Living in brest
1 / 33

Living in Brest - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

Living in Brest. A quick guide for international students. This presentation was done by the students of the Masters of Applied Economics .

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Living in Brest' - kevina

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
Living in brest

Living in Brest

A quick guide for international students

This presentation was done by the students of the masters of applied economics
This presentationwasdone by the studentsof the Masters of AppliedEconomics.

  • Bienvenue, welcome, bienvenido, willkommen, degemer mat !“We are delighted to present you Brest and its region.It will be a pleasure for all the students to welcome you at of the faculty of Law and Economics. The guide ‘Living in Brest’ aims at making your stay easier and at informing you about the local student life. We hope you'll find it useful and that you will enjoy your stay in Brittany!”

Living in brest

Location of the Faculty of Law and Economics

UFR Droit et Sciences Économiques

12, rue de Kergoat

CS 93837

29238 Brest cedex 3

T +33 (0)2 98 01 60 97

F +33 (0)2 98 01 65 90


Living in brest

Getting here:


The nearest airport is Aéroport Brest Bretagne in Guipavas – a 20-minute drive from the city centre.

For information on flights and shuttle services visit:

Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 32 86 00 / Fax: +33 (0)2 98 32 86 03 / Email:

PARIS AIRPORTS available in ten languages)


TGV (high speed train)

From Paris, the journey takes approximately 5 hours. TGV trains to Brittany depart from the station Gare Montparnasse and arrive at Gareroutière de Brest (Brest city centre).


The bus and coach station in Brest is located in the city centre, on the same site as the train station.

For local travel, further information is available at


Gareroutière de Brest, 2 place 19ème RI - 29200 Brest

Tel.:+33 (0) 810 810 029

For more detailed information, please refer to the “Transport” section of our guide.

Get yourself ready

Guidelines before departure:

  • Apply for ERASMUS grants and other financial support

  • Prepare your ‘Learning Agreement’ with your ERASMUS tutor

  • Book a flight

  • Find accommodation

  • Pack clothes for when it rains

  • Bring some passport size photographs

  • Make an appointment with your coordinator for after your arrival

  • Join the Facebook ERASMUS group to get in touch with people

    A selection of websites to help you prepare your trip:

    Ministry of Higher Education and Research

    Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs procedures in France)

    L’étudiant (website dedicated to students and student life)

    CNOUS: (National Student Welfare Centre)

    European Youth Portal

The faculty is center located you can study and enjoy the city or the harbour at the same time

The Facultyis center-located. You canstudy and enjoy the city or the harbourat the same time!

The weather forecast in brest
The weatherforecast in Brest.


Sunny, someclouds, smallwaves

Sea water: 16°C

14hrs of daylight


Sun and afternoonwind

Sea water: 18°C

13hrs of daylight


Rain and cloud

Possible storms

Sea water: 13°C

10hrs of daylight


Sun, rain, snow


Sea water: 9°C

8hrs of daylight

In autumn and winter, always keep a jacket with you as the weather can change quickly.

In spring, evenings are quite fresh and there can be a cold wind.

In summer, the weather is always nice!

Living in brest

Housing and accommodation

  • In Brest, the two most popular options for low-cost temporary accommodation are:

    1. Centre de Keraudren

    Somebody is available 24 hours to take your call. It is strongly advised to phone beforehand to enquire about availability or to book a room. Opening hours are from 07.30 to 07.00. The center offers single or shared rooms (2 to 4 persons) with prices per person starting from €18 for a shared room and €32.50 for a single room.

    Contact details:

    Centre de Keraudren

    110 Rue Ernestine de Trémaudan

    29200 Brest

    Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 34 66 34



    2. Brest Youth Hostel

    Reception opening times: 17.00 to 20.00

    Contact details:

    Auberge de Jeunesse de Brest

    5, rue Kerbriant

    29200 Brest

    Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 41 82 66


Living in brest

CLOUS (Local Student Welfare Centre)

This is a public service run by the French government in conjunction with Universities. In Brest, CLOUS is

responsible for managing the three student halls of residence (Lanrédec, Bouguen and Kergoat) and all

accommodation applications.

CLOUS de Brest

2 avenue Le Gorgeu, 29219 Brest Cedex 2 (next to the University Restaurant ‘Armen’)

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 08.30 to 12.00 and 13.30 to 16.30

Contact details

2 avenue Le Gorgeu, 29219 Brest Cedex 2 (next to the University Restaurant ‘Armen’)

Tel: +33 (0)2 98 03 38 78

Fax: +33 (0)2 98 47 13 78


CNOUS/CROUS network website:

CAF Finistère (Family Allowance/Housing benefit (APL, ALS) enquiries)

Contact details

1 Rue Portzmoguer  

29200 Brest

Tel: +33 (0) 810 25 29 30


Living in brest

Healthcare and wellbeing.

