Life on the Côte d'Azur


Of course, you will want to join us because of the quality of our programs and the opportunities in terms of employability.  But you might as well take advantage of the working environment... Welcome on the Côte d'Azur!

Accommodations can be found on Sophia-Antipolis (public and private residences) but most of our students prefer to live in the surrounding cities such as Antibes, Biot, Valbonne or even Nice thanks to a good public transport service. Our students estimate their average monthly expenses between 800 to 1500 euros including housing, transport, food, activities and phone.



Nice is the capital of the French Riviera, 5th largest city in France. The old town and the port are the most emblematic neighborhoods, the first with ochre colored buildings and small typical shopping streets and the second with a life oriented towards the sea and the night life. Not to forget the iconic Promenade des Anglais, its pebble beach and a bay with stunning shades of blue.



Antibes, in a way Nice's little sister and Picasso's favorite city, has a lively historical heart and one of the most important yachting ports on the French Riviera.The sandy beaches alternate with a rocky coastline cut into the Cap d'Antibes. Many of the MARRES students have chosen to live here because of the easy connection to the campus by public transportation.



Cannes assumes its bourgeois notoriety of glitter and glamour between the celebrities of the film festival and the big hotels of the Croisette (the seafront main street). However, Le Suquet (the old town) and the Fortville market have kept their Provencal character. Opposite, the Lerins islands offer an amazing natural setting.



The principality of Monaco, 30 minutes east of Nice, offers a surprising setting, a small country nestled in the middle of the French Riviera. Away from the luxury stores and super yachts, "Le Rocher" is home to the colorful old town, the Prince's castle and the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.


Villefranche sur mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer, next to Nice, is nestled in a deep bay with shimmering reflections and incredible light, among the most genuine jewels of the French Riviera. A stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, visiting the citadel and the small fishing ports are unforgettable Provencal experiences. Not to mention the oceanographic station that has been studying and monitoring the bay for generations.


The provencal villages

Moving away from the coast, the typical Provencal villages, usually perched on top of towering rocks, offer a quieter setting for a more laid-back Côte d'Azur experience. Here the old towns of Eze, Valbonne and Biot.


The mountains

An hour or two from Nice and Antibes, the Southern Alps offer breathtaking mountains plunging towards the sea. The Mercantour National Park offers green hikes in spring and snowy ones in winter. Winter sports resorts such as Auron or Isola 2000 are accessible by bus for a day of skiing before plunging into the Mediterranean for an aperitif. Here: Lac d'Allos, Auron and Isola 2000.