Living + Teaching in Le Mans, France

Population: 142,626
Département: Sarthe

 The cathedral + Wonder Wheel in Le Mans | Photo courtesy of Greta Pieropan

The cathedral + Wonder Wheel in Le Mans | Photo courtesy of Greta Pieropan

Where to Drink

Where to Eat


a Boite Déjeuner
5 rue de la Paille

26 rue des Ponts Neufs

*Great restaurants around:

  • Place de la République
  • Place de la Sirène
  • La Gare +Place de l'Éperon
  • Place Washington


25 rue d'Alger

Le Barouf
8 rue Victor Bonhommet

Le Chicago
rue de la Vieille Porte

Where to Party + Dance

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee



up's Coffee Shop
12 rue Saint Martin

Café Columbus
25 Place de la République

Brasserie Le Globe
9 Place de la République

12 rue du Tertre

Le Wiz
7 rue Saint-Honoré

Le Gala
123 Avenue de la Liberation

Le Loft
11 rue Victor Bonhommet

43 rue des Pont Neufs

Le Guest's
46 rue du Dr Leroy


Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit


Musée Vert
204 Avenue Jean Jaurès

Musée de Tessé
Avenue de Paderborn

Musée Carré Plantaganet
2 rue Claude Bondeau

  • L'Arche de la Nature
  • Cathedrale Saint Julien
  • Le Vieux Mans
  • La Sarthe (for views of Le Vieux Mans) 
  • La Nuit des Chimères (July + August) 
  • 24 Heures du Mans (Car race circuit - June) 

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips


Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities

  • L'Arche de la Nature
  • Along the Sarthe River
  • Le Jardin des Plantes
  • Le Vieux Mans
  • Place de la République

Housing Examples

  • 150€ per month living in the work establishment's residences

Worst Things About
Le Mans

Best Things About
Le Mans

  • Comfortable size and big enough to not get bored
  • Cheap cinema outings
  • Bars and nice areas to discover along the Sarthe River
  • Close proximity to bigger cities like Paris, Nantes, and Rennes
  • Very few people speak English, so it's a great opportunity to  practice you're French!
  • Opportunities for local volunteer work
  • Not much of a nightlife scene
  • Can be pretty gray and quiet in the winter
  • Can be difficult to integrate into the daily life of the town

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants

  • Le Mans is the kind of town where everyone knows everyone and recognizes friends in the street
  • It is located between Nantes and Paris (direct access to both)
  • There are many châteaux to see in the surrounding Loire Valley
  • Take advantage of the ample free time you have as an assistant - find volunteer work, join a sports club, etc.
  • Working in rural areas sometimes has the added benefit of feeling more appreciated as a teaching assistant
  • Sign up for a class at the local university or L'Ecole des Beaux Arts
  • Put an ad up on the Le Bon Coin for your tutoring services to find a side-gig
  • There is really a lot to do - you just have to look for it!


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