Welcome in the Host scientists & professor' guide

Preparing your stay
Settling in Montpellier
How do things work in France?
Montpellier and the region

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Settling in Montpellier 

Formalities on arrival
How to find accommodation
Where to enrol your children
Where to learn French in Montpellier
How to participate in activities

Formalities on arrival


Application for a residence permit
It is necessary to apply to the prefecture for a residence permit for stays longer than three months:
 the EURAXESS Services Centre of Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon/Agropolis International will provideassistance on this formality.
Check whether your host establishment provides obligatory health coverage and civil liability insurance or whether you must take out personal insurance.


Different types of insurance offers
The FnAK website provides information about the different types of insurance offers and the possibility to subscribe.
Kastler Foundation:  

Guide to health insurance:

< Insurance Partnership:

Insurance desk:
web site http://www.agropolis.fr/pdf/actu/guichet-assurance.pdf


How to find accommodation
  See list >> http://www.agropolis.fr/pdf/pratique/logement-accomodation.pdf
Types of apartments
. 'Studio' apartment: one room with a kitchenette and a bathroom.
. 'F1', 'F2', 'F3' (or 'T1', 'T2', etc. or 'P1', 'P2', etc.): the number is for the number of rooms in addition to the kitchen and bathroom. For example, an 'F3' apartment has a living room and two bedrooms.

Include the following in your accommodation budget:
. deposit (the equivalent of one or two months rent)
. estate agent's fees
. insurance (obligatory!)
. taxes : local council tax is obligatory for all tenants renting a flat or house on the 1rst of January.

mailMore information : mobilite.euraxess-lr@agropolis.fr



 Rent aid : Caisse d'Allocations Familiales
CAF - Caisse d'Allocations Familiales
Caisse d'Allocations Familiales can a provide financial aid called accommodation benefit that pays part of the rent. The amount depends on the family income and the number of persons : conditions and forms online.

CAF - Caisse d'allocations familiales de Montpellier
139, avenue de Lodève -
34943 Montpellier cedex 9

Opening hours for public : Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To get in touch with an officer on the phone Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m : dial 0820 25 34 20
CAF de Montpellier http://www.montpellier.caf.fr (in French)


Association representing consumers' rights
Agence Départementale pour l'Information sur le Logement
4bis, boulevard Rondelet
34000 Montpellier
Tél : +33 (0)4.67.555.555



Where to enrol your children


Crèche, day-care centre, kindergarten, care at home

Information and registration is provided by Montpellier Town Hall (Mairie), Department "Petite enfance"

Phone: +33 (0)4 67 34 70 61
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 1pm to 5 pm
Address : Hôtel de Ville (Mairie), 1 Place Georges Frêche - 34267 Montpellier Cedex 2
Tramway : Ligne 1, "Moularès/Hôtel de Ville" Website : http://www.montpellier.fr click on "réussite éducative-écoles", and "petite enfance"

Online Guide (in French) :

Schools for no-French-speaking children

Get in touch with LR EURAXESS Services Centre/Agropolis International to benefit from information and assistance in dealing with school administration and enrolment.

Contact: soudais@agropolis.fr
Centre de services EURAXESS Languedoc-Roussillon : Dowload the presentation

Public schools (public education is free)

To enrol your child at a nursery school (2 to 6 years old) or primary school (6 to 11 years old)

Information and registration is provided by Montpellier Town Hall (Mairie), Department "Education"

Phone: +33 (0)4 67 34 70 64 - Fax : +33 (0)4 99 58 87 57
O pening hours: Monday to Friday, 1pm to 5 pm
Address: Hôtel de Ville (Mairie), 1 Place Georges Frêche - 34267 Montpellier Cedex 2
Tramway : Ligne, arrêt Moularès/Hôtel de Ville

List of nursery schools (écoles maternelles ou pré-élémentaire)
web site http://www.montpellier.fr/349-ecoles-maternelles-de-montpellier.htm

Liste of primary schools (écoles primaires)
web site http://www.montpellier.fr/574-ecoles-elementaires-de-montpellier-toutes-les-ecoles.htm

Website Mairie :
web site http://www.montpellier.fr

To enrol your child at a secondary school (collège and Lycée)

Information and registration is provided by Rectorat de l'Académie de Montpellier

Phone: +33 (0)4 67 91 52 52 - Fax : +33 (0)4 67 60 74 16
O pening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 11.45 am and 2pm to 4.45pm
Address: Inspection Académique de l'Hérault, 31, rue de l'Université F-34058 Montpellier Cedex 1
Tramway Ligne 1, arrêt Louis Blanc

web site Website: http://www.ac-montpellier.fr

  The French Education System/Ministry of Education (
Ministry of Education: http://www.education.gouv.fr/syst/default.htm (in French)


Where to learn French in Montpellier


Numerous French courses are provided by public and private establishments.

List by town
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website provides town by town lists.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/education/langue_fr/fle/  (in French)


Université de Montpellier 3
Institut d'Etudes françaises pour étudiants et professeurs étrangers
Route de Mende
F-34199 Montpellier Cedex 5
Tel. : +33 (0)4 67 14 21 01
Fax.: +33 (0)4 67 14 23 94
IEFE : iefe@univ-montp3.fr
IEFE : http://iefe.univ-montp3.fr/gb/presentation.php


CIHEAM - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Studies / Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier
Centre de Français

Centre de Français
3191, route de Mende
F-34093 Montpellier Cedex 5
Tel. : +33 (0)4 67 04 60 02
Fax.: +33 (0)4 67 54 25 27
IAMM : cfle@iamm.fr
IAMM : http://www.iamm.fr (click on 'enseignement' then 'FLE') (in French)


EURAXESS Services Centre of Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon/Agropolis International
The EURAXESS Services Centre of Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon organises French evening courses for guest scientists.
Information and enrolment: http://www.agropolis.fr/english/guide/newfle2.html

or request by email to : soudais@agropolis.fr

WEB SITE http://www.pres-univ-montp.fr/002/centredemobilite.php  (in French)


Maisons pour Tous
Several "Maison pour Tous" (cultural centres) offer French classes for adults and teenagers at beginners, intermediate or advanced levels.

- in free leaflet "Maisons pour Tous" (available at Town Hall and in each "Maison pour Tous")

http://www.montpellier.fr/21-vivre-ensemble.htm (in French)


How to participate in activities


An association is available for newcomers to Montpellier. It organises many activities to enhance acquaintance with the city, the region and its inhabitants:


Accueil des villes françaises
7, rue Verrerie basse
F-34000 Montpellier
Tel. : +33 (0)4 67 66 15 44
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 2.30 to 5 p.m.

Accueil des villes françaises: http://reseau.avf.asso.fr/space/avfmontpellier
email avflanguedocroussillon@avf.asso.fr


EURAXESS Services Centre of Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon/Agropolis International - Guest Scientists Office - Montpellier - France

Avenue Agropolis
F-34394 Montpellier Cedex 5 
Tel.: +33 (0)4 67 04 75 63
Fax : +33 (0)4 67 04 75 99

Claudine Soudais : soudais@agropolis.fr
Agropolis : http://www.agropolis.org

Update on 01/2011
Questions about the guide: 
Claudine Soudais