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Study In Lille - Explore Universities in Lille

Study in Lille, and find the best universities in Lille.

Sitting in the northern Nord-Pas de Calais region, close to the Belgian border, Lille is a French city with strong Belgian influences - from the cobbled streets of the Old Town to its much visited chocolate shops to its eclectic shopping.

The city is as exciting as it is traditional and has a thriving modern art scene. Lille could be a good place to undertake a undergraduate degree if you are looking for a picturesque location.

Study in Lille?

Estimates say that there are around 160,000 students in the Nord-Pas de Calais region, the majority of them in Lille, spread across the city’s three main universities. They are:

These universities offer a wide range of undergraduate courses, across the academic subjects that they specialise in.

There is also the private Catholic University of Lille, which offers a variety of undergraduate degrees.

Immigration and visas

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

  • Are studying in Lille 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

There are two main types of accommodation while studying:

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
The most popular area for students to live in Lille is Vieux-Lille, or Lille Old Town, which is the cultural heart of the city and has a distinctly Belgian feel. 

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 except for places in Paris.

What to do next

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