Living + Teaching in Strasbourg, France

Population: 276,179
Département: Bas-Rhin

Cozy | Hipster | Quiet | German
 French | Charming


Where to Drink

Where to Eat


 

Café Coin Coin
4 Place Saint-Nicolas aux Ondes

Pho Kim Saigon
18 rue du Faubourg de Saverne

Abattoir Café
1 Quai Charles Altorffer


Dreher (for pretzels)
50 rue des Grandes Arcades

 

ar Le Chariot
18 rue de l'Abreuvoir

Abattoir Café
1 Quai Charles Altorffer

Les BerThoM
8 rue des Tonneliers


Where to Party + Dance

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee


 

Oh My Goodness Café
13 rue de la 1ère Armée

Café Bretelles
2 rue Fritz

Coffee Stub
12 Quai des Pêcheurs

 

at Black Pussycat
3 rue Klein

Mudd Club
rue de l'Arc-en-Ciel

 


Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit


 

requent expositions in galleries around town
*see Pro-Tips for more information*

  • Go to the top of the Cathedral (free to do on the first Sunday of every month) 
  • Visit all of the parks: Parc l'Orangerie, Parc du Heyritz, Jardin des Deux Rivers and more
  • Attend a concert - a lot of bands stop at Strasbourg and there are many, many music venues

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips


 
  • Colmar
  • Bâle
  • Kehl, Germany (especially for cheap groceries as French taxes can be very high!)
  • Valée de Munster for hiking
  • Paris
  • Hiking in the Black Forest in Germany

Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities


 
  • "American-style" parks with BBQ and swimming just north of the city (accessible by tram) 
  • Hockey games just outside of city-center (also accessible by tram) 
  • Cycling (Strasbourg is very bicycle-friendly!)
  • Petite France
  • Parc de l'Orangerie
  • rom Boulevard Lyon to Quai de Belges

Housing Examples


 

• 330€ per month in a colocation - huge size and in a great area


Worst Things About Strasbourg

Best Things About Strasbourg


 
  • This city has a lot to offer if you know where to look for it - it's one of the hidden gems of France. Every weekend there is going to be the exact event for you - from sports events to a "bring food to enter" concert in a printing factory. 
  • Christmas markets!
  • The people here can be closed-off and quite conservative.
  • It's extremely cold during the winter and the sun begins to go into hibernation around early November.

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants


  • Bring (or buy when you arrive) a warm coat, gloves, and scarves! 
  • Live in the nearest big(er) city to where you work! You can practically teach anywhere in Alsace and live in Strasbourg. Even if you live up to an hour away from a city using public transportation, it's worth it to commute every day. If you choose to live in the same small city or commune where you work, you run the risk of having very little to do and very few people to meet.
  • In general, don't take just one person's opinion on something! Assistants have moved into a neighborhood that people told them was awful - when it's actually quite nice! Be open to your options and explore them for yourself. Locals here are very set in their ways and sometimes remember things as they were in the past despite the fact that Strasbourg is a rapidly changing city.
  • Strasbourg has a lot of "little art," as in there are always at least ten to twenty new expositions in tiny galleries around the city. Some weekends they have huge vernissage's where all of the expositions are linked, but most you can just find on http://strasbourg.curieux.net/.
  • The most important thing to see in Strasbourg is the magnificent cathedral, which is hard to miss considering it literally towers over the city. Of all the cathedrals in Europe, this one definitely tops the list for sheer grandeur!
  • Starting in November, Strasbourg transforms itself into a precious little gingerbread town of Christmas decorations + one of the largest, most extraordinary Christmas markets in all of Europe. Nothing like walking past steaming pots of vin chaud, crispy Belgian fries, and sizzling crepes on your way home from class everyday.
  • Strasbourg is a magnificent melting pot of French and German heritage--think flaky French pastries and savory German pretzels, delectable French wines and fizzy German beer. It also has its own distinct Alsacian culture as well--you must sample some traditional choucroute (but do so on an empty stomach)!
  • Strasbourg is a crossroads of historical Europe (as can be seen from its beautiful cathedral and charming timber houses) and the best of modern Europe (the European Court of Human Rights). 
  • Soak it all in and eat as many bretzels as you can!

 

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