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reims management school
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ GUIDE
Reims Management School
PRESENTATION OF REIMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
REIMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
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WELCOME TO REIMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL AND THE HOME OF CHAMPAGNE
HISTORY OF THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
TYPE OF INSTITUTION
CONTACTS AT THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OFFICE (IRO)
RMS PROGRAMS
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CAMPUS LIFE
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REIMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL OPENING TIMES
RECEPTION DESK “ACCUEIL”
FAX, PHOTOCOPIES, PRINTERS
STUDENT CARD & ACCESS CARD
IT FACILITIES & SERVICES
LIBRARY/MEDIATHÈQUE
RMS CAMPUS CAFETERIA
STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS
HANDICAP/HEALTH PROBLEMS
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
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YOUR ARRIVAL: BEFORE AND UPON
CHECKLIST
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VISA PROCEDURE
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STUDYING IN FRANCE
OFII PROCESS
VISA RENEWAL
WORKING IN FRANCE
IMPORTANT FOR VISA PROCEDURES
HOW TO GET TO THE OFII / TO THE SOUS-PREFECTURE
LIST OF EMBASSIES
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ACCOMMODATION
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ACOBHA RESIDENCE
CROUS CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION
STUDENT RESIDENCES
OTHER RENTAL RESIDENCES
FLAT-SHARING
FLAT RENTALS
TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATIONS / YOUTH HOSTEL
TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATIONS / HOTELS
HOUSING INSURANCE
HOUSING BENEFIT
HOUSING TAX
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MEDICAL HEALTHCARE
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THE FRENCH HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
BASIC INSURANCE (DEPENDING ON STAY DURATION, COUNTRY AND AGE)
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HOW TO GET TO REIMS CITY & TO REIMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
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BY SHUTTLE
BY CAR RENTAL
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
RMS MAP LOCATION
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USEFUL DATA
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OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT & BANKING SERVICES
BANK HOLIDAYS
ELECTRICITY
PHONING
COMING WITH FAMILY AND CHILDREN
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LIVING IN REIMS
REIMS CITY
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OVERVIEW
TRANSPORTATION
WEATHER CONDITIONS
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ACTIVITIES
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EATING & DRINKING
SPORTIVE ACTIVITIES
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
GOING OUT / NIGHT LIFE
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SHOPPING
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FOOD PRICES
SHOPPING CENTERS & SUPERMARKETS (NEAREST, BIGGEST, DOWNTOWN)
MARKETS
LAUNDRY
POST OFFICE
LIBRARIES
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HEALTH
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DOCTORS
DENTISTS
PHARMACY
USEFUL NUMBERS
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NOTES
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Brigitte Panciera
Director of International Relations
“Dear Students,
Located in the heart of the Champagne capital of the
world, 45 minutes by high speed train (TGV) from Paris,
Reims Management School has been in existence since
the creation of the Grande Ecole program (Master of
Science in Management) in 1928. The school has grown to
be a school of approximately 4,400 students with
approximately 90 permanent faculty members and over
200 visiting professors.
Constantly striving for excellence, RMS is accr edited by
the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) since
2000 and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 2006.
The school obtained in 2010 the renowned American
accreditation, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools
of Business (AACSB). Hence RMS belongs to the small
number of schools worldwide to be triple accredited at an
international level.
RMS is a French business school with a strong
international focus. The school welcomes international
students from around the globe, with 25% of the stude nt
body being international. Degree seeking students
studying at RMS also have the opportunity to study
abroad for one semester or one year, depending on their
program. The school currently has almost 160 partner
schools, in approximately 42 countries on 5 continents to
make this possible.
The International Relations Office (IRO) assists
international students to integrate into student life and
into life in France. The IRO provides assistance to
students in finding accommodation on or off campus.
Students living off-campus can take a short 10 minute
tramway ride from the school to the city centre. Please
explore this Welcome Guide, which will provide all the
necessary information to enjoy your study experience in
Reims.
We welcome you to Reims Management School and the
home of Champagne!”
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REIMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
History of the Education System
A distinctive feature of the French Higher Education is that in Engineering and Business Administration
students can choose to study outside the public university system in the specialized Grandes Ecoles.
The Grandes Ecoles were initiated by Napoleon to train the country’s technical elites. Originally, these
were Engineering Schools. In the 19th century however, Chambers of Commerce decided to set up the
Management Schools based on the Grande Ecole model in order to produce managers who would run
French companies.
Type of institution
Reims Management School is an Association with strong ties to the Chamber of Commerce. The
system is based on selective and limited entry through competitive examinations along with an applied
curriculum and practical experience producing quality graduates with relevant training, who can adapt
rapidly to the working environment. The degrees awarded by the Grandes Ecoles are accredited by the
French Ministry of Education and these degrees are equivalent to a Master, a five-year qualification.
The school is autonomous with regards to the program developments and strategies. It has excellent
market recognition: high-quality applicants; multiple job offers per graduate; high average starting
salaries. The school has an outstanding reputation with French employers.
Contacts at RMS International Relations Office (IRO)
Mrs Marie-Amélie BRUN
SUP DE CO (Head of International Relations - Incoming students)
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 77 47 44
[email protected]
Mrs Lydie KOPEZUN
SUP DE CO (Head of International Relations - Incoming students)
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 77 46 10
[email protected]
Mrs Agnès GRISON
SUP DE CO (Incoming students Advisor)
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 77 46 87
[email protected]
Mrs Sylvie THUILLIER
RMS Bachelor & TEMA
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 77 47 36
[email protected]
Mrs Nathalie MARC-WANEUKEM
Summer Programs & ERASMUS
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 77 46 51
[email protected]
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RMS Programs
MBA Program: International MBA (full-time) & Executive MBA (part-time)
Created in 1972 and rated in the top ten French MBA courses, the Reims MBA program aims to
prepare professionals with exceptional potential to become tomorrow’s leaders in managing teams and
companies in the corporate world.
The MBA program offers a high level, broad based, personalised coursework to experienced
professionals who have strong leadership potential and a sound educational background. The rapid
acquisition of new skills gives an overview of a business adding a strategic dimension to their career
development. This post-graduate program is the most international one at RMS and runs in two
formats: International MBA Full-time (IMBA) and Executive MBA (EMBA), a part-time qualification for
executives.
Specialised Masters and Master of Science
Master programs run in partnership with the leading academic institutions and professional bodies in
each area of specialization:
- MS Analyse Financière Internationale (AFI)
- MSc Finance and International Banking (FIB)
- MSc Intelligence Marketing des Produits de Grande Consommation (IMPGC)
- MS Management de l'Innovation dans les Agro-activités et les Bio-industries: Masternova
- MSc in International Management (MIM)
ESC Program (Sup de Co)
Founded in 1928, the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Reims’ mission is to train high-qualified
students to practice management responsibilities which will lead them to top most management
positions in international organisations.
The Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Reims is rated among the top six Grandes Ecoles specialising
in management in France. The school awards the Master of Science in Management (MSc) to students
who are on the brink of launching their careers.
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CESEM / MIM Programs
Created in 1974, the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures Européennes de Management prepares students
for international management careers.
The CESEM is the most international of the undergraduate programs at RMS. It offers a four-year
course leading to a Bachelor Degree fully recognized by the Ministry of Education, the DESEM
(Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Européennes de Management).
The program provides the tools for developing strong personalities to adapt instantly within diverse
international contexts.
Students may continue their studies at the Master’s level leading to a MSc in International
Management diploma. Within the framework of our IPBS Network (International Partnership of
Business Schools), students have access to tracks: RMS, France; ESB Reutlingen, Germany;
Universita Catolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy; Dublin City University, Ireland; Universidad De Las
Americas, Mexico; Northeastern University Boston, USA. In addition to these 9 tracks, Bachelor
Students in the CESEM Program could also choose UIBE, China or North Caroline State University,
USA.
TEMA Program
Founded in 1999, TEMA School of Technology and Management educates tomorrow’s managers to
lead projects and product development in high-tech environments. The most innovative program at
RMS, TEMA is a 5-year course leading to a Master in Technology and Management (MSc).
The School recruits the most talented students and prepares them to lead and manage in high-tech
fields. The program offers high-level teaching in the principles of Management and
Information/Communication Technologies using innovative interactive training methods and features a
immersion period in the world of business, which will help students develop their professional skills,
enrich their personalities and reinforce their leadership potential.
Bachelor Program
Founded in 1989, l’Ecole Supérieure des Métiers de la Vente et de la Gestion – RMS Bachelor (exSup TG) – produces managers in the fields of sales and administration through its three-year program.
The School recruits the most suitable students, prepares them for sales and administrative careers
facilitating their entry into the job market.
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CAMPUS LIFE
Reims Management School Opening times
RMS Campus 1
Monday to Friday: 7.30am - 23.00pm
Saturday: 7.30am – 17.00pm
Sunday: Closed
RMS Campus 2
Monday to Friday: 7.30am - 21.30pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
During bank holidays, opening hours are subject to change but both campuses are generally closed.
Reception Desk “Accueil”
Reception desk - Campus 1
Monday to Thursday: 8.00am – 18.00pm
Friday: 8.00 – 17.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 12.00am
Reception desk - Campus 2
Monday to Thursday: 8.00am – 6.00pm
Friday: 8.00am - 5.00pm
On each campus, the reception desk is present to
welcome you, to give you the directions for anything
you might need to find and/or to direct you towards
the right person.
At the Reception Desk, you can also find a fax, buy
cards to make photocopies and recharge your
account to be able to use the printers.
