New arrivals

Saint-Nazaire: Urban living by the sea

You have recently made the decision to come and live in Saint-Nazaire: welcome ! On this page we have gathered together all the information and guidance you will need to help you settle in.

There are also brochures and information available at reception in the Town Hall and in other key locations around the town in which you will find useful contacts (administrative, social, and emergency services, etc.) as well as numerous municipal, community and tourist activities.

Our city welcomes you

The Saint-Nazaire seafront

In November La Ville de Saint-Nazaire, together with AVF (national organisation Accueil des Villes Françaises), is organising a meeting at the Town Hall for new arrivals to the town. This will be an opportunity for Saint-Nazaire’s elected officials to welcome you and to present the town. 

During this session there will be a presentation of council services with the option to sign up for guided visits of the town, to take place on the afternoon of the ceremony. The ceremony will close with a welcome drink, at which it will be possible to chat and ask any potential questions around your arrival and settling in Saint-Nazaire.

Register online for the welcome ceremony

For any questions on the welcome ceremony, contact La Ville de Saint-Nazaire’s Public and International Relations department on Tel: (00 33) + 2 40 00 42 20 or at 

You will be welcomed in the Town Hall (L’Hôtel de Ville) at Place François Blancho in Saint-Nazaire, Tel: (00 33) +2 40 00 40 00.

AVF (Accueil des Villes Françaises) which supports residents moving to new towns across France) is also available to support you. The organisation’s volunteers can help you to settle in, to integrate and to participate in cultural activities. Address: AVF, Maison des associations, Agora, 2bis rue Albert de Mun, Saint-Nazaire, Tel: (00 33) +2 40 66 30 97.

Get to know Saint-Nazaire

Rue de la Paix in Saint-Nazaire

Do you want to get to know the town of Saint-Nazaire, its news, its events ? Each month you will find lots of information on your new home in the Saint-Nazaire magazine which will be delivered to your address or can be found online. Saint-Nazaire’s online calendar will also provide information on all the events and activities organised each week in our port city.

Do you want to explore Saint-Nazaire and its surrounding area, to discover the wealth and gems of the region? From the Brière marshes to the coast, from the unique history of a town rebuilt to the exceptional industrial heritage of a city where the largest cruise ships in the world are born, Saint-Nazaire Agglomeration Tourism (SNAT) offers you the opportunity to explore a stunning city, a city of art and history !

Place du Commando in Saint-Nazaire

Do you want to have fun? Find all the cultural amenities – music, theatre, reading … – and sports  activities in the area.

Events during ‘The Bridge’ which marked the centenary of US forces arriving in Saint-Nazaire during the Second World War

A city for all

Your next steps towards life as a citizen

To register on the Saint-Nazaire electoral list, register your children at school, discover the transport options, find a sporting or leisure activity… Consult our collection of practical guides or access our Information and steps :

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