Living + Teaching in Rouen, France

Population: 111,577
Département: Seine-Maritime

Vibrant | Historical | Beautiful | Medieval | Rainy  Clochers | Cathedral | Pubs | Affordable | Nightlife  Old | Charming | Friendly

Where to Drink

Where to Eat

Crêperie Saint Marc
17 Place SAint-Marc

Le Parvis
7 Place Barthélémy

La Petite Auberge
164 rue Martainville

JM's Café
2 Place du Vieux Marché


Nacho's Mexican Grill
154 rue du Gros Horloge

My Traiteur Bio
18 Place du Vieux Marché

Holy Moly Gourmet Burger
38 rue de la République

Délirium Bar
30 rue des Vergetiers

La Porte Ouverte
71 rue d'Amiens

La Buvette du Robec
219 rue Eau de Robec

Les Berthom
60 rue de la Vicomte

13 Place du Général de Gaulle

JM's Café
2 Place du Vieux Marché

Le Bar'Ouf
11 rue de Fontanelle

La Taverne de Thor
3 Place de la République

Where to Party + Dance

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee

French Coffee Shop
16 rue Thouret

Dame Cakes
70 rue Saint-Romain

Chocolate Bar
17 rue Thouret

ocial Perk
3 rue de la Tour de Buerre


Couleur Café
130 Eau de Robec

La Demie-Heure
85 rue du Général Leclerc

Citizen Coffee
4 rue de l'Écureuil

Délirium Bar
30 rue des Vergetiers

Le Boomerang
28 Place des Carmes

La Luna
26 rue Saint-Étienne des Tonneliers

Le 33 Club
33 Place du Vieux Marché

Le Bar'Ouf
11 rue de Fontanelle

Le Milk
1 rue du Père Adam


Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit


Musée des Beaux Arts
Esplanade Marcel Duchamp

Musée des Antiquités
198 rue Beauvoisine

Historial Jeanne d'Arc
rue Saint-Romain

  • e Gros Horloge
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Colline Sainte-Catherine  for a panoramic view of the city
  • Historial Jeanne d'Arc
  • Les Falaises in Étretat
  • Paris Benedictine in Fecamp

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips

  • Le Havre
  • Giverny
  • Paris
  • Dieppe
  • Avranches
  • Deauville
  • Étretat
  • Fecamp
  • Amiens
  • Caen
  • Mont Saint-Michel
  • Neufchâtel

Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities


  • ike to the top of the Colline Sainte-Catherine
  • Free monthly Zumba at the Kindarena
  • Jardin des Plantes
  • Shopping area around Rue du Gros Horloge
  • Along the Seine River through town
  • arc Hôtel de Ville

Housing Examples

  • 128€ per month living in the student residences
  • 330€ per month renting a room from a family
  • 450€ per month for an apartment with a roommate

Worst Things About Rouen

Best Things About Rouen

  • Lots of students
  • Very lively
  • Beautiful architecture and a vibrant history
  • Close proximity to Paris and many other towns
  • Easy to navigate
  • The weather
  • Rive Gauche can feel a bit dangerous, especially at night  (note: always be aware of yourself and your surroundings, no matter where you are).

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants

  • Rouen is one of the oldest cities in France - full of medieval charm and the nicest people. It's great because it's close to Paris and the ferry to England! 
  • Definitely save a comfortable amount of money before arriving in France (whatever you THINK you might need, save more!!)
  • Travel every weekend you can as Rouen is very convenient to travel into and out of.
  • It can be really, really difficult to live here in the winter when it rains a lot, if you're not accustomed to it. 
  • Don't allow yourself to become a hermit! Go out, do new things, meet new people, regardless of the weather. And above all, really take advantage of those plentiful vacations to go and search out the sun elsewhere!
  • Buy a good coat and some waterproof boots you can stomp around in. 
  • Be prepared for less people to speak English to you in this region. 


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