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The best student cities in France


About to start your higher education studies and looking for the best student city to move to? Based on 5 essential criteria: student life, attractiveness, living environment, employment and training, take a look at Nemea Appart'Etud's ranking of the best student towns in France.


Top 10 student cities in France

For many students, the university years are an opportunity to be independent, cultivate new relationships, enjoy new experiences and grow as a person. To ensure you thrive over the next 2 to 5 years, here are the overall top 10 student cities in France:

  1. Toulouse
  2. Rennes
  3. Montpellier
  4. Strasbourg
  5. Grenoble
  6. Lyon
  7. Bordeaux
  8. Nantes
  9. Paris
  10. Poitiers

But what sets the top 3 cities apart from the rest? Let's take a look at the cream of the crop of student cities.


The top 3 student cities in detail

From west to east, from north to south, you're spoilt for choice in terms of lifestyle in your future city. Starting with the number 1 student city ranking: Toulouse.

Toulouse certainly lives up to its nickname: "The Pink City!" It's a colourful city with a rich cultural offering, a host of preparatory courses and "grandes écoles," and excellent public transport links. The job prospects are pretty interesting too. Worth noting if you like the idea of staying on after your studies.

Like Toulouse, Rennes is also popular for its cultural offering and wide variety of courses. Accommodation is very good too. The same applies to transport, with buses and subways taking you from one side of the city to the other.

In third place, the city of Montpellier offers an ideal living environment. Transport, climate and accommodation all contribute to your daily well-being. In addition, the cultural offering and variety of courses ensure a good study-life balance.

By Nahuel Pedroso - Marketing and Innovation Manager

Driven by nostalgia for my student years, I am constantly looking for information and tips to simplify students' lives. My goal is to share these discoveries to help students in their academic journey.

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