J'habite à [city] = I live in [city]

Look at these questions:

Informal/singular questions:

Où habites-tu ?
Where do you live?

Tu habites où ?
Where do you live?

Formal/plural questions:

Où habitez-vous ?
Where do you live?

Vous habitez où ?
Where do you live?

Note that there are different ways to ask a question in French.

Now look at these answers:

J'habite à Paris.
I live in Paris.

J'habite à Londres.
I live in London.

J'habite à Atlanta.
I live in Atlanta.

To say which city you live in in French, you can use the verb habiter (to live [somewhere]) as such:

J'habite à + [city]

Note that je (= I) becomes j' in front of the mute h of habite.
See also Je becomes j' with verbs beginning with a vowel (elision) 

 

See more complex cases in Using 'à' (to/in) and 'de' (from/of) with cities (prepositions) 

See also the more advanced lesson on how to conjugate all six forms of habiter in Le Présent:
Conjugate regular -er verbs in Le Présent (present tense) 

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

J'habite à Lille.
I live in Lille.


J'habite à Atlanta.
I live in Atlanta.



Tu habites où ?
Where do you live?


J'habite à Londres.
I live in London.


Où habitez-vous ?
Where do you live?


J'habite à Paris.
I live in Paris.


Où habites-tu ?
Where do you live?


Vous habitez où ?
Where do you live?


J'habite à Hambourg.
I live in Hamburg.


Q&A

Augusta

Kwiziq community member

28 November 2018

2 replies

Hello why can I say j’habite dans Paris

Chris

Kwiziq community member

28 November 2018

28/11/18

According to my native French language consultants (i.e., French friends) you can hear a number of different ways to express "I live in Paris", each with a slightly different meaning:

J'habite Paris. -- I am a citizen of Paris.
J'habite à Paris. -- I live in Paris. (A general statement)
J'habite dans Paris. -- I live right in Paris (probably somewhere near the center)
J'habite sur Paris. -- I live by Paris (in the greater urban area but not right in Paris)

Augusta

Kwiziq community member

28 November 2018

28/11/18

Oh okay thank you 

Christopher

Kwiziq community member

24 November 2018

3 replies

Does habiter need a prepositionÉ

In my book 501 French verbs it teaches that the verb habiter doesn't require a preposition so, J'habite cette maison, is acceptable.  

Is "J'habite à [city] an exception?  Is "J'habite [city]" acceptable?

Christopher

Kwiziq community member

24 November 2018

24/11/18

Sorry for the error in the title (forgot which keyboard I was using!) Does habiter need a preposition?

Tom

Kwiziq community member

24 November 2018

24/11/18

Both "J'habite à [city]" and "J'habite [city]" are acceptable, although nowadays I seem to hear more of the former than the latter.

 

tom

Christopher

Kwiziq community member

25 November 2018

25/11/18

Thanks.

Simra

Kwiziq community member

22 November 2018

1 reply

I am from America and I would say "J'habite à Amérique"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

23 November 2018

23/11/18

Hi Simra, 

"J'habite en Amérique" is the correct sentence.

Abishanka

Kwiziq community member

7 November 2018

2 replies

If I from Bangalore, India then I would say, "J'habite à Bangalore, en Inde" ?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

13 November 2018

13/11/18

Hi Abishanka,

J'habite à Bangalore en Inde.

is correct.

 

Abishanka

Kwiziq community member

13 November 2018

13/11/18

Merci beaucoup :)

Eve

Kwiziq community member

31 October 2018

1 reply

So if I'm from Chicago Illinois in the United States I would say "J'habite à Chicago, dans l'Illinois, aux États Unis."?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

31 October 2018

31/10/18

Hi Eve,

I would say 'dans l'Illinois' sounds really nice, it's a bit like 'dans le Yorkshire' here in England...

 

Erwin

Kwiziq community member

27 October 2018

1 reply

tu habites où

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

29 October 2018

29/10/18

Do you have a question Erwin?

Rana

Kwiziq community member

12 October 2018

1 reply

I am from Cairo, Egypt so in french is it J'habite au cairo, Egypte?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

13 October 2018

13/10/18

Hi Rana, 

It would be -

J'habite au Caire, en Egypte.

as Cairo is Le Caire in French.

Anushree

Kwiziq community member

5 October 2018

3 replies

Es and ez

Why is there a difference : tu habites and  habitez- vous. Es in ending of habitate in tu and ez in vous?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

5 October 2018

5/10/18

It is because in English (and most indo-european languages) the verb changes according to the subjects person. Tu is second person singular and vous is second person plural. Verb endings differ. You ask why this is so? Simply because.

Anushree

Kwiziq community member

5 October 2018

5/10/18

Thank you for your answer. Is there any General rule that can help to memorize

Chris

Kwiziq community member

5 October 2018

5/10/18

Unfortunately not. 

Mosope

Kwiziq community member

13 June 2018

7 replies

Ou habitez - vous?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

15 June 2018

15/06/18

Do you have a language question Mosope?

seth

Kwiziq community member

15 July 2018

15/07/18

J'habite aux Etats-Unis

Lavale

Kwiziq community member

26 July 2018

26/07/18

j’habite a Atlanta.

PRASHANT

Kwiziq community member

21 August 2018

21/08/18

J'habite a' India.

Edward

Kwiziq community member

27 August 2018

27/08/18

J habite a couzanet

David

Kwiziq community member

6 September 2018

6/09/18

J'habite a Australia

Christabell

Kwiziq community member

9 October 2018

9/10/18

J'habite a USA

jot

Kwiziq community member

6 May 2018

5 replies

Vous habitez ou

Chris

Kwiziq community member

6 May 2018

6/05/18

So what is your question? 

Ivy

Kwiziq community member

11 May 2018

11/05/18

J’habite a Birmingham 

Mohammad

Kwiziq community member

12 May 2018

12/05/18

J'habite Paris

Sandy

Kwiziq community member

3 October 2018

3/10/18

J'habite à Caroline Sud

Rana

Kwiziq community member

12 October 2018

12/10/18

Mohammad

It is : J' habite  à Paris

you forgot  à 

Let me take a look at that...