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

Rennes is a small city in northwestern France and is the capital of the Brittany region.

A city of Roman and Celtic origins many people still speak the Breton language in Rennes. Breton is a Celtic language spoken in Brittany. In January 2008 the region launched a linguistic plan to maintain the use of the language. In that year 2.87% of primary-school children were enrolled in schools which spoke both French and Breton - that number is steadily growing.

In July Rennes becomes a hive of activity during the "Festival des Tombées de la Nuit" when the streets fill with people enjoying free street entertainment.

Study in Rennes?

Rennes is a great place for taking an undergraduate degree in France. It has a large student population of around 60,000 and is home to two main universities.

  1. Université de Rennes 1 – which offers courses in science, medicine, philosophy, technology, economics and law.
  2. Université Rennes 2 – offering courses in literature, arts, communication, human and social sciences.

Immigration and visas

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

  • Are studying in Rennes 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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