France’s most European town: Strasbourg

Perched on the eastern border of France, Strasbourg is home to three major European institutions and is a manageably-sized city. You will especially appreciate the UNESCO …

Strasbourg features at the very top of the rankings for French towns and cities in which to study (L’Etudiant student town ranking, 2017). This result can be accredited to the quality and variety of services and facilities that the capital of the Alsace region has to offer its 270 000 inhabitants, starting with those under 30 years of age.

Exceptional standard of living

A historic city with a world-renowned heritage

Strasbourg has a varied historic heritage to show for itself. “Strasbourg – Grande île” is listed as having UNESCO World Heritage status since 1988 and stands as an example of the medieval urban style. The city cathedral is a gothic architectural showpiece, attracting tourists from all over the world.

Privileged natural surroundings

Located between the Rhine and Vosges regions, Strasbourg breathes life into the area. Its main park, the Orangerie, offers 26 hectares of green spaces in which to go jogging or stroll around with friends. You can also enjoy the rivers and canals, as well as the nearby Vosges or the Black Forest. Best of all, a wide range of outdoor activities (hiking, climbing and skiing, among others) are available to all.

A city located at a global crossroads

Strasbourg offers a host of opportunities thanks to the quality and amount of sporting and transport infrastructure in place. This veritable Euro-metropolis of a city has 560kms of adapted routes that make it the number one town or city for cycling in all of France.

It also enjoys the status as having the number one tram network in the country, consisting of 65.4kms of track and 6 lines.

Also accessible are 2 international airports, Strasbourg Entzheim and the Basel-Mulhouse- EuroAirport, making it perfectly feasible to spend the weekend in Belgium, Switzerland or Germany. In addition, Paris can easily be reached by train in under 2 hours!

A city on the move and full of life

The Christmas market, one of the city’s top attractions, brings in every year hundreds of thousands of French and foreign visitors. Strasbourg’s show venues, especially La Laiterie (rock, hip hop and jazz), host a large number of headline acts. For lovers of culture, the city totals no fewer than 11 museums, whilst geeks will be pleased to know they can visit 3D workshops at the FabLab du Shadok digital factory. For those who prefer to go out in the evening, Strasbourg has over 1500 restaurants to choose from (serving, among other things, the local specialty of flammenkuche, a form of savory tart) and over 160 bars offering the full range of Alsace wines and beers!

A leading university city

A top-notch campus

With its 58 000 students, Strasbourg can also lay claim to being France’s top university town. Located in the town center, the 4-times Nobel Prize-winning university campus is home to the majority of the city’s higher education establishments, including EM Strasbourg Business School, and has an American campus feel to it, which is rare in France.

A European HQ

The University of Strasbourg is part of a network of cross-boundary universities known as EUCOR – campus européen and also LERU (League of European Research University). Over 20% of the city’s students come from abroad, meaning that you are in the right place for making friends from all four corners of the world, here in the heart of Europe! This Euro-metropolis is home to 3 major European institutions: the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Court of Human Rights, all of which you can visit at your leisure and even attend ongoing debates.

A pro-student city

Strasbourg and the Euro-metropolis offer the perfect surroundings for the student community via the “Strasbourg aime ses étudiants” scheme, which provides assistance to all newcomers, including reduced process for shows, trips or sports, as well as certain events free of charge, including introductory tours of the city and European institutions, and the nighttime

Nuit des étudiants du monde (museum trip that no student should miss at the beginning of the academic year.

A number of other local initiatives are also in place, all of which are “student-friendly”:

  • The ESN Strasbourg association is a part of the Erasmus Student Network, which operates in 40 countries across continental Europe. It is designed to welcome and help international students to settle in whilst promoting international student mobility.
  • The Strasbourg General Federative Student Association (AFGES) is highly involved in student issues, including training, accommodation, catering and scholarships. It sets up a number of social events such as barbecues, cinema trips and outdoor concerts.
  • The University of Strasbourg Carte Cultureprovides access at a reduced rate to a number of events.

Accommodation: a wealth of options

You will be spoilt for choice when trying to find the right spot at a decent price, including the “Carte des colocs” flat-share scheme, a host of studio apartments for rent in the city center pedestrian areas, the CROUS halls of residence or the Maison Universitaire Internationale.

Student entrepreneurship to the fore

Have that itch to set up your own business? If so then you can benefit from support via the student entrepreneurship hub, or put your ideas to the test via various challenges including Start’up Weekend, Tango&Scan (a digital creativity and innovation trophy), and the Alsace Tech competition.

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