Study in Bordeaux

How about getting a business education in one of the top travel destinations in France? A view on the Garonne river and Pont de Pierre, wine culture, boat cruises, modern venues, and ancient buildings… You are right, we are talking about Bordeaux, the perfect place for your business studies in France!
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Student Accommodation in Bordeaux

KEDGE Bordeaux is located in the Talence university town, 35 minutes away from the city centre by tram.

Learn more about your life on campus

Where to stay in Bordeaux?

If you search for a perfect room or residence next to the campus, you should consider the Bordeaux metropolitan area (sometimes referred to as Bordeaux métropole in French).  It includes the surrounding towns, the closest to the school are Talence, Gradignan, and Pessac.

  • Saint-Genès is a great option for your accommodation if you prefer to stay in quieter neighbourhoods. It is situated halfway between the city centre, Place de la Victoire, and the Talence campus. Many students choose to live here to relax after long days of classes, exams, or part-time jobs. You can consider the Nansouty district, which is also very popular with the youth coming from abroad. The neighbourhood has got a vibrant social scene, many new locations to visit and explore, and attracts visitors from all over the world.
  • The Saint-Pierre and Victoire districts are excellent choices for international students looking for a vibrant atmosphere. These areas are close to Saint Catherine Street, the longest shopping street in Europe, as well as the new boutiques and wine bars of the Rue du Parlement. The primary tourist and student destinations and the school campus are both easily accessible by tram or on foot.
  • Due to the scenery and views it has to offer, the Chartrons district is among the most attractive areas for housing. It is located near the banks of the Garonne, which means pleasant walks and study sessions by the water. You can also take advantage of the new shops and public transport networks available in the area. 
  • Students particularly appreciate the dynamism of the town, and especially its city centre. It is a place brimming with culture and history. Additionally, the area has everything you will need for a high-quality life in France, including local shops, public transportation, bars, restaurants, shopping centres, and green areas for studying and enjoying the outdoors.

Bordeaux is one of the favourite cities for both French and international students. They frequently choose it as a destination for their business studies. Green spaces, shops, pubs, restaurants, different venues, and educational facilities are just a few of the places where the youth can find everything they need to enjoy the social life in France. It does not lack entertainment and study possibilities.

Bordeaux's reputation to be a Mecca for wine lovers draws travellers to come worship at the altar of some of the world's best wines. But it is more than just a place to sip Grand Cru Classé at châteaux; it is also a lovely town that has been in constant development over the years. Although it is often called The Sleeping Beauty, there are always fresh and new sites to visit, and there are plenty of wonderful restaurants, pâtisseries, taverns, and cafés to rest your tired feet in. There is also a considerable number of academic institutions, schools, and universities that provide a high-standard education. What can be better than studying in the UNESCO-listed old town and learning the language of Molière? 

How to find accommodation in Bordeaux? 

Arrival information

If you arrive from abroad for your management studies and have never visited Bordeaux or do not speak a word of the French language, we are here to help you find your way to the KEDGE Business School campus.

How to get to Bordeaux KEDGE Business School?

Address: 680 Cr de la Libération, 33405 Talence

Bordeaux by plane

If you arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport, you have several options to get to the city centre:

  • Get on bus 1 which goes from the airport to the main railway station (Gare Saint-Jean). The journey can take around 50-60 minutes during rush hours. A one-way ticket costs 1.70 euros.
  • Take a 30’ direct shuttle from the airport to the railway station (Gare Saint-Jean), available every day of the year. The journey takes around 30 minutes and the full fare ticket costs €8. From Gare St-Jean, you have access to public buses 1,9,10,11 as well as Trams C and D.
  • Shared shuttles cost around 30 euros. For more information, we would recommend contacting directly the Bordeaux–Mérignac airport.
  • A taxi will cost you around 50 euros during the day and 70 euros at night.

Bordeaux by train

Bordeaux Saint-Jean is the main railway station in the French city. There is a whole network of trains and itineraries to multiple destinations in France and abroad. You can get to Paris by TGV (French high-speed train) in around 2 hours. Located to the south of the city centre, Gare St-Jean is easily accessible by Trams C and D as well as six bus lines. 

To get to KEDGE Business School from the railway station, you should take bus line 10 and alight at the “Ecole de Management” bus stop next to the campus.

How to get to the Bordeaux campus from the city centre?

Several means of transport are available for students: tramways, buses, river shuttles, and town bicycles. To get to the KEDGE Bordeaux campus, you can use Tram B, buses 10 and 31, and town bicycles which can be rented in the city centre and right outside the school.

For more details on public transport in Bordeaux, please visit the official website: http://www.infotbm.com.

Pick-up assistance

Every semester, KEDGE Business School and its International Student Association “Melting Potes” offer our international students a pick-up service from Bordeaux Mérignac (BOD) airport and Gare Saint-Jean railway station. You will receive information on how to order your pick-up by email before the summer holidays.

