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Student city

Nice: an international attractive environment

Student support

Wellness services and buddy system

Studying in Nice

Nice is an ideal place to study. It is a bustling city with a cosmopolitan, Mediterranean atmosphere, a lively art scene, and many first-class universities, schools and research centers.

Nice is easily accessible, whether you’re coming from France, Europe or overseas. It boasts the third largest airport in France and is also a major rail destination. Transport within the city is also easy – use the bus or tram lines to go between the airport, the city center and the University campuses (the second tram line, connecting the airport to the port, will be operating by 2019).

Since the 19th century, Nice has been the port of arrival for immigrants from a variety of countries. With its long history of immigration, this international port city brings many opportunities for those interested in understanding and studying migrations and diversity in the Mediterranean basin, in France, and in Europe as a whole.

Studying in Nice will also enable you to better understand the local aspect of migrations, the tensions and collective mobilizations they may foster. You will be able to explore this in particular through the impact that recent migration flows coming from Ventimiglia (an Italian town close to Nice and the French border) have had in the area.

University fees and living costs

University fees

In France, the cost of higher education is one of the lowest in the world because the French state covers most of the educational expenses for each student in public higher education institutions. For the 3 master’s programs related to the specialization (which are accredited by the Ministry at the national level), University fees are 256 euros per year for students in 2018-2019. Fees are the same for French and international students.

Health services

Students are offered medical insurance and healthcare services, including preventive and wellness services. The French healthcare system is both high quality and affordable. For students, medical insurance costs 217 euros a year and must be taken out when you register as a student at the beginning of the academic year. It is mandatory for non-European students.


  • Room/flat in student accommodation: between 150 and 300 euros per month, depending on size and the location.
  • Private, furnished studio or room in a shared flat: 200-300 euros minimum.

The University can provide accommodation. Please note that University accommodation is means-tested and the number of rooms is limited.  International students should find accommodation before they leave for France. For more information, please contact: housing@unice.fr or visit the website of CROUS: http://www.crous-nice.fr/.

The CAF (Caisse d’Allocations Familiales) offers financial support (APL or ALS) to both French and international students for accommodation expenses (150€/month). This is paid from the second month of living in the accommodation.


University restaurants and cafeterias offer affordable lunches on all campuses. You can pay with a bank card or with your student card (if charged).


  • Train: SNCF national railway offers a yearly card (50€) for young people aged 12-27, which entitles the holder to a 25% reduction on all train tickets
  • Tram/bus: the local transport network (https://www.lignesdazur.com/fr/) is extensive and quite affordable. You can get a monthly card (28,60€) or a yearly card (228,50€) that provides unlimited travel within the city.

 Leisure and cultural activities

The University offers many leisure, sport and cultural activities. For more information, visit: http://suaps.unice.fr/ (sport) and http://unice.fr/vie-etudiante/culture/culture-arts (culture and art).

Nice is a very vibrant cultural city, with numerous exhibitions and cultural events. Most cultural institutions offer discount prices for students. For more information, visit the city’s website : www.nice.fr/fr/culture (in French) or http://en.nicetourisme.com/agenda (in English).

Monthly living costs

An average monthly budget for a student in Nice would be between 600 and 800 euros minimum (depending upon the type of accommodation).

Student support

Buddy system:

We know that it is not easy to study in a new country, with different cultural practices and new University rules to adapt to. That is why the University has set up a buddy system between students. Your French buddy will help you in your everyday life in Nice, on a wide range of issues: life and rules at the University, leisure activities, cultural events, learning the French language, and so on. This will help you integrate into the University and the city. Your buddy will also be happy to learn about a new culture and a new language, thanks to you!

There are two possibilities:

  • you can choose to have a buddy in a different study program at the University of Nice. For more information on this system: http://nice.ixesn.fr/buddysystem
  • you can opt for a buddy who is also part of the Master in Migration Studies. Information about volunteer students will be given to you by the program coordinator at the beginning of the academic year.

Language support:

You may use your time in Nice to learn or improve your French (or other languages). In addition to language courses offered within the master’s program, you can go to the Language Resource Center (CRL), which provides students with additional language training tools. For more information: http://www.unice.fr/scl/crl/


There are various ways to fund your studies with us.

Scholarships provided by your country’s institutions

The first step is to examine funding possibilities provided in your country of origin. Many Universities around the world offer scholarships for students wanting to study abroad. You can get information from your University, but also your local and national governments, or private and public organizations that are likely to support students’ projects.

 Erasmus + scholarships

The European Union also provide Erasmus + scholarships to students who want to study abroad. For more information, visit: http://www.erasmusprogramme.com/erasmus_scholarships.php

Eiffel Scholarship program

The Eiffel Scholarship program (https://www.campusfrance.org/en/eiffel-scholarship-program-of-excellence) offers scholarships for Master (and PhD) students . Note that that you do not apply directly for a scholarship: you have to first contact the French University where you want to study, and it will launch the application procedure for you if your request is accepted.

Be aware that the deadline for applications is in January each year (for a master’s program starting the following September), so the application procedure must be launched well in advance.

French Embassies

French Embassies abroad offer different types of scholarships. You will find more information on eligibility, selection criteria and procedure by contacting the Cooperation and Cultural Service of the French Embassy in your country.