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Nice is so nice !!!

Published by Barbara Marlewska — 7 years ago

0 Tags: Erasmus experiences Nice, Nice, France


Why did you choose to go to Nice, France?

My decision stemmed out of the urgent need to use my French - if I did not go, I would waste certainly this language.

How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?

I was there since 11th Sept till 26th May (Acad Yr 2010-11); the grant was circa 400 euro monthly.

What is the student lifestyle like in Nice?

70% girls, faculty of literature... a bit too homogeneous, plus lots of people from Maghreb and posh girls and boys from Monaco and Juan Les Pins.

Would you recommend the city and the University of Nice to other students?

Definitely YES! Nice is nice place to live, especially if you like warm climate, winter is really short and mild, no snow, no rain, blue sky, you can drink wine on the beach every evening till November and starting the new season from April. Drawbacks : outrageously high prices of drinks (6eu for a pint of beer, 10-12 eu for long alcoholic drink), however people are really friendly (comparing to the rest of France)

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If you look for something between Italy and France, and cannot take a decision - Nice is a place for you!

What is the food like?

French cuisine - I love it, mussels St Jacques at rue de France, you can eat them as much as you want.... There is a genuine italian pizzeria run by gay couple from Napoli - they make best pizza I ve ever ate, even Italians praise them, and it is not expensive (8-10 eu / pizza). Great place, I recommend it to everyone. You have however to book a table in advance. Pizzeria Les Amoureux. In the neighbourhood of the port in Nice

How did you find your accommodation?

CROUS.

What are the accommodation prices like? What are prices like for other things in general?

250+ euro. if you rent a room in a residence universitaire by CROUS, you have the possibility to be partially reimbursed by CAF (caisse allocation familiale).

Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available at the University?

I had already DALF C2 issued, there are free and paid courses.

What's the easiest or most economical way to travel to Nice from your city?

Lufthansa airlines, booked at least 4 mths in advance, Nice is really expensive airport.

Travelling via Ryanair is possible to Marseille (More than 30 euro for the one way ticket for the train to Nice, however beware of Marseille by night especially alone - dont even try it! ) or to Milano (Bergamo) but it is really tiring and again, include some 40 euro for train, which you will have to switch 5 times.

Where would you recommend to go on a night out in Nice?

Pompei Live Music Club, Sansas, La Perle, Waynes, all restaurants and cafes at Cours Saleya besides Les amoureux.

And for eating? Can you recommend some good restaurants in Nice?

Les amoureux. I really recommend university restaurant, you have big lunch for 3 euro only!

What good cultural sites are there to visit?

Kitsch, I hate carnival in Nice, however architecture is nice.

Is there any other advice that you could give to students going to Nice in the future?

Beware - France is the world capital of bureaucracy, and, what makes it even worse, the Mediterrannean spirit of laziness will make your errands be run really slowly.

Girls dont take stilettos with you, there are so many hills that it is impossible to bear wearing high heels. However, if you like running, take your jogging shoes because there is great jogging place - Promenade des Anglais.

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