Student life

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Students at Audencia Business School come from all over the world – 87 countries, to be exact! We’re a diverse group of people with a few important things in common: we’re motivated, creative, optimistic and absolutely in love with our campus, community and city – our home.

International Student Guide


Audencia has a social scene of its own, with around 30 student clubs, sports and frequent organised activities and cultural events. Here are just a few ways you might connect with your new best friends.

Get involved in activities you love and meet students from different programmes, backgrounds and countries. With a wide range of on-campus clubs and organisations, you are sure to find a group of people you connect with.

  • Artefact: promotes and plays challenging games like chess and card games
  • Bureau des Arts (BDA): generates student interest in cultural and artistic disciplines through activities and events involving dance, music, visual arts and many more
  • COGEN: Audencia’s student choir
  • Equinox: association for amateur DJs
  • Isegoria: organises conferences, debates, exhibitions and other events with a focus on in-depth cultural analysis of current affairs
  • L’In-Edit de Nantes: association that gives advice on restaurants, bars and cultural venues in Nantes via their online guide
  • The Banquet: organises wine tastings, oenology courses, trips to vineyards and exploration of French regional cuisine
  • Les Hallucinés: organises film screenings at Audencia and at the Katorza theatre in downtown Nantes
  • Shamrock: promotes music (all genres) through a bimonthly magazine and the organisation of a music festival
  • Audencia Junior Conseil: Audencia student association that provides consulting services to businesses, giving students a chance to contribute to their community and connect with the business world (also see our Facebook page)
  • Eidos: supports and raises awareness of sustainable business development
  • Axésud: secures microfinance for small businesses in need, in France and beyond (also see our Facebook page)
  • Un Autre Monde (UAM): organises humanitarian missions locally, nationally and internationally, including projects such as supporting local associations for child welfare, constructing schools in Peru and constructing solar panels in Burkina Faso (also see our Facebook page)
  • Eidos: supports sustainable development of the business world and strives to raise awareness about socially conscious business trends
  • Enactus: student association for social entrepreneurship that opens its door to the whole Nantes population through projects of economic and social impact such as the Fair Basket project (an organic and local fruit and vegetable market on campus); part of a global association that meets at least once a year to help address national and international challenges (also see our Facebook page)
  • Audencia Compétitions: organises large sports events, including Audencia’s triathlon. For more than 25 years, Audencia has hosted the Triathlon Audencia at the last weekend in September. More than 10,000 people from all over the world participate – including many Audencia faculty members and students!
  • Bureau des Sports (BDS): organises sports events at least once a week and several tournaments
  • Audencia Voile: promotes sailing competition within the school and organises regattas with student associations at other universities (also see our Facebook page)
  • Asimu’t: helps students find good deals on computers and other electronic devices
  • Bureau des Étudiants: coordinates all of Audencia’s student associations and organises a welcome reception for newly accepted students each year
  • International Connection Team (IC Team): organises cultural activities and welcomes international students to Audencia
  • Journal Télévisé (JT): produces and broadcasts a TV show about student life at Audencia
  • La Boutique: manages the Audencia Shop

Beauty & practicality

Audencia’s main campus in Nantes is one of the most beautiful in France. We designed it specifically to give you a high-quality learning environment. We are housed in a 23,000m² purpose-built campus opposite the University of Nantes, so student life here is bustling. We also have campuses in Paris, Beijing and Shenzhen.


Our facilities are modern and comfortable, with everything you need for class, study and relaxation.

Throughout the year, the Knowledge Hub team receives, informs and trains students in documentary research methodology, on how to consult databases, format bibliographical references and provides students with information on such issues as plagiarism.

A team of 9 librarians is at the disposal of students and professors to help them find the documents they are looking for.

Students can ask for one-on-one library search help when they need it or can receive training in how to use bibliographical reference management tools.

Librarians are also available to help teaching staff with their academic projects (identify tools, enrich class materials with bibliographical references etc.).

Library opening times:
Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 9.00 pm
Saturday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Access to electronic resources: 24/24 and 7/7


A state-of-the-art financial trading room gives you access to a range of services usually reserved for finance professionals.

Audencia’s cafeteria is located on the ground floor and serves hot beverages, sodas, croissants and other snacks. At lunch, the cafeteria offers sandwiches and meals. You can also prepare food you bring from home here. There are also many affordable and tasty options within a five-minute walk from campus.

Conceived and managed by students of    the Specialised Master in Marketing, Design and Creation    and run jointly by Audencia, engineering school Centrale Nantes and design school ENSA Nantes, the Playground provides Nantes students, faculty members, firms, entrepreneurs and clubs with a purpose-build environment where projects and products can take shape.

