With 65,000 students and 213,400 inhabitants, Rennes is the 2nd largest university town in France. There are several campuses including Villejean and Beaulieu (with the highest number of students). The ENSCR is on the Beaulieu campus.

The university year starts in early September and ends in mid-June. Students have 6 weeks of vacation: one at All Saints (around 1st November), two at Christmas, one in winter (February) and two at Easter.

Dates for 2020-2021 vacations for students
All Saints: from the evening of Friday 23 October 2020 to the morning of Monday 2 November 2020
Christmas: from the evening of Friday 18 December 2020 to the morning of Monday 4 January 2021
Winter: from the evening of Friday 19 February 2021 to the morning of Monday 1 mars 2021
Spring: from the evening of Friday 23 April 2021 to the morning of Monday 10 may 2021..


To get to the ENSCR by car (GPS co-ordinates: 48.117878, -1.634369):

– From the Eastern bypass, take exit 1 signposted Rennes/Route de Paris. Cross Cesson-Sévigné on the rue de Rennes. At the sixth roundabout, as you enter Rennes, turn right.
– From the Northern bypass, take exit 15, porte des Longchamps. At the third roundabout, turn right on to Avenue de la Boulaie, and then right on to Allée Victor Grignard.
– From the city centre, follow signposts for Vilaine using Avenue Sergent Maginot, and then Avenue François Château. Near the Préales car park, turn left and then right. At the roundabout, turn left.

Getting around the Beaulieu campus: download here the Beaulieu campus map

Rennes has many other forms of transport:

Public transport: Bus, underground (a 2nd line is planned for spring 2021). A KorriGo card is a personal smart card season ticket that gives preferential prices. A bus stop (signposted Beaulieu Chimie) and a self-service bicycle hire stand can be found just in front of the school. http://www.star.fr/

Download here the map of the Star bus network.

Train: Rennes is 1 hour 20 minutes from Paris

To get to the ENSCR from the station, Take the underground following “JF Kennedy” and get off at the “République” stop. Then take a number C4 or 40 ex bus and get off at the “Beaulieu Chimie” stop.

By air: The Rennes Saint-Jacques airport flies to 15 French towns (Ajaccio, Bastia, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Figari, Grenoble, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nice, Paris, Strasbourg, Toulouse) and 32 European towns (Stuttgart, Brussels, Madrid, Barcelona, Athens, Rome, Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, Manchester, Prague etc.) http://www.rennes.aeroport.fr/  


The ENSCR does not provide boarding facilities, but students may find accommodation in:


The Beaulieu campus and its surrounding area has several halls of residence. These include the Gay Lussac hall of residence, located within the school’s site. It offers 149 places. Tel 02 99 83 41 08. Application form for accommodation to be registered in April-May.


This accommodation is managed by the CROUS (French students’ welfare office) and priority is given to scholarship holders in higher education, tel. 02 30 30 09 30 or on the CROUS website.

Requests for accommodation in a university hall of residence should be made in the Dossier Social Etudiant (application for scholarships and accommodation).

The university halls of residence closest to our school are: Beaulieu Rennes 29 and 33, Moulin de Joué and Mirabeau Rennes. They are about 10 minutes away on foot from the ENSCR.


These can be found in the small ads in newspapers, websites, CROUS’ accommodation department etc. Adil (the French Departmental Agency for Information on Housing) gives free advice on accommodation in private homes, from Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. (except on Thursday afternoons when it is closed to the public), tel 02 99 78 27 27.

Where to eat

The Beaulieu campus has several Refectories and cafeterias. Meal vouchers for the refectory cost 3.30€ (2019-2020 prices), books of 10 can be bought in the university refectories.

IUT Cafeteria, rue du Clos-Courtel (number 4, 30, 40ex, 41ex or 64 bus), open from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m..

 Resto U (university refectory) l’Astrolabe, in the heart of the Beaulieu campus (opposite the library), Allée Jean d’Alembert (number 4, 30, 32, 40ex, 41ex and 64 bus). Open from Monday to Friday from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m..

Resto U (university refectory) l’Etoile, 37 avenue du professeur Charles Foulon (number 1, 4, 30, 32, 40ex, 41ex and 64 bus). Open from Monday to Friday from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m..


You can contact:

 The SSE: Student Health Service (bât 21, Beaulieu campus) offers:

– consultations about diet, smoking, contraception
nursing care with a doctor’s prescription (vaccinations, injections, would dressings etc.)
– psychological support

Open from Monday to Friday continuously from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.. Tel 02 23 23 55 05.

 Social worker: Mme Rousseau, is available at the SSE, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m., and on Wednesdays from 9.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.. Tel 02 23 23 55 05.

Family planning, 11 Bd Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, office open and consultations from Monday to Thursday from 9.00 a.m. to midday and from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., and on Fridays from 9.00 a.m. to midday and from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.. Tel. 02 99 31 54 22.

 Drug and dependence problems: Point Accueil Ecoute Jeunes (a counselling service for young people (12-25)) organised by the CRIJ (Regional young people’s information service), opens free of charge from Tuesday to Thursday from 2.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and on Fridays from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., tel 02 99 31 47 48.

 Emergencies, medicines etc:

Fire service: 18
Police: 17
Ambulance (medical emergencies): 15
Dispensing chemist in the Longs-champs shopping centre, open Monday to Saturday continuously from 9.00 a.m.30 to 8.00 p.m.
Polyclinique of Cesson-Sévigné (emergencies):
Fil Santé Jeunes (a free help-line for young people on health and mental health): 0800.235.236
AIDS Information Services: 0800.840.800

The City of Rennes and its facilities

Rennes has a wealth of:
ambiance place de la République, l'été

Ville de Rennes – Adeline Keil

Cultural facilities: Opera, Theatre National de Bretagne, Champs Libres (which is home to the city library, the Musée de Bretagne (Brittany Museum), the Espace des Sciences (a science exhibition centre) and the Cantine Numérique (Internet café)), le Liberté (concert hall), cinemas, the Musée des Beaux-arts (art Gallery) etc..

Sports facilities: football stadiums, swimming pools (Villejean, Bréquigny, Gayeulles), tennis courts, des roller skating rinks (Longs Champs, Maurepas etc.), the Blizz ice skating rink, a ten-pin bowling alley (Alma centre), fitness training all along the river Vilaine etc 

Open spaces: the Thabor and Oberthur (city centre ) and Bréquigny parks; a leisure park in the parc des Gayeulles and in the Landes d’Apigné

Sans oublier les nombreux événements culturels qui rythment la vie rennaise (Festival Rue des Livres, Mythos, Tombées de la Nuit, Marmaille, Transmusicales…)

More information from: metropole.rennes.fr