Everyday life

What you need to know to help you get settled in your everyday life in Bordeaux.

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Finding accommodation in Bordeaux can be a challenge! There are different options, including the following: university residences, halls of residence/residential hotels and private rental.

International students may qualify for student accommodation aid from the Family Benefits Agency, known as the CAF (Caisse d’allocations familiales). For this aid, you must be a student, have a rental contract in your name and not be responsible for any children. For non-EU students, you will need a residence permit that is valid for over 3 months. 


The various university campuses may be reached by public transport. In Bordeaux, the public transport network (TBM) offers a range of options (tram, bus, bikes, train)  that users can combine as they wish in order to take advantage of city life without the constraints of the car.


Updated on 17/09/2021

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Student Life Centers

The Student Life Center on your campus provides help with accommodation issues (searching in the private sector) and administrative procedures: advice, explanations about rental contracts, contacting the CAF, etc.

CAF (Family Benefits Agency)

The Family Benefits Agency may provide financial aid with accommodation. Find out more!

Welfare allowances

Find here an English translation of the online application form and also some FAQ. Please make sure to complete your application online!

Exemption from registration fees

For information about the possibilities of exemption from registration fees please consult the webpage on our tuition fees