Site de Cherbourg<br/>photo : Michèle Gottstein
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Caen and Cherbourg

Caen is located in the Calvados department, about 230km west from Paris and 15km inland from the English Channel. The city is known for its Gothic architecture and historical buildings dating from William the Conqueror’s reign. Cherbourg is situated in the Manche depart­ment, at the north of the Cotentin peninsula, and it holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
Both cities are close to such famous sites as the D-Day beaches, the Mont-Saint-Michel and the coastal towns of Cabourg and Deauville.

Caen and Cherbourg benefit from a very dense cultural network. The Normandy Region Council offers a wide range of discounts for students aged from 15 to 25 years old with the « Cart’@too » card. The city of Cherbourg also provides reduced prices with the « Passeport Jeune » available for people from 11 to 25 years old.


  • In Caen, the school has a partnership with CROUS (Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Sociales), which provides rooms or small apartments in student’s halls of residence. The average price of a 9m² room (shared bathroom and kitchen) is 200€ per month. The average price of a 15m² apartment (private bathroom and kitchen) is 350€ per month. All halls of residence are located close to the city centre, near a tram or a bus station. More information
  • For those who cannot or do not want to take advantage of the halls of residence, CROUS also offers a private housing service, making connections between landlords and students (
  • On the Facebook page of the Erasmus and Internationals in Caen organization, you can post a message and talk with other students for flat sharing or flat exchange.
  • In Cherbourg, CROUS also offers housing opportunities for the students.

Cultural life

Both Caen and Cherbourg offer a wide range of cultural activities, from festivals to libraries, theaters and concert halls.
For a full view of the cultural infrastructures in Caen and Cherbourg you can download our list of addresses.
Erasmus and Internationals in Caen organization offers a great variety of benefits and activities for foreign students living in Caen (mentoring system, discounts, parties, daily touristic trips...)
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