  • The University Medical Centre (SUMPPS)

    An appointment is necessary for all medical consultations including:

    - Health checks

    - Medical certificates

    - Vaccinations

  • The social service department 

    Social workers are available at the Brest and Quimper Medical Centres to help students seeking advice and

    information, or who are experiencing personal difficulties. Services include:

    - information and assistance on possible financial help for studies

    - support during difficult times (family, study problems, etc.)

    - information on student-specific legislation

    Students with disabilities or health problems can benefit from assistance for the organization of their studies and exams.




    13, rue de Lanredec

    29238 Brest cedex 3

    Tel.:  +33(0)2 98 01 82 88

    Fax: +33(0)2 98 01 82 90

  • Opening hours

  • Monday 08.3017.45

  • Tuesday 08.3017.45

  • Wednesday 08.3016.30

  • Thursday 08.3017.30

  • Friday 08.3016.00



In France, if you are 18 years old and over and plan to stay in the country for at least 3 months, you have the right to open a bank account.

You can make an appointment with any bank, but please note that the following documents are necessary:

  • 3 required documents

  • ID or passport

  • Residence permit

  • Proof of residence

  • (i.e. a document stating your French address such as a rent receipt or electricity/gas bill).

Account request is granted

  • No charge to open the account

  • Possible initial credit to pay in (around €15)

  • Bank card and cheque book (cost around €5 per month)

  • Current + saving accounts available

Checking delay



Closing the account

  • Inform the bank by recorded delivery letter

  • Make sure the account is not in debt

  • Closing your account is free of charge . . .

  • But the bank can ask for €20 or €25 to remain in the account to cover any fees

Account request is refused

Contact Banque de France who

will find another bank for you

Living costs
Living costs

  • The cost of living in Brest is quite low compared to most French cities. This is mainly due to property rental prices (for instance, rent is generally 3 times lower here than in Paris).

  • To live comfortably in Brest, you will need a budget of around €550 to €650.

Mobile phone
Mobile phone

You have three options:

Please note that the following documents must beprovided (with the exception of Mobicarte only proof of identifyisrequired)

  • Proof of identity

  • Bank details

  • A cancelled cheque or a valid bank card

    Usually, Pay Monthly contracts are for a minimum of 12 months. Pay as you go or Pay Monthly plans, sometimes offer good deals on buying a mobile phone In general, it is free to terminate your contract and you can keep your phone when you return to your country.

    NB: Most operators propose combined offers for internet + mobile phone + cable TV

    You will find a few international calling shops in Brest

Post office
Post office:

Every French town has at least one post office. The main branch in Brest can be found at the following address:

La Poste Brest-centre

90 Rue De Siam

29200 Brest


Post offices alsoofferbanking, telephone and money transfer services.



Public transport outside Brest:

Travellingaround Finistère:

By coach

A single journey on any one of the network’s 39 lines costs €2 (with the exception of the Quimper-Brest line)

Further information is available at


Gareroutière de Brest

2 place 19ème RI - 29200 Brest

Tel.:+33 (0) 810 810 029

By train

Visit regional travel information and for national travel.

By air

Brest’s nearest airport is Guipavas (20 minutes from the city centre).


Bus and tram network

The Brest area has 13 different bus lines and a new tramway that opened in 2012.

More information about these services is available from:


33 Boulevard Clémenceau

29200 Brest

Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 80 30 30

Living in brest

Driving licenses

If you do not have a driving license issued by a European member state, you can still use your own national driving license in France, but you must carry it with you at all times, along with your student card and resident permit.

If you have a driving license issued by a European member state, you need to make sure you carry it with you at all times.

Full details on driving licenses (validity, legal aspects, etc.) can be found at t

For local information in Brest, contact:

Sous-Préfecture de Brest

Service des permis de conduire

3 rue Parmentier - 29200 Brest

Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 00 97 45

French food
French food

French breakfast:

The famous French breakfast, known overseas as a “continental breakfast”, includes a hot drink (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) accompanied by a tartine (bread and butter, marmalade, honey or chocolate spread), croissant, brioche or pain au chocolat.

French lunch and dinner:

In France, lunch and dinner are traditionally spent with family or friends. A typical meal consists of a starter, a main dish (“le plat de résistance”), cheese, a sweet dessert and coffee. It is a sociable time for getting together, talking and relaxing.

Living in brest


French gastronomy has a worldwide reputation, that includes a strong traditional and popular food culture. This is thanks to the vast range of regional produce which has created a wealth of regional dishes.

Some of Brittany’s famous dishes include “kig ha farz”, crêpes and gallettes (savoury and sweet pancakes) and “kouignamann”.

