Living in Brest A quick guide for international students DROIT ÉCONOMIE & GESTION This presentation was done by the students of the Masters of Applied Economics. Bienvenue, welcome, bienvenido, willkommen, degemer mat ! “We are delighted to present you Brest and its region. It will be a pleasure for all the students to welcome you at of the faculty of Law and Economics. The guide ‘Living in Brest’ aims at making your stay easier and at informing you about the local student life. We hope you'll find it useful and that you will enjoy your stay in Brittany!” Location of the Faculty of Law and Economics UFR Droit et Sciences Économiques 12, rue de Kergoat CS 93837 29238 Brest cedex 3 T +33 (0)2 98 01 60 97 F +33 (0)2 98 01 65 90 Scolarité[email protected]?? www.univ-brest.fr/ufr-droit-economie Getting here: BY AIR The nearest airport is Aéroport Brest Bretagne in Guipavas – a 20-minute drive from the city centre. For information on flights and shuttle services visit: www.brest.aeroport.fr Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 32 86 00 / Fax: +33 (0)2 98 32 86 03 / Email: [email protected] PARIS AIRPORTS www.adp.fr (Website available in ten languages) BY TRAIN TGV (high speed train) From Paris, the journey takes approximately 5 hours. TGV trains to Brittany depart from the station Gare Montparnasse and arrive at Gare routière de Brest (Brest city centre). BY BUS AND COACH The bus and coach station in Brest is located in the city centre, on the same site as the train station. For local travel, further information is available at www.viaoo29.fr Or Gare routière de Brest, 2 place 19ème RI - 29200 Brest Tel.:+33 (0) 810 810 029 For more detailed information, please refer to the “Transport” section of our guide. Get yourself ready Guidelines before departure: Apply for ERASMUS grants and other financial support Prepare your ‘Learning Agreement’ with your ERASMUS tutor Book a flight Find accommodation Pack clothes for when it rains Bring some passport size photographs Make an appointment with your coordinator for after your arrival Join the Facebook ERASMUS group to get in touch with people A selection of websites to help you prepare your trip: Ministry of Higher Education and Research www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr www.education.gouv.fr www.etudiant.gouv.fr Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/ (Administrative procedures in France) www.service-public.fr L’étudiant (website dedicated to students and student life) www.letudiant.fr CNOUS: (National Student Welfare Centre) www.cnous.fr European Youth Portal http://europa.eu/youth/ The Faculty is center-located. You can study and enjoy the city or the harbour at the same time! The weather forecast in Brest. 22°25°C Sun and afternoon wind Sea water: 18°C 13hrs of daylight 9°13°C Rain and cloud Possible storms Sea water: 13°C 10hrs of daylight 7°10°C Sun, rain, snow Heavy storms Sea water: 9°C 8hrs of daylight 15°20°C Sunny, some clouds, small waves Sea water: 16°C 14hrs of daylight In autumn and winter, always keep a jacket with you as the weather can change quickly. In spring, evenings are quite fresh and there can be a cold wind. In summer, the weather is always nice! Housing and accommodation In Brest, the two most popular options for low-cost temporary accommodation are: 1. Centre de Keraudren Somebody is available 24 hours to take your call. It is strongly advised to phone beforehand to enquire about availability or to book a room. Opening hours are from 07.30 to 07.00. The center offers single or shared rooms (2 to 4 persons) with prices per person starting from €18 for a shared room and €32.50 for a single room. Contact details: Centre de Keraudren 110 Rue Ernestine de Trémaudan 29200 Brest Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 34 66 34 E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.centrekeraudren.com/ 2. Brest Youth Hostel Reception opening times: 17.00 to 20.00 Contact details: Auberge de Jeunesse de Brest 5, rue Kerbriant 29200 Brest Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 41 82 66 Website: http://aj-brest.pagesperso-orange.fr/ CLOUS (Local Student Welfare Centre) This is a public service run by the French government in conjunction with Universities. In Brest, CLOUS is responsible for managing the three student halls of residence (Lanrédec, Bouguen and Kergoat) and all accommodation applications. CLOUS