This creative space is built around the concept of “design thinking” and the “do-it-yourself” (DIY) movement. It comes with its own Fablab. The space promotes co-working and allows diverse groups to come together for networking, collaboration and ideation.

The machine room includes a 3D printer, 3D pens, drills, saws, vinyl-cutting machines and more that allow groups to create prototypes. Computers with graphic design and image editing software are also available. The design-thinking area of the lab contains all kinds of creative tools to inspire the imagination.

Audencia offers you access to a sports hall equipped for team sports such as basketball, volleyball and football. You can also take advantage of our well-equipped gym as well as a fitness centre for activities such as dance, yoga and more. A public swimming pool and ice-skating rink are within seven minutes by foot.

Office of International Relations

We really are here to help. We have a dedicated team who can provide advice on the following issues – as well as things that didn’t make the list!

  • Student visas
  • Housing contracts
  • Opening a bank account
  • Course information and grades
  • French social security insurance
  • Campus information
  • CAF housing allowance
  • Student associations

Help from French students

We also have a student association for international students – the International Connection Team. This team is made up of enthusiastic French students who are here to give you insider tips on life in Nantes, activities and cultural events, and studying at Audencia. You’ll meet them during your orientation week at Audencia!


The beautiful city of Nantes, France, is home to Audencia’s main campus. Audencia also has campuses in Paris and Beijing. Learn about all of our campuses, or read on for more information about Nantes!

  • Explore the Loire Valley region, including parks, legendary castles and cities – a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit La Baule, a lovely beach resort, and enjoy the breathtaking beaches of the Atlantic coast
  • Appreciate the beauty and taste of some of the most prestigious vineyards of France, and enjoy fine and delicate white wines such as Muscadet
  • Eat, drink and check out new talent at the national centre for contemporary arts, Le Lieu Unique
  • Check out the unreal science fiction festival Les Utopiales

Our main campus is located in the heart of beautiful Nantes, France, recognised by countless publications and organisations for innovation and quality of life. Students in particular enjoy life here: almost 20% of Nantes residents are ages 16-25 and study in the city.

Just two hours from Paris by train and a 30-minute drive from the Atlantic coast, Nantes is a thriving modern city with old-world flair. It is also easy to get from Nantes to London, Brussels and Geneva – amongst other exciting destinations.

Originally developed around the castle of the Dukes of Brittany, our region is a popular tourist destination. It draws around two million visitors per year and offers countless sights and attractions. Our city is safe, affordable and welcoming to international guests.

Learn more about Nantes on the official city website, or get to know our other campuses in Paris, Beijing and more.

There are so many opportunities waiting for you in Nantes. Take a look at our suggestions and explore the official Nantes Tourism website for more ideas.

You can travel in Nantes by foot, bike, tramway, bus, taxi, hired car and even by boat! Nantes has an excellent public transport system and is also a very walkable city – great for exploring.

Nantes SNCF is the central train station where you can take trains to Paris, London, Brussels and more! Visit the official SNCF website for ticket price and time table information.

The Nantes Atlantic Airport is conveniently located 15 minutes from downtown and can connect you with a wide range of international destinations. Visit the website for flight information.

Download the International Student Guide

Food is a central part of French life, so of course we have numerous supermarkets, shopping centres and outdoor markets. It is usually more economical to visit the outdoor farmers’ markets for quality produce at a bargain and the large supermarkets for household items such as blankets, cleaning supplies, etc.

The cost of food in Nantes is relatively low, so you can enjoy delicious fruits, vegetables, French cheeses and more – all on a student budget. It is wise to get a loyalty card from the supermarkets, as this will allow you to take advantage of special deals and sales! The cards are free, and you can get them from the cashiers.

Download the International Student Guide

For off-campus dining, you can choose from French regional cuisine or ethnic specialties. There are options for all tastes and dietary restrictions. Many great restaurants are concentrated within the Bouffay and Graslin districts. There are also several convenient and affordable restaurants within a five-minute walk from campus.

Nantes also has a very lively nightlife, with the most famous nightclubs and bars in the popular Bouffay district.

Note that it’s not necessary to leave a tip, as this is often included in the price of the meal. Be sure to check out the plats du jour or menu midi/soir for lunch and dinner specials.

Explore the official Nantes Tourism website for more ideas, and download the International Student Guide for details on specific destinations.

