When you arrive in France - Nîmes


University accommodation

In France, public university accommodation is handled by the CROUS.

Click here to apply.

As accommodation is limited, you are advised to apply as soon as possible.

You may also choose to rent a room or a studio flat from a private landlord on the CROUS list.

Home insurance

All houses, rooms on the university campus or in halls of residence and shared apartments must be insured. Student mutual insurance companies also offer cheaper insurance deals than traditional insurance companies.

Tenancy deposit

The CLE (Student Tenancy Deposit) scheme is for foreign undergraduates, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, as well as owners who might let their properties to students.

The Clé is a Government guarantee which makes it easier for students without personal guarantors to find accommodation.

 You can apply for the Clé at www.lokaviz.fr


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Health insurance

In France, all students under the age of 28 must join the student social security scheme. This insurance is compulsory. Once students have registered, the period of insurance cover runs from 1 October to 30 September of the following year.

Alongside this compulsory scheme, student insurance companies (MEP or LMDE in Nîmes) can, from €110 a year, top up this cover to the point where care is completely free of charge.

Under certain conditions, students over the age of 28 may be eligible for the CMU’ (Universal Medical Cover).

Student insurance companies require a birth certificate translated by a sworn translator. Please bring this document with you.

Students studying abroad through a university agreement are guaranteed health cover through international protocols (the European Health Insurance Card in Europe and SE 401 Q 106 in the case of Quebec).

Civil liability

All students, whatever their course of study, must have civil liability insurance.

Student insurance companies provide this cover for a modest fee (around €16).

Preventive healthcare and psychological services

The University offers a preventive helathcare service and psychological counselling for students.

During their first year in higher education, students must attend a compulsory medical check-up.

The aim of the check-up (which will be carried out by a nurse or doctor) is to assess students’ state of health and their physical, mental and social wellbeing. The purpose of this assessment is to give students the best chances of success in their studies.

The doctor and nurse will also attend to students who are unwell.

- Doctor: Emmanuel Fière

- Nurse: Brigitte Eymonet


Tel. / Fax: +33 (0)4 66 36 45 30

- Psychological services: Sandra Charre write to her here


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