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Toulouse - good neighborhoods/bad neighborhoods?

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Toulouse - good neighborhoods/bad neighborhoods?

Post Posted: Sun May 07, 2006 1:07 am

I'm a Brit who's been living in the USA since 1981. I'm taking early retirement and intending to retire to Toulouse in October and would appreciate any information about places to live or places not to live in the city. I've done a lot of research about the place and it appears to suit me. I'm just seeking information about where it's safe to live and where it can be problematic. Thanks!!!

 

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Re: Toulouse - good neighborhoods/bad neighborhoods?

Post Posted: Mon May 08, 2006 12:16 am

most french cities have their problems........ (trash elements), toulouse is no different and that area suffers spanish, north african arabs also! The heat there is quite unbeable for inland, and heart worm is very common killer of pets, a tormenting long long death due to the heat and humidity.

I been there know people there and see no reason to want to live there...... but up to you

 

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Re: Toulouse - good neighborhoods/bad neighborhoods?

Post Posted: Tue May 30, 2006 9:10 pm

I must strongly disagree with Burgundy, I lived in Toulouse for two years and visit regularly for business and vacations.
Toulouse is a very vibrant town, high technology and a high student population, of course as in any big city there are certain areas to avoid, but I have never sensed a problem walking through the city at night.
Yes the heat in the height of summer can be oppressive, but if the heat gets too much and you don't have a pool, one and a half hours drive and you have the choice of the mediteranean coast or the Pyrenees, but I guess you know the many advantages if you have chosen to move there 1 I will try and pm you tomorrow after confering with my Toulouse collegues on good/bad neighbourhoods.

 

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Re: Toulouse - good neighborhoods/bad neighborhoods?

Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:17 am

I have lived in Toulouse for 3 years. It is a very pleasant and safe city. There are less nice neighborhoods, like around Mirail University, Reynerie and Basso Campo, but they're few. Generally recognizable by consisting of nothing but large low-income apartment buildings. The central city and most of the suburbs are very livable. It is indeed a very vibrant and welcoming city, and the climate is generally pleasant.

It can be a good idea to check in with local organizations. Americans in Toulouse www.americansintoulouse.com/, for example, whether you're American or not. Or, like, Expat Assistance, www.expatassistance.com/, which can be helpful in finding housing and arranging formalities.

 

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