Bonjour and welcome to the city of Angers, known by the French as “L'Athènes de l'Ouest”. Once you arrive in Angers and have given yourself a moment or two to settle, no doubt you'll want to get out and about, and see what the city has to offer. We highly recommend the 12th century castle Château d'Angers, its massive architecture overlooking the River Maine from the downtown area, and the Cathedral of Saint-Maurice d'Angers. To help you and other expatriates settle into a new home and to ensure your transition is as smooth and enjoyable as possible, InterNations has brought together vital information that is not only of interest to expats living and working in Angers. As a member of the InterNations global network, we encourage you to embrace expat life by meeting other expats living in Angers. The InterNations Expat Magazine can help you get to grips with the practical side of things, with advice on various topics such as insurance and finance, whilst a look through the user-contributed content will give you insights into the experiences of other expats like you and help you get in touch with other expats living in Angers.
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Angers is relatively small for a city, with a population of less than a quarter of a million. Despite this, there is a surprising range of activities to be found among its streets. If you're the sporty type, you will find that Angers has plenty to keep you occupied. The city has a variety of sports centers, offering tennis courts, swimming pools and archery stands, to name but a fraction of what's on offer. If art is more to your liking, you'll be happy to know Angers has a number of theatres – the Grand Théâtre and the Théâtre du Quai, as well as the Congress Centre for musical events are just some examples. If you're ever stuck for inspiration on how to spend your free time, take a look at InterNations’ online discussion groups. Here you can connect with other expats and get information on anything from leisure to local geography.
Angers is home to a vibrant educational industry, from the University of Angers with over 17,000 students, to the CHU University Medical School, a regional center for excellence in medical research. The city is also a center of diverse scientific research, hosting the INRA Agricultural Research Institute and several other accredited laboratories. Angers is central to the economy of the Maine-et-Loire, contributing to almost half of all the jobs in the region. Crucial to Angers' economic stability is the Parc des Expositions, which attracts over 600,000 visitors with over 300 events per year. A new Congress Centre is planned for 2016, making the local economy look very positive for the future.