Living + Teaching in Castres, France

Population: 80,000
Département: Tarn

Where to Drink

Where to Eat


hamps du Sud
3 rue Beaujeu

Sushi Yaris | Japanese
41 rue Fuzies

La Fabrique
8 Place Jean Jaurès

La Crêperie du Coin
1 rue Gambetta

e Quartier Latin
6 Place Soult

Le Palmarium
8 Place Soult

Irish Pub Le Quay
23 rue Frédéric Thomas

Where to Party + Dance

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee


Champs du Sud
3 rue Beaujeu

Les Saveurs du Temps
rue Fuzies



Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit


Musée Goya | Spanish Art
2, 4 rue de l'Évêché

  • Parc de Gourjade
  • Marché de Castres | Place Jean Jaurès - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings  
  • Marché Bio (organic) |Place Soult -Thursday evenings

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips


Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities

  • Hike Montagne Noire in nearby Mazamet
  • Swim in Lac des Montagnes in Mazamet during the warm summer months
  • Bike le Chemin des Droits de l'Homme (spans from Castres to nearby Albi, passing through the small, medieval village of Lautrec) 
  • Le Chemin des Droits de l'Homme
  • Le Parc de Gourjade
  • Castres hills
  • Jardin de l'Évêché 

Housing Examples

  • 425€ per month for private apartment with kitchen (including refrigerator and hot plates), living room area, toilet, bathroom, and washing machine

Worst Things About

Best Things About Castres

  • Surrounded by picturesque countryside
  • Local buses are free for everyone
  • Big enough to have a train station, cinema, and some restaurants but small enough to get to everything quickly
  • Quiet town; very safe at night
  • Opportunity to see students around town
  • requent buses to nearby Albi take 45 minutes and cost around 2€50

  • Small size; possibility of getting boring
  • Not a very big nightlife scene
  • ocal buses stop running at around 19h30

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants

  • Buy a secondhand bike (Le Bon Coin) and use it as your main form of transportation around Castres and the surrounding countryside (especially on sunny days!)


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Neighboring City Guides

  • Albi

  • Gaillac

  • Toulouse

  • Carcassonne