Living + Teaching in Montpellier, France

Population: 257,351
Département: Hérault

 Montpellier, France | Photo courtesy of Lizzy Rago

Montpellier, France | Photo courtesy of Lizzy Rago

Where to Drink

Where to Eat

Coldrip Food & Coffee
4 rue Glaize

Chez Cécé
4 rue Jacques d'Aragon

LOL Burger
28 Cours Gambetta

Café BUN
5 rue des Étuves

La Barbote
1 rue des Deux Ponts

1 rue du Pila St Gély

Maria Cantina
11 rue Aristride Ollivier

La Crise Pizza
48 rue de l'Aiguillerie

Grand Slam Burger
6 rue Boussairolles

Café des Arts
3 rue Saint-Guilhem

Bears House
28 rue de l'Université

Fitzpatrick's Pub
5 Place Saint Come

La Barbote
rue des Deux Ponts


Le Rebuffy
2 rue Rebuffy

Le Petit Nice
1 Place Jean Jaurès

Le Shakespeare
12 rue de la Petite Loge

Where to Party + Dance

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee


Café des Arts
3 rue Saint-Guilhem

Coffee Club
2 rue Saint Guilhem

Nook Café 
2 rue de l'Ancien Courrier

Café BUN
5 rue des Étuves

Extra Shot
44 rue de l'Aiguillerie

Café de la Panacée
14 rue de l'École de Pharmacie


e Dièze
188 Avenue du Marché Gare

Le Milk
Rue du Mas de Grille

5 rue du Grand Saint-Jean

20 rue de Verdun

Le Panama
5 rue de la République

Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit


a Panacée
14 rue de l'École de Pharmacie

Musée Fabre
9 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle

  • Parc de la Camargue
  • Lac de Salagou
  • Hiking Saint Loup
  • Visit Montpellier's beaches
  • Place de la Comédie
  • Promenade du Peyrou
  • Place de la Comédie
  • L'amphitheatre de Nîmes (nearby) 

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips

  • Saint Gulheim Le Desert
  • Sète (beautiful town and great beaches) 
  • Carcassonne
  • Toulouse
  • Aix-en-Provence and Marseille
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Aiguës Morts
  • Nîmes, Arles, Pont du Gard

Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities


Housing Examples

  • 360€ per month for an apartment with three roommates
  • 430€ per month each for a small apartment in centre-ville with another assistant
  • 535€ per month for a studio and no roommates

Worst Things About Montpellier

Best Things About Montpellier

  • Young and vibrant atmosphere
  • Many young people live here
  • There are always people out and about around town
  • Sunny, beautiful weather
  • eople love Montpellier and are excited to live here
  • Relatively small "big" city
  • Can be difficult to travel into and out of when traveling
  • The apartment hunt - there are so many students here, so  finding an apartment can seem very competitive

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants

  • It is certainly worth the commute to live in a more bustling city than to be stuck in a suburb or tiny village. Your social life  will thank you! Opt to live in  MontpellierIf you are required to work a little bit outside of Montpellier (for example, in a small town like Agde, Sète, or Béziers)
  •  Visit the Jardin des Plantes.
  • Have a sunset apéro at Parc Peyrou
  • Montpellier is a great city just to BE in - get out in the city often and be a part of it!
  • If you're lucky enough to get to live in Montpellier, take advantage of every single moment! This is an incredible city.
  • Start the apartment hunt as early as you can and be patient! It might take a while once you get here but you'll find something.
  • There are many great hikes in this region - just search around on Google, and you'll be sure to find a few!
  • You should take advantage of all of the cultural activities. For example, get a pass to the Diagonal cinema or a Tutti pass for the Opéra Comédie. You can see multiple shows for very cheap.


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