The French Social Security for students has two main agencies:
Please note that registration at the French Social Security System only takes place during the administrative registration, with the coordinator of the university that is welcoming you.
Both agencies offer similar services. Once you have registered with one or the other, you will receive a certificate proving that you are insured. Keep this certificate in a safe place! It will be required if you go to hospital.
In some specific cases (+28 year-old students) it is possible to benefit from the social coverage CMU (Couverture Maladie Universelle). Please, contact the Health Centre of Grenoble University for more information.
There is a health centre on the campus. You must have your student card to be able to make an appointment with a doctor for free. The services on offer also include sports medicine, dietary, gynecology and psychology consultations.
In case of health problems associated with a problem of precariousness, students may contact the Medical Social Worker at Grenoble University:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm / 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays
Tel. 04 76 82 40 70
Your student status will entitle you to reductions on transport and leisure activities. However, be careful to plan your budget in as much detail as possible for your stay in France. The first couple of months might be more expensive because you will have extra costs for settling in.
In France, the currency is the Euro, which is practical if you come from another European country which uses this currency as you will not need to change money.
Payment in France is often made with:
All prices on receipts and bills include tax and service.
For more precise detials on loving costs please visit the University of Grenoble's website
Another useful link: Ministère de l'Education Nationale: www.etudiant.gouv.fr
Written by Candida Saulnier
Date of update February 28, 2014