Life in Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, is situated alongside the romantic Rhine river on the French-German border. It is a historic, international and academic city, offering an appealing mix of influences that positively impact its cuisine, culture and appearance. Strasbourg also boasts an eclectic mix of old and new: its historic city center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) overlooked by the Notre-Dame-de-Strasbourg cathedral is contrasted by the modern seat of the European Parliament. Beyond the world class research facilities, the City of Strasbourg also gives ample of opportunities to live life at its fullest, with almost 50,000 students (20% international students), cultural events and festivals all year round, major parks, France’s largest cycle trail network, and Paris less than 2 hours away by train.

As a student of the University of Strasbourg you benefit from:

  • Large discounts on public transport services for the greater Strasbourg region (,

  • Access to the sports and recreation service of the University of Strasbourg with 60 athletic and artistic activities, including gym, badminton, tennis, football, volleyball, yoga, and various dance classes

  • Free medical consultation services and health-promotion advice (

  • Access to cultural events and scientific programmes organised by the various student bodies (,

  • Students are eligible to receive partial financial support from the french government for their accommodation (

Typical living costs

  • Accommodation: 400€/month (200€/month for student housing)
  • Insurance: 50 €/month
  • Food: 200€/month
  • Internet, phone, electricity: 100€/month

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