Erasmus in France

Erasmus cities in France

It is safe to say that France is the most attractive country in the world. With more than 80 million tourists each year, it holds the title of the world’s most visited country for a while now. Therefore, it is no surprise that France is one of the top destinations when it comes to studying abroad. As a result, the latest data from 2019 show that France welcomed 31 063 international students and trainees through the Erasmus program. And in terms of study programs, the most popular French universities happen to be the University of Strasbourg, the University of Lille, and the University of Lorraine. Regardless, France offers more than 50 destinations students can choose from for the Erasmus program.

Why study in France?

Cities such as the magical Paris need no description. Besides being the cultural and historical hubs, French cities have so much more to offer. As expected, one of the main reasons to study in France is the high quality of education.

Another reason often mentioned by students themselves is the blend of different cultures. Therefore, international students can easily fit in the French culture which is already diverse and heterogeneous. 

Whether you choose a big city or a charming French countryside, everything that France is known for awaits you. Cheese, croissants, fashion, art, and remarkable monuments provide an authentic French experience everywhere you go. 

As a country visited by so many students, France offers a lot in terms of leisure and nightlife. In one hand, cafes are popping on every corner, in the other, thousands of museums can keep you busy for days. Also, is there a better place to enjoy the outdoors than a Mediterranean country? From the sandy coast of La Manche, over national parks and snow peaks to the sunny French Riviera, this country has it all.

And in terms of the cost of living? Studying in France doesn’t have to be expensive. That is why we considered the fact that students spend most of their budget on rent. So, we took the average price of the rent as our reference to determine the cost of living. So, with the help of, we calculated that the average rent price per square meter is 15-16€. Therefore, everything outside the range is classified either above or below average with indicated average rent price per square meter.

To help students pick their destination, here is the list of all Erasmus cities in France.

Studying in Paris

The City of Light, the most romantic place on Earth, the centre of fashion and art…in one word – Paris. The enchanting capital of France is on the bucket list of every traveller. Its iconic landmarks and sophisticated and diverse culture attract streams of tourists. Therefore, Paris has been ranked among the most visited cities in the world for years now. No wonder a good number of visitors are students. 

Why study in Paris?

Paris is at the same time luxurious and approachable. Therefore, students who visit the city can enjoy its elegance and laid-back atmosphere simultaneously. That also means that Paris can be expensive, but it can also be quite the opposite if you try. Also, Paris is the cultural hub with so many things to see and do on every corner. Rich in opportunities, it guarantees an outstanding studying experience. Finally, Paris is a multicultural city, so everyone can experience a variety of cultures and find it easier to fit in. Check out the students’ suggestions below.

  • Universities: University of Paris, Paris Descartes University, Paris Diderot University, Pantheon-Sorbonne University
  • Cost of living: above average (avg. rent price €33/m2)
  • Sights: Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Notre-Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, Palace of Versailles, Sacré-Cœur, Catacombs of Paris, Moulin Rouge
  • Food: Croissants, escargots, baguette, macarons, eclairs, fromage/PataKrep, Mure, Cafe Madam, Resto U
  • Nightlife: Zero Zero, Social Club, Chez Moune, Rex Club, Le Truskel, Lux Bar


Studying in Lyon

The third-largest French city boasts a 2000-years-old Old Town. Therefore, cultural attractions pop on every corner and the city core is protected by UNESCO. Besides that, Lyon is well-known as a gourmet city. Some dare to say it is “the gastronomical capital of the world.” Lyon is also known for its popular festival Fête des Lumières after which it got the nickname “The Capital of Lights”, and the famous duo Lumière brothers

Why study in Lyon?

Lyon is one of the most popular Erasmus cities in France for a reason. First of all, its popularity is evident in the fact that about 10% of the total Lyon population are students! Secondly, this cosmopolitan city is smaller than Paris but still very buzzing. Although very hilly, Lyon is easy to walk over, therefore practical for exploring all the points of interest. Finally, the city is significantly cheaper than Paris, despite being among the most expensive cities in France. Check out the following overview suggested by students.

  • Universities: University of Lyon, Blaise Pascal University
  • Cost of living: above average (avg. rent price €17/m2)
  • Sights: Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Parc de la Tête d’Or, Musée des Confluences, Lyon Cathedral, La Place Bellecour, Teatro Gallo-Romano, Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse
  • Food: Rosette lyonnaise, Saucisson de Lyon, Coq au vin, Saucisson brioche, Tarte Lyonnaise/La Cocagne, La Mère Jean, L’Épicerie, Café des Antiquaires
  • Nightlife: Districts of Presqu’île and Croix Rousse, Vieux Lyon, Ayers Rock


Studying in Toulouse

Toulouse, also known as La Ville Rose or The Pink City, is known for its history, art, and culture. This charming nickname comes from the pink colour of its buildings built with terracotta bricks. Besides the unique look, the capital of Occitanie is known as the largest centre of the aerospace industry in Europe.

