Living + Teaching in Caen, France

Population: 108,954
Département: Calvados

Where to Drink

Where to Eat


16 Avenue de la Libération

50 Boulevard des Alliés

L'Instant Crêperie
23 rue de l'Engannerie

La Buona Tavola
47 rue Saint-Sauvier

Mian Mian
9 rue de Geôle

La Tour Solidor
24 rue Ecuyère

Delirium Café
8 Quai Vendeuvre

O'Donnells's Irish Pub
0 Quai Vendeuvre

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee

The Fruity Café | smoothies
28 rue Saint-Pierre


Les Petits Douceurs
3 rue aux Fromages

Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit


Musée des Beaux Arts
Le Château

Musée de Normandie

Mémorial de Caen
Esplanade Général Eisenhower

  • Château de Guillaume le Conquérant
  • Église Saint Pierre
  • Rue Saint Pierre
  • Rue Froide + Rue Ecuyère
  • Abbaye aux Hommes
  • D-Day beaches
  • unday market in centre-ville

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips



Saint Malo
Mont Saint-Michel
United Kingdom


Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities

  • Beach sports
  • Sailing + kayaking
  • Chemin Vert (canal to the beach) 
  • Ouistreham Beach
  • Colline aux Oiseaux

Housing Examples

  • 200€ per month living with a host family

Worst Things About City

Best Things About City

  • Very beautiful + convenient location in France
  • Close proximity to the beach
  • Easy access to other large cities like Rennes, Rouen + Nantes
  • Friendly locals
  • npredictable weather - could be rainy + cold one moment, then warm + sunny the next

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants

  • The UK is only a ferry ride away - there is a ferry that leaves to Portsmouth in the UK + from there, it's possible + cheap to take a bus to London.
  • The location cannot be beat! Caen is close to many different parts of France, including Paris, Bretagne + Lille.
  • Normandy's history - both ancient + modern - is very rich + unique.
  • Normandy is also one of the cheaper regions + all of the people are very welcoming + nice.


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