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Choosing a student residence in Bordeaux

Updated on May 05, 2022
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Welcome to Bordeaux, one of the top 10 student cities in France. With its history, culture, renowned universities and bustling streets, Bordeaux is undoubtedly a great choice. But the question is: where should you stay to get the most out of the city? As close as possible to your university or the city centre? In shared accommodation or in the peace and quiet of your own place? And as for activities, would you rather walk among the vineyards or unusual architecture? This article will help you choose the YouFirst Campus student residence in Bordeaux and the surrounding areas that’s perfect for you.

A student residence close to your university?

Being close to your university is a real comfort: You save time so you can revise... or go out — we’ll leave it up to you to decide.

Medicine, graphic design and engineering: Bordeaux Pellegrin student residence

The Faculty of Medicine is just a stone’s throw away, so it’s a great location for those who want to focus on their studies. The Bordeaux Pellegrin residence also welcomes many students from the BRASSART design and graphic arts school and the ENSTBB engineering school.

Management, osteopathy and digital studies: Bordeaux Bassins à Flot student residence

Located in the bustling new Bassins à Flot district, the Bordeaux Bassins à Flot residence is right in the middle of a number of schools: ESG Bordeaux, IFAG and Euridis Business School for business and management, ISEMA for osteopathy, and ECV Bordeaux for design, animation, gaming and digital.

Science, humanities and law: Pessac Université student residence

Just 20 minutes from Bordeaux city centre, the Pessac campus is a major university hub that is home to the science, humanities and law faculties. If you are studying in one of these three fields, the student residence is ideally located just a stone’s throw from their respective buildings.

Multidisciplinary: Talence Centre and Talence Université student residences

These two student residences meet a number of needs. Talence is an ideal university location: It’s the perfect balance between university life —the University of Bordeaux and its 54,000 students and 3000 teachers in all subjects— and Bordeaux city centre, which is just a few tram stops away. The Talence Centre residence is closer to the heart of the city while the Talence Université residence is closer to the university... The choice is yours!

Etudiants YouFirst Campus dans le centre ville de Bordeaux

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Studio or shared apartment ?

Do you want to live alone or with others? In a studio or with a separate bedroom? Each of our student residences in Bordeaux offers different solutions, depending on your desires and budget.

Shared apartment

If you want to live with two or three others to enjoy a spacious apartment, head to the Bordeaux Bassins à Flot residence in the north or to the Talence Centre residence. The largest student apartments measure up to 69 sq.m — a comfortable size for daily life.

Colocation - Bordeaux Bassins à Flot YouFirst Campus

Colocation - Bordeaux Bassins à Flot

A studio or one-bedroom apartment

All five YouFirst Campus student residences in Bordeaux offer studios, which are a good compromise between your budget and comfort when you’re a student. If you’re looking for more space, the Bordeaux Bassins à Flot, Talence Centre and Pessac Université residences offer one-bedroom apartments.

A large apartment

The Talence Université residence offers you the option of renting an apartment measuring up to 41 sq.m with a large separate bedroom for the utmost comfort.

Studio Talence Centre YouFirst Campus

Studio Talence Centre

Choose according to your lifestyle

Studying is good... but it’s not all there is to student life. Here’s a brief guide to the things to see and do near each YouFirst Campus residence.

Bordeaux Bassins à Flot student residence: A new and exciting district

Stroll along the banks of the Garonne river, explore Les Halles de Bacalan market, visit the Cité du Vin wine museum and the Submarine Base museum, enjoy a picnic in the Ermitage Sainte-Catherine park, grab a drink at Bistro Régent, sample some sushi at Osakio or get some work done at Bacalan library… These are just a few of the things on offer in this bustling district.

​​Pessac Université student residence: Between greenery and the city

If you’re in the mood for some nature, take a walk in the Fontaudin park or head west to the 245-hectare Bourgailh forest, where fresh air and discovery await. And to relax after a study session at the Jacques Ellul multimedia library and a few laps at the university pool or the Stade Nautique aquatics centre, you can take a detour to the Pessac Centre market.

Bordeaux Pellegrin student residence: Right in the centre

With its architectural prowess, this district is a real open-air museum. But if you’re looking for museums in the more traditional sense, head to the Musée des Beaux Arts (museum of fine arts) and the Musée d’Aquitaine. There is also plenty of local culture on offer too, such as a match at the Chaban-Delmas Stadium, shopping on Rue Sainte-Christine or a trip to the top of the Tour Pey Berland bell tower. A little hungry after your visit to the Tauzin library? Grab a bite to eat at La Grilladerie or Le Xaintrailles, or simply enjoy a drink in front of the famous Miroir d’Eau (water mirror).

Talence Centre and Talence Université student residences: An all-round student experience

Would you prefer a picnic in the Château Peixotto park, a trip to the cinema, a visit to the vineyards or a wander around the markets? In Talence, you have so many activities right next door: exhibitions at the Forum des Arts et de la Culture centre, dancing with the En Deux Temps, Trois Mouvements association, heading to the Gérard Castagnera multimedia library or swimming at the Olympic pool, to name but a few.

Etudiants YouFirst Campus dans le centre ville de Bordeaux

Etudiants qui se promènent à Bordeaux

Have you decided which student residence in Bordeaux suits you best? In any case, we are here to support you during your studies in Bordeaux.