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.

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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.

The starting dates for the 2017 academic year for ENSCR students are as follows:

 Integrated foundation course:

1st year: Thursday 7 September at 2.00 p.m.
2nd year: Friday 1st September at 11.00 a.m.

 International Chem.I.St Course:

1st year: Thursday 7 September at 3.00 p.m.
2nd year: Friday 1st September at 11.00 a.m.

 Engineering course:

1st year: Thursday 7 September at 10.00 a.m.
2nd year: Monday 4 September at 9.00 a.m.
3rd year: Monday 4September at 10.30 a.m.

The dates for 2017/2018 vacations for students

All Saints: from the evening of Friday 27 October 2017 to the morning of Monday 6 November 2017
Christmas: from the evening of Wednesday 20 December 2017 to the morning of Thursday 4 January 2018
Winter: from the evening of Friday 23 February 2018 to the morning of Monday 5 march 2018
Spring: from the evening of Friday 20 April 2018 to the morning of Monday 7 April 2018.


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.

Rennes has many other forms of transport:

Public transport: Bus, underground (a 2nd line is planned for 2018). 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/

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

Crédit photo: ©Didier Gouray

The Beaulieu campus has several Refectories and cafeterias. Meal vouchers for the refectory cost 3.25€ (2015-2016 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..

For evenings and Saturday lunch: meals are served in the Brasserie Hoche, near la place Hoche, 2 rue Lesage. Open from Monday to Friday from 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. and for Saturday lunch from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.. Bus no 1, 5, 8, 9, 51, 70 or71): Hôtel Dieu and underground (Sainte-Anne).


You can contact:

 The SIMPPS: Inter-university service for preventive medicine and health promotion (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 SIMPPS, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8.45 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., and on Wednesdays from 8.45 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