Living + Teaching in Laon, France
Where to Drink
Where to Eat
La Rose des Sables
7 rue Roger Salengro
10 Place Saint-Julien
14 Place Saint-Julien
Best Spot to Grab a Coffee
Where to Party + Dance
6 rue du Bourg
Rue 13 Octobre
Must-See | Must-Do
**The entire Ville Haute of Laon,
especially around the ramparts that go
ll around the top of the mountain.
- Laon Cathedral
- Chapelle des Templiers
- L'Église Saint Martin
- The ruins of l'Abbaye de Vauclaire
- Visit the cathedral + les hortillonages in Amiens
- Day trips to Reims + Giverney + Saint Quentin
- Weekend trips to Paris + Amiens
Housing Examples for TAPIF Assistants
- 0€ per month living in the school residences (all basic necessities minus wifi - see 'Pro Tips!')
Worst Things About Laon
Best Things About Laon
- The calmness + serenity of the village
- The incredible view from the Ville Haute
- Not much to do for young 20-somethings to do (aside from going out to the few bars around town)
- Only one major, easily-accessible grocery store in town (Carrefour)
Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants
- Laon is separated into the Ville Haute + the Ville Basse (upper + lower city); if you don't have a car, you must rely on colleagues, taking the bus + walking up/down the mountain.
- Not having wifi connected in the student residences is not a problem! All you have to do is to add it to your cell phone plan and use your phone's hotspot to connect your laptop to the Internet. For example, assistants have done this with the 50GB/month plan with the phone company, Free.
- There are typically four teaching assistants each year in Laon, split up between the two schools.
- The north of France can get very cold + those suffering from seasonal depression may be at risk from November to March, where there will be days + days of constant fog/rain + weeks without sunshine.
- Most of the teachers in Laon are supportive + very aware of social justice issues.