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Living in Mulhouse

So we're considering moving from Basle to Mulhouse.

A lot of our life will probably still be connected to Switzerland, but it doesn't seem to make sense to take our son for a commute of an hour and a half to his nursery school and such.

Lots of question pop up all of a sudden, and Google didn't help much.

Is there any English or a bilingual French/English school in Mulhouse?

Does it really take an hour or more to the airport without your own car, or more if you don't live next to Mulhouse's train station? There don't seem to be any direct buses, just a bus to St.-Louis, then a slow train to Mulhouse.

Is there any English-speaking infrastructure for children there? There must be quite a few commuters to Basle, after all.

How safe is the place, compared to Basle? Is criminality a problem, or is it a matter of knowing where not to go after dark (as in Basle, for that matter)?
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Forgot to add: does anyone happen to know if there's a good forum for expats in France, or in Alsace in particular?
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Does it really take an hour or more to the airport without your own car, or more if you don't live next to Mulhouse's train station? There don't seem to be any direct buses, just a bus to St.-Louis, then a slow train to Mulhouse.
Living in France without a car? Forget it. There are taxis, of course. The last, indeed only, time I took a taxi from the airport cost me about 50 euros, for a twenty minute drive. Cheaper than car parking if you're gone for a week or more, but I wouldn't do it if I had any other choice.

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Forgot to add: does anyone happen to know if there's a good forum for expats in France, or in Alsace in particular?
No idea, I'm afraid. ISTR looking at some over the years, but they seemed to be even more "expat" than here. And given that we speak half-reasonable French we've never really felt the need.

Well, that and the fact that although we have a home here we really think of our Home as Switzerland, not France.
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So we're considering moving from Basle to Mulhouse.

A lot of our life will probably still be connected to Switzerland, but it doesn't seem to make sense to take our son for a commute of an hour and a half to his nursery school and such.

Lots of question pop up all of a sudden, and Google didn't help much.

Is there any English or a bilingual French/English school in Mulhouse?

Does it really take an hour or more to the airport without your own car, or more if you don't live next to Mulhouse's train station? There don't seem to be any direct buses, just a bus to St.-Louis, then a slow train to Mulhouse.

Is there any English-speaking infrastructure for children there? There must be quite a few commuters to Basle, after all.

How safe is the place, compared to Basle? Is criminality a problem, or is it a matter of knowing where not to go after dark (as in Basle, for that matter)?

Usually In Alsace, there are bilingual schools but german/french,I didn't hear about english/french ones until now unfortunately. What you can do is to go at the town hall and ask them about this, they should know better.
Regarding the way until the airport, without a car, everything will be very complicated.There is no directly bus until there, no train. What you can do is to take the train until ST. Louis and from the train station to wait for the bus that goes at the airport( it comes usually every 30 minutes).Or you can take a metro cars bus until ST.LOuis train station and do the same thing: wait for the bus.
There are taxis, but , they are very expensive.
Concerning the town, well..., I visited few times, and I have friends that live there...is not a very nice city, and Basel is definetely much safer than Mulhouse.Now of course, depends of the area where you will live.
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Ouverall, Mulhouse is safe but there are some areas in which criminality is important.
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So we're considering moving from Basle to Mulhouse.
I personally would not move to Mulhouse from Basle I don't think is a nice city at all and not very safe. Been there few times and never liked it. Colmar is much nicer but I am not sure it respond to your requirements.
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