This page is intended to give you the essential information you will need to prepare your trip to France and your first days in Caen in order to make a smooth transition from home to ENSICAEN.
Documents to prepare
Students from the Erasmus+ programme
You need to prepare the Erasmus Learning agreement for studies, together with the professor in charge of your exchange program in your home institution.
Students from outside the EU
For non-EU students, when the application period is over, a letter of acceptance stating the details of your exchange program (program name, semester dates) will be sent to your home coordinator.
Upon receiving it, please check that all details are correct and that no mistake has been made in your registration. This letter will be essential for students who need to apply for a visa before they come to France
ENSICAEN has an agreement with the Campus University called “CROUS de CAEN”.
Through this organization, accommodation is reserved for exchange students (Erasmus+,Brafitec, Arfitec…) at the Résidence Côte de Nacre which is situated at 2mn walk from ENSICAEN.
A room of 9 m² (square metre) will be allocated to you.
- In the room: Toilet, shower and small refrigerator.
- Free internet and wifi access.
- On the corridor: shared kitchen
- In the building: Computer room with Internet access, TV room, and laundry.
For more information : http://www.crous-normandie.fr/logement/cite-cote-de-nacre-pole-de-caen/
254.85 € per month
On your arrival you will be required to pay 1 month rent + 175 € deposit= 429.85 € (you can pay by cash or credit card)
The deposit will be refunded on departure after inventory (if no damage tothe flat).
There is a University Restaurant on campus and a cafeteria. Price of a meal: 3.25€
Several places to eat are available on campus :
- University retaurant Campus 2
- Cafeteria LE HIGHLAND’S
- Cafeteria SCIENCES 1
- Cafeteria of ENSICAEN
What to bring
Official Documents: (compulsory)
- Passport (and visa if necessary for entry)
- Original of your birth certificate (never give it to anybody, always give copies)
- Birth certificate translated into French by a sworn translator
- European Health Insurance Card for EU students
- 4 ID photos
For the Campus room
Sheets, blankets and pillows are NOT provided as well as kitchen utensils.
You can bring these items or buy them when you arrive in Caen. There is a big supermaket called “CARREFOUR” situated at 5 min on foot from the Campus residence Côte de Nacre.
Plugs in France are different to those in other parts of the world so if you are thinking of bringing any electrical items (including chargers, hair dryers, alarm clocks etc) we advise you to buy a plug adaptor for France.
Copies of important documents
It is always advisable to photocopy or scan important documents (passport, birth certificate, ID card) and keep them separately from the originals or save them in a digital vault (digital document storage). This provides backup in case of theft, and you will also need copies of important documents for various administrative procedures in France.
How to arrive in Caen
How to go to the train station from PARIS Airports
From ROISSY Charles de Gaulle
- Take the ROISSY-BUS (12 euros, 1 hour): http://easycdg.com/roissybus-paris-cdg-de-gaulle-airport/
- Then 5 minutes walk to Saint-Lazare train (SNCF) station
2 options :
- Take the ORLY-BUS (8,70 euros, 1/2 hour): http://www.orly-aeroport.fr/orlybus/
- Then take the bus 68 from Denfert Rochereau, stop at Opera. Then 5 minutes walk to Saint-Lazare train (SNCF) station
By OrlyVal + RER AUBER (13,25 euros, 40 minutes) :
- Take RER B, Stop at Châtelet-les-Halles
- Take RER Ligne A, direction to St-Germain-en-Laye stop at Auber then 5 minutes walk to Saint-Lazare train (SNCF) station
Metro in Paris (underground): https://www.ratp.fr/en
Paris Airports: http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr
How to arrive in Caen from Paris train station
Take a TRAIN from Saint-Lazare train station, destination CAEN (Normandy – approximately 2 hours journey).
When you arrive in Caen, someone from the ENSICAEN international team will pick you up from the train station to take you to your accommodation. http://uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/ (select a “Direct Train” if possible – maximum duration of 1h50)
Let us know the exact DAY and TIME of your arrival in Caen in order to arrange meeting you at the train station.
You can also make your own way to ENSICAEN by BUS from the train station : take the bus line A going to “Campus 2”, stop at the end of the line (terminus). Tickets can be bought on the bus with change : 1€50 per trip (http://www.twisto.fr)
You should plan to arrive at ENSICAEN on a weekday (Monday -Friday) between 9:00am and 5:00pm, when offices are open to assist you. Campus Housing staff may be available at the weekend if informed in advance.
The first days after your arrival
The international office will help you in all the administrative procedures in the first days after your arrival.
Long stay visa
If you are a non-EU student, you will have to apply for a long stay visa. The International office will help you to fill out the form that has been given to you by the Consulate, and will send it to the OFII (Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration).
To obtain the visa you will need :
- your passport
- proof of residence (certificate given by the Campus residence when you arrive)
- one ID photo
- 58€ for the necessary tax stamp
Health insurance and Student Social Security
Students from the EU: Please provide an European Health Insurance Cardor proof of an insurance policy from your country indicating that you are covered for medical, dental, and hospitalisation expenses in France (translated into French).
Students from outside the EU: When enrolling at the school, non-EU students need to register with the French Social Security, even if their health insurance at home covers them in France. This subscription is free, but compulsory. The official documents listed on section (“What to bring”) are necessary for this online procedure.
Every student can ask for a housing allowance in order to reduce the rent (subsidised up to 85€ per month). The international office will help you to complete the online form.
The student will be asked to take out insurance for their Campus room, legally required in France. The total amount is 30 € (whatever the duration of your stay).
The students’ office of ENSICAEN has an agreement with the Societe Generale bank which is located nearby. An appointment is made for the student to open a bank account (which is free).
After signing the “Computer charter” an ENSICAEN computer account will be opened. Your email address will be composed like this : email@example.com
You can have an Internet connexion within the school.
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