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Bordeaux in south western France is a city that has totally outgrown its local nickname of "La Belle Endormie” (Sleeping Beauty in English), as it is now a wide-awake, vibrant and exciting cosmopolitan centre perfect for students looking to study in France.
A port city on the Garonne River, Bordeaux is also within easy reach of France’s beautiful Atlantic coast. It is also of the world’s wine industry producing 960 million bottles of wine each year.

In Bordeaux you will be literally living in history, with it having of largest remaining 18th Century architectural urban areas and also being classed as a "City of Art and History”,  with 362 historic monuments and attractions - only Paris has more.

Bordeaux offers a large number of cinemas, theatres and is the home of the Opéra national de Bordeaux. There are many music venues of varying capacity. The city also offers several festivals throughout the year.

Study in Bordeaux?

Bordeaux has many options for undergraduate study. The University of Bordeaux is an association of higher education institutions in and around the city. First formed in 1441 it is one of Frances oldest universities and now accommodates approximately 70,000 students on one the largest campuses in Europe.

The University of Bordeaux is divided into four:

Immigration and visas

If you are looking to study for an undergraduate degree in Bordeaux and are an EU citizen you will be accepted onto a graduate degree provided you fulfil the following:

  • Are studying in Bordeaux for more than three months.
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution.
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate degree in France for its duration.
  • Have health insurance cover.
Non-EU students will need to apply for an extended-stay student visa, with residency permit (VLS-TS).
When a VLS-TS visa is issued, students will be given an official form that they must present to the French office of immigration and integration (OFII).

A VLS-TS holder must, upon arriving in France, send to the OFII by registered mail (return receipt requested):

  • The official form received from the consulate that issued the visa.
  • A copy of passport pages showing the visa holders identity and the stamp indicating entry into France (or into the Schengen area)
You can find out more about visas at Campus France -

Accommodation and living costs

Generally student accommodation in France is considered expensive but it in Bordeaux it is widely available and often at a very affordable cost.

There are two main types of accommodation while studying:

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
University accommodation is in very short supply, so most students end up living in private accommodation. The number of private student residences is on the increase, making it easier to find student accommodation in France.

CNOUS CROUS (the student social support service) and is usually reserved for government scholarship holders.

Campus France can help you with problems you might have with student housing in France, such as locating and reserving accommodation.

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