Money

France is part of the Euro (€) zone.

Below are the different notes and coins.

You can enter France with a limited amount of cash.

To deposit cash in a bank account, you have to justify the origin of the money (this is in the framework of money laundering).

You can exchange money (£-$) in banks or in foreign exchange counter (train station, airport…)

 

Banks

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…)

 

Open a bank account

To open a bank account, you need: copies of your passport, a proof of address in France, your school certificate in French and some money.

 

Why Opening a bank account?

  • To subscribe to an internet or a mobile phone subscription
  • To receive the payment of the CAF, or the health insurance
  • To be able to get refund by the French social security system if you have subscribed for the French student health medical cover
  • To avoid paying fees every time you withdraw money, make a transfer…

 

How to proceed to open a bank account in France?

  • You have read carefully the information enclosed. You have a first knowledge of the functioning of current bank account, rates, conditions, etc.
  • 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!

 

What are the opening hours of  banks in France?

Banks are usually open from 8.30 am to 5:00 pm. They are closed at lunch time (between noon and 2:00 pm) and many are closed either on Saturdays or on Mondays.

 

Telecommunications

 

There are different providers for either landline phones or cell phones or internet.

 

Free is usually the cheapest option. Make sure you choose a subscription with no engagement to be able to cancel at any time.

 

Scholarships

Information about scholarships is available on the following website :

http://campus.edhec.com/international/scholarship/scholarship-225061.kjsp

More information in French about Prame grant:

http://www.regionpaca.fr/se-former/vie-etudiante/aides-a-la-mobilite-internationale-des-jeunes.html

 

Everyday life

For weather forecast

NICE

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Minimal average temperature (°C)

5,3

5,9

7,9

10,2

14,1

17,5

20,3

20,5

17,3

13,7

9,2

6,3

12

Maximal average temperature (°C)

13,1

13,4

15,2

17

20,7

24,3

27,3

27,7

24,6

21

16,6

13,8

20

 

LILLE

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Minimal average temperature (°C)

1

1

3,1

4,7

8,4

11

13,1

12,9

10,7

7,4

3,8

2,1

6,6

Maximal average temperature (°C)

5,7

6,7

10,1

13,1

17,5

20

22,7

23,1

19,4

14,7

9,3

6,6

14

 

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