation of exams is done at the national level.
– Public education is free, neutral and secular, non-confessional and apolitical, by both teachers and students. The choice of a school in the public network is however limited according to a geographical perimeter related to the place of the family residence.
– Private education is prized by some parents especially for philosophical, religious, social, geographical reasons, or simply because of the reputation of the chosen institution. Fees are charged for Private education .
- After the Bac …
Rouen can boast of having on its territory a famous University and many Grandes Ecoles (Top French schools), University technical Institutes, higher technician certificate and many specific professional or engeneering schools.
- School holidays
The school holidays depend on the area where the school is located. France is divided into 3 academic zones (A, B, C). The Rouen Academy is located in Zone B.
School holidays calendar for 2018/2019
|Back to scholl||Monday, September 3, 2018|
|Fall holidays||From Saturday, october to Monday, novembre 5, 2018|
|Christmas holidays||From Saturday, December 22, 2018 to Monday, January 7, 2019|
|Winter holidays||From Saturday, February 9, to Manday, February 25, 2019|
|Spring holidats||From Saturday, April 6, to Monday, April 23, 2019|
|Labor day||Wednesday, May 1st, 2019|
|Commemoration day||Wednesday, May 8, 2019|
|Ascension||From May 30, to Monday, June 3, 2019|
|Summer holiday||July 6, 2019|
- Family allowances
If you are not French but you are living in the French territory with your family, you can benefit from some financial benefits such as family allowances.
The offer of recreation for young people in Rouen and its surroundings, is certainly very vast and the range of proposed activities is wide: sports, music, dance, youth movements, scouting, children’s shows, libraries, fun museum tours … your children will not be bored. In addition, during the school holidays, the city of Rouen organizes various workshops and dedicated courses under the name “Your Holidays in Rouen”. In Louviers, the city offers the opportunity to 17 year olds to win a first “Summer Job”. Elbeuf has set up a program and tools specifically designed for young people. “Anim’Elbeuf” organizes educational and recreational activities, cultural and sports activities, outings and stays for teenagers and young adults during after-school time and school holidays. Finally, many festivals for children punctuate Rouen’s life throughout the year.
It is part of your family. There is no way you’re coming without it!
You’re maybe coming to France with your pet. Wether you come from a UE State or not, you have to follow specific health formalities. Thus, you need to get your pet a European pet passport. You must also know that the introduction of some breed of dogs is forbidden in France. Customs controls may occur and sanctions can be made if you break the health rules.
Of course, we do not wish you to get sick!
But if that were the case, know that Rouen and its region have a medical offer of very high level, and that in France your health costs will be largely reimbursed.
Hello Docteur !
- City doctors
The list of doctors operating in the city of Rouen and its metropolis, so-called “doctor in town or city doctor” is very broad. From the general practitioner, or family doctor, to the specialist doctor, all specializations are present in Rouen: pediatrician, gynecologist, ophthalmologist, pulmonologist, geriatrician, dermatologist, cardiologist, …
To help you find a doctor there are specialized websites, such as Doctolib or Mondocteur. However, the passage to a specialist is, in France, compulsorily subject to a prior visit to your doctor. It is impossible, for example, to consult a cardiologist without having previously seen his referring physician, most of the time a generalist. There are five exceptions to this: the pediatrician, the gynecologist, the ophthalmologist, the stomatologist-dentist and the psychiatrist.
This is called the “coordinated care path”
- Hospital supply
Rouen has a University Hospital Center (CHU) of internat
ional reputation. With a completely modernized emergency.
service and nearly 2,500 beds spread over 5 sites, it is a high-standard institution gathering all medical specialties. It is ranked 9th university hospital in France, out of 50 referenced .It is famous outside the borders for advanced disciplines. The largest employer in the region with more than 10,000 people, including 960 doctors and 600 interns, Rouen University Hospital Center, a regional training center for health professionals, has a Regional Health Professions Training Center which includes its 11 paramedical schools. and welcomes 1,500 students. The hospital has about 140,000 hospitalizations and 150,000 emergency room visits a year.