Printers
Fax
France
0.69 € per minute
International 2.13 € per minute
Black and White
0,05 €
20 Copies
1€
50 Copies
2.50 €
100 Copies
5€
500 Copies
25 €
20 Copies
1.60 €
50 Copies
4€
100 Copies
8€
500 Copies
25 €
Photocopies
20 Copies
1€
50 Copies
2.40 €
100 Copies
4.70 €
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Color
0,08 €
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Student Card & Access Card
Student Card
A student card will be given to you as soon as your duly completed registration file is received, and
your photo and signature stored. The card is valid for the entire academic year 2012/2013.
If you lose it, you will be able to get a new one at a cost of 20€.
Presenting your student card allows you to get lots of discounts in France, but also in Europe. Do not
hesitate to ask touristic places and shops if they have special rates for students. For example, you will
get an additional burger in some fast-foods, reduced prices for museums, concerts and cinema
tickets…
Access Card
It is a coded card allowing access to RMS two campuses and car parks.
This card will be delivered by the International Relations Office, by your programme coordinator or by
ACOBHA if you are staying in this residence.
This card has to be given back before your departure.
If the access card is lost or stolen during your study period, you will have to inform the person who
gave it to you. The price charged will be 20€ in order to obtain a new one or if the access card is not
returned at the end of the study period.
RMS Car Parks
Both campuses have a car park you can enter thanks to your access card.
For circulation and security reasons, it is of utmost importance to drive with care on the school
premises, and to respect all the sign posts. Use of the car park automatically implies that the user
accepts to abide by the rules.
Vehicles which are parked in non-authorised areas, and which cause obstruction to other cars and
people, will be removed and any costs incurred by this removal will be paid by the car owner.
It is not permitted to use this car park during the night, during the school holidays and bank holidays.
Please note that the Driving Code also applies in private car parks.
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IT Facilities & Services
All information about your courses, timetables, classrooms, news, etc will be found on the intranet.
RMS is equipped with the WIFI (wireless access to Internet). We recommend that you bring your own
laptop and USB keys. On your arrival, the school will provide you with your username and password
details.
Opening hours of the computer rooms:
Same as the School opening times
IT Assistance: [email protected]
or Office hours on the two campuses
There are computer rooms available for students. Computers allow free and unlimited Internet access
and are equipped with the Windows Pack Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
 As the computer rooms are also classrooms, they may sometimes be reserved by the
professors during the day. So please consult the room’s schedule on each door.
 French keyboards are in AZERTY mode – not QWERTY! You may find it confusing at the
beginning but you will get use to it quickly. However, we strongly advise that you bring your
own laptops, keyboards and USB keys with you.
Library/Mediathèque
The documents and books available are mainly in French; however the library offers a multitude of
publications (books, newspapers, magazines, CDs) in English, Spanish, Italian and German as well.
Computers are all connected to Internet. To obtain access, students must show their student card or
their school registration certificate.
Opening hours
Monday-Thursday: 9.00-19.00
Friday: 9.00-18.00
Saturday: 9.00-12.00
Please note that during the months of July, August and September, the opening times are
different. You can access all the information concerning the Médiathèque on the school
website: http://www.reims-ms.fr/fr/mediatheque/infos_horaires.php
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RMS Campus Cafeteria
There is a cafeteria and a Point Gourmand on each
campus. You can choose to have a complete meal
or rather opt for a sandwich. There are vending
machines in the corridors which provide various
snacks and hot/cold beverages.
A meal will cost you 3.80 € per person (price:
2011/2012).
On a sunny day, you may also sit outside and have
your lunch on the terrace!
Point Gourmand
Monday to Friday: 8.00am – 3.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Cafeteria
Monday to Saturday: 11.45am - 1.45pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Eating and drinking inside the classrooms is strictly forbidden.
Student Associations
Reims Management School has always given priority
to Associations. Today more than 35 communities
liven up the Campus in very different fields.
Information about the associations and contact
details on:
http://www.reims-ms.fr/en/groupe/asso.php
 International
Le Bureau de l’International (BDI) is the International Students Union. This organisation’s
main objective is to welcome and to integrate international students into the school providing
opportunities to assimilate into and exchange with the French culture.
Notably, the BDI provides administrative assistance with regards to your accommodation,
offers advice in securing internships abroad, organises discovery trips in France and
elsewhere and generally aims to keep your evenings in Reims lively.
Email: [email protected]
The “buddy program” pairs new international students with current RMS student. Your
buddy will answer your questions before your arrival in France and will give you a hand at
the beginning of your stay. Contact the BDI for more information!
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 Open Maroc: aims at promoting Morocco, through various cultural and economic activities
such as conferences, cooking classes, parties, trips, sport events and charity events.
 Student life / Media / Communications
 Le Bureau des Elèves (BDE) or
Students Union: is composed of student
representatives elected each year. Each
school has its own Bureau des Elèves:
BDE Sup de Co, BDE Cesem, BDE Sup
TG, BDE TEMA, BDE Spirit of MBA. It
organises the Freshers’ week, induction
days, parties, events, students’ balls…
 Christian Community: offer different activities and events to the students of the school, to
help them live their faith.
 On AirMS: houses a student radio station; creates and broadcasts informative programmes
produced by students or associations.
 Egayons-nous: aims to make people more aware of issues related to homosexuality. Also
involved in the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (SDI) and in particular AIDS.
 Le Monocle: this association updates and publishes each year a free practical guide which
is entitled Le Monocle about Reims City and its vicinity.
Website: http://lemonocle.portail-myrms.com
 Sports & Thrills
 Sports Union or Le Bureau des Sports
(BDS): organises throughout the year a
wide range of sportive activities and
competitions: tennis, football, rugby, gym,
etc. For weekly schedules, just check their
offices. Activities are usually planned on
Thursday afternoons, as there are no
classes. Yearly subscription to BDS is
approximately 40 €.
 Bureau de l’extrême (BDX): organises alternative thrilling sport events, such as paintball,
karting, laser-game, parachute jumps…
 RMS rugby team: organised its first tournament in the spring 2010.
 RMS Sailing Club: organises the sailing training sessions, for the Grandes Ecoles
tournament.
 Sup d’Aviron: organises the rowing training sessions, for the Grandes Ecoles tournament.
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 Artistic & Cultural
 Le Bureau des Arts (BDA): organises
cultural events (Ciné-club, Printemps
Théâtral), produces and directs the school
video book and also offers theatre and
dancing lessons.
 Reims Monte en Scène: for more than
25 years, this association has organised
the theatre festival of the Grandes Ecoles.
 Association Conférence et Contacts Entreprises (ACCES): this association's role is to
promote contacts between the students and firms by inviting famous speakers from the
business, scientific and/or artistic world to hold a conference in the school.
 MoVip: this association promotes the art of short-movies.
 Humanitarian projects
 Partenariat Entreprises-Associations à caractère humanitaire (PEACH): is involved in
quite a lot of national and international humanitarian projects such as a mission in Ukraine,
activities for children in need and fund-raising for the national humanitarian associations.
 PrépaRémois: aims at training underprivileged high school students to access university
studies.
 Handiversité: aims at increasing student awareness of the professional integration of
disabled persons.
 Oïkos Reims: aims at increasing student awareness of sustainable development and
promoting its integration in management courses.
 Cheer up: it helps people suffering from cancer to realise their personal objectives.
 Finance & Business
 RMS Invest: it allows students who are keen on finance to acquire knowledge, meet
professionals and take part in conferences, in partnership with Banking and Finance
Groups.
 AIESEC: this network supports international student and professional mobility.
 L'Association de Conseil à la Création d'Entreprises pour le Développement de
l'Emploi (ACCEDE): assists the students who want to create their own companies by
providing them assistance and information about the marketing strategies, financial
planning and legal environment procedures.
 Atout Job Service: this is a link with companies which are looking for resources available
for student jobs during the weekends and/or holidays.
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Handicap, Health problem
Reims Management School aims to accommodate all students who have demonstrated skills and
motivation to integrate its programs. Therefore, RMS provides a personalized welcome and care
during the studies of students with disabilities.
For students with reduced mobility, the school buildings are equipped with wheelchair access,
lifts/elevators and other amenities. All the staff is also present to help students with disabilities during
their academic experience.
Handicap Referent
Mrs Céline ARTICLAUT
Tel : +33 (0)3 26 77 55 60
Email: [email protected]
Transportation in Reims is also adapted to persons with reduced mobility (tram & buses):
http://trema.fr/
Created in 2007, the student community Handiversité aims at increasing student awareness of the
professional integration of disabled persons by organising sportive, fashion, cultural events and
awareness campaigns supported by local companies.
http://handiversite.unblog.fr/
RMS also encourages all the student communities to associate each event to a humanitarian or social
cause. Business days, campaigns, student parties, which are accompanied by an action in favor of
diversity, ecology or social equity, are financially and materially helped by the school administration.
Sustainable development
Sustainable Development Referent
Mrs Isabelle ROBERT
Tel : +33 (0)3 26 77 46 43
Email: [email protected]
Reims Management School’s approach to global responsibility focuses on five main areas:
- To train responsible managers and citizens;
- To stimulate research on problems of global responsibility and to share this with companies;
- To remain open to more eco-friendly social and cultural practices;
- To encourage diversity in our teams;
- To reduce the school’s ecological footprint.
