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

Located in the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice has really earned its nickname Nice la Belle, which means Nice the Beautiful - – it’s because you won’t find a much nicer place to study an undergraduate degree.

Nice locals enjoy 300 days of sunshine every year. It is the second largest city in the region after Marseille, and with its combination of city and beach living is a top French holiday destination.

As one of the oldest settlements in Europe the city has a long and interesting history which is backed up by a strong cultural tradition of museums, a national theatre, opera house, concert halls and casinos.

Study in Nice?

Being home to two universities, the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, there many options for undergraduate study in Nice.

Founded in 1965 University of Nice Sophia Antipolis is made up of 8 faculties, 2 autonomous institutes and an engineering school offering a range of study options.

The Université Pierre et Marie Curie is the largest scientific and medical complex in France, undertaking world-class research in many fields. It is highly prestigious with many university rankings regularly putting them at first place and it has often been ranked amongst the best universities in the world.

The city is also home to grandes écoles (literally in French "higher schools") which are higher education institutions in France that are outside the university framework and other schools offering postgraduate degrees. These schools are:

  • École des hautes études commerciales du nord
  • École pour l'informatique et les nouvelles technologies
  • Institut Eurécom – graduate communications school
  • École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts à la Villa Arson
  • ESRA film school
  • Institut supérieur européen de formation par l'action
  • Supinfo

Immigration and visas

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

  • Are studying in Nice 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.
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 except for places in Paris.

What to do next

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