Your stay in Brest

Discover life in the West of France!

Welcome to Brest!

You will spend a semester, two or maybe more in one of the western most western cities in France.

In order to facilitate your stay, CMI Brest provides you with contacts and useful addresses.

Here are two videos to start with , that will give you a taste of your stay:

BrestLife Video

Discover Brest harbour

Before your arrival:

Have 1001 questions? It's normal.

Euraxess is here to answer them! Check out the site online, and if need be, email us!

Check out our handy "before your arrival in Brest" information sheet, it includes a checklist of documents to remember!

Finding a place to live

It's not easy to settle in a totally unknown city, sometimes on the other side of the world.

The housing guide prepared by Euraxess France explains everything!

In order to simplify your search, CMI Brest offers a selection of contacts to find accommodation easily.

> Se loger à Brest

Health insurance

Check out our information sheet to understand the formalities for your health insurance coverage

Schooling for children

Kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school: everything you need to know to enroll your children in school


French lessons

NEW in 2023 : CMI Brest EURAXESS Service Centre, together with UBO Pôle Langues, are launching a 40h intensive course of French as a Foreign Language from June 6 to 30th from 10 to 12 on weekdays.
Cost: 360€ per person.
The course is  open to researchers & their spouses. We are planning this course for beginners (A0-A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference) , but your answers might change our plans!
Please register here before April 10th 2023 if you are interested. We'll get back to you to confirm your participation.
Class will take place at ENIB. (Technopôle) Maximum participants: 20

If you are a PhD student enrolled at the UBO, you should be eligible to a free French course at the Pôle Langues of the UBO : FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) at various levels :
Other than UBO enrolled people can also follow that course, for a fee.

Or you might elect to follow a course, specific for PhD students, focused on scientific French : FOS (français sur objectifs spécifiques), contact the  Pôle Langues of the UBO :
> Check a video (in French) explaining what FOS is all about :

Want to drive in France?

Check out our information sheet "Driving in France "

Income taxes

Since 1 January 2019, income tax in France is levied at source.  It is withheld each month from your salary. However, it is mandatory to report the income collected the year before. To understand everything, see our fact sheet "declare your income in France"

Everyday life in Brest

To enjoy your stay, to face the unexpected, to find the services you need at the right time, the Brest International Mobility Centre has selected essential contacts for you to live well in Brest.

Consult the contacts you need to live in Brest



What to do before leaving Brest?

To do list before leaving France