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YOUR ARRIVAL: BEFORE & UPON
CHECKLIST
PRE-DEPARTURE
 Make an appointment with the embassy or Campus France for the visa process
N.B. It is possible that students who apply for visas will be asked by the French embassy to:
- take out a travel insurance with repatriation in case of serious health problems, accident etc
- have a health certificate of non contagion (dated no more than 6 months before your arrival in
Reims), details of your inoculations and information on any health problems you may have which a
doctor would need to know in case of ongoing treatment or accident
 Make sure your passport is valid for the length of your stay in France / Europe
 Prepare all the papers you will need for the academic year
- Bring official passport-sized (ID) photos
- Have French translations of your birth certificate. 2 copies might be necessary: one for the
MGEL/LMDE (see page 30) + one if you want to apply for the CAF/APL (see page 28)
- Make copies of all important documents
- For European students only: have your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
- For students aged 28 or over: bring a copy of your private healthcare insurance contract or the
necessary documents to register to the CMU (see page 30)
 Organise and confirm your accommodation in Reims
 Ask for your international driving licence (in case you want to drive a car in France)
 Unblock you phone for international calls and/or for it to accept a French SIM Card
 Check if the electricity plugs of your country are different (and if so, think about bringing a plug
adapter/ voltage converter with you or buying one in France)
 Arrange enough cash to cover living cost (shuttle, food, housing...) during your first days in France
 Be prepared for a cultural transition!
PLAN YOUR TRIP AND ARRIVAL TO REIMS
 Book your flight
 Send the arrival form back to your contact person
 If you booked at CROUS or ACOBHA through RMS accommodation office, let your contact person
know when you want to check-in and get your keys. (Please do not contact your residence directly
and be careful about the residences opening times.)
 Know the details (exact address, name, phone number) of your destination in Reims
 Make sure you have the address and phone number of RMS
 Take a list of temporary accommodation in case your flight or train is delayed (page 27)
UPON ARRIVAL
 Register for the housing insurance (see page 28)
 Subscribe for the health insurance (depending on stay duration, age and country of origin, see
page 29/30)
 Follow the VISA procedure: if you are concerned (see page 16) bring your “request of OFII
certificate” and the requested documents to your contact person
 Be sure to fill-in your CAF application before the end of the first month in France concerning the
APL (housing benefit)
 Optional: Open a bank account (see page 35), necessary for the CAF application (housing benefit)
or French health insurance (MGEL/LMDE or CMU)
 Optional: Buy a Mobile Phone or a French SIM Card (see page 37)
 Optional: Subscribe for the public transport pass (see page 40)
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YOUR ARRIVAL: BEFORE & UPON
VISA PROCEDURE
Studying in France
Depending on your country of origin and on the duration of your stay, the procedures are different.
Students from European Economic Area1 and Switzerland
No visa is required by the French authorities. You will only be asked to hold a valid passport or a valid
ID card during your stay.
Students from other countries
 Short stay (less than 90 days)
You must have a valid passport with you to enter and reside in France.
Some countries nationals do not need to obtain a visa for stays of 3 months or less. List on the
website: http://www.campusfrance.org/en/page/short-stay-visas-less-90-days
Short stays visa (less than 90days) or tourism visa valid throughout the Schengen area permit stays of
up to 3 months within a given 6-month period. The number of days during which the holder may remain
in the Schengen Area is specified on the visa sticker, along with the validity period of the visa, provided
the holder's passport remains valid during that time. Students wishing to engage in language training
or other short instructional programs are eligible for this visa.
 Long stay visa (more than 90 days) – except Algerian nationals
All students will have to apply for a visa. Since September 2009, the French authorities have issued for
students living in a non-European country a long-stay visa (VLS-TS). Holders of the VLS-TS visa no
longer have to obtain a residency permit from the prefecture having jurisdiction over their place of
residence in France. There are two types of long stay visa:
- (temporary) long stay visa
If your stay in France is longer than 90 days but shorter than 6 months, you might have obtained a
temporary long stay visa (which is not a student visa) indicated at the bottom of your visa. In that case
you are allowed to stay for the duration of your visa without any other procedure to follow.
- (normal) long stay visa
Students have to report to the OFII (“Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration”) and complete
several administrative formalities. Please see on the next pages the procedure to follow: OFII process
(valid for one year only) and visa renewal (if your studies are lasting more than one year).
 Residence permit for Algerian nationals
Algerian students are still covered by the Franco-Algerian agreement of December 27, 1968.
Therefore, the former procedure is still implemented. You need to apply for a Residence permit (Titre
de séjour). Each residence permit is only valid for one year. If your studies exceed a year (Double
Degree Students) and when your student visa expires, you will get an extension by presenting your
enrolment certificate. The administrative procedure for a residence permit can only be initiated once
you are in France, with the Sous-préfecture located in Reims city centre.
EEA countries include: 27 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia,
Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom) and 3 EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
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OFII process
The OFII process does not concern students from the European Economic Area* and Switzerland,
students staying less than 90 days, students holding a long stay visa and Algerian students
After receiving your enrolment certificate or acceptance letter from RMS, contact must be made
with the nearest Campus France agency, French Embassy or Consulate to obtain a long stay
visa marked "student" permitting you to enter France, with the proviso that you have adequate
means of support. The first part of the official form entitled “Request of OFII certificate”
(Demande d’attestation OFII) must be filled-in with your personal details and stamped from the
consulate that issued your visa.
http://www.campusfrance.org/en/page/extended-stay-student-visa-residency-permit-vls-ts
At the border control, you must ensure that your passport has been endorsed and stamped
indicating your date of entry in France by an Immigration Officer. (If you have entered France in
transit via another Schengen State, this stamp must be affixed by the competent authorities of this
State. In this case, you will be presumed to have entered the French territory not longer than five
days after this date.)
Upon arriving in France, you must complete the second part of the “Request of OFII certificate”,
mentioning your full address in France, your date of entry in France and your visa number.
Once this certificate completed, you must bring it either to your contact person at the IRO Office
who will forward to the OFII Office in Reims, or directly to the OFII. Copies of your passport (the
page concerning your personal details and the pages endorsed and stamped by the Immigration
Officer (or by the authorities of the transit State) mentioning the date of transit at the border and
the issued visa are also requested.
Upon receipt of these documents, the OFII will send you by regular mail to the French address
provided a letter acknowledging receipt of the form, and possibly asking the holder to report for a
medical examination and a chest x-ray if such an examination was not performed in the holder's
country of origin or upon entering France.
You name must absolutely appear on your mailbox!
The OFII will also set up a date for an appointment at their office in order to validate your visa.
On this occasion, you must bring the following required documents:
- your passport
- an official photo (identity or passport photo)
- a proof of domicile in France (rental receipt, invoice for electricity, gas, water, or telephone
bills under your name or, in the absence of these documents, an accommodation certificate)
- your medical certificate if you have completed the medical examination before coming to
France.
- a Tax amount to be paid to OFII: 58 € (2012) by purchasing a tax stamp marked "OMI" or
"ANAEM". The stamp may be purchased online at www.timbresofii.fr, in certain shops that sell
tobacco products (Bureaux de tabacs) or at the Centre des Impôts (Tax Centre), 136 rue
Gambetta 51100 Reims (French speaking).
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Once all of these formalities have been completed, your passport (including the visa and the mention
by OFII that you have completed the formalities) will authorize you to remain legally in France during
the validity of your visa.
The non-completion of the formalities mentioned above within a delay of 3 months will subject
you to the procedure for irregular stay.
Any change of address during your stay must be reported to the OFII within 15 days.
Visa renewal
The VLS-TS is valid for one year. All non EU students, who wish to stay for more than a year to
continue their studies, would have to obtain a residency permit (Titre de séjour). Failing to do so will
oblige you to return to your country of origin in order to apply for a new visa.
Depending on the expiry date of your visa, there are two possibilities to renew it:
 Your VLS-TS expires between September and November
= most of the students who arrived in France for the academic year
In Reims, the different schools, universities and the CROUS, along with the Sous-préfecture have
developed a partnership in order to make things easier for non-French speaking students. As a result,
a Guichet Unique / Reims Campus has been created and all students wishing to renew their visa
during this period must go to this place.
LE GUICHET UNIQUE / REIMS CAMPUS
30 August to 5 October 2012
Address: 31 rue du Général Sarrail 51100 Reims
Opening times: Monday to Friday – 10.00 to 18.30
 Your VLS-TS expires between December and August
= for example: students who arrived early during the summer holidays (to take French classes before
beginning the academic year in RMS or follow Summer Programs for example) or students who arrived
late during the academic year or came to study in RMS from the spring semester…
You have to present yourself directly to the Sous-préfecture two months before the expiry date of
your visa, bringing your passport.
Requested documents for visa renewal:
When you will go to the Guichet Unique or to the Sous-préfecture, you will receive a list of documents
to provide and the date for an appointment. During the appointment, the Sous-préfecture will verify the
validity of your documents and will give you a receipt. The delay to obtain your residency permit can be
up to three months.
No student visa/ residency permit will be delivered if your studies are over.
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Working in France
 During your studies (http://www.campusfrance.org/node/6562)
International students have the right to work while studying in France as long as they are enrolled in an
institution that participates in the national student health-care plan. Students who are not nationals of
EU member countries must hold a valid long-stay visa or residency permit. The right to work applies to
all students, including those who are in France for the first time, those who are enrolled in the first year
of a university program, and those who are enrolled full-time in a language school. They are no longer
required to obtain temporary employment authorization (Autorisation Provisoire de Travail) except for
the Algerian students who are still covered by the Franco-Algerian agreement of December 27, 1968.
The law allows students to work 964 hours in a given year, which corresponds to 60% of full-time
employment for the year. Remember that you cannot expect to meet all of your expenses by working
part-time, so you must have other means of support. France has a national minimum hourly wage,
known as the SMIC. The SMIC presently stands at € 9.40 gross per hour worked, before mandatory
taxes for social benefits. Taxes reduce the worker's net wage by about 20%.
 After your studies (http://www.campusfrance.org/en/page/working-after-graduation)
 Students without a Master’s degree
Due to the high rate of unemployment in France, the job market is closed for International students,
unless they find a job in sectors that remains vacant. 14 sectors are listed for the moment including
audit and financial control managers (see the list on the link above) and some other sectors also exists
depending of the geographical region of employment.