de Brest 2 avenue Le Gorgeu, 29219 Brest Cedex 2 (next to the University Restaurant ‘Armen’) Opening hours Monday to Friday: 08.30 to 12.00 and 13.30 to 16.30 Contact details 2 avenue Le Gorgeu, 29219 Brest Cedex 2 (next to the University Restaurant ‘Armen’) Tel: +33 (0)2 98 03 38 78 Fax: +33 (0)2 98 47 13 78 Email: [email protected] CNOUS/CROUS network website: www.lokaviz.fr CAF Finistère (Family Allowance/Housing benefit (APL, ALS) enquiries) Contact details 1 Rue Portzmoguer 29200 Brest Tel: +33 (0) 810 25 29 30 Website: http://www.caf.fr Healthcare and wellbeing. The University Medical Centre (SUMPPS) An appointment is necessary for all medical consultations including: - Health checks - Medical certificates - Vaccinations The social service department Social workers are available at the Brest and Quimper Medical Centres to help students seeking advice and information, or who are experiencing personal difficulties. Services include: - information and assistance on possible financial help for studies - support during difficult times (family, study problems, etc.) - information on student-specific legislation Students with disabilities or health problems can benefit from assistance for the organization of their studies and exams. Contact: SUMPPS BREST CENTRE DE SANTE 13, rue de Lanredec 29238 Brest cedex 3 Tel.: +33(0)2 98 01 82 88 Fax: +33(0)2 98 01 82 90 Opening hours Monday 08.3017.45 Tuesday 08.3017.45 Wednesday 08.3016.30 Thursday 08.3017.30 Friday 08.3016.00 Banking In France, if you are 18 years old and over and plan to stay in the country for at least 3 months, you have the right to open a bank account. You can make an appointment with any bank, but please note that the following documents are necessary: 3 required documents Account request is granted ID or passport Residence permit Proof of residence (i.e. a document stating your French address such as a rent receipt or electricity/gas bill). Checking delay 2 Account request is refused Contact Banque de France who will find another bank for you 1 No charge to open the account Possible initial credit to pay in (around €15) Bank card and cheque book (cost around €5 per month) Current + saving accounts available Closing the account Inform the bank by recorded delivery letter Make sure the account is not in debt Closing your account is free of charge . . . But the bank can ask for €20 or €25 to remain in the account to cover any fees Living costs The cost of living in Brest is quite low compared to most French cities. This is mainly due to property rental prices (for instance, rent is generally 3 times lower here than in Paris). To live comfortably in Brest, you will need a budget of around €550 to €650. Accomodation -Student accomodation (monthly) -Private accomodation (monthly) -Deposit (returnable) -House insurance (annual) €200 €300 One month’s rent €50 Food and Eating Out €200 (You can buy a three-course meal at the university restaurants for just over €3) Transport (Bibus bus and tram network) €27 Leisure activities €70 Miscellaneous (Clothes, phone, utility bills, etc.) €50 Mobile phone You have three options: Pay as you go • Pay a fixed amount each month • Get a certain amount of minutes and texts Mobicarte • Get a free SIM card • Top up with credit whenever you need to Pay Monthly •Pay a fixed amount each month • Receive a bill for your calls at the end of each month Please note that the following documents must be provided (with the exception of Mobicarte only proof of identify is required) Proof of identity Bank details A cancelled cheque or a valid bank card Usually, Pay Monthly contracts are for a minimum of 12 months. Pay as you go or Pay Monthly plans, sometimes offer good deals on buying a mobile phone In general, it is free to terminate your contract and you can keep your phone when you return to your country. NB: Most operators propose combined offers for internet + mobile phone + cable TV You will find a few international calling shops in Brest Post office: Every French town has at least one post office. The main branch in Brest can be found at the following address: La Poste Brest-centre 90 Rue De Siam 29200 Brest Website: http://www.laposte.fr/ Post offices also offer banking, telephone and money transfer services. Transport Public transport outside Brest: Bus and tram network Travelling around Finistère: By coach A single journey on any one of