Why study in Toulouse?

Toulouse is a growing student city, often found on the list of best Erasmus cities in France. Moreover, it offers an impressive number of universities with hundreds of study programs. Oftentimes Toulouse universities found their places on the lists of best universities in the world. On the other hand, the city itself lets you experience southern French culture with plenty of attractions. Finally, Toulouse is a very safe place and pretty affordable in the context of French standards. 

  • Universities: University of Toulouse, Academy of Toulouse
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €13/m2)
  • Sights: Cité de l’Espace, Toulouse Cathedral, Basilica of Saint-Sernin, Musée des Augustins, Les Abattoirs, Musée Aeroscopia, Hotel of Assézat, Muséum de Toulouse 
  • Food: Cassoulet, Foie gras d’oie, Garbure, Saucisse de Toulouse/Café du Midi, La Faim des Haricots, Le Bistoquet
  • Nightlife: Café Populaire, Le Breughel, Californication Club, The Bazar, Connexion Live


Studying in Bordeaux

The elegant city of Bordeaux is a French port lying on the River Garonne. What contributes to its splendid look is a good number of attractions led by the imposing Gothic Bordeaux Cathedral. What’s more, the whole city is protected by UNESCO. However, Bordeaux is probably most recognizable thanks to its wine-related activities

Why study in Bordeaux?

Bordeaux universities are known for long-lasting traditions and high-quality courses and programs. But aside from the academic opportunities, students love Bordeaux for its wonderful blend of rich heritage and relaxing nature. As a popular wine-growing region, Bordeaux is a delight for wine lovers. Also, the city is definitely not as expensive as many believe, including the famous wine!

  • Universities: University of Bordeaux
  • Cost of living: average (avg. rent price €16/m2)
  • Sights: Bordeaux Cathedral, Place de la Bourse, Cité du Vin, Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, El Espejo de Agua
  • Food: Canelés de Bordeaux, Dunes Blanches, Boeuf de Bazas, bordelaise sauce, Lamprey à la Bordelaise/La Crêpe d’Angèle, Horace, Saveurs d’Aquitaine
  • Nightlife: Le Bar à Vin, Café Brun, Calle Ocho, Le Café Populaire, La Plage


Studying in Lille

Lille is a northern French city known for its Flemish influence. That is why it is often called the Capital des Flandres. Once a year, Lille becomes the giant flea market where visitors can find a variety of homemade and authentic French produce. Although nowhere near popular as Paris, many would agree Lille is an underrated French city. However, it seems to be well-recognized when it comes to students. 

Why study in Lille?

Lille is definitely one of the most popular Erasmus cities in France with a great student community. That is especially significant knowing the city has about 200,000 inhabitants. As a medium-sized city, Lille is far less crowded than Paris but still very lively and entertaining. Also, Lille is one of the reasonably expensive French cities. Bonus fact, the famous train Eurostar makes a stop in Lille, therefore giving you chance to easily explore Paris or even London during your stay. 

  • Universities: University of Lille
  • Cost of living: average (avg. rent price €16/m2)
  • Sights: Lille Cathedral, Palais des Beaux Arts, Citadel of Lille, Vieille Bourse, Musée d’histoire naturelle de Lille, Le Tripostal
  • Food: Carbonnade Flamande, Raclette, Le Welsh, Mimolette/Babe, La Clairière, Raptor Shack, Aux Moules
  • Nightlife: Magazine Club, Radio Club, Le Splendid, Chez Fred


Study in Rennes

The colourful capital of the Brittany region is more than 2000 years old. However, it is best known for its Medieval half-timbered houses and the imposing Rennes Cathedral. What’s more, there are nearly a hundred buildings in Rennes protected as historic monuments. But the city is special in many more ways. For example, Rennes is one of the smallest cities in the world with a metro line.

Why study in Rennes?

Rennes is a midsize city fulfilling all students’ needs. Moreover, Rennes is one of the largest student cities in France. As a result, it offers a vibrant nightlife, a great shopping experience, and a considerable number of French landmarks. On the other hand, those who get tired of the city can simply jump on a high-speed train and get to Paris in only two hours. But first, here is what students suggest while in Rennes.