Galettes & Crêpes

Kig ha farz


This is a sweet pancake, where the buckwheat flour of the galette is replaced by wheat flour. Fillings include fruit, chocolate, ice cream, jam or just butter and sugar.

The Kouign-amann is made ​​with bread dough covered with sugar and LOTS OF butter. Like the buckwheat pancake, it would have been invented by chance, at a time when there were flour shortages.

Once considered food for the poor, this dish is now composed of bacon, sausages, beef, potato, cabbage, and carrots. It is accompanied by a type of buckwheat (farine de blé noir) dough, which gives the dish its specific characteristic.

According to the legend, the crêpe was accidentally created when a farmer mistakenly spilled buckwheat porridge onto a roller burning in the fireplace (hence its ingredients of farine de blé noir, salt, water and eggs). Once prepared, the dough is cooked on a “Bilig” and various ingredients can be added (ham, scallops (coquilles St Jacques), cheese, leek, etc).

Eating at the university
Eatingat the university

1: Brest KERGOAT, 1 rue du Commandant Vibert, (lunch time and eveningmeals)

2: Brest Cafétéria de l'IUT, Rue de Kergoat (openinghours: 09.00 to 16.00)

3: Brest - Cafétéria d'AES (openinghours: 08.00 to 17.00)

4: Brest Cafétéria de l'UFR Sciences, 6 avenue Le Gorgeu (openinghours: 08.00 to 17.00)

5: BREST L'ARMEN, 2 bis, Av. Le Gorgeu (lunch times only)

6: Brest - Cafétéria de Médecine, 22 avenue Camille Desmoulins (openinghours: 08.00 to 17.30)

7: BREST CENTRE Avenue Foch (lunch times only)

Historical sites
Historical sites

Oustanding natural sceneries

There are manyislandsyoucanvisit all yeardepartingfrom Brest. For more information on how to get to the islands, visit the followingwebsites:

Living in brest

Days out

  • Océanopolis (Brest): a huge aquarium near Brest harbour. Here you can discover many species of fish and marine mammals. The park, with an area of ​​8,700 m², welcomes 400,000 visitors each year. It is a good place for learning or just relaxing.


  • Theme park La récré des troiscurés(Milizac): located in Milizac near Brest, this park hosts many fun attractions and received nearly 230,000 visitors in 2011. There is also a camp site near the park.

  • Website:

  • Zoo du Quinquis (Quimperlé): located in the départementof Finistère in Clohars-Carnoët, this 10-acre zoo is home to many different species. It is open from April to October.


Living in brest

  • Fungun (Brest): This paintballing centre is located in the Kergaradec commercial zone in Brest. It is perfect for spending a fun and action-packed afternoon with your friends. Enjoy!

  • Le Master (Brest): This bowling alley is located near “boulevard de l’Europe”. It also offers pool tables, live sporting events on a big-screen TV, various other games and a bar.

  • Rïnkla stadium (Brest): Brest’s ice rink, situated next to the Faculty of Law and Economics. The rink is 1,800m² and offers disco evenings three times a week and occasional “bubble”evenings.

  • ArBreizh (Brest): High ropes adventure centre (“acrobranche”). Open from April to November, this tree top activity centre is located in the Kerouac wood in Brest. If you’re looking for something a bit different, then ArBreizh offers an unforgettable tree-climbing experience.

  • Spadium (Brest): The centre for swimming, relaxation and well-being. The warm water (31°C), sauna, solarium and Turkish baths all provide the perfect environment for rest and relaxation.

Living in brest

  • Sport activities:

  • Contact the SUAPS(the university service for physical and sportive activities). You willdiscover a great range of sport activities, indoor and outdoor, for only 25 euros per year. (medicalcertificatecomplulsory)


Combat sports






Water sport

Tennis ...

And manyothersports available ….

4, Rue du BouguenCS9383729238 Brest Cedex3Tél:


Local sport team
Local sport team

  • Albatros Ice Hockey Team

  • Come and discover the fastest collective sport worldwide and support the local team !!

  • Rïnkla Stadium | Patinoire de BMO.

  • Place Napoléon III - BP 91039 - 29210 Brest Cedex 1

  • Tél : 02 98 03 01 30

  • Stade Brestois 29

  • From 10 euros the match.

  • The stadium islocated in Brest, 2 route de Quimper, nextto the Place Strasbourg

And many others in all the city …

Ubo libraries media centers
UBO Libraries & media centers:

There are two university libraries: one on the Segalen campus (Brest city centre) and the other one is at Bouguen, near the Faculty of Law and Economics.

Visitourwebsite for more information:

Brest has a network of 11 public libraries.

See http://biblio.brest.frfor all library-related information

Living in brest


For cinema lovers, Brest has both independent cinemas and a multiplex.

For cinema lovers, Brest has both independent cinemas and a multiplex.