 Students with a Master’s degree
Students who obtained a degree equivalent to a Master’s or higher degree can look for jobs in any
business sector. However, the job must be related to their academic program and at a rate of
compensation equal to at least 1.5 times the national minimum wage.
1) We strongly recommend you to apply for the APS (Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour). It is a onetime (nonrenewable) temporary residency permit valid for 6 months beyond the date of expiration of
the student’s residency permit. This authorisation will enable you to have more time to find a job and to
work up to the limit of 60% of the official work week. The application must be done 4 months before the
expiry date of the student visa in the Préfecture (Châlons-en-Champagne).
2) Either you find a job responding to the two criteria (field related to studies and remuneration at least
equal to 1.5 times the national minimum wage) during your studies and enter full-time employment as
soon as you obtain your diploma, or find a job during the 6 months allowed by the APS, you would
have to present an employment contract from a French company and to fill-in a request for change of
status (from student to employee) in the Préfecture. In evaluating your request, the authorities will
consider various factors, such as the company's reasons for making the offer, your profile and the
number of years of study completed.
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Advice: Finding a job in France will be strongly facilitated if you are able to speak French.
Important for visa procedures
Be sure:
 to take with you all the required documents for a student visa application.
 that your passport is valid during your study period in France
 that all the needed papers for a student visa application are translated by a certified French
translator before leaving your home country; the address of the certified French translator and
official stamp must appear on each translated document.
 to make copies of your official papers.
 to bring the original documents along with its copies to be able to present them if needed.
 that the photocopied papers are legible.
If there are missing documents your application will be considered as incomplete and will not be taken
into account, meaning that you would have to leave France.
How to get to the OFII and to the Sous-Prefecture
OFII:
Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration - OFII
26-28 rue Buirette 51100 Reims
Website: http://www.ofii.fr
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 36 97 29
Take the tram (direction: Neufchâtel) from campus 1 or 2 and get off the tram at the stop “Vesle” (8
minutes). Cross the street and take the road in front of you called “Rue Jeanne d’Arc”. Follow this road.
The second street you will meet is “rue Buirette”. Turn right to find the number “26-28” located between
the entrance of the covered car park and the entrance of the FNAC shopping center.
Sous-préfecture:
Sous-Préfecture de REIMS
Place Royale 51100 Reims
Website: http://www.marne.pref.gouv.fr
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 86 71 00 (French speaking only)
Take the tram (direction: Neufchâtel) from campus 1 or 2 and get off the tram at the stop “Opéra” (10
minutes). With Mc Donald’s on your left side and Opera on your right side and follow the street “rue
Carnot” until you reach the Place Royale roundabout. It is a 2 minute walk. On your right is the Souspréfecture building. When facing the building, the office is located on the right wing of the building.
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List of Embassies
Country
Address in Paris
Phone number
Afrique du Sud
59 quai d'orsay 75007
+33 (0)1 53 59 23 23
Argentina
6 rue Cimarosa 75116
+33 (0)1 44 05 27 00
Australia
4 rue Jean Rey 75015
+33 (0)1 40 59 33 00
Austria
6 rue Fabert 75007
+33 (0)1 40 63 30 63
Belgium
9 rue de Tilsitt 75840
+33 (0)1 44 09 39 39
Brazil
34 cours Albert 1er 75008
+33 (0)1 45 61 63 00
Canada
35 avenue Montaigne 75008
+33 (0)1 44 43 29 00
Chile
2 avenue de La Motte Picquet 75007
+33 (0)1 44 18 59 60
Chine
11 avenue George V 75008
+33 (0)1 49 52 19 50
Denmark
77 avenue Marceau 75116
+33 (0)1 44 31 21 21
Finland
1 place de Finlande 75007
+33 (0)1 44 18 19 20
Germany
13 avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt 75008
+33 (0)1 53 83 45 00
Hungary
5 square de l’avenue Foch 75116
+33 (0)1 45 00 94 97
Inde
15 Rue Alfred Dehodencq 75116
+33 (0)1 40 50 70 70
Ireland
4 rue Rude 75116
+33 (0)1 44 17 67 00
Israel
3 rue Rabelais 75008
+33 (0)1 40 76 55 00
Italy
51 rue de Varenne 75007
+33 (0)1 49 54 03 00
Japan
7 avenue Hoche 75008
+33 (0)1 48 88 62 00
Mexico
9 rue de Longchamp 75116
+33 (0)1 53 70 27 70
Norway
28 rue Bayard 75008
+33 (0)1 53 67 04 00
The Netherlands
7 rue Eblé 75007
+33 (0)1 40 62 33 00
Portugal
3 rue de Noisiel 75116
+33 (0)1 47 27 35 29
Spain
22 avenue Marceau 75381
+33 (0)1 44 43 18 00
Sweden
17 rue Barbet de Jouy 75007
+33 (0)1 44 18 88 00
United Kingdom
35 rue du Faubourg St Honoré 75008
+33 (0)1 44 51 31 00
USA
2 avenue Gabriel 75008
+33 (0)1 43 12 22 22
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ACCOMMODATION
Several types of accommodation are available in Reims. Prices can vary between 300€ and 600€ per
month for a private accommodation for one person depending on the size, the services provided and
the stay duration.
You will find below a list of accommodation and the associated contact details to proceed to the
booking by yourself. If you need some support, you are welcome to contact the local students of the
Bureau de l’International (BDI) or the International Relations Office (IRO).
BUREAU DE L'INTERNATIONAL (BDI)
(see details on page 11)
Email: [email protected]
IRO (Accommodation Office)
Mrs Barka METARECHE
Email: [email protected]
 Accommodation is not easy to find in France, so be sure to make your reservation
quite in advance. For ACOBHA and CROUS demands exceed offers and there are
hardly any vacancies left after July.
 According to French law, you will have to pay for the monthly rent even if you have not
yet arrived on the premises (e.g. entire month of September even if you arrive midSeptember) or if you leave before the end of a month.
 All prices indicated below are subject to change.
ACOBHA Residence
ACOBHA Residence is an on-campus accommodation located on RMS campus 1.
Description:
-
-
2 types of accommodation: studio F1 (25m2, 1 single
bed) and very few F1bis studio (2 single beds, 37m2)
Address: 46 rue Henri Royer 51100 Reims
Furnished: bed, table, chairs, desk, shelf, cupboards,
lamps, all for cooking, disposable linen (disposable
pillow, duvet and bed sheets)*
Furniture is not included in the price
Kitchenette (mini fridge, electric hot plates)
Bathroom facilities (shower and toilet).
Individual access control system to the building
Free wireless / WIFI in each studio
Laundry room and parking lot
Water and heating included
*not provided : towels and dishcloths
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Price:
Monthly rent
Management fees
Deposit
Furniture rental
fees
Deposit for
furniture
Electricity
APL (monthly)
F1
450€
122 €
about 350 €
F1 bis
540€
122 €
about 420€
Non refundable
For the whole rental period, even if you extend
your stay. About 40 € is non-refundable for a full
cleaning of the flat at your departure. The rest will
be refunded at the end of your stay, provided that
everything in the flat is in order.
For one year. Should you stay less, you would get
250 €
285 €
a refund in proportion of the duration.
For the whole rental period, even if you extend
120 €
120 €
your stay. Refundable except if something is
broken
Not included in the monthly charge fees and must
About 35 € to open the
be paid separately. An account must be opened account then approximately
with the French Electricity Company (EDF)
20 € / month
Housing allowance from the CAF (see page 27)
about
about
Deducted per month from your rent.
- 173 €
- 173 €
To make a booking:
 IMBA students, English speaking postgraduate Master students and exchange students should
first contact the IRO in order to book a studio.
 Other students should directly contact the ACOBHA residence:
Contact: Mrs Karen TOURTEAUX
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 77 47 83
CROUS Campus Accommodations
Several types of housing are offered by the CROUS and residences are located in varying places in
the city, either close to RMS campuses or downtown.
Description:
-
-
-
Individual room: equipped with a single bed, a desk, a
private fridge, shelves and bathroom facilities (shower
and toilet). There is one kitchen on each floor to be
shared with the other students.
Individual studio: equipped with a single bed, a desk,
shelves and a kitchenette (small fridge, sink, hot plate
and cupboard), bathroom facilities (shower and toilet).
More information: www.crous-reims.fr
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Price:
Monthly rent
Deposit
APL (monthly)
Including water, heating, electricity and WIFI
For the whole rental period, even if you extend
your stay. The deposit will be refunded at the end
of your stay, provided that everything in the flat is
perfectly clean and nothing is broken.
Housing allowance from the CAF (see page 27)
Deducted per month from your rent.
room
270€
about 270 €
studio
380€
about 380€
about
- 92 €
about
- 173 €
To make a booking:
 RMS has an agreement with the CROUS. IMBA students, English speaking postgraduate
Master students and exchange students should first contact the IRO, in order to book a room or
studio. However, please note that:
- places are limited (it is a “first arrived, first served system”)
- you will be allocated a residence randomly, depending on the availabilities
- you will be engaged in the CROUS residence for the duration of your exchange / studies
and the maximum duration of your stay is 1 academic year: 10 months (September-June).
 Other students and if there is no rooms available under the RMS/CROUS agreement: an
application must be filled-in in the CROUS website before the end of June.
Student residences
The website Adele, an overview of Reims’s student residences, can help you visualize how the
residences look like, what their prices are and where they are located in the city:
http://www.adele.org/public/residence/logement-etudiant-reims
 Résidence Résidium
New student residence, 15-minute bus ride from RMS and 10-minutes bus ride from the city center.
