France is part of the Euro (€) zone. You can enter the country with cash, as long as the amount does not exceed #10,000. Otherwise, you will have to justify where the money comes from to the authorities. There are different possibilities to change money: at the airport, at the train station, at some banks, at exchange offices, etc.
|Student Health Insurance||year||€90||€90||€90|
|Bedroom in a flat||month||from €450||from €300||from €450|
|Private flat||month||from €550||from €400||from €800|
|Student residence||month||from €460||from €420||from €500|
|Home insurance||year||from €50||from €50||from €50|
|Electricity||month||from €50||from €40||from €50|
Landline phone + Wi-fi connexion
|month||from €20||from €20||from €20|
|Local tax||year||one-month rent||one-month rent||one-month rent|
|Public transports pass||month||from €24.50||from €23.80||from €75.20|
|A Meal at EDHEC snack bar||€6.50||€6|
|A Sandwich||from €4||from €3.5||from €4|
|A cup of coffee||€1.5||€1.5||€1.90|
* Some of the above-mentioned prices are estimates, which may vary depending on each student's way of life
Nice and Lille are safe, but like all cities, there are some safety rules to be observed at all times:
Always wear your student card when you are on the campus.
Please note that due to French anti-terrorist regulations - Vigipirate plan - some safety measures have been added since 2015 such as bag checks at the entrance of some shops and malls, safety gates at some train stations, etc.
We partnered with different banks Société Générale & BNPParibas to benefit from offers and free services, but many other banks exist. You can choose any of them. It is a personal choice. You can compare and also negotiate the different services offered by banks (depending on your needs: credit card, international transfer…)
If you cannot open you bank account on the welcome session, you have to call the agency of the bank you have chosen to arrange an appointment12 to open a bank account. Do not forget to mention on the phone that you are a student at EDHEC.
The appointment to open a bank account should last maximum 30 minutes. Please ask a French speaking classmate to go along with you. Bank officers don’t have necessarily a speak English well!
To open a bank account, you need:
There are different types of providers and the best is to compare their offers, depending on your needs.
In France, there are 4 main mobile phone and internet service operators:
FREE, ORANGE, SFR, BOUYGUES TELECOM
If you don't want to spend time comparing different offers, you can also go to a MVNO (Mobile Virtuel Network Operator) agency such as NRJ Mobile. They provide offers from the different main operators. Some banks also offer mobile phone services.
Most operators offer packages: internet + mobile phone services (+TV).
You have to got to the post office called "La Poste" to send a parcel or specific mails such as registered letters. For regular mails, you can use the yellow boxes located all around the city as long as they are already stamped. Stamps can be bought online here or in a tobacco shop, or directly at the post office.
The student’s family (spouse and children) can live in France.
All members of the family have to apply for a visa.
Usually, the visa delivered for the spouse is a “visitor” visa which does not allow to work.
In addition, the whole family must have a health insurance as the French student health insurance is only valid for the student.
Nursery where babies and young children below the age of three are cared for during the working day.
For the children aged between three and six.
School education is compulsory for children aged between six and sixteen; this obligation covers both elementary education (école élémentaire) and the first four years (collège) of secondary education.
Private schools are fee paying and state schools are free of charge (excluding lunch)
Enrolment takes place during the first half of the calendar year at the City hall near the place of residence.
A special rule applies in day nurseries: children who reach the age of three between September and 31 December of that year may attend nursery school from September on. Children who turn three between 1 January and 1 March may go to nursery school, subject to availability of places, from 1 January until the end of the February holidays at the latest. Children who turn three after 1 March may go to day nursery until the start of the new school year.
To get a certificate of enrollment from the local city hall,you have to submit the following documents:
Several English/French schools exist in Lille and Nice. Even if most pupils attend local and state schools, which are free. However, foreign families may consider an international school to ease their child's transition.
If you have relatives coming to visit you in France, they can ask for a Tourist visa.
112 is the European EMERGENCY NUMBER, available free of charge, 24/7, anywhere in the European Union. Citizens can dial 112 from fixed and mobile phones to reach the emergency services, including the police, emergency medical services and the fire brigade. It can be used by any European or non-European citizen who doesn’t know about French emergency numbers as operators speak several languages.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE SERVICE / AMBULANCE
EMERGENCY NUMBER FOR DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING PEOPLE (TEXTE MESSAGE & FAX ONLY)
POISON CONTROL CENTER
04 91 75 25 25 IN NICE
03 20 44 44 44 IN LILLE
EMERGENCY DOCTOR - 3624 (€0.14 per min + cost of the call)
The caller must:
All emergency numbers can be reached from pay phones, without the use of a phone card or money. It is also possible to call emergency numbers from a locked mobile phone (112 might work even when the message "no network available" is displayed).
The number 112 can be dialed to reach emergency services - medical, fire and police - from anywhere in Europe. This emergency number 112 can be called from any telephone (landline, pay phone or mobile cellular phone). Calls are free. It can be used for any life-threatening situation.
Pharmacies are usually open from Monday to Saturday from 08:30 to 19:30. Many pharmacies are closed between 12:00 and 14:00.
At least one local pharmacy will be open on Sundays. Details of and schedule for this "duty pharmacy" (pharmacie de garde) can be found in every pharmacy window or through this Website.
SAMU: The Emergency Medical Assistance Service (Service d'Aide Médicale d'Urgence) reached by dialing 15 or 112.
A qualified doctor will answer the call and determine the most suitable way to deal with the situation. He will give information or advice to the caller, or send the appropriate emergency vehicle.
Information about scholarships is available on the following website :
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