Experience in Perpignan, France by Isciane

What did you think about living in the city of Perpignan? Do you recommend it? How is the city?

Perpignan is a small sunny and rather quiet city. There are some very beautiful landscapes in the surrounding areas, like in Banyuls or Collioure.

I recommend it because it's a city that's very close to the beach and the mountain, which is an asset. It's also very close to Spain. However, it's a city that isn't very lively for young people because it's not a big student city.

Experience in Perpignan, France by Isciane.


How is the student atmosphere in Perpignan?

The University of Perpignan is very friendly and there are people from different nationalities. The campus is quite small so it's easy to navigate. On the other hand, I find that there aren't enough student activities.

What is the cost of living in Perpignan?

The cost of living is reasonable in the sense that it's much cheaper than in Paris or other major French cities.

Is it difficult to find accommodation in Perpignan? Do you have any advice to give?

I've never looked for accommodation in Perpignan because I live with my parents.

How is food in the city? What are your favorite dishes?

The food is similar to that of Catalonia because Perpignan is very close. I love serrano ham and manchego as well as good old well garnished salads.

Experience in Perpignan, France by Isciane.


What places do you recommend to see in Perpignan?

I especially recommend the surroundings like Banyuls or Collioure but also Font-Romeu which are accessible by bus or the regional railway company in France (TER) for very cheap. In Perpignan itself, a guided tour of the historic centre can be interesting.

And to eat in Perpignan? Can you tell us your favorite places

The Indian restaurant New Delhi, which is very good and inexpensive, located on de la Gare avenue. The Kanter brewery in the city centre at the foot of the Castillet which has also reasonable prices.

Experience in Perpignan, France by Isciane.


What places do you recommend to go out in Perpignan?

In summer, de la Soif street in Canet (ten minutes from Perpignan by car). In the centre, there are bars like Shannon, Flaherty's, Boca Boca, HQ and Market that look more like nightclubs.

What advice do you want to give to future Erasmus students in Perpignan?

- Don't be afraid to talk to people and get to know them.

- Don't go too far from the centre for accommodation because transportation isn't always reliable.

- Bring sunglasses and a swimsuit for the summer, warm clothes for the winter because of the very strong winds.

- Don't hesitate to take the bus or the train to visit the surroundings.

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