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Are you a European student (outside France) and want to continue your higher education in Reims? Find here all of the steps for a stress-free arrival.
Pre-enrolment in an institute of higher education is the first step of your student journey, following approval of your choice on Parcoursup.
Find more information at : https://www.parcoursup.fr/
The first condition for settling well into your student life in Reims is finding accommodation!
To best prepare for this step, look at the options on offer as early as possible: CROUS (regional centres for student affairs) residences, privately owned residences, social housing landlords, halls of residence, private leases, intergenerational accommodation, etc.
Find more information at: www.crous-reims.fr
If you are on an exchange programme or if you are moving as part of an Erasmus+ programme: it will be the receiving institute that will submit the accommodation request to CROUS for you. In some cases, you may receive a pre-reservation from CROUS (find out more from Campus France).
When you are offered CROUS accommodation, you will need to pay €100 to confirm the reservation. This sum will be deducted from your first rent receipt. You will then receive an accommodation reservation confirmation from CROUS.
For free-mover students: accommodation reservations for CROUS can be made remotely. If your reservation is made well in advance, you may receive an accommodation reservation confirmation from CROUS.
At the same time, learn about the existing support for accommodation (housing benefit (APL) from CAF, Visale cover and security deposit from Action Logement https://www.visale.fr/).
N.B. A confirmation of home insurance will be requested when the keys are handed over. Don’t forget to take out a policy with the insurer of your choice once you’ve found your accommodation.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is required if you are to receive social security (healthcare).
As long as it is valid until at least the end of the university year, this card allows you to receive public healthcare (doctor, pharmacy, hospital or free clinic). If treatment has a fee, on presenting this card or the provisional certificate confirming that this card will be issued, you will only have to pay the co-payment.
Don’t forget that to complete your move into your accommodation, you will need to take out home insurance in order to collect the keys.
If you are staying in a CROUS residence, an additional period of two days may be granted to submit the confirmation of home insurance (depending on your residence).
Mandatory for students who are not part of an exchange programme/free movers
If you are studying in full-time education, you must obtain a confirmation of having paid the Student and Campus Life Contribution (Contribution de Vie Étudiante et de Campus, CVEC) to confirm your enrolment. This contributes to funding projects designed to welcome and provide social, health, cultural and sports support to all students.
For more information: https://cvec.etudiant.gouv.fr/
If you do not have a personal bank account, it is recommended to open one in your name. Most banks will ask that you provide the following documents:
If you already have accommodation, you will also need to provide:
Depending on your requirements, you can sign up for a season ticket with CITURA (bus-tram network). For more information: www.citura.fr
You can also get around on two wheels using the Zebullo self-service bike scheme. For more information: www.zebullo.ecovelo.mobi
For longer journeys, you can also use a 24/7 car-sharing service. For more information: https://grand-est.citiz.coo
To increase the amount of reimbursement for your healthcare costs, you can join an insurance scheme. Additional healthcare cover is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended.It allows you to supplement the health insurance reimbursements, in part or in full, depending on the chosen cover and medical procedure. It is your responsibility to take these steps. Ask for a quote first and compare offers from student insurance schemes, insurance companies and your bank, for example.
Depending on your income and under certain conditions, you may be able to receive “Complémentaire Santé Solidaire” (Additional Healthcare Cover). With this, it may cost nothing or less than €1 per day.
Last update : 23 June 2022