The city of Le Mans is located in north-western France, in the Pays de la Loire region. It is the capital of the Sarthe department. It is a historic city, with many old buildings, such as the Cathedral of Saint Julian of Le Mans. However, this city is mostly known for being the home of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the famous auto race (there is also a museum about it).
If you are wondering what the student atmosphere is like in Le Mans, you should know that it is a university city, since it receives a large number of international students every year. Throughout the year you will be able to enjoy different activities and events, such as parties, movies, concerts and festivals. In addition, the 24 Hours of Le Mans race gives a unique atmosphere to the city and often allows students to work for a time in that area. There is also a wide variety of bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs to go to enjoy the nightlife.
If you think that it is best to rent a complete apartment, keep in mind that there are two options: either to rent a studio apartment or to rent an apartment with more rooms to share with other students. Keep in mind that if you share a flat, you will be able to divide both the cost of the rent and that of the utility bills among everyone. In addition, your stay will be more fun, since you will be able to share your day-to-day with other young people more closely.
As a reference, the price of a studio flat starts at € 420 onwards and an apartment with more rooms to share starts at € 1800 per month. Pay attention to the characteristics of the apartment, since some of them have special details such as a garden, terrace or even breakfast included.
Choosing a room in a shared apartment is one of the preferred options for students who move to the French city to live their Erasmus experience. If you choose this alternative, you have to pay attention to both the characteristics of your room and the entire floor. Most of the rooms are furnished with a bed, bedding, wardrobe and desk. Also note that some of the rooms are single and others have more beds, which can be rented by several students to share. Of course, read the description to know if the price is total to pay between all or if it is per person.
The monthly cost of a room usually goes from € 270 onwards and can go up to € 1500 per month, always depending on the characteristics of the accommodation.
Here below we have listed some of the most chosen areas by international students to live in:
This area is located northwest of the centre from the city, on the other side of the river Sarthe. It is a very convenient location for students, as it can be found halfway from the university and the centre, the most frequented areas by young internationals in Le Mans.
Le Grand Pin is the area in which the campus of the University of Le Mans is located, so it is perfect if you don’t want to spend a lot of time on transport every day to go to lessons. In the surroundings, there are fields where you will be able to go to do different sports, such as running or cycling.
This is where a large part of the city's leisure offer is concentrated, including the bars and clubs most frequented by young international people. To go to campus you will be able to do it by tram in approximately 20 minutes.
The campus of this institution is located on the outskirts of the city, to the west, although it is very well connected to the centre of Le Mans by tram. This campus has various faculties, such as the different Engineering, the Institute of Molecules and Matter, the Computer Science and the Science and Technology Institute, for example. If you want to live near the University of Le Mans, we recommend that you look for accommodation in areas such as Rubillard - Chasse Royale, Le Grand Pin and Les Grandes Rues.
It should be noted that this university also has another campus in Laval, west of Le Mans, where classes from other faculties are taught.
There are several residences available for Erasmus students on campus or near the university. All these university residences are managed by CROUS, a government organization in charge of assigning places for students. To be assigned a place you will have to apply for a CROUS scholarship, creating an application on the website.
|How much does a student room cost at Le Mans?|
|This largely depends on the characteristics of the room, the apartment it’s in and its location. Prices can vary between a range of € 270 and € 1500 per month, although the average is usually around € 350 per month.|
|What are the best areas to live in Le Mans as a student?|
|One of the most chosen neighbourhoods by international youth is the city centre since the greatest leisure offer is concentrated there and there is a good connection by public transport to the university. However, other areas that you can choose to be close to the institution and the centre are Rubillard - Chasse Royale, Le Grand Pin and Les Grandes Rues.|
|How to find cheap accommodation in Le Mans?|
|We recommend that you use the Erasmus Play search engine and start your search as soon as possible. Many international and French students choose this city for Erasmus, so the demand is high and the accommodations are quickly rent out.|
|What is the approximate monthly expense for a student at Le Mans?|
|In general, the cost of living in this French city is a little lower than in the capital, Paris. However, it always depends on your lifestyle and the trips you want to do.|
|Why go on Erasmus to Le Mans?|
|This French city will allow you to get to know the culture of the country in-depth, as well as visit various historical sites. You will also be able to learn or improve the French language, although we recommend that you already go with a base to understand the locals more easily. From Le Mans you will be able to travel to other nearby cities and access nature in a simple way with the Arche de la Nature.|