Do you want to swap the grey city for the blue sea and sound of car horns for the ocean waves? How about moving to Manche? Switch down a gear and take a deep breath of fresh air. Enjoy the real France, the simple life and modern flair here.

Live the good life

  • 350km of coastline
  • 1825 per m2 on average
  • 21 minutes average commute time
  • 10 train stations connected to the national network

Top 5 reasons to move and live in Manche

Marie-Anais Thierry / CRT Normandie


Seaside lifestyle

The sea is everywhere here and part of everyday life for locals. Soak up the sandy beaches and fresh sea air every day if you feel like it.

Alexandra Lefol / CRT Normandie


Nature a train ride away

Experience an unspoilt place to live and untamed nature without feeling cut off from the world. There are 14 stations connected to the national railway network in Manche.

Peche-a-Pied-Bricqueville Manche
Philippe Fauvel / CRT Normandie


Make life easier for yourself

There are fewer traffic jams and less pollution here. Everyday life is simple and thriving here with local facilities, an exciting cultural scene and leisure activities galore.

Cabanes_de_plage_a_Barneville-Carteret Manche
Sophie Kernen Jumeaux Co / CRT Normandie


Own your own home

Where can you buy a place by the sea? In Manche! The average price per square metre here is still very affordable.

CRT Normandie


A larger-than-life playground

Water sports, hiking, horse riding, cycling and paragliding: it’s heaven for outdoor sports.

Open a new chapter without a care in the world

Are you planning a new life in Manche? Local figures are here to help you settle in every step of the way.

Marie-Anais Thierry / CRT Normandie

Attitude Manche hospitality service. For anyone who wants to move here.

Financial support for healthcare workers moving here. Financial support and services for healthcare workers.

What not to miss in Manche

World-famous sites, untamed nature and unique views: Manche plays host to breathtaking landscapes.

Valentin Pacaut / CRT Normandie

Mont Saint-Michel and its bay

The Mont and bay have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage since 1979 and still work their magic on visitors. You can’t get enough of them!

Teddy Verneuil

La Hague

The end of the earth… Feast your eyes on La Hague from Nez de Jobourg to Omonville via Baie d’Ecalgrain.

Coraline et Leo / CRT Normandie

The Saire Valley

The Saire Valley is a treasure trove of delights with Barfleur, Vauban’s towers in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (UNESCO World Heritage) and Ile de Tatihou island. Head to Gatteville Lighthouse for the best views.

Cap de Carteret

Unobstructed views of the dunes, Côte des Havres and Channel Islands. The Barneville-Carteret sea resort and La Potinière beach below are ripe for exploring.

Marais du Cotentin

Walk, cycle or canoe through the regional nature park. You may even spot seals lolling about on the sand on Baie des Veys.


Its harbour, transatlantic ferry port and townhouses feel like a film set.


The uptown ramparts, cobbled streets, fishing port and beaches stand out in this sea resort where life is good all year round.

The town is famous for its stone ramparts and national stud farm. It has set the scene for an exciting past and major horse riding events today.


Work in Manche and ride its business wave

Are you looking for a new career journey? Unemployment in the département is among the lowest in France (approx. 5%). Major groups and SMEs all over the area make it a hotbed for employment. Manche businesses plan to hire over 22,000 people in 2023.

The top sectors and companies recruiting


The sector still has a huge presence with 11,800 jobs and 1.4 billion in annual turnover. With breeding, fruit/vegetable growing and fish farming, the sector covers almost every base and hires farm workers, fishermen, seasonal workers etc.


The sector covers countless areas including automobile (Chéreau, Lecapitaine), naval (CMN, Allures Yachting, Marine Concept) and submarine (Naval Group). It accounts for over 5000 jobs with fantastic opportunities for welders, boilermakers and engineers.


A key sector: it accounts for 6300 jobs (annual average) and 21.5 million overnight stays per year. Naturally, most of the jobs are in coastal areas and major historical sites. Chefs and waiting staff are in high demand.

Healthcare and domestic care

With 30,000 jobs in healthcare and domestic care, the sector accounts for 17% of the local workforce. Manche provides several opportunities for healthcare workers (doctors, dentists, nurses) such as financial support to help them settle in.

Study in Manche and enjoy its amazing lifestyle

Where can students get a wide range of courses, very affordable accommodation and unique leisure activities? In Manche of course! Cherbourg-Octeville and Saint-Lô are the département’s two biggest student areas.
vie etudiante cherbourg manche

Academic establishments

What’s on in Manche


The biggest-ever wind turbine blade measures 107m, and it’s from Cherbourg!

A record-breaking 107m long rotor blade makes it the biggest offshore turbine blade ever built. LM WIND POWER in Cherbourg holds the record. The challenge began in 2017 and has stayed the course: one of the biggest French factories in the General Electric group hasn’t stopped hiring staff since it opened in January 2019. fabrication…

Multiple perspectives: welding in Normandy

Horse racing: No pain, no Graignes

The history of the Irish Hospital in Saint-Lô

Isigny-Sainte-Mère: Normandy dairy know-how recognised around the world

Was this content helpful?