The Vatel Bordeaux Student Affairs Department will help you complete your administrative formalities before, during and after your arrival.

We will do everything in our power to make your stay with us as rewarding as possible and to make you feel like Vatel Bordeaux is your home away from home.


Our dedicated team is here to help you through administrative process:  

  • To find an apartment
  • To help with administrative paperwork upon arrival (residence permit)
  • To open a French Bank account
  • To register to the French Medical Coverage and be covered at 100%
  • To apply for the Housing Allowance (CAF)
Support Highlights:

Benefit from the personnalised guidance & support of our team from the moment you enrol until you graduate (guidebook, itinerary, negotiated partnerships for accomodations, insurances & banks for instance).


Papers you MUST HAVE for your arrival in France

Please note: some of these documents may take a long time to obtain

Your ID Papers : ID Card or Passport, VISA

Your Birth certificate translated into French by a sworn translator

Vaccination certificate (personal health record)

Marriage certificate (if you are married)


You need to wait a minimum of three weeks to obtain any visa to enter and study in France (varies depending on your nationality and study project). 

It usually takes two months to obtain the VLS-TS (Visa Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour) which is the Long-Term Student Visa that works as Residence Permit for the 1st year of your studies upon your arrival in France.

67 countries are under the EEF (Etudes en France) procedure (see the list here) which requires to create first an online profile on Campus France website (original documents provided by VATEL will be required to validate the profile), go for an interview with a member of Campus France, before your visa application file is transmitted to the French Embassy.

For any other country, you can apply for your VLS-TS directly with the French Embassy or Consulate. Once the visa issued and delivered by the French authorities, you can come in France.

After arriving in France, within one month, you have to validate your VISA directly online here: https://administration-etrangers-en-france.interieur.gouv.fr/particuliers/#/vls-ts/demarches/etape/numero-visa 

Cost : Check your local Campus France office to find out.

Before your arrival, the Student Affairs Department will help you find an accommodation in Bordeaux. The school has partnered with all the student residences in the city. We can guarantee accommodation until the 31 st of May. After this date, we cannot make any promisess.

It will also help you with the administrative formalities associated with applying for the housing allowance paid by the French Family Allowance Fund (Caisse des allocations familiales – CAF). The amount of this allowance varies according to the type of accommodation (university residence, rental, joint tenancy, etc.), the amount of the rent and the student’s resources.

After arriving in France, you will be able to register to the French Medical Coverage (CPAM) which will cover up to 70% of your medical expenses.

We will help you join the French student social security scheme, and will guide you through the formalities required to obtain 100% coverage:

  1. Register to the French Medical Coverage
  2. Get the provisional Proof of coverage and Social Security Number. Delay : Around 3 Months after the registration
  3. Subscribe to a supplemental Health Insurance (Mutuelle) to be covered at 100*
  4. Get the definitive Proof of coverage and Social Security Number. Delay : Around 6 to 8 Months after the registration
  5. Declare your Personal Doctor (Médecin Traitant)
  6. Get your Vital Card

*Supplemental Health Insurance : this will depend on your situation, and the coverage cost you around 20 to 30€ per month. This kind of insurance are offered by private insurance, therefore we have negociated for you specific offers with student rate.

Depending on the delay of the CPAM, after your registration, you will need to wait at least 3 months to be covered, therefore you have to :

  • If you’re EU-Citizens: Come with your EU Medical Coverage Card
  • If you’re non-EU-Citizen: Get a private insurance for the 1st 3 months in France

It is necessary to open a French bank account because of the all French administrative formalities (CAF, Medical Coverage CPAM…).

Therefore, VATEL Bordeaux have negociated offers with many banks. The list and contacts will be given during the Information appointment settled by the Student Affairs before your arrival in France.

I bet you are now looking forward to participate in the Vatel Bordeaux Quest.
Your turn is coming soon, stay tuned!


Integrate the school, discover the city, the school and each other’s to the intake week!

Besides discovering the school thanks to each department’s presentations, you will enjoy a historic visit of the city, participate to a Team Building activity and play to the VATEL Quest an orientation activity specifically created by VATEL Bordeaux permitting you to discover the city and each other’s!

To finish the week, let’s discover your buddy at the Integration Party organized by the Student Council! Your buddy will be there to help you in your integration at the school, give you advices for courses and many other things!


The Student Council (BDE VATEL Bordeaux) is there to offer you the best student experience!

The team offers a wide variety of activities (afterworks, wine tastings, sport events and charity events…), negotiates partnerships with bars, restaurants, sports facilities & organises a tutoring service.

Two major events are organised: the ‘Gala’ celebrates the end of the year before students start their internships and the ‘Integration Weekend’, organised to integrate the new students and to transmit Vatel Bordeaux’ values.

Antoine El Hage

The different events organised by the Student Council really helped me get to know new people of all classes and ages. What is the Student Council’s mission? To give students new experiences outside the academic setting, like during orientation weekend, happy hours, student nights, sports and humanitarian activities, and help them fit in at the school.
As the future 2022-2023 Student Council President, I encourage all students to participate in the various events that we will be organizing.

Antoine El Hage, Student Council President 2023-2024


Monthly rent: from €650

Fiscal stamp for visa: €80

Supplementary or top-up health insurance: €10 to €30/ month

Residential insurance: €5 to €10/month

1 Medical Consultation: €25

Public Transport Subscription (bus and tramway): €20,40

1 Washing Machine Session: €4 to €8

Fitness Membership: €20 per month

Newspaper: €1,5

1 Mobile Subscription: €10 to 20 € per month

1 Cinema Ticket: €7,50

Food: around €250/month

1 Restaurant Meal: from €12

1 Baguette: €1.10

1 Croissant: €1,3

1 Coffee: €2

Pizza: €8,25

1 Glass of Wine: from €4 to €8

1 Beer: €4

* Prices are estimations and subject to change

Chat with a student

From mid november, you can be put in touch with international students during virtual open days or on request.

He/she will be able to accompany you, answer all your questions and above all share his/her experience!

Get in touch with the International Admissions department for more information.

Follow the Student Affairs Department on Facebook & Instagram.

and also the BDE VATEL Bordeaux Facebook & Instagram.