Moving to Strasbourg

Are you considering moving to Strasbourg?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods to Strasbourg depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man & Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfil your demand.

Moving to Strasbourg made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Strasbourg. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you are moving to Strasbourg or within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Strasbourg

City council

The city and the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg are two separate institutions, the second corresponding to the agglomeration (33 communes) but they have the distinction of having at their service a single administration and a common site that gives a lot of information. From the start, a newcomer’s page allows you to know everything in a few clicks when you move to Strasbourg: for the actual move-in (ask for a parking permit for your removal vans) but also for the various administrative procedures, the registration of children in nurseries or at school, housing, the list of sports and cultural facilities. A cartographic site also allows you to quickly become familiar with the territory and to know the itineraries, modes of transport and car parks.

Finally, the website of the Tourist Office gives an overview of all the wealth of resources and activities you can find in the city of Strasbourg and its surroundings.

Public transport

Strasbourg and its agglomeration have a particularly well-developed transport offer as the city has been a forerunner in terms of tramways (first network in France with 7 lines, one of which crosses the Rhine to Germany, and 90 stations). The tramway is at the heart of the authorities’ travel policy, which favours alternatives to cars and offers many combinations in terms of mobility. Thus, on the site of the CTS (Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois), are indicated in particular the park and ride system that combines car and tram. The Eurometropolis, which has 600 km of trails and cycling routes, also offers a self-service bike rental service, Velhop, short or long (several months to a year), electric assistance or not. Note also the possible rental of a cargo bike when you need to transport children or bulky items! In addition to all mobility alternatives, there is the Yea! Offer, an important local car-sharing network.


More than 60,000 students, including 20% ​​international, have chosen the European capital to continue their studies. Centered on a tradition of excellence, with eighteen Nobel Prizes since its creation, including four currently working, the University, with 46,000 students alone, has impressive figures: 35 training and research units, 72 research units in a single university covering all major disciplinary fields. Based on its motto “from the 14th century Rhine humanism to European humanism in the 21st century”, the Strasbourg University is integrated into the European concept. It is part of the EUCOR network, the European Campus which brings together the Universities of the Upper Rhine, and the LERU, League of European Research Universities. Strasbourg is particularly well-known in the field of medical technologies and at the forefront for its art school, engineering, architecture, and management, all in relation with their German and Swiss counterparts, the Haute école des arts du Rhin, EM Strasbourg business school, to name but those 2. Sciences Po Strasbourg and the ENA, the royal road for senior civil service, installed in the historic heart, add to the quality of the training provided, just like the CUEJ, University Centre for Journalism Education.

Created by the City and Eurométroplole, the site Strasbourg aime ses étudiants (Strasbourg loves its students) is a wealth of essential information, on a user-friendly and practical way, available moreover in French, German and English, for any student arriving new in the city.

Moving to Strasbourg at a glance

  • Capital of Alsace and the new Greater East region, Strasbourg is the European city par excellence, the seat of three institutions, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the European Court of Human Rights. Organized in Eurometropolis, exceeding, with its surrounding communes, the threshold of 500,000 inhabitants, Strasbourg is a city focused on its students, from Europe and beyond while keeping a human size. Shaped by 2,000 years of history, rich of a double culture, sometimes German, sometimes French, the city has developed a unique personality, reinforced by a regional authenticity and a development on the scale of the institutions it hosts.
  • Strasbourg has given to the world-famous people or artists – Gutenberg whose essential invention we know, Albert Schweitzer, Hansi, Tomi Ungerer among others – testimonies of a vitality constantly reinvented.
  • City of art and history, bathed by the arms of the Ill, along the Rhine, Strasbourg has an exceptional architectural heritage, contained in two central districts, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO: the Grande-Ile, exceptional urban ensemble, where French and Germanic influences mix from the end of the Middle Ages to the present day, with its half-timbered houses bordered by the quays of Petite-France, and the Neustadt, built in 1880, during the connection of the city to the empire of William II, with the majestic Palace of the Rhine. Today, crossing the fifth bridge built on the Rhine to join Kehl, a German border town in the Black Forest, she writes the future on a daily basis.
  • History is everywhere in Strasbourg, and its emblem is the pink sandstone cathedral, topped by a unique tower with a spire, recognizable among all, a gem of Flamboyant Gothic. Catholic, the cathedral was Protestant for a long time, like many other churches in the city, because Strasbourg, tolerant city, knew how to open to the Reformation and give asylum to the exiles for religious reasons. The cathedral also attracts visitors from all over the world for its famous astronomical clock, a masterpiece of the Renaissance.
  • You will hear locals, almost regardless of age, punctuate their sentences with these few words: “Hopla Geiss!” It can be translated as “OK, let’s go!” You will learn very quickly to pronounce it, and sound like a local.

Strasbourg offers a rich cultural life, rich with a unique original heritage, and offers young and old, four passes to enjoy it to the full. The ten museums of the city are all linked together, including the Aubette, a major monument of modernism. They form a particularly active and attractive proposition, punctuating the cultural life of their exhibitions, with a dynamic and renewed agenda.

Music, theatre and dance are a beacon of cultural life thanks to the Conservatoire, the Opéra national du Rhin and the Théâtre National. The second largest library in France, the BNU, a national university library, is open to the general public and municipal media libraries are not left out.