Furnished studios and flats. Price includes monthly charge fees. Lots of free services: breakfast, room
cleaning service, gym area inside the residence, bicycle rental… If no French guarantor, the residence
accepts that you pay in advance the rental fees for your whole stay.
Address: 90 rue des Moulins
Phone: +33 (0)6 61 91 00 36
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.sergic.com/annonces-immobilieres/residences-etudiantes
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 Résidence Les Estudines
New student residence, located in the city center, near the train station, a 10-minute tramway ride from
RMS. Furnished studios. Price includes monthly charge fees and bed linen cleaning. Possibility of
room cleaning service, breakfast option. Management fees offered for RMS students. If no French
guarantor, the residence accepts that you pay in advance the rental fees for your whole stay.
Address: 6 rue de Courcelles
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 24 87 14
Email: contact online
Website: http://www.estudines.com/uk/residence-housing-student-reims-34-225.html
 Résidence Laudine
New student residence, a 20-minute bus ride from RMS. Price includes monthly charge fees and bed
linen cleaning. Lots of services included.
Address: 7 rue de la Procession
Email: contact online
Website: http://www.mgellogement.fr/residences-etudiantes/detail-REIMS-18.php
Other rental residences
 Résidence Hôtelière du Champ de Mars
English spoken, five-minute walk from the train station and five-minute bus ride to the city centre.
Rental studios and flats: furnished room 18m2, furnished studio 19m², and furnished F2 apartment type
with 2 rooms 18m².
Address: 17 rue du Champ de Mars 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 02 17 22 / Fax number: +33 (0)3 26 02 79 79
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.residencehotel-reims.com
 Résidence Léon Paindavoine
Located in the city centre near the cathedral. Offering 29 rooms, from T1-type (20 to 26m²) to T2-type
(39m²) studios. Equipped with a game room, a cinema, a gymnasium, a library, a kitchen, a multimedia
room, a laundry, a bike garage and a workshop. The rooms and the studios are equipped with
bathrooms, telephone, TV socket and a kitchenette in the studios. Each room has a coffee maker and
a refrigerator. All rooms are equipped with a telephone and a broadband Internet connection with
wireless network.
Address: 1 rue du Lieutenant Herduin 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 61 48 00 / Fax number: +33 (0)3 26 61 48 99
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.reims-fjt.fr/paindavoine
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 Résidence Courteaux
Situated in a calm and nice district close to downtown and the train station. It is close to the tram line or
a 15-minute walk from the city centre. A wide selection of all types of furnished and totally equipped
accommodation from F1 to F3 type studios, monthly or yearly rentals, single or co-renting with a
convenient free parking access.
Address: 31-37 rue Colonel Moll 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 04 87 61 / Mobile phone: +33 (0)6 82 38 47 03
Fax number: +33 (0)3 26 09 70 91
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.residence-courteaux.com
 Séjours et Affaires Clairmarais
Located in the city center, close to the train station. Between a hotel and a rented flat, the residence
provides you the services of a hotel but you also have a kitchen allowing you to be completely
independent.
Address: 25 rue Edouard Mignot 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 07 74 63 / Fax number: +33 (0)3 26 07 59 16
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.sejours-affaires.com/residence-hoteliere-aparthotel-reims-177.html
Flat-sharing
The BDI (see contact details on page 11) can help you to find a flat to share with others students from
Reims Management School. You can also look by yourself. Here is a selection of websites to find
flatmates or roommates:
http://www.appartager.com
http://www.e-colocation.fr
http://www.cherchecoloc.com
http://www.roomlinker.com
http://www.recherche-colocation.com
Flat rentals
You may flick through flat rental classifieds in newspapers or specialised websites, such as:
 Paru Vendu (newspaper and website: http://www.paruvendu.fr/immobilier/location)
 Le Bon Coin (website: http://www.leboncoin.fr/annonces/offres/champagne_ardenne)
 L’Hebdo du Vendredi (free newspaper delivered downtown on Fridays)
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Most commonly used abbreviations:
Abbreviation
Appt.
Asc.
Ch.
Cuis. Éq.
Disp.
Lav.
Prox.
RDC.
SBD.
Sam.
Park.
CC.
HC.
Meaning
Appartement
Ascenseur
Chambre
Cuisine équipée
Disponible
Lavabo
Proximité
Rez-de-chaussée
Salle de bain
Salle à manger
Parking
charges comprises
hors charges
Translation
Flat
Lift
Bedroom
Fitted kitchen
Available
Sink
Near
Groung floor
Bathroom
Dining oom
Car park
Service charges included
Service charges not included
Temporary accommodations / youth hostel
 C.I.S. de Champagne
The Centre International de Séjour (CIS) is a good option for a temporary accommodation.
Booking must be done online. For further information, please see: http://www.cis-reims.com or
http://www.cis-reims.com/english/pdf/brochure2011.pdf.
CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DE SEJOUR (CIS)
21 chaussée Bocquaine 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 40 52 60
Fax: +33 (0)3 26 47 35 70
Email: [email protected]
Temporary accommodations / Hotels
In Reims, you will find all kind of hotels with prices varying from 30 € to more than 200 € for a night.
The following website is very good to give you an overview of the hotel offer: www.booking.com
 Hotel Le Parisien:
http://www.hotelleparisienreims.com/fr
 Hotel Cecyl
:
http://www.hotel-cecyl.fr
 Best Western Hôtel la Paix
:
http://www.bestwestern-lapaix-reims.com/fr/index.php
 Hôtel Mercure
:
http://www.mercure.com/fr/hotel-1248-mercure-reims-centre-cathedrale/index.shtml
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Housing Insurance
A House Insurance is compulsory for any kind of accommodation you might choose. It will cover you
in case of damages in your accommodation. The insurance contract must be presented when you
arrive in your residence in order to get your keys. For CROUS residences, if you arrive in the evening
or during a weekend, you will have until the next opening day of the insurance company after getting
your keys to buy insurance and present it at the reception office. You can choose between all the
insurance companies but we recommend the students' insurance companies LMDE or MGEL2 offering
house insurance at competitive prices (between 40€ and 80€ depending on the type of housing). Most
of the time, a third-party insurance is also included in the accommodation insurance.
Housing Benefit
The APL (“Aide Personnalisée au Logement”) is a social help allocated by the French Government and
more specifically by the CAF (“Caisse d’Allocation Familiale”) to help students (with little or no income)
with their rental monthly payments.
French and European students, as well as non-European students holding a long-stay visa
can apply for the APL. Students with a temporary visa are ineligible for this housing
benefit.
Be sure to fill-in your online CAF application before the end of the first month once you reside
in Reims.
CAISSE D'ALLOCATIONS FAMILIALES (CAF)
202 rue des Capucins 51100 Reims
Website: http://www.marne.caf.fr
This aid is not allocated systematically and RMS is not responsible for any decisions in terms of
housing benefits. It is the CAF's decision alone. The amount depends on your income in the previous
years and on the rent. With no revenues, it amounts to about 173 € per month for a studio. If you are
eligible for the housing allowance, the APL will be deducted from your monthly rent.
ATTENTION: it can take up to 3 months to receive the first APL allowance depending of the
completion of your application. You would have to make sure that you provided to the CAF
all the necessary document (OFII stamp included if you have a long stay visa) and to keep
your French bank account open until the reception of the last allocation.
Housing Tax
In France, anyone living in an accommodation on the 1st of January has to pay a housing tax. The
housing tax for students who reside in studios amounts to about 250€ and is revisable each year. The
French Tax Department will notify you when it is due.
2
Please see chapter « Medical Healthcare » pages 29-30.
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MEDICAL HEALTHCARE
The French Healthcare system
Health Insurance is compulsory in France. This gives access to medical care, hospitalization and
doctors. Insurance coverage is divided into two parts:
1) Basic insurance (“Sécurité sociale”) is provided by the government and it covers 70% of your
medical expenses depending on the type of medical care received.
2) Complementary insurance (“Mutuelle” or “Assurance complémentaire”) is not compulsory but if
you opt for a complementary insurance this will cover the remaining medical expenses. This will also
protect you from high or unexpected healthcare expenses. For more information concerning the
complementary insurance, inquire directly to the MGEL, LMDE or private insurance companies.
Basic Insurance (depending on the duration of your stay, country and age)
 You stay three months or less
It is not necessary to register with the student healthcare system in France. In this case, you should
provide a document justifying your stay period (plane ticket, visa…).
 You stay more than three months and are from an EEA country3 or Switzerland
You must have a European Health Insurance Card issued in your country of origin. Check on:
http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=559&langId=en
You will have to provide RMS with a copy of this card at the beginning of the academic year.
 You stay more than three months, are from another country…
Depending of your age, you will have to register with the Students Insurance Companies or the CPAM.
Once the procedure is done, a Social Insurance Number will be allocated to you. You will also receive
a certificate (Attestation de Carte Vitale) indicating your insurance rights and a card called “Carte
Vitale” to use each time you see a Health practitioner.
… and are between 16-28 years old
You must register with the student healthcare system in France, either with MGEL or LMDE (Students'
Insurance companies). The conditions are similar for both companies. The price is 210€ (price in 2012)
to be paid in cash or French bank cheque. You subscribe for an entire academic year (from September
to September), even if you only stay a few months. This price also includes a third-party insurance.
You should provide the following documents:
 Healthcare affiliation (administrative document from RMS)
 Birth certificate translated in French
 Banking details (IBAN and BIC)
3
Please see footnote page 16.
