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Living in Nancy

About Nancy

Nancy is the largest city in the Grand-Est region, formerly known as Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, in North-East France. With a population of over 260,000, Nancy is the 20th largest metropolitan area in France, but it’s beautiful architecture and green spaces belie its industrial nature. In fact, Nancy is seen by many as the most cultural city in France. The city’s Art Nouveau connections are evident in its buildings and palaces and there are no less than three UNESCO world heritage sites. This ‘little Paris’ is located at a crossroads that connects Paris, Strasbourg, Brussels and Lyon, and is easily accessible by car, train or plane. The high-speed train can get you to Paris in under 1.5hours and connects to Metz, Lyon and Strasbourg. There is a regional airport serving Nancy, and you can reach the large international airports of Charleroi and Luxembourg by regular shuttle.

International Attitude

Nancy is the second largest development hub in the Grand Est region and is fast gaining a reputation as a hub of innovation and knowledge. It is a centre of academic excellence, with two large universities and a well-renowned technical institute. Together, with the major businesses, the area is attracting attention from many global companies. The main industries in the area are health engineering, manufacturing and companies involved in the digital economy. Huge international companies such as Ingersoll Rand are seeking to recruit new talent from abroad to fulfil the skills shortage in the area. The cross-border location of Nancy has always ensured an internationally orientated culture. The city itself is heavily involved with making sure Nancy is attractive and welcoming to expats by strengthening its global connections. They plan to put Nancy on the economic world map.


Living in Nancy combines the facilities of a capital with the ambience of a historic town. The people of Nancy get around by bike or tram, everything is within easy distance. There are peaceful parks and riverbanks, intertwined with lively entertainment and shopping districts. Nancy is known for its cultural richness. There are; a critically acclaimed opera house, ballet theatre and many museums and art galleries. Big events structure the life of the City and give it a festive feel. Every year, hundreds of thousands of citizens from Nancy and abroad enjoy the Livre Sur la Place book festival, the Festival of Saint Nicholas, the Rendezvous Place Stanislas, the Nancy Jazz Pulsations festival and many other events. Gourmands will be spoilt for choice, there are innumerable restaurants, many with open-air terraces. There are even two Michelin star restaurants in town, serving spectacular French cuisine.


Sport is everywhere in Nancy. The city has worked hard to provide an exceptional density of sports facilities as well as parks and recreational gardens. Many of the facilities are free of charge and accessible to the public. Free skate parks, tennis, table tennis and a racetrack are among the options. There are also designated running trails through the city’s parks. If swimming is your thing, there are nine pools for recreational and competitive swimming. Nancy is home to two successful sports clubs. AS Nancy-Lorraine football club is based out of the Marcel Picot stadium in Tomblaine and play at Europa level. The Sports Palace Jean Weille in Nancy is the home of SLUC Nancy basketball club, champions of the French league in 2008 and 2011. Both sports are highly popular spectator sports with the locals and the stadiums host many other festivals and concerts throughout the year.


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