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It's complicated for mobile students to arrive in France and find their way around the French system!

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Welcome to the French adventure:

If the idea of navigating the French administrative maze makes you break out in a cold sweat, don’t panic! Dare&Go is here to help you. Read on as we reveal the secrets to getting your stay in Bordeaux off on the right foot. 🎈

Steps to take as soon as possible:

🎉 Congratulations! Your French university/school is opening its doors to you. But before you celebrate over a glass of wine 🍷 (this is Bordeaux after all!), here’s a list of steps to check off:

The magic case of essential documents :

Before boarding the plane ✈️, make sure you have these little treasures:

🦸‍♀️ Our tip: Take photos of all those precious papers and save them on a drive. That way, you’ll never be caught unprepared.

Visa or no visa?

This is the big question! If you’re coming from outside the European Union, this is a crucial step. It takes between 15 and 45 days to get it. Find out if you’re concerned, and what you need to do.

Finding a roof 🏠:

Searching for a home can seem like a treasure hunt. The good news is that you can do it remotely! Check out our tools here: Housing Guide. And don’t forget: universities sometimes have good plans, like CROUS.

A guarantor for your home:

It’s like a superhero 🦸 for your accommodation. With VISALE, you get a free guarantor depending on the cost of your rent. That’s one less thing to worry about!

Home insurance :

Do you have a flat? Way to go, champ! 🏆 But don’t forget to insure it. Find out about the best offers with this comparison tool. See also our article on insurance.

The CAF :

Apply for caf quickly enough to qualify for housing benefit! We explain it all here.

The best web site to help you !


The CAF:
stands for "Caisse des Allocations Familiales". It is a financial support in France. Especially to help you pay your rent.

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