Clermont-Ferrand has received high marks in the “l’Etudiant” ranking of French student cities. According to this ranking:
- The city offers a sufficient supply of private housing at affordable prices, making it relatively easy for new students to find accommodation.
- The presence of prestigious higher education institutions and the world’s leading tire manufacturer, Michelin, as the top local employer, contribute to the city’s often overlooked economic dynamism.
- The city boasts a wide range of cultural, sports, and commercial facilities, characteristic of a true regional capital. The introduction of a tramway has enhanced the attractiveness of the city center.
In another study conducted by the UNEF (French National Union of Students), Clermont-Ferrand is considered one of the most financially advantageous cities for students. The UNEF ranks major French university cities based on the cost of student living.
This ranking takes into account:
- A fixed amount covering expenses such as food, utilities, books, phone, and leisure activities, based on data from the Observatory of Student Life.
- The average monthly rent for student housing in the city, measured annually by Locservice.fr.
- The annual cost of public transportation for students.
When ordered by decreasing costs, Clermont ranks 28th out of 34 cities, with the following data:
- Average monthly rent for a student in Clermont: 366 euros
- Rent cost ratio between Paris and Clermont: x 1.6
- Percentage of a Clermont student’s budget allocated to rent (national average is 55%): 51.8%
- Annual transportation budget for a Clermont student: 231 euros