“Le Celtic”:

“Les Studios”:

“Multiplex liberté”:

Living in brest

  • Restaurants in Brest:

  • If you are looking for local cuisine, you can go to one of the many “crêperies” in Brest city centre to discover the large range of pancake specialities.

  • Brest is a coastal city, so you may want to try seafood or shellfish dishes in town or on the harbour.

    • Fancy something different than local cuisine? Brest is known for its love of food and excellent gastronomy, so you will always be spoilt for choice!

Living in brest

Pubs and Bars:

Studying is important when you are a student, but sometimes you need to unwind. Maybe over a drink with your friends in one of the many bars downtown or at the port or harbour.

The city centre, but also the various harbours of Brest, offer a large choice of different bars and pubs. If you’re looking for a typical atmosphere, Spanish or Irish for exemple, no doubt you’ll find it in Brest!

Brest is also well-known for its traditional music but you will find in concert halls and in bars, an amazing range of live music.

Living in brest

  • Brittany is famous for its traditional music, but there are also some exciting groups and artists on the music scene.

  • For concerts in bars:


  • For concerts in larger venues:


  • Or, go directly to the music venue websites:

  • La Carène:

  • Le Vauban:

  • Penfeld:

  • Mac Orlan:

  • Le Fourneau (street art):

  • Brest auditoriums
    Brest Auditoriums

    • La Penfeld

      • Exhibition, congress and show hall

      • Route de Brest, 29820 Guilers.

      • Tel. +33 (0)2 98 47 88 00; Website:

      • Bus service: Line no. 23 (

    • La Carène

      • Contemporary music venue

      • 30 rue Jean-Marie Le Bris, 29200 Brest,

      • Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 46 66 00; Website:

      • Bus service: Lines no. 5 or 15, just a 10-minute walk from Brest city centre

    • Le Vauban

      • Live music and acts

      • 17 avenue Clemenceau, 29200 Brest

      • Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 46 06 88; Website:

      • Brest city centre

    • Le Quartz

      • Cultural centre (theatre, exhibitions, conferences, dance, cinema, music)

      • 60 rue du château, 29200 Brest

      • Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 33 70 70; Website:

      • Brest city centre

    • L’Alizée

      • Show hall

      • 90 rue commandant Challe, 29440 Guipavas, Tel.:+33 (0)2 98 84 87 14, Website:

      • Bus service: Line no. 12

    Brittany the land of music festivals

    Les jeudis du Port


    Brittany: the land of music festivals

    Fête du Bruit


    Bout du Monde


    Les Vieilles Charrues


    Cornouaille QUIMPER

    Festival Interceltique


    Living in brest


    • Cornouaille Quimper (Quimper) 23 to 28 July 2013:

      This event brings together Breton cultures for six days at the heart of historic Quimper and every year welcomes 200,000 visitors. It is the opportunity to discover the Breton culture and identity in all its diversity (music, dance, theatre, competition, Breton language) through 150 shows, entertainment or animations, most of which is free of charge. More than 60 Breton groups playing traditional instruments (circles, bagadoù) participate in the “Kemper in party” (main parade) that livens up the city of Quimper.

    • Festival Interceltique (Lorient) Beginning of

      Situated in the very heart of the city of Lorient, this festival is a celebration of the Celtic world and welcomes 800,000 visitors and 4,500 Celtic artists. The Festival Interceltique aims to promote live traditional cultures, through creations and the multiple fusion of different Celtic musical genres. The French channel France 3 provides live TV and radio coverage of the big parade.

    • GouelioùBreizhis a federation that includes 50 parties and festivals that take place throughout five départementsof historic Brittany, all of which promote the various artistic expressions of the Breton culture.


    • Les jeudis du port, (Brest) Every Thursdayin August:

      Live music and street entertainment. One of the summer’s most anticipated events that takes place in a lively and friendly atmosphere and creates a buzz throughout the city. Performances are free of charge.

    • Festival du Bout du Monde (Crozon) 2 to 4 August 2013:

      This 3-day series of concerts brings together world music and mixed musical genres, with an eclectic combination of recognized artists and new singers and groups. This music festival takes place in the Crozon Peninsula (a site of exceptional natural beauty), justa stone’s throw away from the sea.

    • Festival des VieillesCharrues (Carhaix) 18 to 21 July 2013:

      One of the largest music festivals in Europe. It takes place over four days on the third weekend of July. Every summer, around 200,000 festival goers attend this very popular event, which has an impressive line-up of regional, national and international artists.

    • Fête du Bruit (Landerneau) 15 to 18 August 2013:

      Contemporary music event taking place in the summer – loved by locals and visitors alike, it adds to the appeal of the municipality. It is a family-friendly festival that is increasing in popularity every year. It is also strongly committed to sustainable development and solidarity.