Just like culture, nature is a major focus in this city which climbed to the fourth place of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities (Copenhagenize, 2017) and ambitions to become Green Capital 2021. The city parks, with the famous parc de l’Orangerie, Contades, Citadelle, the periurban forests – two of which are classified as nature reserves – make the “green” a primary value of the quality of life. There is even the device “Strasbourg, ça pousse ” to initiate everyone to introduce more greenery in their daily environment.

Strasbourg, beyond its agglomeration, also offers many opportunities for walks in the heart of Alsace in towns and villages with well-known charms – Colmar, Kaysersberg, Selestat, Obernai – or, a little further, in the Vosges massif – where you can ski in winter – without forgetting, on the other side of the Rhine, the Black Forest.

Health is a major priority for the city that promotes the well-being of its inhabitants and does not hesitate to send pharmacy students in green spaces to encourage smokers to release their lungs and those of their fellow citizens of tobacco. The seventeen health centers and hospitals, organized in a network and also in first place among the French hospitals, give Strasbourg the best assets for very high-quality care.

Sport is also in the spotlight, with the promotion of active modes of travel, cycling of course but also walking. A special mention for the concept of Vitaboucles, 147 km of urban physical activity courses, and for the offer in student sports. The practice of all sports activities, for all levels, is easily accessible, in the stadiums, clubs, swimming pools, water sports centers, the ice rink, etc.

For shopping, it’s easy to find everything you need in the shopping centres Place des Halles, Rivetoile, Aushopping (in the Hautepierre district) or in the Galerie commerciale de l’Aubette. In addition, there are department stores such as Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. There are also plenty of bookstores in Strasbourg, from the international Kleber bookstore to the Gutenberg bookstore, via Quai des Brumes, or from those specialized in religious books – the Oberlin bookstore – to second-hand books and mangas, such as Farfafouilles, or in original language works, like the Gallimard bookstore.

Many markets are also held: food products, books or flowers, you will find both find location and periodicity on the city’s website. Not to mention the famous Christmas Market, one of the oldest in Europe.

Eat well, it’s good for your health! Regional gastronomy is universally renowned; Of course you can enjoy a sauerkraut with beer in one of the crisp “winstubs“, typical traditional taverns, but there are many other specialties to (re)discover and adopt, including the succulent flammekueche (flambé tart) popular with the youngest ones, baeckeoffe, rich and tasty stew, rooster with white wine, stuffed carp, kouglof with grapes and innumerable pastries. And then, while strolling in Alsace, you cannot miss the Alsace wine route.

Strasbourg offers a diverse range of restaurants for all tastes and budgets. Some are famous for their gastronomic quality or their very picturesque character: The Maison Kammerzell, at the foot of the cathedral, is a listed historical monument; Chez Yvonne; Au Crocodile; the Maison des Tanneurs, aka Gerwerstub, which presents itself as “the house of sauerkraut “, half-timbered building more than 400 years old, whose terrace overlooks the Ill, or the brewery les Haras. But this list must be completed by the many breweries and other restaurants: Strasbourg is a great place to live if you like your food!

For students, a selection made by the students of the School of Management is a valuable reference. This site also indicates the many bars where the atmosphere allows a drink in the evening and sometimes late at night according to what you like: a quiet atmosphere at Jeannette et Les Cycleux or Raven Café, a more British atmosphere at the Academie de la Bière, the O’Brien’s or the Irish Pub, an atmosphere full of surprises at the Alchimiste, a Latino one at Cocolobo or an American at the Big Apple Bar.

And as the night is not over, go to the Live Club, the Retro, the Next, the Salamandre, the Barco latino or the Spyl, to name just a few, until morning.

Useful information for
Moving to Strasbourg

If Europe is an integral part of the city, its development, its achievements, and its ambitions, nothing illustrates the point better than Orangerie, Robertsau: This district, located in the northwest, is filled with contemporary architecture and home of the European institutions and 14 other organisations, including the Franco-German channel Arte, for example. A residential district, it is not surprising that it is chosen first and foremost by European officials appointed to Strasbourg.

Moving to Strasbourg may be the result of multiple circumstances: the desire to study in one of the most pleasant cities in France, which keeps its promises of a level of studies of excellence, to work for Europe or to choose a unique environment – proximity from Germany and Switzerland – and the cultural and human wealth of a resolutely cosmopolitan city.

Strasbourg is organized into ten districts with their own history and characteristics:

  • Bourse-Esplanade-Krutenau, rather young, animated by the presence of the university campus
  • Centre République, historic heart, articulated around the cathedral
  • Centre Gare, former heart, with Petite-France and the Ponts-Couverts
  • Conseil des XV-Rotterdam, district hosting the Council of Europe
  • Cronenbourg-Hautepierre-Poteries-Hohberg, former industrial district, undergoing urban renewal
  • Koenigshoffen-Montagne Verte-Elsau, marked by a rich, ancient, medieval and industrial past, in the heart of an urban natural park project
  • Neudorf-Schluthfeld-Port du Rhin- Musau, now part of the centre
  • Meinau, district of big ensembles, in mutation, famous for its big stadium
  • Neuhof-Stockfeld-Ganzau, formerly agricultural, opened up by the tram, also evolving
  • Roberstau-Wacken, bordered by the Rhine forest, a district full of natural spaces, also the seat of European institutions (Human Rights Palace, European Parliament).