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Bordeaux City Guide

Population: 250,000
Language Spoken: French
Currency Used:
Emergency Contact Number: 112
Country Calling Code: +33
Time Zone: (UTC+01:00)
Student Population: N/A

Welcome to Bordeaux! Bordeaux lies on the the Garonne River on the south-west coast of France. The city has a population of nearly 250,000 people. Bordeaux is most famous for being the the world's capital of the wine industry. It is the third largest student city in France, and with a beautiful climate and student-friendly surroundings, it is a perfect place to study abroad.

Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD) is located 6 miles west of the city centre, and welcomes daily domestic and European flights. There are regular shuttle buses from the airport into the city centre, or if you prefer, you can call one of the local taxi companies. If you are travelling by train, Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean, is located in the city centre. (TIP: Saint-Charles is one of the main train stations for the TGV (high-speed) train service, making Paris only 3 hours away by train.) If you are travelling by bus, Marseille Bus Station is located opposite the train station in the city centre.

Public transport in Bordeaux excellent and is operated by the CUB (Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux). The city is serviced by a metro, a bus network and trams. Both the metro and the tram networks operate 2 lines within the city. The bus network is more extensive and operates throughout the city centre and local suburbs. All public transport is clean and reliable and tickets are inexpensive. Bordeaux is both cycle-friendly and accessible on foot, so many students walk or cycle.

For short term accommodation, use one of the city's excellent hostels. For longer term student accommodation, check out our dedicated section for student accommodation in Bordeaux.

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If you are going out socialising in Bordeaux, we recommend trying either The Charles Dickens or The Sherlock Holmes pub. Both pubs serve good food, offer live entertainment and show live sport.

There is plenty to see and do in Bordeaux. Spend a few hours at the Musée d'Aquitaine, or the Musée des Beaux-Arts, visit the Cathedral, or enjoy a show at the Grand Théâtre. If you are a sports fan, there is 'Ligue 1' football at the Stade Chaban Delmas and 'National 2' rugby at the Stade Sainte Germain. For the more energetic, enjoy a run or a cycle along the Garonne river or through the streets and parks in the city. For a more relaxing experience, we highly recommend enjoying a stroll or a picnic in the Jardin botanique de Bordeaux.

Bordeaux offers a diverse shopping experience due to the multicultural nature of the city. The main shopping streets are La Canebière, Rue Ferréol, Rue de Paradis and Rue de Rome. For exclusive stores, visit the Rue de la Tour, and if you prefer shopping malls, there is the Centre Bourse and Les Terrasses du Port. Bordeaux also has a number of interesting and fun local street markets, including the marché aux puces.

Bordeaux is home to the Université de Bordeaux which is made up of seven seperate entities. For more info. on studying here, please visit the university section of the website.

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