Moving to Strasbourg
Finding a place to stay
Home rental and sales offers for Strasbourg and the surrounding area can be found on dedicated accommodation or classified ad websites (e.g.: Le Bon Coin).
Whether you are a student or not, you may be entitled to a rental assistance subject to certain conditions depending on your circumstances and means.
For more information, go to the Caisse d’Allocations Familiales website (in French).
Help with moving: apply for a parking spot
If you are moving to Strasbourg, you can book a parking spot for your removals vehicle (at least 7 days before moving). If necessary you can even ask for a parking spot in a pedestrian zone (at least 3 days before moving).
When moving to a new city there are some administrative formalities you need to carry out with government or local authorities. Below are some examples depending on your circumstances:
- Register on the electoral roll
- New schools for your children
- Notify government bodies of your new address
- Renew your car registration document
- Other formalities on the website of the Bas-Rhin Préfecture
Where and how to carry out administrative procedures in Strasbourg?
You are a student
Visit the dedicated website Strasbourg aime ses étudiants.
Learn French in Strasbourg
If you want to learn or improve your French, a range of organizations offer French language classes and workshops for adults.
Click on the following link for all the information you need about tram, bus, bike and car transport in Strasbourg.
Get your bearings and work out how to get around the city with ease using our map website (StrasMap).
Car parking: residential parking
The residential parking system enables residents to park their cars at a preferential rate on paid-parking streets.
Only individuals who live in paid-parking zone and who can provide proof that they reside in this zone can benefit from residential parking rates. These rates only apply to the zone in which the resident lives.
For more information on residential parking and how to apply go to:
Getting to know Strasbourg
There are many different ways to get to know your new city:
- documents and guided tours offered by the Tourist office of Strasbourg and its Region
- the history and sights of Strasbourg
- the local office of the Accueil des Villes Françaises (AVF) association (in French)
- The Bienvenue à Strasbourg association (in French)
- The Centre d'information sur les Institutions Européennes – CIIE (Information Center on European Institutions – ICEI)
- Audio tours "Strasbourg the European" and "Walk around the city center"
Information on cultural or sports activities
The City of Strasbourg and the Eurometropolis and its partners offer numerous activities for individuals, families and children.
Events and happenings
- the website for the Christmas market and festivities from the end of November to the end of December
- the website for summer events and happenings from mid-June to the end of August
- The FARSe (Festival des Arts de la Rue de Strasbourg) street art festival website during the month of August
Sports and leisure activities
- Swimming pools in the Eurometropolis
- the Office des Sports de Strasbourg (ODS) (Strasbourg Sports Office) (in French)
Cultural facilities in the City and Eurometropolis
- A non-exhaustive list of the main cultural venues in Strasbourg
- The Boutique Culture, special culture information point
La Maison des Associations de Strasbourg (MDAS) is an umbrella organization for the vast majority of associations in Strasbourg working in numerous fields: social, humanitarian, culture, sport, education, the environment, etc. Check out the associations directory on the MDAS website for more information (in French).
The City of Strasbourg and the Strasbourg Eurometropolis (33 communes) are two separate authorities but they brought all their administrative services together in the Administrative Center at the address: 1 Parc de l'Étoile.
The Hôtel de Ville located Place Broglie, does not receive the public for administrative formalities. It is used for official ceremonies and weddings. The public can go to the neighborhood town hall located nearby.
Some legal or regulatory provisions are subject to local Alsace-Moselle law and are therefore different from the rest of France. For more information, go to the website of the Institut du Droit Local Alsacien-Mosellan (in French).
Under local law, Good Friday and the 26 December are holidays in Strasbourg and Alsace.
Strasbourg and the Eurometropolis are in zone B for school holidays.