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Student life

Our Students – Key Players in University Life

The university boasts some 47 student associations, organising activities for their members ranging from culture to sport, in association with their academic studies or encouraging community involvement. Student unions and federations are also part of this rich panorama, bearing eloquent witness to just how committed our students are to playing their role both in life at the University and within the wider community. The university provides financial support for student initiatives and each year a number of creative and innovative projects come into being.

Student associations list

Infrastructure and Resources for Student Life at the University and within the Community

Quality of student life lies at the heart of our concerns and a number of specific areas within the University have been designated to this purpose.

The Maison des Etudiants is a place where students can meet, eat, chat and enjoy a range of activities in the dedicated work and relaxation areas, including an 80-seat auditorium. As a venue whose aim it is to encourage a spirit of openness and exploration, the MDE functions as an interface between life going on within the university and the city at large.

Buddy System / Tutoring


The International Relations Office offers a buddy system to tutor international students through the TANDEM platform. When joining the platform, international students are paired up with a student from Bordeaux Montaigne University. The idea is for the French student to assist her/his international buddy all along their mobility. 


ESN is an association providing both tutorship and cultural outings for international students, thus creating enjoyable encounters by offering a wide range of activities.  

Contact: esnbordeaux @ / Facebook: ESN Bordeaux


This association is contributing to the decrease waste, make people aware of another consumption model and allow students to get equipped at a lower cost. To achieve that, they organize a lot of workshops with the principles of “Do It Yourself” and “Do It Together” (such as, wood, bicycle or textile workshops); they also have a shop were you can buy furniture, electrical appliances or cutlery, for example.

Localisation: arrêt Doyen Brus tram B l'Avenue des Facultés


The department for sports and physical activities, known as the DAPS, offers students and staff a choice of 55 sporting, physical and creative activities. International students participating in an exchange program have free access to the activities of DAPS. However, international students registered by themselves or free movers are subject to the CVEC which includes the contribution, therefore giving them access.

Student jobs

While you are studying here, you can take a part time job to have a little extra money for your expenses. Here are some webpages, where you can find job offers for students:

Cultural Activities

One of the benefits of being a student is that you get a lot of discounts in at the campus, but also in the city center, just by showing your student card.  Thanks to our partners in the metropole, you will get the chance to attend spectacle nights, and get access to specific tariffs…

For students younger than 26 who reside in and near Bordeaux, there is another card that could be also useful: “carte jeune”. With this card you will have reductions in sports events, museums, cinemas, festivals and much more.