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MGEL (Croix-Rouge Campus)
34 rue Rilly La Montagne 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 87 79 79
Website: http://www.mgel.fr
Opening hours
Monday-Friday: 9.00-18.00
LMDE
8 rue Jeanne d'Arc 51100 Reims
Phone: 32 60 then pronounce "LMDE"
Website: http://www.lmde.com
Opening hours
Monday-Friday: 9.00-12.30/13.30-17.00
… and are 28 years old (at the beginning of the academic year) or over
You are not allowed to register with the student healthcare system in France. Therefore you must
undertake the procedure for a personal and individual healthcare plan. It is your own responsibility to
purchase a private insurance from your home country prior to departure for France. In this case, you
just have to provide proof (in French or in English) of your insurance when you arrive. Otherwise, you
may register with the French system, by contacting the CPAM.
CPAM - CMU de base
14 rue du Ruisselet 51100 Reims
Mrs TIGHA, Mrs BENCIVENGO, Mrs EVRARD or Mrs RAUSSIN +33 (0)3 26 84 40 30
Website: http://www.ameli.fr
Upon your arrival, the IRO Team will help you to complete your application to the Couverture Maladie
Universelle or CMU at the CPAM. To register, you will have to provide the following documents:
 Filled-in “CMU de Base” Form (http://www.ameli.fr/fileadmin/user_upload/formulaires/S3710.pdf)
 Copy of student card/ proof of School registration
 Proof of residence in France (attestation and last receipt of rent payment)
 Copy of birth certificate translated into French + presentation of the original birth certificate
 Copy of your passport main info (details, visa and expiry date)
 Certificates attesting your income from the previous year (2011) in your country of residence (work
incomes, scholarships, etc) or a sworn statement that you did not have any income for the year.
 Income tax notification of the previous year or a sworn statement that you do not have any income
tax notification
 Banking details (IBAN and BIC)
 Please notice that the Social Insurance is valid for one year. If your studies last more than
a year, you will have to renew your demand with the Student’s Insurance or the CPAM.
 If you work in France during your studies, you will pay taxes and your medical expenses
will be covered by another CPAM scheme.
For more information or assistance should you encounter some difficulties, please do not hesitate to
get in touch with the International Relations Office or with the RMS Social Registration Office.
RMS Social Registration Office
(Campus 2)
Mrs Séverine LEMAITRE
Email: [email protected]
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HOW TO GET TO REIMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
There are four international airports around Paris: BEAUVAIS in the North of Paris, ORLY in the South
of Paris, ROISSY CHARLES-DE-GAULLE (CDG) on the East side, and VATRY next to the city
Châlons-en-Champagne. Most international and transatlantic flights land at CDG Airport.
By shuttle
To help you to organise your transport from the airport to Reims, we can book a shuttle for you. Please
fill-in the “Arrival Form” which will be sent to you by the IRO.
The shuttles are collective (car for 3 to 8 persons). The trip from Paris CDG and Orly Airports to Reims
lasts approximately 2 hours and the price for 1 person is 61,20 € (2012) to be paid directly by cash to
the driver. This price will be reduced if you are travelling with other students arriving at the same time.
 The arrival form must be filled-in and sent back to the IRO as soon as you know your
flight details, at least two weeks before your arrival.
 If you cancel the booking later than 2 working days before the day of the trip, you will
be charged.
 Be sure to have cash money with you (euros) to pay the driver.
By car rental
At every airport, you can find car rental companies like Hertz, Avis and Europcar. From CDG Airport to
Reims, follow A1/E15/E19 panel sign A3 and A104, continue driving on A104 until you see the panel
sign indicating A4/E50 showing METZ, NANCY and REIMS directions. The car trip will take about 1 hr
45 min. Toll fee of approximately 10€. Please refer to page 42 for more details about driving in France.
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By public transport

From Paris Charles-De-Gaulle airport
Since 2007, TGV train is the fastest train allowing travellers to arrive from Paris CDG Airport to Reims
(Champagne-Ardenne TGV station) in 30 minutes. After collecting your luggage, follow the signs “Gare
SNCF”/”Railway station” to make your way to the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse or “High Speed train”)
station.
The TGV station is underneath Terminal 2 (between terminals 2C/2E and 2D/2F). Platforms are on
level 1 while ticket purchase office/information are available at level 2.
More information about the TGV train station location in the airport on:
http://www.easycdg.com/pages/cdg_airport_access_by_train_tgv_thalyspag.html
If you wish to travel by TGV, you can buy a ticket to “Champagne-Ardenne TGV station” on the level 2
of the train station or do your booking before on the website http://www.tgv-europe.com/index.html.
Booking well in advance will give you a special discount for your train ticket, especially if you are
younger than 26 years old.
On this website you can also check the train timetables. Be sure to plan more than 60 minutes
between your flight arrival time and the train departure to anticipate possible delays, formalities
(passport check, customs control, baggage reclaim) and the walking trip to the TGV station.
We recommend you to carefully check the timetables as there are only few direct trains per
day to Reims. Other trains are going to Reims with connections but it can take much longer
than 30 minutes.

From Orly airport
From Orly Airport, take a shuttle bus to the “RER C” train at Antony station, then head towards the
Gare du Nord; the Gare de l’Est is a 10-minute walk away. To find your way through Paris transports,
please see the tab “Access to the airports” on the Website: http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/c_21879/tourists/
From the Gare de l’Est take a train to Reims Champagne-Ardenne TGV or Reims train station. For
further information, please see the Website: http://www.voyages-sncf.com or
http://www.raileurope.com/index.html.
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 From Reims train stations to RMS
REIMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL: MAP LOCATION
Campus 1
59 rue Pierre Taittinger – 51100 REIMS
GPS : 49° 40’ 19.30’’ N ; 4° 0’ 9.00’’ E
Campus 2
120 avenue d’Epernay – 51100 REIMS
GPS : 49°14’29.48’’ N ; 4°00’47.24’’ E
Tramway
RMS is located half-way between the train stations Champagne-Ardenne TGV and Reims Centre.
Tram stops: Campus Croix-Rouge (Campus 1) and Franchet d’Esperey (Campus 2).
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Once arriving to Reims train stations “Reims Centre” or “Champagne-Ardenne”, you are only 15
minutes away from Reims Management School. You can either take a taxi or the tramway.
 By taxi: you can usually get a taxi right directly in front of the station or call a taxi by phone (we
recommend you to call Marne taxi at +33 (0)3 26 02 15 02 or Reims taxi at +33 (0)3 26 47 05
05). It will cost you approximately 8€. Please also note that you cannot go and wait for a taxi to
stop on the street!
 By tramway (also called “tram”): you can find it just outside the train stations. You can buy a
“one-hour” ticket at a cost of 1,60€ (price of the fare1,30€ + rechargeable ticket 0,30€).
To take the tramway, you must first purchase a ticket at the tram
station from the ticket machines (by cash coins or credit card).
From Champagne-Ardenne TGV, you are at the end of the
line, so you can take the first tram you see. From Reims
Centre train station, take the tram on the right side of the
road when you leave the train station behind you: direction
of “Bezannes Gare Champagne TGV” or “Hôpital Debré”.
Then, when you enter the tram, you have to validate your ticket by
presenting your ticket in front of the validation sensor. A green light
appears and you can see your credit left on the card.
The tram stop is “Campus Croix-Rouge” if you want to go to Campus 1, the ACOBHA
Residences or the CROUS “Résidence des Facultés”. The stop is “Franchet d’Esperey” if you
want to go to Campus 2 or the CROUS Residences Paul Fort and Berlioz. When you get there,
you are no more than a five-minute walk from your objective!
Make sure you have a place to live during your first days in Reims:
 You have already found a permanent accommodation, be sure to arrive during the
opening times of the offices for the check-in and do not forget to fix an appointment
with the landlord or residences offices to enter the apartment upon your arrival in
Reims. For Acobha and CROUS, if you arrive during the week-end, after the opening
hours of the student’s residences or before the 1st day of your rental contract, please be
sure to book temporary accommodation for your first nights in Reims.
 You have no permanent accommodation upon arrival. We strongly advise you to book
temporary accommodation at the CIS (see page 23) to ensure you have a place to stay
upon your arrival.
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USEFUL DATA
Opening a bank account & Banking Services
Opening a French bank account is necessary for the housing allowance and health reimbursements,
even if you stay for one semester. It is sometimes possible to organise automatic bank transfers for
paying rent. RMS negotiates with a local bank each year so that international students can open and
close an account easily and benefit from some advantages. The IRO and the BDI will present you our
bank partner at your arrival, but you are free to choose the bank you prefer. Different banks are also
present for students in the Guichet Unique / Reims Campus every year, in September (see page 18).
Banks are usually open up from 9.00am to 12.00am and from 14.00pm until 17.30pm. They are
always closed during lunchtime, on Sundays and bank holidays. Some banks are also closed on
Saturday so better plan ahead.
 Currency
The Euro (€ or EUR) is the official currency of France and 16 other member states of the European
Union since 2002. 1 Euro is equivalent to 100 cents.
 Means of payment
We recommend you to always have a little bit of cash with you in case credit cards are not accepted
(for example to pay a taxi, buy public transport tickets, buy a “baguette”, etc). The Euro currency is
represented by coins (0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, 0.50, 1 and 2 Euros) and bank notes (5, 10, 20,
50, 100 and 200 Euros).
Credit cards VISA, AMERICAN EXPRESS, MASTERCARD and EUROCARD are accepted almost
everywhere in France. You can withdraw money with your debit card from ATMs or pay with credit
cards in most of the shops. You will have to key in your 4-digit pin code when paying with a French
card.
It is very common in France to use a chequebook rather than credit cards and cash, but they are not
accepted everywhere.
Western Union system can be used to receive or send cash in every bank or post office.
Students can bring traveller cheques in Euros or in other currencies such as US dollars, UK pounds,
etc. However, note that you cannot pay with them in France. You will have to change your travellers
cheques into Euros in a French bank (with bank charges).
