There are different ways to find accommodation…

  • The Montpellier CROUS offers several options for student accommodation within university dorms and residences or private housing. To apply for this type of accommodation, you must submit a Student Social Record (in French: DSE or “dossier social étudiant” which is an accommodation request to the CROUS) between the 15th of January and the 31st of May, before your acceptance to the IUT.  Accommodation is assigned based on social criteria.

The closest to the IUT are located within the student dorms (cité Universitaire): Cité Universitaire Triolet, Cité Universitaire La Colombière. The university residences are the following: Résidence Occitanie, Alain Savary I and II, La lyre, Minerve, Le Triolet.

Head to the CROUS website in order to create your Student Social Record and get an online tour of the accommodation. 

  • Renting from a private landlord or through an estate agent.  In these cases, as a rule, you have to a month’s rent as a deposit, along with agency fees that also amount to about a month’s rent. Once they have signed a contract, all students are entitled to grants from the Family Allowance Fund (in French: Caisse d’Allocations Familiales or CAF) depending on the type of accommodation and the tenant’s income (Social Housing Allowance or Personal Housing Assistance, in French: ALS or APL). You can calculate the amount you are likely to be eligible for on the C.A.F website. 
  • The Visale guarantee. The aim with Visale is for the Crous to become a “Guarantor” for the tenant whilst they are constituting their rental application. It pays the rent (all bills included) if the tenant cannot pay.  You can find the eligibility criteria for grants such as the Loca Pass along with all the information regarding the Visale guarantee on this page. Furthermore, the Action logement scheme has implemented the Mobili-Jeune financial support system which is valid regardless of your rent contract and is a grant aimed at students under 3à taking part in work-study programmes in the private sector. Moreover, it is important to note that the Visale guarantee is not housing insurance, which is mandatory for any form of accommodation in France.

Accommodation in Sète: apart from in the summertime, finding accommodation in the Quilles district (near the IUT) or in the centre of town is easy. The University’s reception can provide a list of estate agents and private adverts.

TOP TIP: Espace Logement Etudiant, a single space where you can sort everything: from looking for accommodation to moving in. At the Montpellier CORUM, from the 5th of July to the 15th of September or on the Internet.

UNIVERSITY CANTEENS AND DINING HALLS:

In Montpellier:

  • On-site: The Crous cafeteria, La Passerelle, (on the ground floor of the administrative building) serves pizzas, paninis, kebabs, wraps, salads and sandwiches, along with Danish pastries and baked goods, coffee breaks… (Meal deals starting at 3,50 €). From Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 5:00pm.
  • Near the IUT (within a ten-minute walking distance): the Triolet university dining hall, opposite the Montpellier University Campus. The dining hall (balanced meals from 3,50€) is open from 11:30am to 1:40pm, from Monday to Friday. Tram line 1, at the Universités des Sciences et des Lett
    res stop.
  • In order to find other university canteens and dining halls, head to the CROUS website. 

In Sète: in keeping with the CROUS, the Lycée Charles de Gaulle provides special meal service for the IUT’s students. Meal deal price: 3,50€.

TRAVELLING AROUND MONTPELLIER:

  • TAM: these tickets allow people to use the entire bus and tram networks within the 31 Montpellier boroughs.
    Fee for people under 26: 28€ for 31 days, 196€ for a year.
    Thanks to yearly and monthly subscriptions, you can use the tram car parks for free and get discounts on Vélomagg’ bike rentals.

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  • Modulauto: this is a car rental service for individuals that is open 24/7, with 60 cars spread across 35 locations in Languedoc-Roussillon. You can thereforebook these car sharing vehicles in fifty different French cities. This is a clever, more modern way of driving a car, without the obligations that come from owning your own car. This is an alternative for residents who do not use their cars every day. 
  • Vélomagg’: rent a bike using the machines at tram stops or dedicated mobility spaces. 
  • SNCF: Do you live outside of Montpellier? Look into the SNCF’s different offers and season tickets SNCF and choose the one that best suits your needs.

