Living + Teaching in Valence, France

Population: 62,481
Département: Drôme

Cozy | Communal | Windy

Where to Drink

Where to Eat


Alix Coffee
32 Avenue Pierre Semard

La Bohème
11 Boulevard d'Alsace

Sushi Time
11 Boulevard Maurice Clerc

Café Victor Hugo
30 Avenue Victor Hugo

hez Grand-mère
Place de la Pierre

43 rue Bouffer

Lézarts Café
0 rue des Alpes

Penny Kenny's Irish Pub
65 Avenue Gambetta

Where to Party + Dance

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee


Alix Coffee
32 Avenue Pierre Semard

Le Cause Toujours
rue Gaston Rey

Le Sunshine
89 Avenue Sadi Carnot

Le Peyroutas
3 rue Mardier de Monjau

Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit


aison des Têtes
57 Grande Rue

  • Champs de Mars
  • Parc Jouvert
  • Valence Cathedral
  • Excellent + well-preserved Roman amphitheaters in Nîmes + Vienne
  • Château de Crussol

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips

  • Avignon
  • Grenoble + Annecy
  • The Ardèche region
  • Château de Crussol
  • Arles + Nîmes
  • Privas
  • Beauchastel
  • Lyo
  • Crest + Die
  • Vienne + Tain l'Ermitage
  • Romans-sur-Isère

Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities

  • Nearby skiing
  • Piscine Jean Pommier
  • Ice skating
  • Many local hiking trails

Housing Examples

  • 120€ per month for a room in the student residences
  • 250€ per month with an AirBnB (great deal from host!)
  • 450€ per month with 150€ received from the CAF each month for apartment housing in a hotel in centre ville (in total, 300€ per month)

Worst Things About City

Best Things About City

  • Affordable cost of living
  • Medium city size
  • Good geographic location for traveling into + out of
  • arc Jouvet
  • Scenic natural landscapes for walking, biking + hiking
  • Running into friends + acquaintances all the time
  • Seeing films at the independent cinema La Navire
  • Not a huge nightlife scene
  • Not many young people around as they've gone to Lyon or Grenoble for university.
  • It's always windy in Valence + winter can be tough to get used to - a very dry cold.

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants

  • Don't just hang out with other teaching assistants! Don't hesitate to meet people + make friends outside of TAPIF. Having a diverse group of friends will make your local community all the more richer. 
  • Get on Tinder or join a club if you want to meet French people your own age!
  • Appreciate the Roman architecture in the old part of Valence + the Roman influence extending further south as Valence is known as "les portes du sud."
  • The water can dry out hair and face, so it's good to have a water filter, Avène products, French shampoos, or water bottles
  • If you're looking to work out, get a monthly membership with Club Gambetta. They have various classes like zumba, cardio danse, body boxing that are good for cardio exercises + a great way to meet people!
  • Take advantage of trying the local specialties of the Drôme and Ardèche regions
  • Think about buying a bike to get around.
  • Valence is quite a cinema + animation hub, so there are some neat film festivals that come about.
  • It can be an adjustment living in a smaller town, but it's so fun to spontaneously see people you know around town all the time + developing a community here even outside of having a few language assistant friends.


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