Remember to have enough money (cash and/or the possibility to withdraw money with your
credit card) available for your arrival in France to deal with your first expenses (ex: paying the
shuttle, the public transport fare, buy food, pay the housing deposit and insurance, the
healthcare insurance…) as it can take up to three weeks to obtain a French credit card when
you open a bank account in France.
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 Exchanging money
To exchange money we recommend you to go in the national banks or to withdraw money with your
credit card to have the best rates.
Rates on July 2011, from www.xe.com
Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Denmark
Hungary
India
1 Peso
1 AUD
1 Real
1 CAD
1 Peso
1 Yuan
1 Krone
1 Forint
1 Roupee
0.17 €
0.76 €
0.45 €
0.73 €
0.0015 €
0.11 €
0.13 €
0.0038 €
0.016 €
Israel
Japan
Marocco
Mexico
Norway
South Africa
Sweden
United Kingdom
U.S.A.
1 Shekel
1 Yen
1 Dirham
1 Peso
1 Kroner
1 Rand
1 Krona
1 Pound
1 USD
0.21 €
0.0087 €
0.0886 €
0.060 €
0.13 €
0.10 €
0.11 €
1.12 €
0.70 €
Bank Holidays
2012
Sunday 1 January
Monday 9 April
Tuesday 1 May
Tuesday 8 May
Thursday 17 May
Monday 28 May
Saturday 14 July
Wednesday 15 August
Sunday 11 November
Tuesday 25 December
Description
New Year’s Day
Easter Monday
Labour Day
World War II Victory Day
Ascension Day
Whit Monday
Bastille Day French National Day
Assumption Day
Armistice Day
Christmas Day
2013
Tuesday 1 January
Monday 1 April
Wednesday 1 May
Wednesday 8 May
Thursday 9 May
Monday 20 May
Sunday 14 July
Thursday 15 August
Monday 11 November
Wednesday 25 December
Electricity
The voltage in France is 220 Volts and the plugs are
identified by two round pins spaced 19mm apart, with a
hole for the socket's male grounding pin.
If the electricity system is different from what you have in
your country, we recommend you to bring plug adapters
and/or voltage converters with you or buying them once in
France.
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Phoning
To call a French number from an International phone:
Dial: 0033 (or + 33 for a mobil phone) + the number after removing the first zero
For example to call the School: 03 26 77 47 47 becomes 0033 3 26 77 47 47 or +33 3 26 77 47 47
To call a French number from a French phone:
Dial the 10-digit numbers, including the first zero.
To call from France:
Dial the following number: 00 + Country Calling Code + number
 Mobile Phone
To be able to easily call and be called, to keep in touch with friends or in case of emergency, it might
be very useful to have a mobile phone. Two options:
Calling from your International mobile
phone:
You sometimes have to check with
your home phone operator that you
are able to make international calls.
Buying a French SIM Card (with French number):
The easiest way to control your expenses is to buy
a SIM Card (about 15€) that you can recharge
with prepaid card to top up.
You can also choose to buy a SIM Card + mobile
phone at an interesting price to use with prepaid
credit or with a monthly subscription.
In France, the three main companies are Bouygues, Orange and SFR. You can’t miss their shops
when going to the city centre or in the periphery shopping areas (see on page 46). To recharge your
phone, you can either buy prepaid card from the newsagents or do it using your credit/debit card.
 Public Phone
With the arrival of mobile phones, public pay phones are sometimes a little bit more difficult to find
than by the past years, but you can still find some around the city and in the campus. Using one
requires a phone card or “télécarte” of 50 units (7.50€) or 120 units (15€) which may be purchased at
the Post Office or newsagents.
 List of some International Calling Codes
Algeria
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Germany
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213
54
61
43
32
55
1
56
86
49
Hungary
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Morocco
Norway
The Netherlands
36
91
353
972
39
81
52
212
47
31
Poland
Portugal
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
USA
48
351
27
34
46
44
1
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Coming with Family & Children
 Accommodation
There is no rental accommodation on the campus for families with children but you can find a rental
outside the school campus (please see pages 25 to 27).
 Schools for your children
If you wish to come with your family, depending the age of your children, please note that our system
is as follows:
 From age 0 to 3: it is extremely difficult to get a place in the Day Care or Crèche (public service)
and the waiting list is always full! Another option is to contact a nursery or “assistante maternelle”.
 From age 3 to 6: Kindergarten School or Ecole Maternelle is not compulsory in France. If by
chance there is still a place your child may be accepted.
 From age 6 to 10: Primary School or Ecole Primaire is compulsory in France.
 From age 11 to 15: Elementary School or Collège.
 From age 16 to 18: High School or Lycée.
Registration is only possible once you have your own personal address in Reims.
For further details, please see the tab “Ecoles de Reims” on the
Website: http://www.monecole-reims.fr
For the Kindergarten and Primary School, you must go to the city hall education office located at 4 rue
Jovin 51100 Reims (French speaking).
As for Elementary and High School, you must make an appointment with the school's Director of the
district you live in.
Documents required:
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Family Record Book
Decree in divorce (in case of divorce or separation)
Child Health Record Book
Proof of residence in France
For further information, please see:
http://www.ville-reims.fr/fr/citoyennete/solidarite-sante/famille/mode-de-garde/index.html
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REIMS CITY
Overview
Reims is the largest city in the Marne area and the second largest in North-East of France (after
Strasbourg) with roughly 210 000 inhabitants. Ideally located in France and central within Europe,
Reims has naturally become an important historical, cultural and economic crossroads.
A human-size city, Reims is teeming with opportunities, places to relax, to learn something, to spend
time with friends and to wander around the shopping areas in the city centre or the wide array of parks
and gardens. The combination of all these resources means that Reims is a great place to live,
appealing both for its inhabitants and to tourists.
Historical and Architectural Heritage
Heart of the Champagne region
Reims is famous world-wide for its Champagne,
sublimated by the well-known biscuits roses
(pink biscuits). A lot of famous Champagne
wineries are located in the city and its
surrounding areas since the 18th century like
Pommery, Mumm, Veuve Cliquot, Ruinart,
Krug, Taittinger and many more ... They can be
visited. Be sure not to miss the Champagnetasting!
For history enthusiasts, Reims is a place to
explore. First and foremost, the renowned 13th
century cathedral, situated in the city centre,
was the setting for most French king
coronations. It was listed as a World Heritage
site by the UNESCO in 1991.
Cultural and natural drives
Other must-sees are the museums and the city
centre with the “Porte Mars”, an ancient Roman
Archway and its Art Deco facades. Public
gardens and the “Montagne de Reims” regional
park, situated south of the city, home of a
wildlife and peculiar trees, contribute in making
Reims a relaxing green environment.
Nowadays, Reims has moved in leaps and
bounds, away from its reputation as Sleeping
Beauty in the post-war period, with many
cultural events taking place in the city. Today
there is always something going on in Reims,
and it has a buzzing nightlife!
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Economical opportunities
Its proximity to Paris also gives Reims an
obvious edge in terms of investments for
companies. Many companies continue to set up
their offices, production sites, tertiary
complexes, call centres and even recently
music and TV recording studios there.
For further information about Reims, please
see the city website: http://www.ville-reims.fr
or visit the Tourisme Office (near Reims
Cathedral) http://www.reims-tourisme.com
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Transportation inside Reims
Bus and tramway
In Reims, the tramway and bus network is the most
efficient way to travel. Furthermore, there are tram stops
just in front of the RMS campus 1 and 2, making even
easier your trips to and from the school.
The trams and buses circulate from about 6am in the
morning until about midnight.
For further information, feel free to visit the website:
http://www.citura.fr/
To take public transport, you must purchase and validate a ticket (see page 34).
Tickets are sold:
- at the CITURA boutique located on: 6 rue Chanzy, next to the Opera tram stop
- in most of the tobacco shops (see the list: http://citura.fr/les-tarifs/revendeurs/)
- at every tram station throught the ticket machines (by cash coins or credit card)
- in the buses by the drivers
Ticket prices (from http://www.citura.fr/files/depliant_tarif_1aout.pdf, August 2012)
1hour
2x1hour
10x1hour
1,30€
2,30€
10€
24hours
48hours
72hours
3,20€
5,90€
8,90€
Monthly
Yearly
Others
27€ (-26years old)
32€ (+26years old)
229,50€ (-26years old) 320€ (+26years old)
Please check on the website
 You must present your ticket to the sensor machine each time you get in a bus or tram,
even when it is a connection.
 When you travel by bus, the stopping is optional. At the bus stop, wave to the bus
driver if you want him to stop. The boarding is only done by the front door. To get off,
push the button « arrêt demandé » to inform the driver that you want him to stop at the
next stop, and use the central or back doors by pushing the button to open them.
 Controllers sometimes get in the tram/bus and ask you for your ticket. The non
possession of a valid ticket will subject you to a fine.
Biking
Reims is a human sized city and you can go relatively quickly from one side to another by using a bike.
The canal river enables you to cross the city from the North to the South part. Please remember that
the Driving Code also applies for bikes.
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Transportation to/from Reims
You have to go outside the city, either for an appointment, to visit Paris, the rest of France or Europe?
It is very easy thanks to the different options of transportation.
Train
There are now four train stations in Reims:
- Gare Centre, town center (tram A, B or bus 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9)
- Gare Franchet d’Esperey, in front of RMS Campus 2, (tram A, tram B or bus 7, 11)
- Gare Maison Blanche (bus 4)
- Champagne-Ardenne TGV, devoted to “high speed trains”, located in Bezannes (tram B or bus 13)
You can see the train timetables and purchase tickets in Reims Centre and Champagne-Ardenne train
stations or by internet on the website www.voyages-sncf.com or http://www.tgv-europe.com
In Franchet d’Esperey and Maison Blanche train stations, there is no information desk and
ticket machine. You must buy your ticket before in other train stations, by internet or ask the
ticket inspector when the train arrives.
