Gregory Thorburn: Settling in Amiens, France

Firstly, I’d like to say that if you choose to study abroad here in Europe, start saving asap! Amiens is a beautiful little city located just north of Paris in the Somme department. It is home to the third-largest cathedral in Europe, and the largest Gothic cathedral in France.


The city is focused from the center, as soon as you drive ten minutes from the city center, things space out and soon you’re in the countryside. It has great shopping located on the rue des trois Cailloux, this is the main strip where you’ll find restaurants, shopping, and city events. Amiens is a festive town, and there’s a lot to do here.


Every weekend there’s always something to look forward to. After living here for a month, I’ve settled in quite nicely. I recommend you take advantage of the cheap wine here, and the vast variety of tasty cheese that takes up entire aisled at the grocery store.


French life is very relaxed; restaurants are usually closed in the afternoon and open back up around 7pm. They like to take long lunch breaks. Make sure to buy your groceries ahead of time, as nothing is ever really open on Sundays.

If you want to go clubbing, don’t leave until 130AM or 2, the clubs start filling up at 3AM! Overall, I think I could get used to the French lifestyle, and I’m excited for my next adventure.

Gregory Thorburn is a Capilano University Bachelor of Business Administration degree student currently studying abroad at ESC Amiens in Amiens, France.

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