TRAVELLING AROUND SÈTE: the bus stop 50 minutes away from the IUT provides a shuttle service between the SNCF train station and the city centre. Click here for more information. 

HEALTH

The nurse’s office and SCOPPS (Preventive Medicine Service). The SCOPPS is a place for listening, information, prevention, health education, health care support and dealing with emergencies. This service is not a place providing health consultations with prescriptions. The team comprises a doctor, a nurse, a careworker, a psychologist and a secretary. It organises preventive actions regarding sexuality, contraception, smoking, cannabis, hearing, road safety, healthy eating. 

The service offers:

  • Preventive health visits (mandatory)
  • Help for students with disabilities
  • Talks with a nurse (walk-ins)
  • Preventive actions
  • Appointments with a careworker from the CROUS
  • Check-ups in order to get a doctor’s certificate for sports activities or communal living 
  • Specialised consultations (with a psychologist, a tobacco specialist, dietician etc.)
  • Emergency contraception

Check-ups are free and by prior appointment. All first-year students are invited for a check-up in order to assess their health and all IUT students can make appointments for check-ups. In order to get a doctor’s certificate for special exam conditions depending on your situation (extra time), book an appointment with the university doctor. During these check-ups, some students can receive free vaccinations and must simply show their vaccination records. 

Students with disabilities 

You can benefit from special exam conditions, technical or human support, specific computer programs, tutoring, extra time for exams, etc. Make an appointment with the IUT’s HANDIVERSITE service as soon as you enrol in order to inform them of your disability.

The Handiversité service’s mission is to:

  • Support you with your academic and professional projects. 
  • Coordinate and implement specific exam conditions. 
  • Answer your questions and steer you towards the relevant services. 
  • Support you with administrative and educational procedures and searches. 
  • Support you when looking for internships and with your professional integration. 
  • Provide personalised help, from both people and equipment: taking notes, help while studying, lending equipment, help on campus, sign language interpreter, transcriptions into braille etc.

Are you an elite athlete?

Being an elite athlete at the IUT Montpellier-Sète means that you benefit from the agreement with the CREPS (in French: Centres de Ressources, d’Expertise et de Performance Sportives, meaning the centre for sports resources, expertise and performance), you can earn your DUT diploma in 3 or 4 years (with a special dispensation) and receive support from the teaching staff in order to achieve both your academic and sports goals. 

Are you …?

  • An athlete (listed on the ministerial list, in French: “liste ministérielle”) and supported by the CREPS
  • If you practice a sport at an elite level but are not on the aforementioned list, you can ask to be granted elite athlete status within the university. To do so, fill in the application form.

Then this support is intended for you and can help you pursue your academic and sporting goals simultaneously by offering: 

  • Regular support
  • Adjustments to your timetable
  • Distance learning 
  • Support at all times

Are you preparing for your arrival at Montpellier University? Are you wondering what kind of budget to plan for the year? We have estimated students’ average monthly expenses to give you an idea. Of course, these estimates will vary from person to person and therefore only serve as a guide. 

Nature of the expense Estimates for 2017-2018
Enrolment fees 189,10€
Sport at University 40€
Health insurance (mandaroty and optional) Mandatory social security: 215€ / year and the optional complementary health insurance : 200€ / year et mutuelle facultative : 200€ l’année
Rent (all bills included) 244€ (1) minimum each month for a university form room
400€ minimum each month for a 20m2 studio from a private landlord
Eating at the University (CROUS and university canteens) University canteens or dining halls:
Meal deals: 3.25€
Breakfast: 1.85€ or 2.65€
Transports (city transport and trains) TAM  (tram lines): Under 26s ticket :
Yearly : 196€
Monthly : 29.12€For offers on train tickets, see the SNCF website for different options
Internet subscription 20 to 30€ /month
Phone susbscription 20 to 30€ / month
100€ / month