  • Universities: University of Rennes, Academy of Rennes
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €14/m2)
  • Sights: Rennes Cathedral, Museum of Fine Arts, Parc du Thabor, Parc des Gayeulles
  • Food: crêpes and galettes, galette-saucisse/Creperie La Gavotte, L’Epicerie, L’ Atelier des Gourmets, La Ville d’Ys
  • Nightlife: Le Bar’Hic, area of Saint-Anne, Rue Saint-Michel or Rue de la Soif

Study in Montpellier

Montpellier is a popular tourist destination in southern France. Although not officially a part of the French Riviera, the city is located only 13 km from the coast so it is often considered a part of it. However, Montpellier is a Mediterranean city bathed in sun and known for its laid-back atmosphere. Also, it is known for its rich cultural heritage and wine.

Why study in Montpellier?

About a third of the total population in Montpellier is made up of students. Therefore, it is fair to conclude that the city is well suited to them. Constantly great weather and pleasant climate let you explore the town all year round. As in every Mediterranean city, you can expect a bunch of cafes and outdoor activities. All in all, check out what else students suggest.

  • Universities: University of Montpellier
  • Cost of living: average (avg. rent price €15/m2)
  • Sights: Arc de Triomphe, Montpellier Cathedral, Place de la Comédie, Planet Ocean World, Musée Fabre, Promenade du Peyrou, Montpellier Zoological Park
  • Food: Cassoulet, Tapenade, Clapassade/La Coquille, Les Gourmands, Le Petit Bistrot, Chez Delagare
  • Nightlife: Papa Doble, Beehive, La Fabrik, La Dune


Study in Strasbourg

On the border of France and Germany lies Strasbourg, the capital city of the Grand Est region. The city is best known for being the formal seat of the EU Parliament. But visitors mostly remember it for its imposing Gothic cathedral and picturesque bridges. Also, due to its location, Strasbourg’s architecture is a mix of French and German influences

Why study in Strasbourg?

Strasbourg attracts a huge number of students, including those on Erasmus in France. The reasons are multiple, but the biggest one has to be the university’s reputation. Anyway, the weather in Strasbourg may be cold, but it has its charm. Namely, the city is called the Capital of Christmas thanks to the most amazing Christmas markets each year. Besides, the snow in winter is pretty common, so this is a great destination for those who appreciate the winter joys.

  • Universities: University of Strasbourg
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €14/m2)
  • Sights: Strasbourg Cathedral, Palais Rohan, Alsatian Museum, Place Kléber, Barrage Vauban, Parc de l’Orangerie, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Food: Baeckeoffe, Choucroute, Tarte à l’oignon, Coq au Riesling/Au Brasseur, Crêpe’oz, Le Thomasien, The Waffle Factory, 231 East
  • Nightlife: Streets around the Cathedral, Jeannette et Les Cycleux, Académie de la Bière


Study in Grenoble

Beneath the French Alps lies Grenoble, a popular winter destination. Its best-known site is La Bastille, an ancient fortification located on a hill and a popular skiing destination. Consequently, the hill is connected with cable cars, common transportation in Grenoble. Besides winter sports, Grenoble is also one of the leading scientific research centres, which is closely related to excellent universities.

Why study in Grenoble?

Charming Grenoble is a delight for those who want to spend their time off-campus enjoying winter sports. Besides that, Grenoble is a city full of cultural sites like museums, and is home to prominent universities. What’s more, the French magazine L’Estudiant places Grenoble high on the list of popular student cities, as chosen by students themselves. Anyway, Grenoble is a city full of opportunities and a great escape from the city hustle.

  • Universities: Grenoble Alpes University 
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €13/m2)
  • Sights: Fort de La Bastille, Museum of Grenoble, Grenoble-Bastille cable car, Musée dauphinois, Parc Paul Mistral, Jardin de Ville
  • Food: Noix de Grenoble, Crozets, Gratin Dauphinois/Le Cafe Du Marais, Jardin du Thé, L’Hambourgeois, Le Bureau
  • Nightlife: London Pub, Bakuna Bar, Bobine, Dotty Night, Phoenix

Study in Nice

The sunny weather and the Mediterannean vibe are Nice trademarks. This most popular destination in Cote d’Azur is known for its spectacular beaches among the Promenade des Anglais hosting worldwide famous festivals. Once home to impressionist Henri Matisse, Nice is an incessant inspiration for centuries. Its cobbled streets hide colourful buildings, irresistibly reminiscent of Italy.

Why study in Nice?

What’s there not to like about studying in the French Riviera? With such perfect weather and an incomparable lifestyle, Nice is one of the most popular study-abroad destinations. At the same time, Nice is home to the largest number of museums after Paris and an unforgettable clubbing scene. Therefore, studying in Nice guarantees a good time. Best of all, the city is one of the least expensive ones on the French Riviera.