Our community is full of creativity and energy. Nantes has a vibrant cultural scene offering everything from medieval castles and art museums to a planetarium, relaxing parks, movie houses and even bowling alleys. You may also explore nearby cities by train and learn about the vast and beautiful landscape France has to offer.

Explore the official Nantes Tourism website for more ideas, and download the International Student Guide for details on specific destinations.

As part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the entire region has more to offer than we could possible describe. The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, originally built in 1207, is one of Nantes’ oldest landmarks and a must-see. The magnificent gothic Cathédrale de Nantes is also on the top of many travellers‘ lists.

Even a stroll down some of the old streets in the Bouffay district will give you an excellent tour of European architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries. You can even throw in a shopping trip along the way; the Passage Pommeraye, a shopping gallery in the centre of Nantes, is also a beautiful historical building.

Explore the official Nantes Tourism website for more ideas, and download the International Student Guide for specific destinations.

Nantes offers you many different sport facilities, such as swimming pools, football fields, ice rinks and more. You can also join the BDS, or Bureau de Sports, at Audencia and participate in a variety of sports such as football, tennis, badminton and running.

Explore the official Nantes Tourism website for more ideas, and download the International Student Guide for details on specific options.


Audencia has four campuses – including the main campus – in Nantes, France. We also have campuses located in Paris and Beijing.

France ranks amongst the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. There are so many things to enjoy about the country while you’re studying with us. Here are just a few.

France is located in the middle of Western Europe. It’s well-connected, and you can visit many other neighbouring countries such as Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Germany with ease.

If food is important to you, visiting France is an absolute must. Our sauces, cheeses, breads, wines and pastries are world-famous. Our food culture includes technique, history and pleasure.

We eat slowly and enjoy our meals, sitting outside in the open air on nice days and gathering together in cafés and restaurants when clouds roll in. Eating at a French street market or picnicking at a nearby park is also lovely.

France has long been an international centre for art. The world-famous Louvre is just one of many things people come from all over the world to see. Nantes itself boasts a wide range of art galleries and museums.

The French countryside is famous for its beautiful landscapes, vineyards and historical villages. These bustling and historic French communities range from beach towns to picturesque canal-laced villages, lovely hillside communities, and villages perched on the edge of dramatic cliff faces.


You have a lot of options, including rooms in student residencies; homestays with local families; and private apartments, studios and flats. We have a housing platform that will give you information on what’s available. You can access it easily from the student intranet once you’ve been accepted to your programme and completed registration.

Audencia's housing platform will enable you to:

  • Find a rental close to campus
  • Find your international or French roommate(s) and form shared rentals 
  • Find a subletting 
  • Find a homestay with a local family

You don’t have your intranet account yet.You will receive an enrolment key to log onto the platform once you are enrolled at Audencia.



You already have access to Tomorrow.

Log onto Tomorrow and click on «Student Housing» available in your «Quick Links» tab.

Landlords: You can place your ads directly on the platform by using the landlord tab 

Real estate agencies, halls of residence: Contact your dedicated Studapart adviser: 

In France, if you rent a private room or an apartment, you may be able to qualify for financial aid for housing. Please visit the Caisse d’Allocation Familiales (CAF) to find out about your eligibility for Aide Personnalisée au Logement (APL), the national housing allowance system. See the CampusFrance website for additional information regarding financial support for housing.

Please note that in order to obtain financial aid, when you arrive in France, you will need to provide CAF with information such as:

  • Passport
  • Housing contract
  • French student card
  • Birth certificate (translated in French)
  • Social security card or number
  • Three passport photos
  • Valid student visa with OFII stamp

Cost of living

Here is a typical budget that includes the approximate expenses you may incur during your time in Nantes at Audencia’s main campus. Keep in mind that each student is different, and your spending habits will determine if you fall above or below average.

These costs are just to give you a general idea of your expenses. The list is not exhaustive.

MoviesStudent ticket:€7.00
MuseumsStudent ticket:€5-10
OperaStudent ticket: €10-30 (depends on seat)




Rent per monthHost family:
Private apartment:
Hotel residence:
Utilities per monthElectricity:
Student and Campus Life Contribution (CVEC)€91 per year
Doctor€20-40 per visit
Local transportation

Bike rental:

Bus fare:
Tram fare:
Monthly pass:
Yearly pass:
Taxi, starting tariff:

€10 per day, €20 per week, €30 per month
€2 plus fixed rate per km
Trains Average train ticket, Nantes to Paris, one way:
With Carte 12-25:
Carte 12-25 (one-year membership):
Landline telephoneMonthly rate (does not include installation fee):€20-40
Mobile phoneSIM Card:
No contract (prepaid):
Contract (one- or two-year):
€30-50 per month
1kg of pasta:
1kg of rice:
Fast food meal:
½ dozen eggs:
€120 per month
€15-20 per person
€3 per cycle
€1 per cycle

Before you arrive

If you are a non-European student and will be studying at Audencia, we recommend you purchase international travel insurance, liability insurance and international health insurance that is valid for the entire duration of your stay in France.