Integration

The International Student Association “Melting Potes” helps the International Office facilitate the integration of international students among French ones through the organisation of activities all year round.
The Melting Potes team will be available to help you upon your arrival, during the orientation session, and throughout your stay in France. They will be able to provide support and/or information about:

  • how to open a bank account;
  • how to open an electricity contract;
  • how to buy bus and tram tickets;
  • how to get a cell phone;
  • how to search for housing options etc.

Do not hesitate to contact them for more details on FACEBOOK - MELTING POTES

Student life in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a rapidly growing metropolis, offering a unique living and studying environment. The city is strategically located 2 hours from Paris by high-speed train, 2 and a half hours from Spain, and just 50 minutes from Arcachon Bay, attracting highly skilled professionals from all over the globe.

Things to know :

  • 814,049 residents in the Bordeaux metropolitan area;
  • The 9th largest and the 6th most populated city in France;
  • International travel destination with more than 350 historic monuments;
  • The 7th French region to host international students;
  • 92,000 students;
  • 21,000 international scholars;
  • Ranked 8th (out of 43) among French university towns as a great place to live and study (awarded by l'Etudiant magazine).

Places to see

Bordeaux is a wonderful town with a vibrant community, a rich cultural and historical background, and spectacular views. In 2007, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. For young people to study and fill their leisure time, It offers a variety of options for young people to study and spend their leisure time. There are cinemas, concerts, performances, operas, museums, art galleries, and festivals, and for the most part, they are cheap and affordable for the youth. It has become one of the most popular destinations for international students in France and abroad for a variety of reasons.

Take a look at some new places to see and visit:

  • La Cité du Vin: This ultra-modern cultural centre is a celebration of all things wine and a high-tech museum that teaches you about the history of wine, as well as where and how it is manufactured around the world.
  • The Bassins de Lumières (Ponds of Light):  The largest museum of digital art in the world, and the town's newest attraction. It is located in Base Sous-Marine, which was designed as a U-boat base during World War II, when Bordeaux was under German occupation.
  • Le Miroir D'Eau: the world's largest reflecting water pool. It is a favourite meeting spot for lovers and friends and is frequently the scene of salsa dancers. The water goes through a programmed sequence of 3 minutes of fog, 3 minutes of mirror and 10 minutes of pool.
  • Jardin Public: In the heart of the town, there is a green park with botanical gardens. On a hot day, you can take in the scenery and plan a picnic with a good book under a tree. In summer, Jardin Public hosts the Bordeaux Open Air festival, showcasing international electronic music.
  • Les Vivres de l'Art is a cutting-edge location refurbished by the sculptor Jean Francois Buisson. This 18th-century French navy supply warehouse has been given new use as an artists' residence, an exhibition space, and a venue for various performances (concerts, exhibitions, etc.).
  • Darwin: do not hesitate to cross the eastern bank and visit the Darwin space. It is a disused railway depot transformed into a modern cultural hub with a fantastic restaurant, a coffee shop serving locally roasted coffee, an organic supermarket, frequent flea markets, street art exhibitions, and even a skatepark!

Partying

The nightlife in Bordeaux has always been bustling and vibrant. It can please anybody as it is brimming with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The historical headquarters for partying, the Quais de Paludate, always attracts young party goers. The party usually lasts well after 2 am in the Bacalan and Bassins à Flots neighbourhoods. While night owls of all ages and tastes are welcome at the clubs downtown, the trendiest clubs can be found in the Golden Triangle area.

Discover the new party venues: 

  • Iboat, a former ferry boat, allowing to immerse yourself in the town’s vibrant electronic scene. 
  • La Dame. Come club to the sounds of local headliners or guest DJs in the holds of this black and red barge.
  • Le Monseigneur. Many refer to it as "Dad's nightclub." This club attracts night owls from Wednesday to Saturday until 7 am in a friendly and welcoming environment.
  • Hangar FL. The warehouse devoted to amplified music is located on the right bank in the former "Space Opera". It welcomes fans of acid, techno, and hardcore music.
  • The Black Diamond: This modest club, which is located just beneath the magnificent Grand-Hôtel, is renowned for its electronic music and soulful ambiance created by its brilliant local DJs.

Means of transport

  • Tramway: There are 4 lines, serving a total of 133 tram stops. It operates from 5 am to 1 am. To get on board, you need to buy and validate a magnetic transport card, which can be bought at each tramway stop.
  • Buses and shuttles: 65 bus routes are available for your trips in the town and the metropolitan area.
  • BatCub, the river shuttle:  a catamaran river shuttle that goes from one river bank to the other. You can use your normal TBM card, the same one as for the tramway or bus, or buy a ticket on board.
  • VCub, the town's bicycles. More than 2000 bicycles, 1000 of which are electrically assisted, are located over 184 stations in the metropolitan area.

Check out the TBM website for more details on the public transport network in Bordeaux.

More practical information related to Bordeaux, transportation, accommodation, estimated living expenses, health insurance, banking, visas, administrative formalities, and scholarships can be found in the “International Student Handbook”. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Bordeaux!

Available programmes in Bordeaux 

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Handbook 2022 - BDX - International Students (PDF - 2 MB)
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