the network’s 39 lines costs €2 (with the exception of the Quimper-Brest line) The Brest area has 13 different bus lines and a new tramway that opened in 2012. More information about these services is available from: Bibus accueil 33 Boulevard Clémenceau 29200 Brest Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 80 30 30 www.bibus.fr Further information is available at www.viaoo29.fr Or Gare routière de Brest 2 place 19ème RI - 29200 Brest Tel.:+33 (0) 810 810 029 By train Visit www.ter-sncf.com/bretagne for regional travel information and www.voyages-sncf.com for national travel. By air Brest’s nearest airport is Guipavas (20 minutes from the city centre). Visit http://www.brest.aeroport.fr/ Driving licenses If you do not have a driving license issued by a European member state, you can still use your own national driving license in France, but you must carry it with you at all times, along with your student card and resident permit. If you have a driving license issued by a European member state, you need to make sure you carry it with you at all times. Full details on driving licenses (validity, legal aspects, etc.) can be found at thttp://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/vehicles/driving/validity/resident_en. htm For local information in Brest, contact: Sous-Préfecture de Brest Service des permis de conduire 3 rue Parmentier - 29200 Brest Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 00 97 45 French food French breakfast: The famous French breakfast, known overseas as a “continental breakfast”, includes a hot drink (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) accompanied by a tartine (bread and butter, marmalade, honey or chocolate spread), croissant, brioche or pain au chocolat. French lunch and dinner: In France, lunch and dinner are traditionally spent with family or friends. A typical meal consists of a starter, a main dish (“le plat de résistance”), cheese, a sweet dessert and coffee. It is a sociable time for getting together, talking and relaxing. Brittany’s traditional food French gastronomy has a worldwide reputation, that includes a strong traditional and popular food culture. This is thanks to the vast range of regional produce which has created a wealth of regional dishes. Some of Brittany’s famous dishes include “kig ha farz”, crêpes and gallettes (savoury and sweet pancakes) and “kouign amann”. Kig ha farz Once considered food for the poor, this dish is now composed of bacon, sausages, beef, potato, cabbage, and carrots. It is accompanied by a type of buckwheat (farine de blé noir) dough, which gives the dish its specific characteristic. Galettes & Crêpes According to the legend, the crêpe was accidentally created when a farmer mistakenly spilled buckwheat porridge onto a roller burning in the fireplace (hence its ingredients of farine de blé noir, salt, water and eggs). Once prepared, the dough is cooked on a “Bilig” and various ingredients can be added (ham, scallops (coquilles St Jacques), cheese, leek, etc). This is a sweet pancake, where the buckwheat flour of the galette is replaced by wheat flour. Fillings include fruit, chocolate, ice cream, jam or just butter and sugar. Kouign amann The Kouign-amann is made with bread dough covered with sugar and LOTS OF butter. Like the buckwheat pancake, it would have been invented by chance, at a time when there were flour shortages. Eating at the university 1: Brest KERGOAT, 1 rue du Commandant Vibert, (lunch time and evening meals) 2: Brest Cafétéria de l'IUT, Rue de Kergoat (opening hours: 09.00 to 16.00) 3: Brest - Cafétéria d'AES (opening hours: 08.00 to 17.00) 4: Brest Cafétéria de l'UFR Sciences, 6 avenue Le Gorgeu (opening hours: 08.00 to 17.00) 5: BREST L'ARMEN, 2 bis, Av. Le Gorgeu (lunch times only) 6: Brest - Cafétéria de Médecine, 22 avenue Camille Desmoulins (opening hours: 08.00 to 17.30) 7: BREST CENTRE Avenue Foch (lunch times only) Historical sites Oustanding natural sceneries There are many islands you can visit all year departing from Brest. For more information on how to get to the islands, visit the following websites: http://www.finist-mer.fr/ http://www.pennarbed.fr/fr/ Days out Océanopolis (Brest): a huge aquarium near Brest harbour. Here you can discover many species of fish and marine mammals. The park, with an area of 8,700 m², welcomes 400,000 visitors each year. It is a good place for learning or