Settling into your residence

For those staying in an university residence :

(From Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm) Upon arrival report directly to the residence welcome desk to complete arrival formalities.

Sheets, blankets and pillows are not provided by the residence. If needed, students can rent bedding for 8 € per month.

For those staying in a private room or apartment :

Contact your landlord before arrival to determine when and how you will be able to move in.

Housing insurance is mandatory, whether you live in university housing or in a private residence.

Financial support for accommodation expenses:

Students may be eligible for benefits from the Caf (Caisse d’allocations familiales).

Check conditions on: > ‘Mes services en ligne’ > ‘Faire une demande de prestation’

For those arriving outside university residence opening hours (evenings and weekends), it may be necessary to stay at the youth hostel or at a hotel:

Auberge de Jeunesse
Tél. +33 (0)5 49 30 09 70

Hotels near the train station and city centre
For a list of addresses, contact:

Going to the International Relations Office

The person in charge of welcoming international students at the University of Poitiers will greet you personally to go over the following elements:

  • certificate of arrival at the University of Poitiers
  • long term visa validation
  • financial support for accommodation expenses from the CAF (Caisse d’allocations familiales)
  • Sports
  • Cultural events
  • Health services
  • Specific activities for international students

Accueil des étudiants internationaux :

Hôtel Chaboureau
49, Place Charles de Gaulle
TSA 61134
86073 Poitiers Cedex 9

Meeting the international relations contact of your faculty, school or institute

Each faculty, school or institute has its own international relations contact.

This person will assist you with:

  • administrative enrolment
  • academic enrolment
  • your student card / Izly card
  • your course timetable
  • student social security affiliation for non-Europeans
  • and all other questions related to your enrolment

The multipurpose IZLY card

IZLY is a student card service that allows you to:

  • identify yourself as an University of Poitiers student
  • use your meal plan in Crous cafeterias and restaurants
  • borrow books from the university libraries
  • sign up to participate in sport activities
  • access to restricted areas (parking lots, rooms, classrooms).

Health insurance

In France, health insurance is compulsory, and is made up of:

  • a compulsory basic health insurance (Social Security), ensuring reimbursements of medical expenses up to 70% of costs
  • an additional health insurance, called mutual insurance (« mutuelle »), which covers the remaining 25% of costs, sometimes 30% in case of illness or hospitalisation.

It is therefore strongly advised to obtain additional insurance.

European Union students
For Erasmus + students and international students enrolled in academic courses in French are invited to check with the coordinator or program manager at their home university. It is, however, advised to purchase additional health insurance to avoid any potential difficulties.

Non European students
Foreign students are under the legal obligation to enroll at the social security scheme or the basic health insurance scheme.
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Medical Recommandations

We recommend to undergo a free medical check-up (medical consultation and blood test) within three months after your arrival in France. For this check-up a specific form is to fill out whether at the International Relations Office or at the Students Health Service. An appointment will be planned at the CPAM (the Public Health Centre of Poitiers). You will have to make an appointment by phone or by email with the CPAM (the Public Health Centre of Poitiers)

A membership liability insurance is compulsory as well.

Opening a bank account

If you wish to open a bank account, you must produce photocopies of the following documents:

  • Passport (a photocopy of the pages showing your identity, expiry date, date of arrival in France and visa)
  • Proof of residency in France (an electricity or phone bill, rent receipt, certificate of residence)
  • Proof of financial ressources
  • Student ID card

Telephone & Internet

  • Landline: All operators offer a landline with an internet subscription, evertheless a landline can also be purchased by itself
  • Cellphones: Contracts start as low as 2 € / month depending on the provider; there are prepaid packages and/or cards available at the tobacco stores
  • The university campus provides internet access; Wifi is available in common areas. Each accommodation requires a wired connection

Preferably, choose a plan that doesn’t require commitment or a contract.

Getting around

By bus

Vitalis: This is the best way to get around quickly, thanks to the numerous lines. There is also a Noctambus which runs late at night.

Free mobile app
Vitalis mobile lets you know the actual waiting time for the bus as well as geo-locates the closest stops to you. It offers a transport route planner and allows you to purchase bus tickets on your phone with a credit card.

Bus fares (2019)

Youth pass (18-27 years old):
monthly: 27 €
year fee: 199,90 € (payable in 6 times)

5 ride ticket : 5,50 €
10 ride ticket : 10 €

By car

Otolis is a car sharing service provided by Vitalis, offering a network of self-service vehicules.

By bicycle

Bicycles are available for rental from ‘CAP sur le Vélo Campus’, for 10 € per month (also available per day or week), at the «Pôle d’échanges multimodal» of the Poitiers train station or on campus, Building B32, rue Jacques Fort at Poitiers (only on Thursday and closed during school holidays).
Tél. +33 (0)5 16 01 23 20 ou +33(0)5 49 52 36 36
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