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

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.


J'habite à Lille.
I live in Lille.


J'habite à Atlanta.
I live in Atlanta.



Q&A

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 

Zahra

Kwiziq community member

1 April 2018

3 replies

vous habitez ou?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

1 April 2018

1/04/18

I don't know what your question is. Please repost it here. -- Chris. 

jot

Kwiziq community member

6 May 2018

6/05/18

J'habite a' paris

Karen

Kwiziq community member

18 May 2018

18/05/18

J'habite en Afrique d Sud

Louise

Kwiziq community member

24 February 2018

2 replies

Où habitez-vous?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

25 February 2018

25/02/18

Did you have a question relating to French?

-- Chris. 

Louise

Kwiziq community member

25 February 2018

25/02/18

Not really. Thank you for asking. Kind regards. Louise

Jb

Kwiziq community member

22 February 2018

1 reply

Vous habitez où Monsieur?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

23 February 2018

23/02/18

J'habite près de Vienne.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Lesley

Kwiziq community member

12 December 2017

3 replies

Can you also say: Je vis dans Perth

Chris

Kwiziq community member

13 December 2017

13/12/17

"Je vis à Perth" would be the correct way. -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 December 2017

13/12/17

Bonjour Lesley ! "Je vis dans Perth" would mean something different as it insists on the fact that you live inside the city, in the center of it, as opposed to in its suburbs, or just outside of it. And even then, you'd rather use "J'habite dans Perth.". Bonne journée !

Lesley

Kwiziq community member

13 December 2017

13/12/17

Merci !

Rita

Kwiziq community member

6 December 2017

1 reply

I live in Oklahoma in the US. How do I say that?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

6 December 2017

6/12/17

Bonjour Rita !

Here is a link to our related lessons on states and countries in French:
https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/prepositions-with-regions-states-counties

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/use-en-with-feminine-countries-and-aux-with-masculine-countries-to-say-in-or-to-prepositions

You would say: J'habite dans l'Oklahoma / en Oklahoma, aux États-Unis.


I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

1 December 2017

2 replies

Hi ... does this same (use of 'à) rule apply to towns and villages as well as cities?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

2 December 2017

2/12/17

Bonjour Stewart, In a word, yes; the same rule applies for cities, towns and villages. This is a basic structure to discuss where one lives. As you progress, there will be other locales, i.e. regions, departments, etc. where the preposition changes. This lesson here is at the A0 level, hence the basic : J'habite à. . . structure. When one gets into the A1 level, you will find a different structure for stating certain areas where one lives. J'espère que ma réponse vous aiderait.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

27 March 2018

27/03/18

Hi Stewart,

Yes indeed as Ron says, the rules will be the same for towns and villages.

You will use 'à ' or in the case of masculine names ´auand 

'aux' for plural names.

Just a few examples of these: 

j'habite  à Gordes, j'habite au Chesnay ( Le Chesnay ), j'habite au Pecq (Le Pecq) , j'habite aux Baux de Provence (les Baux de Provence)...

Hope this helps! 

 

Clever stuff underway!