  • Universities: Côte d’Azur University
  • Cost of living: above average (avg. rent price €19/m2)
  • Sights: Nice Cathedral, St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Musée Matisse, Marc Chagall National Museum, Promenade des Anglais, Parc Phœnix
  • Food: Salade Niçoise, Gnocchi à la niçoise, Socca, Le Pan Bagnat, Ratatouille/George’s Roll Seafood, Restaurant du Gesu, Chez Palmyre
  • Nightlife: Bulldog Pub, Wayne’s Bar, High Club, Glam


Study in Amiens

Amiens is relatively a small town but full of surprises. Its magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral is the largest gothic church in France. Lying on the River Somme, the city is intertwined with canals and colourful markets. But apart from the remarkable architecture, the city is also known for Tour Perret, the first skyscraper built in Europe. Last but not least, Amiens is home to one of the biggest French authors, Jules Verne.

Why study in Amiens?

Amiens is a great choice for students who aim for a more authentic French experience. Although relatively small and surrounded by quiet countryside, it has a lot to offer to students. Its rich cultural heritage can keep you busy for days. Still, visiting Jules Verne Museum is inevitable by all means. However, Amiens is probably most beautiful in winter when Christmas markets decorate the city. 

  • Universities: University of Picardie Jules Verne
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €13/m2)
  • Sights: Amiens Cathedral, Musée de Picardie, Quartier Saint-Leu, Les Hortillonnages, Jules Verne Maison, Cirque Jules Verne, Tour Perret
  • Food: Rollot, Ficelle picarde, Flamiche aux poireaux/Au relais des Orfèvres, La table du Marais, Les Petits Bonheurs, Le Baratin
  • Nightlife: Disco Le Millenium, Le Grand Wazoo, Le Newport

Study in Nantes

Nantes is a city with a stunning panorama full of landmarks. The most recognizable of them is Château des Ducs de Bretagne, once the home of the Dukes of Brittany. Besides the architecturally rich heritage, Nantes is also known for its long history as a port and an industrial centre. What’s more, Nantes is largely known for its vineyards and the famous wine Muscadet

Why study in Nantes?

With so many students choosing it for their Erasmus in France, Nantes is known as a university city. What’s more, students love the city for being a great combination of old and new. Those interested in art and history can spend days learning about this place. At the same time, those seeking fun can find something of their interest in a city with a rapidly growing nightlife scene

  • Universities: University of Nantes
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €13/m2)
  • Sights: Château des ducs de Bretagne, Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes, Botanical Garden, Arts Museum of Nantes, Les Machines de l’Île, Le Lieu unique, Natural History Museum
  • Food: Gâteau Nantais, Berlingots, Rigolettes/Creperie Ker Breizh, Le Rout’Art Gourmand, Creperie Le Loup
  • Nightlife: Rue Scribe, L’Univers Café, Le Lieu Unique, Le Royal Club Privé


Study in Marseille

Mars, as locals call it, is a French port city on the Mediterranean coast. Therefore, it boasts sunny weather and pleasant temperatures. Despite the bad reputation it earned through the years, Marseille is generally no more dangerous than any other bigger city. With such a mixture of cultures, many would say Marseille is a city with a soul. By all means, it feels like a bit of Africa in Europe.  

Why study in Marseille?

Despite all you heard about the city, Marseille has a great student life. The city has a very rich cultural and historical heritage, but it is way more laid-back than Paris. The pleasant Mediterranean climate will let you explore the city anytime. Marseille may not be known for its beaches but is surely known for its dynamic nightlife, great museums, and lovely nature

  • Universities: Aix-Marseille University
  • Cost of living: average (avg. rent price €15/m2)
  • Sights: Notre-Dame de la Garde, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Château d’If, Marseille Cathedral, Palais Longchamp
  • Food: Panisse, Madeleines, Moules Marinière, Bouillabaisse/L’infusion, Chez Didier et Brigitte, Restaurant l’Inattendu
  • Nightlife: La Caravelle, Le Bar de la Marine, Le Palais de la Major, Pelle-Mêle


Study in Angers

The relatively small city of Angers is a charming destination in the west of France. However, the city is most notable for its splendid architectural pieces, the most recognizable being the Chateau. Throughout the centuries, Angers was considered one of the intellectual centres of France. Today, that is accompanied by the growing cafe culture

Why study in Angers?

Angers is a great choice if you want to experience France in its ultimate relaxed edition. Hence, students love the laid-back lifestyle, enchanting architecture, and impressive local art. Finally, Angers is a lot less expensive than the average French city.

