The city of Saint-Etienne

The city of Saint-Etienne

Famed throughout France for the friendliness of the local people and the warmth of its welcome, the population of the greater Saint-Etienne area numbers over 170,000. Saint-Etienne has the honor of being the only French city designated Creative City of Design by UNESCO.

 Enjoy a rich student life

A university town, Saint-Etienne has over 27,000 students, with 20,000 of them attending the Jean Monnet University, including 3,000 exchange students. According to the student review website : “The students love the lifestyle as well as simply the overall atmosphere of the Loire region’s capital”. In Saint-Etienne there are initiatives galore designed with students in mind so you can enjoy an entertainment-packed student life. Every year when school starts in September and in January approximately fifteen events are held to draw the city’s entire student population together.

Saint-Etienne is also known as a city with some of the most attractive rent levels in France. On average a student will only spend 349 Euros a month for a studio apartment. For your information, the CILEC can help you out in your search for housing. If you’re interested, just click on the website’s housing tab. As for public transportation, the student pass is 218 Euros and includes Noctambus, a night service running Thursday through Saturday nights, midnight to 5 a.m. And if you’re more into cycling, you’ll love the VéliVert system, for short- or long-term bike rentals! 

Once you’ve arrived, you’ll be able to explore the locality in myriad ways: via our activities’ service, or the BISE student association as well as via Greeter, where Saint-Etienne locals will happily show the sights (website link). And all of these resources are free of charge.

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Culture, history, architecture, design, hiking, nature, swimming, dream food and more... Saint-Etienne and surroundings are so full of promise. To discover more about the town and its region, we suggest you visit the Saint-Etienne tourist office (10 avenue de la Libération, 42000 Saint-Etienne).

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For your information, the CILEC can help you find accommodation. If you are interested, please check our housing page.