Living in Strasbourg

Students in front of cathedralStrasbourg is a city roughly the size of Syracuse, but with a rich and varied cultural life more similar to Boston. Its museums, ballet, opera house, symphony orchestra and theaters make it the capital of traditional culture for all of eastern France.

But it also has a dynamic contemporary music scene, and most nights you can find a venue showcasing everything from French hip hop to heavy metal. If you’re into sports, you can follow the Strasbourg soccer and basketball teams, both of which are in the top division. The Syracuse Strasbourg Center’s Student Activities Coordinator will help you take advantage of everything the city and surrounding region has to offer.

We like to think of Strasbourg as the Goldilocks city: not too big and not too small, but just right!  It’s small enough for you to feel at home in after just a couple of weeks yet it’s big enough for you to always find something to do when you have a bit of free time. It has the charm of old Europe, with its winding streets and half-timbered houses; but it is also a very young city, home to 50,000 students.  

And if you need a break from France, all you need to do is hop on the tram (with the pass that you receive as part of your program fee) and head over the Rhine river to the German city of Kehl. In just 15 minutes you’ll find yourself in a completely different culture!

Syracuse Strasbourg Center

Syracuse Strasbourg Center

The Syracuse Strasbourg Center is located in a recently renovated villa, just a short walk from the European Institutions and downtown.  With its classrooms, student lounge, library   and staff offices, the Center will be your base in Strasbourg.

The high staff-to-student ratio means that you’ll always have someone to turn to if you need any kind of assistance, whether it’s for renting a bike or figuring out the local cell phone companies.


The Homestay experience

Student with host mom
Photo: S. Nah with host mom

Living with a host family is a key part of our program! Not only will you be able to practice your French on a daily basis, but you’ll gain deeper insight into French culture. You will have your own room in your host’s house or apartment, and will be provided with breakfast every morning, and dinner five nights per week. With your transportation pass (provided by SU) you’ll find that it’s easy to get to the Syracuse Center.

Our housing coordinator makes host family placements based on extensive experience with all the hosts, many of whom have welcomed students into their homes for a decade or more.

  • Single bedroom with common space and shared bathroom
  • Sheets/linens included
  • Utilities covered
  • Wi-Fi
  • 12 meals weekly

Studio Apartment

La Canopée Student Residence

La Canopée Student Residence

Students have the additional housing option to live in a private furnished studio apartment.

Individual studios are located in a student apartment building near the Strasbourg city center and the Syracuse Strasbourg Center. The Canopée residence offers students the opportunity to live with local French and international students.

La Canopée residence has a shared common area, study room, a small workout area, card-operated laundry facilities, bike storage, as well as Wi-fi service in all areas of the residence. La Canopée is a 15-minute walk or a 10-minute commute (combination of public transportation and walking) from the Syracuse Strasbourg Center.

All students who are placed in the student residence will need to sign a housing agreement to confirm their placement in La Canopée.

  • Individual studio apartments with kitchenette and private bath (shower)
  • Includes utilities*; bi-monthly cleaning service; bedding, linens & towels; onsite, card-operated washers & dryers for a fee; 24-hour onsite staff
  • Meals are not included in this housing option, but basic kitchen supplies (pot, pan, dishes) are provided. Students will be responsible for shopping for and preparing all of the meals.

Please note:

  • This housing option has limited capacity.
  • La Canopée Residence does not have air-conditioning.
  • This housing option does not include meals or a meal allowance. Students will be responsible for shopping and preparing all meals and should budget for the additional cost.
  • *Heating and hot water are included in the rental cost; however, electricity costs are based on a prepaid estimate. Excessive electricity consumption may result in additional costs.

Please note that while we will try to honor your housing preference, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in the housing option that you prefer due to space limitations in each of the housing options.

Students requesting disability-related housing accommodations should indicate this while completing their post-decision questionnaire “Accommodations for Students with Disabilities” due within 10 days of acceptance. Visit Disability Accommodations Abroad to learn more.

NOTE: All students, regardless of placement, are required to stay in program housing.