  • Universities: University of Angers
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €13/m2)
  • Sights: Château d’Angers, Terra Botanica, Angers Cathedral, Jardin des plantes d’Angers, Balzac Park, Pont de Verdun
  • Food: Rillauds, Crème de menthe, Pâté aux prunes/Pick # Eat, L’Authentic, L’Oriflamme
  • Nightlife: Le Kent, Disco Le Boléro, Matt Murphy’s, Le James Joyce, Le Welsh

Study in Poitiers

The small town of Poitiers is a charming destination in western France with a strong Medieval heritage. The most known is its Romanesque church with a masterpiece facade displaying art from the Bible. Also, the church is known for the spectacular light show during the summer evenings. Besides that, Poitiers is a part of the well-known Way of Saint James and it is listed among the UNESCO protected sites

Why study in Poitiers?

First of all, Poitiers is a small town so students can expect a completely different experience than the one offered by Paris, for example. However, despite its size, the city has a lot to offer to students. One of the “must-visits” is also Futuroscope, one of the best theme parks in Europe. Also, Poitiers is home to one of the prominent universities largely known for its biotechnology and health fields. What else, check below.

  • Universities: University of Poitiers
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €11/m2)
  • Sights: Église Notre-Dame la Grande, Poitiers Cathedral, Église Sainte-Radegonde, Blossac Park, Futuroscope
  • Food: Fruits de Mer, Calfedpotfe, Rilettes/Cafe de la Paix, Au Top du Roulier, Le Palais de la Pizz’
  • Nightlife: Le Prince Oreille, Irish Corner, Fruity Club, La Gazette, L’Istambul

Other Erasmus cities in France


  • Universities: Aix-Marseille University
  • Cost of living: above average (avg. rent price €19/m2)
  • Sights: Aix Cathedral, Cezanne’s studio, Fondation Vasarely, Château La Coste, Musée Granet
  • Food: Ratatouille, Soupe au Pistou, Aïoli, Boeuf à la Gordienne/Tita, Chez Bodus Le Garçon Boucher, Mana – Aix
  • Nightlife: Le Wood’s Bar, Hot Brass Club, Le Scat Club


  • Universities: Caen-Normandy University
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €12/m2)
  • Sights: Caen Castle, Abbey of Saint-Étienne, Mémorial de Caen, Abbey of Sainte-Trinité, Colline aux Oiseaux, Church of Saint-Pierre
  • Food: Tripes à la mode de Caen, Escalope à la normande, Estouffade/Crêperie L’Instant, Le Grenier a Crepes, Le Potager
  • Nightlife: Rue Écuyère, Vous Êtes Ici, La Môme du Vaugueux


  • Universities: University of Technology of Troyes
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €10/m2)
  • Sights: Troyes Cathedral, Basilique Saint-Urbain de Troyes, Le Coeur de Troyes, Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology
  • Food: Barberey, Andouillette, Chaource/Pulp sandwiches, Rosaparks, Le Barci-Barla
  • Nightlife: Cotton Club, Le Club 56, Chez Philippe


  • Universities: University of Lorraine
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €12/m2)
  • Sights: Place Stanislas, Nancy Cathedral, Museum of Fine Arts, Musée de l’École, Nancy Museum-Aquarium, Parque de la Pépinière
  • Food: Macarons de Nancy, Bergamote de Nancy, Saint-Epvre cake, Stanislas Rum Baba/La Pauz, Le Majeur, Pidélice, Karma
  • Nightlife: Le Pinocchio, Les Caves, The Black Cat


  • Universities: University of Clermont-Ferrand
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €12/m2)
  • Sights: Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral, Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port, Place de Jaude, Jardin Lecoq, L’Aventure Michelin, Parc Montjuzet
  • Food: Truffade, Soupe au chou, Potée Auvergnate, Lentilles du Puy/L’Armoire à Cuillères, Salvation Jane Pub, Le Puy de la Lune
  • Nightlife: B. Box, Le Frog, Le Symbol


  • Universities: University of Rouen Normandy
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €13/m2)
  • Sights: Rouen Cathedral, Gros-Horloge, Church of Saint-Maclou, Church of Saint Joan of Arc, Museum of Fine Arts, Place du Vieux-Marché, Historial Jeanne d’Arc
  • Food: Steak Haché, Galettes, Cidré/Listo, La Maison Turque, La Creperie Rouennaise
  • Nightlife: Le Saxo, Delirium Café, La Boite a Bieres


