Living + Teaching in Montluçon, France

Population: 38,072
Département: Allier

Friendly | Old Town | Small | Lonely | Gray

Where to Drink

Where to Eat


Le Saint'Anne
27 rue Grande

26 Boulevard de Courtais

Les 12 Apôtres
1 rue des 5 Piliers

Le Petit Journal
48 rue Grande

Le Chanzy
Place Jean Jaurès

Iguane Tex Mex
4 rue Grande

Le Perceval
3 rue Sainte-Anne

Yogoro Café
10 Place Notre Dame

Where to Party + Dance

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee


Les Années Folles
39 Boulevard de Courtais

Le Moderne
40 Boulevard de Courtais

Les 12 Apôtres
1 rue des 5 Piliers

0 rue des Serruriers


Yogoro Café
10 Place Notre Dame

Le Diam's
16 rue Albert Einstein


Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit

  • Visit le Puy de Dôme. It's a beautiful hike, and you can even go hang-gliding when you reach the top!
  • See films at the cinema
  • Go to Vichy and Clermont Ferrand. 

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips


Day trips: Clermont-Ferrand, Vichy, Moulins
Weekend + longer: Lyon, Annecy, Tours, Bordeaux

More tips:

  • Bourges - see the cathedral, get delicious macarons, do some shopping, go to a salon du thé.
  • Clermont-Ferrand - (best with Blablacar), see the gorgeous Gothic cathedral, visit one of the quirky cafés (one with milk + cereal, or the Australian coffee shop), get drinks + go dancing at L'Appart. Visit Jardin le Coq on a sunny day.
  • Puy-en-Velay - not very well-known, but it's an absolutely beautiful spot, with an impressive statue of the Virgin Mary, gorgeous views + heavy, cheesy, comfort food. 

Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities

  • Hang out in Jardin Wilson
  • Centre Aqua Ludique
  • Hiking Les Volcans
  • Jardin Wilson
  • Medieval town
  • L'Étang du Sault (lake - rent a paddleboat!)

Housing Examples

  • 84€ per month (with CAF) renting a room from a woman in a comfortable house
  • (Rent undisclosed) Residing in a house recommended by the advisor (the person who looked after the assistants in the département d'Allier). The house was split in two and the landlord lived in the downstairs part. It was very cheap and he helped set up CAF which made the rent super cheap. 

Worst Things About City

Best Things About City

  • Welcoming + friendly locals
  • Language skills will most certainly improve
  • Great place to spend time exploring outdoors
  • Quite small
  • Not a huge community of young people
  • Not much to do in town, so make sure to get out + explore!
  • Gray weather

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants

  • The people here are welcoming and friendly. Make friends or live with the young people in the foyer de jeunes.
  • There is a cinema in Montluçon and the bars are alright.
  • Meet the other assistants in Vichy, Clermont, and Moulins. Get to know the Erasmus students in Clermont.
  • Go to Vichy and Clermont Ferrand. Vichy is a very pretty nearby town and has an a great community pool. It also has a lovely park and nice cafés. In Clermont Ferrand - visit Jardin Le Coq on a sunny day, it has some great bars and clubs - Le Delirium, Café Pascal, 3 Monkeys, Bombshell, and Middle Night. Place de Jaude is good for shopping and the Michelin Museum is not as boring as it sounds + is something to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon! Bistro Vénitien has good pizza.
  • Travel and explore every weekend because, if not, you will be bored if you stay in Montluçon! Use Blablacar - it's cheaper and easier than taking the trains and gives you a chance to practice your French with the driver. Also Flix Bus is good. 
  • You can easily become a regular at cafés, restaurants, boulangeries, etc. It's nice to be greeted warmly by people you recognize. You can make friends if you hang out in the same cafés. 
  • If you have a passion or hobby, Montluçon will definitely give you time and space to work on it.
  • You must speak French to communicate with nearly everyone, so your language skills will surely improve.
  • There is some pretty, rural nature, good for hikes, walks, picnics + biking.
  • Get involved as much as possible and try to do this early. Pay attention to concerts, group meetings, anything and everything. If you need help (for instance, with transportation, lesson planning, really anything), you must ask for it. 
  • Get to know the people you work with. Be professional and work hard. It will pay off. 
  • Montluçon is not always the most fun place to live, but it will allow you to focus on what's important to you and to save a lot of money, so use this to travel! It's a real opportunity. 
  • Buy groceries on Saturday mornings at the market in the old city. It's quite charming and has great products. 
  • There are occasionally good concerts at the Montluçon 109. 
  • Don't miss the festival (Montluçon's version of Carnaval) in Spring. It's a great way to say goodbye to winter and to Montluçon. 


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Neighboring City Guides

  • Moulins

  • Vichy

  • Clermont-Ferrand

  • Le Puy-en-Velay