just relaxing. Website: www.oceanopolis.com Theme park La récré des trois curés (Milizac): located in Milizac near Brest, this park hosts many fun attractions and received nearly 230,000 visitors in 2011. There is also a camp site near the park. Website: www.larecredes3cures.fr Zoo du Quinquis (Quimperlé): located in the département of Finistère in Clohars-Carnoët, this 10-acre zoo is home to many different species. It is open from April to October. Website: www.parcanimalierduquinquis.com Fungun (Brest): This paintballing centre is located in the Kergaradec commercial zone in Brest. It is perfect for spending a fun and action-packed afternoon with your friends. Enjoy! www.fungun-paintball.com Le Master (Brest): This bowling alley is located near “boulevard de l’Europe”. It also offers pool tables, live sporting events on a big-screen TV, various other games and a bar. www.bowlinglemasterbrest.fr Rïnkla stadium (Brest): Brest’s ice rink, situated next to the Faculty of Law and Economics. The rink is 1,800m² and offers disco evenings three times a week and occasional “bubble” evenings. www.rinkla-stadium.fr ArBreizh (Brest): High ropes adventure centre (“acrobranche”). Open from April to November, this tree top activity centre is located in the Kerouac wood in Brest. If you’re looking for something a bit different, then ArBreizh offers an unforgettable tree-climbing experience. www.arbreizh.com Spadium (Brest): The centre for swimming, relaxation and well-being. The warm water (31°C), sauna, solarium and Turkish baths all provide the perfect environment for rest and relaxation. www.spadium.fr Sport activities: Contact the SUAPS (the university service for physical and sportive activities). You will discover a great range of sport activities, indoor and outdoor, for only 25 euros per year. (medical certificate complulsory) Athletism Combat sports Dancing Fitness Outdoor sports Sailing Gym Water sport Tennis ... And many other sports available …. 4, Rue du Bouguen CS93837 29238 Brest Cedex3 Tél: 02.98.01.64.16 Courriel: http://www.univ-brest.fr/suaps Mail: [email protected] Local sport team Stade Brestois 29 •From 10 euros the match. •The stadium is located in Brest, 2 route de Quimper, next to the Place Strasbourg Albatros Ice Hockey Team •Come and discover the fastest collective sport worldwide and support the local team !! Rïnkla Stadium | Patinoire de BMO. Place Napoléon III - BP 91039 - 29210 Brest Cedex 1 Tél : 02 98 03 01 30 And many others in all the city … UBO Libraries & media centers: There are two university libraries: one on the Segalen campus (Brest city centre) and the other one is at Bouguen, near the Faculty of Law and Economics. Visit our website for more information: http://ubodoc-scd.univbrest.fr/ Brest has a network of 11 public libraries. See http://biblio.brest.fr for all library-related information Cinema For cinema lovers, Brest has both independent cinemas and a multiplex. For cinema lovers, Brest has both independent cinemas and a multiplex. “Le Celtic”: http://www.cinemasgaumontpathe.com/cinemas/cinema-brest-le-celtic/#2012-11-19 “Les Studios”: http://www.cine-studios.fr/horaires/ “Multiplex liberté”: http://www.multiplexeliberte.fr/films-a-l-affiche/ Restaurants in Brest: If you are looking for local cuisine, you can go to one of the many “crêperies” in Brest city centre to discover the large range of pancake specialities. Brest is a coastal city, so you may want to try seafood or shellfish dishes in town or on the harbour. Fancy something different than local cuisine? Brest is known for its love of food and excellent gastronomy, so you will always be spoilt for choice! Pubs and Bars: Studying is important when you are a student, but sometimes you need to unwind. Maybe over a drink with your friends in one of the many bars downtown or at the port or harbour. The city centre, but also the various harbours of Brest, offer a large choice of different bars and pubs. If you’re looking for a typical atmosphere, Spanish or Irish for exemple, no doubt you’ll find it in Brest! Brest is also well-known for its traditional music but you will find in concert halls and in bars, an amazing range of live music. Music and street art: Brittany is famous for its traditional music, but there are also some exciting groups and artists on the music scene. For concerts in bars: http://www.barsinbreizh.com/2012/10/01/barsn-brest-2526-octobre-2012/ For concerts in larger venues: http://www.infoconcert.com/ville/brest-1249/concerts.html Or, go directly to the music venue websites: La Carène: http://www.lacarene.fr/index.php?id=9 Le Vauban: http://cabaretvauban.com/le-programme/ Penfeld: http://www.penfeld.com/agenda/ Mac Orlan: http://www.brest.fr/culture/theatredansearts-de-la-rue/la-salle-mac-orlan.html Le Fourneau (street art): http://www.lefourneau.com/ Brest Auditoriums La Penfeld Exhibition, congress and show hall Route de Brest, 29820 Guilers. Tel. +33 (0)2 98 47 88 00; Website: www.penfeld.com Bus service: Line no. 23 (www.bibus.fr) La Carène Contemporary music venue 30 rue Jean-Marie Le Bris, 29200 Brest, Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 46 66 00; Website: www.lacarene.fr Bus service: Lines no. 5 or 15, just a 10-minute walk from Brest city centre Le Vauban Live music and acts 17 avenue Clemenceau, 29200 Brest Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 46 06 88; Website: www.cabaret-vauban.com Brest city centre Le Quartz Cultural centre (theatre, exhibitions, conferences, dance, cinema, music) 60 rue du château, 29200 Brest Tel.: +33 (0)2 98 33 70 70; Website: http://www.lequartz.com Brest city centre L’Alizée Show hall 90 rue commandant Challe, 29440 Guipavas, Tel.:+33 (0)2 98 84 87 14, Website: http://alize.mairie-guipavas.fr Bus service: Line no. 12 Brittany: the land of music festivals Les jeudis du Port BREST Fête du Bruit LANDERNEAU Bout du Monde CROZON-MORGAT Les Vieilles Charrues CARHAIX Cornouaille QUIMPER Festival Interceltique LORIENT TRADITIONAL FESTIVALS • Cornouaille Quimper (Quimper) 23 to 28 July 2013: www.festival-cornouaille.com/ • This event brings together Breton cultures for six days at the heart of historic Quimper and every year welcomes 200,000 visitors. It is the opportunity to discover the Breton culture and identity in all its diversity (music, dance, theatre, competition, Breton language) through 150 shows, entertainment or animations, most of which is free of charge. More than 60 Breton groups playing traditional instruments (circles, bagadoù) participate in the “Kemper in party” (main parade) that livens up the city of Quimper. Festival Interceltique (Lorient) Beginning of August: www.festival-interceltique.com/ Situated in the very heart of the city of Lorient, this festival is a celebration of the Celtic world and welcomes 800,000 visitors and 4,500 Celtic artists. The Festival Interceltique aims to promote live traditional cultures, through creations and the multiple fusion of different Celtic musical genres. The French channel France 3 provides live TV and radio coverage of the big parade. • Gouelioù Breizh is a federation that includes 50 parties and festivals that take place throughout five départements of historic Brittany, all of which promote the various artistic expressions of the Breton culture. http://www.gouelioubreizh.com/ MODERN FESTIVALS • Les jeudis du port, (Brest) Every Thursday in August: www.brest.fr/culture/tous-les-ans-a-brest/les-jeudis-du-port.html Live music and street entertainment. One of the summer’s most anticipated events that takes place in a lively and friendly atmosphere and creates a buzz throughout the city. Performances are free of charge. • Festival du Bout du Monde (Crozon) 2 to 4 August 2013: www.festivalduboutdumonde.com/ This 3-day series of concerts brings together world music and mixed musical genres, with an eclectic combination of recognized artists • and new singers and groups. This music festival takes place in the Crozon Peninsula (a site of exceptional natural beauty), just a stone’s throw away from the sea. Festival des Vieilles Charrues (Carhaix) 18 to 21 July 2013: www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr/ One of the largest music festivals in Europe. It takes place over four days on the third weekend of July. Every summer, around 200,000 festival goers attend this very popular event, which has an impressive line-up of regional, national and international artists. • Fête du Bruit (Landerneau) 15 to 18 August 2013: www.festival-fetedubruit.com/ Contemporary music event taking place in the summer – loved by locals and visitors alike, it adds to the appeal of the municipality. It is a family-friendly festival that is increasing in popularity every year. It is also strongly committed to sustainable development and solidarity.