  • Universities: University of Tours
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €12/m2)
  • Sights: Tours Cathedral, Basilica of St. Martin, Château de Tours, Jardin botanique de Tours, Musée des Beaux-Arts
  • Food: Rillettes de Tours, Saupiquet nivernais, nougats de Tours/Le Bistrot des Belles Caves, Le Timbre Poste, L’Atelier Gourmand
  • Nightlife: Le Marquis, Le Baron, La Guinguette, L’Excalibur


  • Universities: University of Orléans
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €12/m2)
  • Sights: Orléans Cathedral, Maison de Jeanne d’Arc, Parc Floral de la Source, Musée des Beaux-Arts
  • Food: saupiquet nivernais, rillettes, truffiat/L’Art En Burger Orléans, Oh Terroir version Fast Good, Tawouk & Falafel
  • Nightlife: Club 15, Nova Club, Paxton’s Head, Le Moog


  • Universities: University of Pau
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €11/m2)
  • Sights: Château de Pau, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Parc Beaumont, Church of Saint-Martin de Pau, Relais Saint Jacques
  • Food: foie gras, magret de canard, jambon de Bayonne/La Fiancee du Desert, Creperie Aux Delices de Marie, Georgio Maitre Artisan Glacier
  • Nightlife: Le Triangle area, Durango, Le Garage Bar, L’Adresse

La Rochelle

  • Universities: University of La Rochelle
  • Cost of living: average (avg. rent price €15/m2)
  • Sights: Lantern Tower, The Chain Tower of La Rochelle, La Rochelle Aquarium, Musée Maritime de La Rochelle, Bunker La Rochelle, Charruyer Park
  • Food: oysters and mussels, Mouclade/La Malette, Delicacy, A 2 Pas Du Marche
  • Nightlife: Corrigan’s, La Guignette, The General Humbert’s, Le Piano Pub


  • Universities: Paris Nanterre University
  • Cost of living: above average (avg. rent price €20/m2)
  • Sights: Nanterre Cathedral, Pont de Bezons, Parc André Malraux, Parc du chemin de l’ile, Paris sights
  • Food: Escargots, French Onion Soup, Créme Brûlée/Le Miroir, Le Paris Biskra, Cabane
  • Nightlife: Bar Breton, L’Apostrophe, Paris 30 minutes away


  • Universities: University of Lorraine
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €11/m2)
  • Sights: Metz Cathedral, Museum of La Cour d’Or, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Germans’ Gate, New Temple, Fort Queuleu
  • Food: Salade de pissenlit, Wagotines, Potée lorraine/Fox Coffee Shop, Casa Ricci, La Casa Di Jo
  • Nightlife: Le Troubadour, Aux Paraiges, Café Opera Metz, Les BerThoM


  • Universities: University of Franche-Comté
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €12/m2)
  • Sights: Citadel of Besançon, Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology, Museum Of Times, Besançon Cathedral
  • Food: Galette de Besançon, Poulet de Bresse, Jambon de Luxeuil/Le Saint Nicola, Le fils du poissonnier, La Clocherade
  • Nightlife: Le QG Club, Gotham 25, L’Antonnoir, Savana Café


  • Universities: University of Burgundy
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €12/m2)
  • Sights: Dijon Cathedral, Museum of Fine Arts Dijon, Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon, Arquebuse Botanical Garden
  • Food: Dijon mustard, Belle Dijonnaise, escargots de Bourgogne/L’Arome, Boludo Empanadas, Fado A Mesa
  • Nightlife: Le Cercle Rhumerie Jamaïque, Les BerThoM, Flannery’s


  • Universities: Cergy-Pontoise University
  • Cost of living: average (avg. rent price €16/m2)
  • Sights: Museum Camille Pissarro, Axe majeur, Maubuisson Abbey, Koezio Cergy, Ile de Loisirs de Cergy-Pontoise
  • Food: Croissant, Croque Madame, Soupe à l’Oignon, Duck Confit/Le Moderne, Jardin des Epices, Bagel Strip
  • Nightlife: La Porte Ouverte, O’Sullivans, City Rock, Paris is an hour away


  • Universities: University of Western Brittany
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €10/m2)
  • Sights: Maritime museum, Tour Tanguy, Oceanopolis, Les Ateliers des Capucins, Moulin Blanc beach
  • Food: Paris–Brest, Cotriade, Galette-saucisse/Les Maraichers, Creperie La Chaumine, My Fish
  • Nightlife: The Blind Piper, The Dubliners, Le Cube à Ressort, One Club