Health insurance in France may be very different from the insurance you have at home. Requirements and procedures vary based on the length of your stay, your age, your home country and whether or not you are a full-time degree student. See the CampusFrance website for more information.

If you are a non-European student under 28 years old and will be studying here more than three months, you are required to enrol on the French social security plan provided through Audencia. We’ll explain how to register online during your orientation day. If you are from the EU, you just need bring your European Health Insurance Card.

Social security covers around 70% of health expenses and runs from October to September. It costs about €215 per year. Repatriation and civil liability are not included; therefore, we recommend that you also take out private health insurance that is valid for the entire duration of your stay. At the very least, you should purchase private insurance that covers:

•    The first month in France
•    Repatriation and civil liability
•    The 30% of medical expenses not covered by the French social security plan

If you are an international student who is 28 years or older, you are required to take out a private insurance policy. Here are two available options:

  • Assurance Voyage AVI International
  • Assistance Étudiants

For more detailed information, please see the CampusFrance website.

Just remember to bring your valid European Health Insurance Card!

Students admitted to a French institution of higher education are subject to a fee known as the CVEC "Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus" (Student and Campus Life Contribution).

The CVEC applies to French and foreign students enrolling for a degree programme in a public or private institution of higher education in France.

The amount of the CVEC is currently €91 per academic year and may be paid online. See the CampusFrance website for more information.

All non-European students who will be studying in France longer than three months must apply for a student visa – and certain nationalities require visas even for short stays. Check the France Visa website as a start, then apply at your nearest French consulate or embassy no later than three months before your prospective arrival date.

The information below is a general overview of the visa process for studying as an exchange or degree student at Audencia. For detailed information and guidelines, particularly for regulations concerning your country of origin, please visit the CampusFrance website, or visit the respective French embassy or consulate website for your country.

In general, if you are planning to stay in France for more than three months, you will need to obtain a long-term student visa before your arrival. You should apply for your visa at the French embassy consulate in your country of residence at least three months before your departure. Your passport should be valid for the entire length of your stay in France.

Also check whether you’ll require an entry visa.

If you are staying in France for a period shorter than three months, you may still need a visa depending on your country of origin. Please refer to your nearest French embassy or consulate for the proper visa requirements. You can also check CampusFrance web pages, below:

  • Short-stay visas (less than 90 days)
  • Countries exempt from short-stay visa requirement

Please note: a tourist visa may not be converted to a student visa once you have entered France. Please apply for the appropriate student visa if you will be studying at Audencia for a term longer than three months. Also check whether you’ll require an entry visa.

A student examination visa allows you to enter France to sit for an entrance examination required as part of the process of applying for admission to a degree programme. If you pass the entrance exam, you may apply directly (without first returning home) for a renewable one-year residency permit at the Nantes préfecture (government bureau).

You may also need to obtain an entry visa in addition to your student visa to enter France. Entry requirements and visa procedures vary depending on your home country. Please check whether your country is included through your local French embassy or consulate.

Please note: residents of any EU country, Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and San Marino do not require an entry visa.

Residency permit

If you decide to stay in France beyond the length of time that your student visa allows, you may be eligible to apply for a residency permit known as a titre de séjour.
This situation occurs when:

  • The duration of your degree is longer than the period allotted by your student visa (more than one year)
  • You have found an internship or job in France after the period allotted by your student visa

See the CampusFrance website for more information.

The address of the préfecture (government bureau) for Nantes is:

Nantes Préfecture
6 quai Ceineray
BP 33515
44035 Nantes CEDEX 1

Directions: tramway line 2, Stop at 50 otages

You must go to the préfecture (government bureau) to apply for a residence permit within two months of your student visa expiration date.


The French higher education system is divided between the public university system and the elite private Grande École system. France's world-renowned Grande Écoles are highly selective, specialised higher education institutions. They are much smaller than the large public universities and allow more student-teacher interaction. Audencia is proud to be a part of the Grande École system.
As a student at Audencia you will have the chance to experience the Grande École system first-hand and benefit from our reputation with French and international companies. Learn more about our rankings and reputation.