In addition to the public sector hospitals, Rouen also has five private clinics with a solid reputation. Here is the list: Clinique Mathilde, Clinic of Europe, Clinique Saint-Hilaire, Clinique du Cèdre, Clinique Saint Antoine.
The Henri-Becquerel Center is a medical center specializing
in the treatment of cancers. It is one of the 20 Centers for the Fight Against Cancer (CLCC) which constitute the National FederationUNICANCER, a membership which brings an additional guarantee of quality and innovation to the service of the patient.Finally, under the skies of Rouen your family may grow … There is, besides the excellent department “Mother and Child” CHU, and the maternity sectors of some private clinics, another maternity on the heights of Rouen, at Mont Saint Aignan, the Belvédère hospital.For the towns of Louviers, Elbeuf and Val de Reuil there is an intercommunal hospital center providing quality medicine and proximity, better known as CHI (Hospital Intercommunal Center Elbeuf-Louviers- Val de Reuil)
All health care facilities do not have an emergency service. In the event of a medical emergency, the easiest way is to go to the Emergency Department of Charles Nicolle University Hospital, Saint-Julien Hospital (Petit-Quevilly, on the Left Bank), the Clinique de l’Europe ( Idem) or the Cedar Clinic (on the heights of Bois Guillaume, and specialized for orthopedic trauma).
Reimbursing your health care: how does it work?
Medical expenses are reimbursed according to pre-established scales.
Indeed, there is in France a medical agreement between health professionals and health insurance. This convention defines the fees charged by the liberal doctors and the level of reimbursement that will then be applied by the Social Security. The rates charged by doctors and the amount that is used as the basis of reimbursement to the Health Insurance vary according to the discipline of the doctor (general practitioner or specialist) and its sector of activity (sector 1 or sector 2). When the doctor has joined a convention, it is said that he is “conventionné” he must practice the rates defined by the Health Insurance. In fact, three scenarii can occur:
– Sector 1: the doctor applies the conventional tariff. Social security accounts for 70%;
– Sector 2: or voluntary fee-free sector, includes physicians who are allowed to apply free fees (often former clinic leaders) while remaining to a reasonable extent. These overruns will not be covered by social security;
– Sector 3: doctors practice their art outside of a medical convention, we also speak of “unconventional doctor”. They apply freely decided fees. Social security intervenes for a very small part in the reimbursement.
The assumption of your expenses of health (doctors of sector 1) is done according to the following distribution:
– Health Insurance (branch of social security – +/- 70%)
– Mutuals and private insurances (complementary health – +/- 20%)
– Patients (+/- 10%)
This system leaves a small percentage to the patients’ load (a little less than 10% on average). This rate is one of the lowest in Europe. Supplementary health insurance sometimes covers almost all health expenditure, which further reduces the patient’s financial contribution.
Concretely, how will it be?
At the end of your medical consultation (but this can also happen before seeing your doctor, especially in a hospital where you have to go to the counter before the visit) when you pay for the consultation, the doctor will ask for your card vital. Everything is computerized and you will not have anything to do except to pay …
However, in rare cases (computer crash, or forgetting your card, for example) it may be that your doctor gives you a request for reimbursement of care. Part of this sheet is filled by the prescriber, the other part by yourself.
Once completed, you still have to send it to the Social Security (CPAM Rouen – Elbeuf – Dieppe) by mail. In principle the latter will send your file to your mutual and the money will be paid directly to your bank account or delivered in the form of a check to cash with your bank.
Social security covers all the care provided in a public hospital. For private clinics, the reimbursement will be at the level of the Convention rate but any overruns in medical fees, meals or room rates will not be shared. not supported. It is then your mutual that can intervene for the balance, according to the terms of the contract.