Le Havre

  • Universities: Le Havre Normandy University
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €12/m2)
  • Sights: St. Joseph’s Church, Le Havre Beach, Museum of Modern Art André Malraux, Hanging Gardens, Natural History Museum
  • Food: Marmite Dieppoise, Trou Normand, Teurgoule, Tarte Normande/Au Vin sur la planche, Le Lyonnais, Thesee Mayassi Resto
  • Nightlife: Mc Daid’s, O’Brother, Le Dream, Cyclamen’Bar


  • Universities: Savoy Mont Blanc University
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €13/m2)
  • Sights: Chambéry Cathedral, Elephants Fountain, Château des Ducs de Savoie, Lac d’Aiguebelette
  • Food: Vermouth blanc, Baguette, Crozets, Diots/Ernest Patisserie & Cafe, Piadina DI Casa, Le Bruit Qui Court
  • Nightlife: Le Mojito, Cocktail Club, WarpZone, Opéra Discothèque


  • Universities: Academy of Toulouse
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €9/m2)
  • Sights: Jardin Massey, Tarbes Cathedral, Pyrenees National Park
  • Food: Tourmalet, Tomme des Pyrénées, Jambon noir de Bigorre/L’Amuse Bouche, L’assiette du cuistot, Le Contre-Temps
  • Nightlife: L’Entracte, Celtic Pub, Shamrock, The Dubliners


  • Universities: University of Toulon
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €13/m2)
  • Sights: Toulon Cathedral, Memorial of the landing in Provence, La Tour Royale, Toulon Opera, Zoo Fauverie Du Mont Faron, Téléphérique du Mont Faron
  • Food: Soupe au Pistou, Gateau des Rois, Pan Bagnat, Fougasse/Au Petit Marche, Le Bistrot de l’Opéra, Le Rock
  • Nightlife: The Pussy Cat, Club Le Magot, Old Coucou, The Dry Dock

Saint Etienne

  • Universities: Jean Monnet University
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €9/m2)
  • Sights: Grand’Église, Place du Peuple, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, Musée des Verts, Planétarium, Musée du Vieux, Place Jean-Jaurès
  • Food: Bugnes, Barboton, Sarasson/La Loco Restaurant, Le Novello, Les cornes d’auroch
  • Nightlife: VIP Club, Club Spirit, Disorder Club


  • Universities: Academy of Reims
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €12/m2)
  • Sights: Basilica of Saint-Remi, Rheims Cathedral, Musée Saint-Remi, Porte de Mars, Musée Automobile, Palace of Tau
  • Food: Brie de Meaux, biscuits Roses de Reims, Champagne Joute/Aux Petits Oignons, Maison & Tartine, La table Saint Thomas
  • Nightlife: L.Bee Bar, Pub l’Escale, Curt’N, Musikall Bar Karaoké Box


  • Universities: University of the Littoral Opal Coast
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €11/m2)
  • Sights: Port Museum of Dunkirk, Parc Zoologique de Fort-Mardyck, Beach of Malo-les-Bains, Church of Saint-Éloi, Saint-Éloi Belfry, Dunkirk Lighthouse
  • Food: Marmite Dieppoise, Boudin Noir, Trou Normand/Zapi Neche, Oponopono, La Crêperie Bretonne
  • Nightlife: Bommel Bar, Tchin Tchin, Jolly Roger Bar


  • Universities: University of Nîmes
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €11/m2)
  • Sights: Pont du Gard, Maison Carrée, Amphitheatre of Nîmes, Jardin de La Fontaine, Museum Romanité, Tour Magne, Temple of Diana, Carré d’Art
  • Food: Le pâté nîmois, Le pélardon, La brandade de morue nîmoise/Le caboulot de la sérendipité, La Dolcezza, Pizza di Roma Nimes
  • Nightlife: Le First Club, Joy High Club, Kafé Fashion, Barberousse Nîmes


  • Universities: University of Paris
  • Cost of living: above average (avg. rent price €21/m2)
  • Sights: Parc de la Grande Maison, Viaduc des Fauvettes, Abbaye Saint-Louis-du-Temple de Vauhallan, Paris sights
  • Food: Macarons, Croissants, Escargots/Trattoria Belinda, Aquarelle café, Terre d’Armor
  • Nightlife: Hall Of Beer, Le Gramophone, L’Aquarelle Café, Paris is 45 minutes away


  • Universities: University of Limoges
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €10/m2)
  • Sights: Jardin botanique de l’Evêché, Chateau de Châlucet, Aquarium du Limousin, Limoges Cathedral, Park Zoo Reynou
  • Food: Mini Madeleines, Limousin Grillons, Boudin Noir/Au coin des halles, Le Bistrot de la Femme A Barbe, Le Boeuf a la Mode
  • Nightlife: O’Brien Tavern, Le Dandy’s Bar, L’Ambassade, Bar Night Fever


