Useful information

Before Leaving

If you are a student of the European Union or the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and the 27 EU Member States) you need a valid identity card.

If you are a non-European Community, non EEA student: You need a valid passport/visa. [ ]
To obtain your visa, you need to contact the French embassy or consulate in your home country. You also should bring your Health record (vaccinations).


In order to prepare your arrival in Marseille we encourage you to find a room before your arrival. We recommend to use, a peer-to-peer platform where our outgoing students can rent out their rooms to incoming students. We warn you that it might be difficult to find an affordable accommodation last minute; therefore we encourage you to use this safe platform to book your room before your arrival. As an exchange student your search for housing possibilities in Marseille on this website is for free, just in case of a concrete booking of a room or a flat an administrative charge has to be paid.

Arriving in France

Resident permit

If you are a non-European Community, non EEA student, you have to apply for a temporary student residence permit immediately after arrival in France. Once you are in Marseille, the International Relations Office will indicate how and where to get the necessary documents.

When your request is accepted, you will be invited to collect your residence card at the Préfecture des Bouches-du -Rhône in Marseille :

Préfecture des Bouches-du-Rhône 
Bureau des Etrangers
66b rue Saint Sébastien
13006 Marseille Tel : 04 91 15 68 28 métro Castellane
Open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no appointment necessary: be ready for a long wait).

Your application file should contain the following documents:

  • Photocopy of valid passport
  • Proof of residence in France (residence certificate from the Hall of Residence Office (CROUS )
  • Proof of enrolment (enrolment certificate/photocopy of French student card)
  • Proof of means of subsistence (scholarship certificate or bank statements giving proof of adequate funds)
  • Birth certificate (French translation)
  • 4 passport photos

medical examination is compulsory for non-European Community students. After handing in your application for a residence permit, you will receive a notice to attend the medical examination. At the medical examination you will be given a document on which you need to put a 55 € OMI stamp. You need to present the medical certificate when you pick up your residence permit.

Office des Migrations Internationales (OMI)
61, boulevard Rabatau
13008 Marseille (métro Prado)

Bank account

Opening a bank account is strongly recommended. You will need to have a bank account to receive the accomodation allowance. To open a bank account, you have to provide the following documents:

  • Photocopy of passport
  • Proof of accomodation
  • Photocopy of student card or pre-registration.

Your arrival in Marseille

By Plane
MARSEILLE-PROVENCE (Tel. : 04 42 14 14 14)
To get from the Marseille-Provence airport (Marignane) to the city center, you can take a taxi or a shuttle. The price for the taxi is around € 43. The shuttle arrives at the main Marseille railway station (St. Charles) and runs everyday from 6 a.m. to 10.50 p.m. (every 20 minutes). The duration of the trip is 30 minutes, and the fare 8.50 €.

By Train 
You will arrive at Saint-Charles station, which is in the city center. You can take the bus, underground (métro) or taxi from the station.

Taxi Radio Marseille : Tel. : 04 91 02 20 20