Nantes is the 6th largest city in France in terms of population and is known throughout the world as one of the most pleasant cities in Europe. Labelled as a city of art and history, the city of the Dukes of Brittany is rich in architecture, exhibitions, concerts and numerous artistic projects – it’s impossible to get bored! So you want to move to Nantes?
Where to stay?
1. DOWNTOWN NANTES
Nantes’ city centre is very attractive, with its many shops and restaurants, cultural offerings, as well as the accessibility of public transport. The nightlife is lively and the living environment is of high quality.
This district is ideal for families due to its 12-hectare park. The district is very pleasant to live in and has schools and local shops. There is a rich and dynamic community life. It is also well served by the various modes of public transport.
2. BELLEVUE – CHANTENAY – SAINTE-ANNE
This district is undergoing major change, with several challenges: renewing and expanding the functions of the social housing districts, increasing the supply of housing on the banks and supporting business activity. The banks of the Loire are home to industrial areas. The Butte Sainte-Anne is particularly well known for the Jules Verne Museum and its superb panoramic view over Nantes.
3. DERVALLIÈRES – ZOLA
This is the largest district in Nantes in terms of the number of inhabitants is split into a residential part and low-cost housing micro-districts.
The Canclaux and Mellinet sector has beautiful residential homes and has both the advantages of the city and the countryside: crossed by the Chézine river, it offers a bucolic landscape just a few steps away from the shops and the pretty Place Canclaux, its square and the Franciscan convent.
4. HAUTS PAVÉS – SAINT-PASQUIER – SAINT-FÉLIX
Bordered by the Chézine and Erdre rivers and close to the city centre, this well-served district combines quality of life and being close to amenities. The Haut Pavés – Saint-Pasquier – Saint-Félix sector offers a rich and varied cultural offering, all in a calm and green environment. The proximity of small shops and markets makes it a dynamic and cosmopolitan district, just a stone’s throw from magnificent walks along the Erdre.
5. MALAKOFF – SAINT-DONATIEN – SAINT-CLÉMENT
Close to the SNCF station, the Saint-Donatien-Jardin des Plantes district is appreciated for its architectural heritage and accessibility.
The Tortière – Saint-Donatien and Saint-Clément – Châlatres sectors, are filled with shops, houses and city flats. Malakoff is more popular and has undergone a major transformation in recent years, opening up its large buildings to the surrounding area, voluntarily mixing the different social classes for a better mix.
6. THE ISLAND OF NANTES
This district is in the process of being rehabilitated and is home to the famous Grandes Machines gallery inspired by the world of Jules Verne. To the west of the district, the last decade has seen the construction of housing and offices, coworking spaces, alternative shops and cultural spaces.
It is linked by 13 bridges and is served by two tramway lines and numerous buses. This sector has been the subject of a vast redevelopment project, which makes it the new heart of the Nantes metropolis thanks to the creation of housing, shops, transport and offices.
7. BREIL – BARBERIE
This residential area offers a good quality of life: natural environment, numerous possibilities for public transport, dynamic community centre, etc.
8. NANTES NORTH: FACULTÉS – PONT DU CENS – PETIT PORT
The Facultés – Pont du Cens – Petit Port district is an important sector north of the city centre. It includes very young and dynamic neighbourhoods. This is largely due to the student structures established in Petit Port.
9. NANTES ERDRE
Made up of 8 micro-neighbourhoods, this district includes the Beaujoire area, between Eraudière and Saint-Joseph (Saint-Joseph de Porterie). This large district extends along the right bank of the Erdre and offers a green setting where many outdoor activities are possible.
10. DOULON – BOTTIÈRE
This large historic district of Nantes has seen its landscape change in recent years with the transformation of numerous market gardening areas into modern, family-friendly eco-neighbourhoods. The new buildings in the Bottière – Chénaie sector offer an ideal living environment with large green spaces and numerous local shops.
11. NANTES SUD
Ideally located and well served, Nantes Sud allows you to live in peace and quiet while benefiting from the many activities offered in the city centre, on the Ile de Nantes and in the neighbouring towns.
Nothing can replace the support of a relocation consultant who lives in Nantes and who can accompany you throughout the housing search process. Contact us so that we can help you, with or without the Mobili Pass.
Marie-Laure, mobility consultant in Nantes for Nantes-Relocation