Living + Teaching in Lille, France

Population: 227,560
Département: Nord

Rain | World War II

Where to Drink

Where to Eat


IT Trattoria
65 rue de Béthune

Les 3 Brasseurs
18 Place de la Gare

Seasons Café
96 rue de l'Hôpital Militaire

La Regalade Crêperie
8 rue de Paris

Le Broc
17 Place de Béthune

Les Compagnons de la Grappe
26 rue Lepelletier

3 Brasseurs
18 Place de la Gare

1 Place Rihour

Le Camden
106 rue Saint-André

Le Vieux Basque
95 rue Saint-André

La Capsule
25 rue des Trois Mollettes

Le Lobby
10 rue Royale

Where to Party + Dance

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee


Le Caféine
20 rue des Trois Mollettes

Le WAF (dog café)
7 rue de la Barre

e Network
5 rue du Faisan


Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit


Musée d'Histoire Naturelle
19 rue de Bruxelles

Palais des Beaux Arts
18bis rue de Valmy

Maison Natale de Charles de Gaulle
9 rue Princesse

  • Take a walk at + around La Citadelle
  • Sample the crêpes at the many crêperies around town
  • Wander around + simply soak up the atmosphere
  • Christmas markets in the winter
  • Take a spin on the Big Wheel
  • Wander around old town (Vieux Lille) 
  • Le WAF = first dog café in Europe! 

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips

Day Trips:
Arras (Christmas markets), 
DunkerqueCalais • Cap Nez Blanc

Weekend Trips:
Belgium (Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Anvers, Gand)

Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities


Housing Examples

  • 300€ every three months living in the student residences
  • 400€ per month per person for a 2-bedroom apartment
  • 495€ per month per person for a furnished 3-bedroom apartment in Fives neighborhood 
    (with roommates)

Worst Things About Lille

Best Things About Lille

  • Many things to see and do
  • Great bars and nightlife
  • Excellent shopping
  • Many university students and young people around town
  • asy to travel into and out of
  • Some run-down + poorer areas
  • eather can be a bit iffy

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants

  • Try and be a part of the local community (i.e. join a French choir) in order to improve French and to make French friends.
  • Don't solely stick around other language assistants - make an effort to meet some cool locals.
  • Try and find a hobby or two  - it's well worth it!
  • Get the Transpole Pass ASAP if you live/work a bit outside of Lille (free metro, bus, tram + TER train near Lille).
  • on't be afraid to walk around and discover new things!


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