Student resident card

If you are an international student in Bordeaux, you must request a resident card. Find out how to do it!

One-stop "student" resident card unit

The one-stop international "student" resident card unit provides information on the procedures relating to requests for a student or trainee residence permit: new procedure, supporting documents, change of status, temporary residence permit applications (APS), work authorizations, residence permit loss / theft, etc.).

This office remains open throughout lockdown and beyond, until December 18th 2020. In person and telephone appointments are suspended until further notice. We remain at your disposal by email at the following address: accueil.etudiants@u-bordeaux.fr.

Student resident card - change of procedure

The procedure for applying for a "student" resident card will be dematerialized as of September 15th, 2020. This new tele-procedure concerns international students and trainees in the Gironde region who must apply for a "student" resident card or its renewal. To access this procedure, please consult this page. To assist you in this process, please consult this tutorial.

The following requests are not concerned by this dematerialization:

  • "Master" and "Job seeker/new business creator" temporary residence authorisations (APS);
  • "Au pair" resident cards;
  • "Student-in-competition" visas;
  • Expired "student" resident card renewals.

In these particular cases, it is mandatory to send your request by post to the Prefecture of Gironde:

Préfecture de la Gironde, DMI-base, 2 Esplanade Charles de Gaulle, CS41397, 33077 BORDEAUX Cedex

The Prefecture of Gironde remains open and will continue to receive (by post or via the dematerialization platform) and process requests for resident cards throughout lockdown. However, in person appointments are only possible upon invitation.

Please note: if you have sent the Prefecture of Gironde a request to renew your "student" resident card by post before September 15th, you are not affected by this new procedure (unless the Prefecture has returned your application, in which case you must renew your request). The Prefecture of Gironde will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience in the meantime.

Who needs a resident card?

  • Students (first application or renewal) 
  • Au pairs 
  • Students seeking employment or APS Master 
  • Students on european mobility

Updated on 15/09/2021

Please note

Students over the age of 28 must add valid proof of health insurance to their application, translated into French if necessary.

Don't be late!

Applications to renew the resident card must be completed within the 2 months prior to the expiration of the current resident card. Any applications made after the expiry date will result in a fine of 180€ in tax stamps.