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Study in Nancy

spend ‘the best years of your life’ in Nancy

Did you know that Greater Nancy is France’s second biggest student city? It is home to some 50,000 students in higher education, and they make up one fifth of the population. Among them, 6,000 are international students.

A festive and welcoming city

The layout of the city, the leisure activities and things to do, the atmosphere in the bars and on the café terraces, and the culture and events agenda are all inspired and supported by a creative and active student population. The student calendar features the famous Stan 24 hours, music, cinema and theatre festivals, student nights, the museum night and numerous other excuses to party!

With its multi-lingual team and four-language website (in French, English, German and Dutch), the Tourist Office is here to assist students and their families, providing them with all the information they need as they move to Nancy and settle down here: maps, useful addresses, opening hours, how-to guides, city history and tourist information, shopping, boutiques, free newspapers and guides to cultural events, answers to specific questions, etc.

Our friendly staff will do their utmost to provide you with the most recent, accurate information, all of which has been carefully checked.

The Tourist Office is located in Place Stanislas. Do call in! We will help you get your bearings in Nancy and make the most of everything the city has to offer.

We aim to make your student years in Nancy the best years of your life, so that when you’ve finished your course, you’ll either want to settle down here or come back and visit us!

A student city through history

Nancy owes its concentration of universities and university colleges to the transfer of Pont à Mousson University to the city in 1768. Founded in 1572, this was one of Europe’s oldest universities.

It closed during the French revolution, reopening in 1854.

Between 1871 and 1914, Nancy University benefited from an influx of students from Alsace-Moselle, which was annexed by Prussia, and from the fact that Strasbourg became a German city meaning that its university was no longer part of the French system.

Nancy cemented its position as one of France’s major university cities during the 20th century. Until the 2011 merger which created the single Lorraine University, Nancy had two universities and a polytechnic made up of 10 university colleges.

Today, Lorraine University consists of 58 different colleges with 49,000 students (and more than 5,000 researchers and administrative staff). Of these, 60% are in Greater Nancy and 40% in Metz.