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Practical day-to-day matters

Need access to information that will help you organise your day-to-day life as a student? We’ve got useful advice and tips to help make your studies in Alsace as simple as possible.

Financial aid

Financial aid is available to help fund your studies. The primary source of aid is a means tested grant. To receive this grant, you must submit an application to CROUS by filling out a Dossier Social Etudiant (Student Social File).


Other sources of financial aid include academic-based grants, emergency grants and other financial aid schemes.


When you register at your university, you will need to choose a student mutual medical insurance policy from MGEL or LMDE. This insurance policy will reimburse you for any medical expenses.



Need to find a place to live during your studies?

CROUS offers a number of accommodation options at affordable prices in different universities cities in Alsace. You must submit an application via the Dossier Social Etudiant (Student Social File) in the spring. Housing is allocated on a means tested basis.
Other housing options are available for students. It is very easy to find a studio flat in Alsace, or a flat-share via Carte des Colocs.

The Caisses des Allocations Familiales (CAF, the French Family Allowance Fund) may be able to help pay for your housing via the Aides Personnalisées au Logement (APL, housing grants) scheme.

Campus Pass and discount cards

The Alsace Campus Pass is a next-generation student card. It provides access to university libraries and university sports activities. It serves as an electronic payment card, allowing you to pay for photocopies and meals in university cafeterias.In addition, a number of discount cards are available to help you pay for entertainment and leisure activities, including the Carte Culture, the Carte VitaCulture, the Carte Atout Voir (Strasbourg) and the Carte Max (Mulhouse).


A number of transport options are available in Alsace, making it easy to move around within its cities, regions and beyond.

As a simple, inexpensive transport option, cycling is very popular in the region. Strasbourg actually has the largest cycle lane network in France with 470 km of cycle lanes. Need a bike? Simply take advantage of one of our bike-share schemes: Vélocité in Mulhouse and Vélhop in Strasbourg.

The Strasbourg and Mulhouse tram networks allow you to move easily between the different campuses and other areas of the city. Special student fares are available.
Alsace has a dense railway network with lines running between every city in the region. The TGV (high-speed train) also links to Alsace. The Rhin-Rhône line as well as the Paris-Strasbourg line travel from terminus to terminus in only 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Finally, the Strasbourg Airport and EuroAirport (Basel-Mulhouse-Fribourg) offer flights to a variety of national and international destinations. Take advantage of special discounts offered by low-cost airlines at both airports.