Once you’re in France, you must settle by Monday the 7th of September in the residence you’ve booked.
> Coming to Saint-Etienne from Paris (“Paris Charles de Gaulle”, CDG) =
Don’t forget to bring some cash in Euros (at least 200 € for travel expenses). From Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) , you can either:
>> take the subway to the train station “Paris Gare de Lyon” to go directly to Saint Etienne. There are usually 2 or 3 direct journeys from “Paris Gare de Lyon” to the city of Saint Etienne. It takes 2h45 and cost vary significantly depending on time of departure and date of booking, from € 50 to € 100 .
>> or directly take a train to Lyon Part-Dieu from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (there is a train station in the airport). The journey takes 2h and cost vary significantly depending on time of departure and date of booking, from € 50 to € 120. When you’re in Lyon Part-Dieu, take another regional train (“TER“) to Saint Etienne (“Saint Etienne Chateaucreux“). There is a train running every 30 minutes, the journey takes 45 minutes and cost around € 12.
N.B. Train tickets can be purchased upon arrival directly at the train station by cash or online (and delivered to your home country). Train tickets are usually available only 3 months before the date of departure. If you book online, don’t forget to print the ticket or reference number.
> Coming to Saint-Etienne from Lyon (“Lyon Saint Exupéry“, LYS)
Don’t forget to bring some cash in Euros (at least 200 € for travel expenses). From “Lyon Saint Exupéry” airport (LYS), you must:
>> Then take the Rhonexpress train from Lyon airport to the train station “Lyon Part-Dieu“, the journey takes 30 minutes and cost around 15 €.
>> When you’re in Lyon Part-Dieu, take another regional train (“TER“) to Saint Etienne (“Saint Etienne Chateaucreux“). There is a train running every 30 minutes, the journey takes 45 minutes and cost around 12 €.
Once in Saint Etienne train station, you can easily go to your residence / city by tramway (a tram station is located in front of the train station and ticket can be purchased at the station).
>> Saint-Etienne Chateaucreux to the residence “Carr’Etude‟
Take tramway in direction Bellevue/Solaure or Hopitâl nord/La Terrasse and get off at “place Fourneyron”. Then walk by PLACE FOURNEYRON, then RUE CHANTEGRILLET, then SQUARE DU TEMPS PASSÉ to arrive to 33 ALLÉE CHANTEGRILLET.
>> Saint-Etienne Chateaucreux to the residence ‘”Le Littré‟
Take tramway in direction of T3 Bellevue/Solaure get off at ANATOLE France. Then walk by RUE GAMBETTA, RUE DU ONZE NOVEMBRE, RUE BAR-THÉLEMY RAMIER, RUE ÉMILE LITTRE.
>> Saint-Etienne Chateaucreux to the residence “La Cotonne‟
Take any tramway in direction of Bellevue/Solaure or Hopitâl nord/La Terrasse and get off at “place Fourneyron” , then walk to the bus stop ST ETIENNE – FOURNEYRON , take the bus line N°3, COTONNE-TERRENOIRE in direction of Cotonne.
We recommend two cheap and convenient hotels in Saint-Etienne in case you don’t have a room booked:
Centre international de séjour (from 24,10 euro per night)
Hotel BnB – La Terasse (from 45 EUR per night)
Hotel Blanc Le Carnot (from 35 EUR per night)
Hotel Residhotel (from 19 EUR per night)
Residence des Arts (from 45 EUR per night)
In case you plan to arrive later 04.00 pm or during the week-end, you should get in touch with a student who arrived sooner and ask him to get your key for you. Staff usually speak little English, but you’ll always find a student ready to help you there. We suggest you to contact each other as soon as you know your precise date of arrival to travel in groups. Students coming early that week might also want to welcome and pick-up students staying at the same residence at Saint-Etienne train station. The administrative coordinator will send you a link to a google board panel to allow you to share that kind of information. Residence des Arts sends the residence access codes before arrival (no further arrangement needed).
Important note : Always carry a copy of your passport and visa at any time when abroad in case of police control.
[last update = 19/04/2016]