  • Universities: University of Upper Alsace
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €10/m2)
  • Sights: Temple Saint-Étienne, City of the Automobile, Cité du Train, Mulhouse Zoological and Botanical Park, Electropolis Museum
  • Food: Choucroûte garnie, Bäckeoffe, Tarte flambée, Kugelhopf/FoodLink, L’Escale Burger, Katçup
  • Nightlife: Club 1900, Le Valentino, Shamrock


  • Universities: Aix-Marseille University
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €11/m2)
  • Sights: Palais des Papes, Pont d’Avignon, Avignon Cathedral, Jardin des Doms, Museo Calvet
  • Food: Bisquebouille Avignon, Ratatouille, Crespeou/Restaurant L’Agape, Ginette & Marcel, Le Petit Comptoir
  • Nightlife: Pub Z, L’Explo, L’Esclave Bar, Le Délirium

Le Mans

  • Universities: University of Le Mans
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €10/m2)
  • Sights: Le Mans Cathedral, 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, Cité Plantagenêt
  • Food: Crêpes, Galettes, Quiche, Tarte Flambée/La Cuisine de Madeleine, La Boite a Dejeuner, Cup’s Coffee Shop
  • Nightlife: Gala, Le Chicago Bar, Le Mulligan’s, Café Fost


  • Universities: Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University
  • Cost of living: above average (avg. rent price €23/m2)
  • Sights: Palace of Versailles, Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, The Grand Trianon, Versailles Orangerie and other Paris sights
  • Food: Hot chocolate, Parisian dishes/Creperie la Place, Restaurant O’Bottega
  • Nightlife: Les Caves Du Roi Soleil, Dorian’s pub, Le Montbauron, O’Paris and other places in Paris


  • Universities: University of Artois
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €11/m2)
  • Sights: Beffroi d’Arras, Carrière Wellington, Beaux-Arts Museum of Arras, Place des Héros
  • Food: Bergues, Tartine, Carbonnade Flamande/Le Cap Horn, Le Foucrêpe’s, Bella Pizza
  • Nightlife: La Réserve Club, Studio 54, LondiX Club


  • Universities: University of Perpignan
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €10/m2)
  • Sights: Palacio de los Reyes de Mallorca, Perpignan Cathedral, Le Castillet, Campo Santo, Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum
  • Food: Marrons glacés, cargolade, escargot/Pa Amb Tomate, La Carmagnole, Aux Mots Passants
  • Nightlife: Le Club, O’Flaherty’s, Le Cosy Club


  • Universities: University of Corsica Pasquale Paoli
  • Cost of living: above average (avg. rent price €19/m2)
  • Sights: Corsica Museum, Regional Natural Park of Corsica
  • Food: Zuppa Corsa, Aziminu, Pulenda/Dulcis, Coffee Cortenais, A Funtana
  • Nightlife: Le Cyrnea, L’Enjoy Club, La Coupole, Bar de l’Oasis


  • Universities: University Savoie Mont Blanc
  • Cost of living: below average (avg. rent price €13/m2)
  • Sights: Castillo de Annecy, Annecy Old Town, Le Palais de I’Île, Puente de los Amores, Basilique de la Visitation, Gardens of Europe
  • Food: Fondue, Tartiflette, Rissoles/L’Appart du Dix-Sept, Le Clocher, Tete de Cochon
  • Nightlife: La Queue Du Coq, 24 du Faubourg, Finn Kelly’s Irish Pub, Captain Pub, L’Amnésie

Erasmus in France FAQs

How many Erasmus students are in France?

According to the latest data from 2019, 31 063 international students and trainees studied in France through the Erasmus program. 

What is the best university in France?

According to Times Higher Education, the best French universities are PLS Research University in Paris, followed by Sorbonne University in Paris.

What is the oldest university in France?

The University of Paris or Sorbonne University was the first university in France established between 1160 and 1250. It is also one of the oldest ones in Europe.

Do I need to know the French language to study in France?

No, over 1,400 higher education programs have classes conducted in the English language. However, learning French basics will surely help you during your stay in France.

Do Erasmus students pay tuition fees in France?

As an Erasmus+ student, you do not pay fees for tuition, registration, and examinations.

Do I need a visa for Erasmus in France?

EU members citizens (+ Switzerland), don’t need a visa for France. However, students from other countries (including the UK since recently) need to apply for a visa.

Can Erasmus students work in France?

Yes, Erasmus students can work in France during their exchange program.

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