For more information on social protection in France, we refer you to the CLEISS website, the European and International Social Security Liaison Center.
- to take out complementary health insurance, or mutual health private, will allow you to obtain a supplement to the refunds of Social Security.
- always carry your vital card and the mutual certificate during your medical appointments and visits to pharmacy
Moving in Rouen
Nothing’s easier. Not only does the city have a vastly expanded public transport network, but it is also easily accessible thanks to its excellent road and rail connections.
Move to Rouen
- On foot
The city of Rouen is a city with a human dimension. The best way to discover it is to walk. And whether it’s shopping, monuments, museums, walks on the docks, markets, … everything remains in a restricted area. Rouen is not a big city, but at every street corner, there are many amazing and surprising places. The Tourist Office of Rouen is at your disposal plans and courses.
- By public transport – the network ‘’Astuce’’ :
The public transport network of Rouen metropolis, “réseau astuce” efficient and developed, is very extensive. Many lines serve the various points of the cities of Rouen and Elbeuf with a regular frequency and various axes.
In rouen :
-2 metro lines: these lines provide the North / South junction of the city of Rouen metropolis. They circulate from 4:30 to 23H.
-3 TEOR lines (Transport Est Ouest Rouennais) The TEOR circulates in its own site from 4:30 am to 11:30 pm.
-Fast bus lines (from 5am to 11pm)
-49 regular line buses
-Night lines :
1 Noctambus line, until 4 am from Thursday to Saturday Cateliers SAINT-ÉTIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY <> The Pleiade MONT-SAINT-AIGNAN
And TEOR line T1, until 2 am from Thursday to Saturday C.H.U. Charles Nicolle ROUEN Mont des Malades MONT-SAINT-AIGNAN
The ASTUCE card, a rechargeable, multi-choice smart card, allows you to move around the entire network.
- By bike
For the more athletic, the city of Rouen provides you with 250
self-service bicycles, the Cy’clic. Subscriptions are by year, semester, week or day. In the city center or around the places of life, the terminals are present every 350 meters, grouping 24 different stations. There are many bike paths in Rouen and their number is expected to grow in the coming months. But beware … it takes good calves, because in Rouen it goes down and … it goes up!
- By car
For some residents, residential parking is allowed to benefit from a preferential parking rate, in the form of a subscription attached to the area where the user is domiciled. Finally there are also two taxi companies operating in Rouen and a dozen taxi stations are distributed throughout the city.
Come to Rouen
- By train
The Rouen Rive Droite station, located in the heart of the city center, serves, among other cities:
- Paris Saint Lazare in 1h15
- Lille in 2h45
- Lyon in 3h40 (a direct line per day)
- Marseille (with stop in Avignon) in 5h40 (a direct line per day)
- By car
A13 Paris / Rouen / Caen
A28 Abbeville / Rouen / Le Mans / Alençon / Tours (connection with A 1 to Lille, Brussels and Northern Europe.)
A29 Amiens / Rouen / Le Havre
A150 Rouen / Dieppe
Rouen is also close to northern European capitals by car.
- By bus
There are several companies providing trips to Paris or even further (Ouibus, Flixbus, …). The prices are very low, however the journey time is longer.
- By plane
In Rouen, in Normandy and on the outskirts of Paris, there are many airports that can be reached quickly.
- Rouen has a Rouen Vallée de Seine airport, located 15 minutes from the city center, which offers regular flights to
– Lyon (A / R, every day except Sunday – 1 hour flight) and
– Corsica (A / R every Saturday in summer – 2 hours flight).
The advantage: close to Rouen and free parking.
- By boat
Rouen also has a marina located in the Bassin Saint-Gervais west of the city and not far from the wharfs.
This base can accommodate about 100 pleasure boats on floating pontoons with catways in a completely secure space. Also available: a launching ramp, a fairing area to maintain the boats, a fuel station, electrical and water supply terminals and a wifi connection on the pontoons.