If you are under 26 years old, you can buy a SNCF yearly pass called “Carte 12–25” which will
give you discounts in every travel by train that you will do (discount from 25% to 50%).
Bus
The Citura buses are going to Reims periphery and will allow you to access the bigger supermarkets,
shopping precinct, restaurants, cinema, bowling, karting, etc.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, a Reims travel agency offers the possibility to spend the day in Paris
for a price of 22€, return ticket (August 2012). The booking is essential. Please check on this website
for more information: http://www.reteau-tourisme.com/voyages-1563.html
Buses companies like Eurolines ans iDBus can also have very good deals to travel in Europe.
Taxi
In France, taking a taxi is quite safe. Do not wait for them in the streets. You can mostly find taxis in the
tourist places or near the train stations. If you want a taxi to come and get you somewhere specific in
Reims, you can call companies such as Marne taxi (+33 (0)3 26 02 15 02) or Reims taxi (+33 (0)3 26
47 05 05) for example.
Car-sharing
Car-sharing is becoming more and more used due to the high price of the petrol or of public transports.
On the internet, lots of websites are offering this service. Check on www.covoiturage.com or
www.easycovoiturage.com.
We recommend you to stay vigilant, to prefer travelling accompanied by someone you know
and not to accept going with someone you feel uncomfortable with.
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Car renting
At every airport and near the main train stations, you can find car rental companies like Hertz, Avis and
Europcar. Petrol stations are mainly located in the shopping areas on the periphery of the city and the
petrol cost is about 1.30€ / L (diesel engines, in August 2011).
Below are some of the rules for drivers / passengers in France. If you feel unsure, it may be worth
taking a few driving lessons.
DRIVING IN FRANCE:
 In France, one drives on the right and the cars are left-wheel drive.
 You will need an international or European driver’s license.
 All drivers and passengers must wear a safety belt in cars and taxis (whether you sit at the front
or in the back). Children under the age of 10 must be in special appropriate seats (depending
on their age and size).
 Foreign drivers must become accustomed to the cycle paths and bus paths that have priority
over cars. Drivers must therefore be very careful when they want to turn right.
 There is also a rule in the French driving code that gives priority to roads coming from the right
hand side (priorité à droite); one has to slow down before a road on the right unless it is clearly
marked that drivers on that road must give way.
 France is very strict about driving laws and the consumption of alcohol or drugs. The maximum
blood alcohol limit is 0.5 g/l. Concerning drugs, even «soft» drugs are not tolerated and it is
illegal to consume drugs and drive.
 The speed limit indicated by road signs must be respected.
Reims driving distances from other cities
Reims from
Paris
Aachen
Amsterdam
Barcelona
Brussels
Distance
(km)
149
332
475
1124
269
(miles)
93
206
295
698
167
Time
1 h 45 min
3 h 48 min
5 h 4 min
11 h
2 h 56 min
Reims from
Geneva
Lille
London
Luxembourg
Strasbourg
Distance
(km) (miles)
482
300
208
129
417
259
233
145
344
214
Time
5 h 28 min
2 h 12 min
4 h 55 min
2 h 23 min
3 h 30 min
Weather Conditions
Reims has a reasonably cold climate in winter time from December to February. It may freeze and
snow occasionally. Sunny weather can begin before June, with temperatures exceeding 30°C (86°F)
in the months of July and August.
For further information, please see the Reims weather forecast on the website:
http://france.meteofrance.com
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ACTIVITIES
Eating & Drinking
The French are renowned for their food and
gastronomic restaurants. In general, there are 3 meals
a day: breakfast in the morning, lunch between midday
and 1pm, and dinner in the evenings at about 8pm.
In Reims, you will find a wide choice of places to have
a refreshment or to eat out, from low/average prices to
first-class restaurants: fast-food, kebab, pizzerias, texmex, Asian food and of course French Cuisine.
A complete meal will cost you between 12 and 20€ per person. Drinks are not included in the meal;
however tap water (Carafe d’eau) is generally free.
The “place d’Erlon”, the main pedestrian area downtown, has numerous bars and restaurants. You will
be able to sit outside on the terrace when the weather is mild. You can also find some small charming
cafes in the little streets and restaurants in the big shopping areas. Le Monocle (see page 12) can
give you more suggestions, but make sure to explore some other ones by yourself!
In France, in most places, service is included in the price. If the client is satisfied, he may
leave a tip but it is not compulsory
Sportive activities
Stadiums, gymnasiums, swimming pools, tennis
courts, sport fields, ice rinks, racecourse, bowling
pitches,
equestrian
centres,
wall-climbing
complexes… Reims has all the sport equipment
you could want!
Running in a park or along the canal river,
practising a team or individual sport or simply
joining a gym and fitness centre is very easy.
Not forgetting the facilities available at Reims Management School, with its own equipped gym! Check
with the BDS (“Bureau des Sports”) association to see what activities they offer every week and to
participate in training sessions and tournaments (see page 12).
Reims is also a great place for sporting events such as football games, rally driving and its famous
marathon in October.
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Cultural activities
Reims Management School is playing a very active part in boosting the city’s cultural assets.
The BDA (“Bureau des Arts”) association often has special offers and reduced tickets. Do visit them in
their office or contact them through their email address: [email protected] (see page 13).
Several museums can be visited, among
which the Palais du Tau, the Musée des Beaux
Arts (Fine Arts), the Hôtel Le Vergeur (old
Reims), the basilique Saint-Rémi and its
museum (archeolohy, history), the Motor
vehicles, and the FRAC (Contemporary Art). In
May, do not miss the “Nuit des Musées”
(http://nuitdesmusees.culture.fr) to visit most of
the museums for free, at night.
Four scenes: “La Comédie”, “L’Opéra”, “La
Cartonnerie” and “Le Manège” (International
theatres, concert halls…) are going to keep
your evenings entertained.
Events and festivals are organised all year
round. Elektricity, Les Flâneries Musicales, les
Fêtes Johanniques and La Pellicule
Ensorcelée are only examples.
The city also has an exhibition centre, a
congress centre, several public libraries and
a Mediathèque located in front of the
Cathedral.
Cinemas
If you are interested in watching a movie, there are two cinemas downtown in Drouet d'Erlon place
and a big cinema complex in Thillois Shopping area. Most foreign films are dubbed in French
versions, but some of them are shown in their original version with French subtitles. A ticket is
approximately 9 euros, however you can get students fare (7.50 €) by showing your student card.
Programs and schedules on the website: http://www.allocine.fr/
CINEMA GAUMONT
72 place Drouet d’Erlon
51100 Reims
CINEMA OPERA
30 rue Théodore Dubois
51100 Reims
(Original versions)
CINEMA GAUMONT
Parc Millésime
51370 THILLOIS
Going out / Night life
In the evenings, the “Place d’Erlon” is the main area
for entertainments and miscellaneous events.
Themed bars and night clubs attracts people
everyday, with a peak on Friday and Saturday
nights. Thurday parties are also known for being
very appreciated by Reims students.
Student associations (see page 11) often organise
dinners, meetings and evening events downtown.
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SHOPPING
There is a wide variety of shops and stores, as well as weekly open-air markets. The main shopping
district downtown is on rue de Vesle and Place d’Erlon, which is the main area for the entertainment
and miscellaneous events. The biggest malls (hypermarkets and shopping areas) are located on the
periphery of the city.
Food prices
We recommend you to buy in-season fruits and vegetable because they are cheaper!
1 French bread = une baguette
1 L of milk = du lait
A pack of 6 eggs = une boîte d’oeufs
1 kg of pasta = des pâtes
1 kg of rice = du riz
250 g of butter = du beurre
A pack of 4 yogurts = des yaourts
250 g of coffee = du café
1 chocolate bar = une barre chocolatée
0.90 €
0.80 €
1.20 €
1.50 €
1.50 €
1.50 €
1.30 €
2.50 €
1.20 €
3 kg of oranges = des oranges
1 kg of apples = des pommes
A pack of cereal = un paquet de céréales
300 g of ham = du jambon
100 g of minced beef = de la viande hachée
Canned tuna fish = une boîte de thon
1 Big Mac = un Big Mac
A pack of 6 beers = des bières
A bottle of Champagne = du Champagne
2.80 €
2.20 €
2.30 €
2.30 €
2.70 €
1.30 €
3.00 €
3.00 €
18.00 €
Food prices are subject to change!
Nearest Shopping Centre & Supermarkets
CENTRE COMMERCIAL DE
L’HIPPODROME (MATCH)
Shopping centre with grocery shop, drugstore,
newsagent, bakery, kebab, hairdresser
(Close to Campus 1, tram stop Campus CroixRouge)
2 rue Pierre Taittinger 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 8h30-19h30
Sunday: 9h00-12h00
CARREFOUR MARKET
(when you go down the street from Campus 2)
4 bis avenue Epernay 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 8h30-20h00
Sunday: 9h00-12h00
Updated August 2012
DIA DISCOUNT
Low-cost supermarket
(In front of Campus 2)
Avenue d’Epernay 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 9h00-12h30/14h30-19h30
INTERMARCHE
Sells various household appliances at
moderate prices.
(take the Avenue Charles de Gaulle in front of
Campus 2)
Boulevard Wilson 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 9h00-19h30
Sunday: 9h00-13h00
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Supermarkets and Grocery shops in the City Centre
MONOPRIX
Convenient and open during lunchtime
(Located near the FNAC arcade)
34 rue Jeanne d'Arc 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 83 97 08
Website: http://www.monoprix.fr
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 9h00-20h00
Sunday: 9h00-13h00
GALERIES LAFAYETTE
There is an underground department store.
33/45 rue de Vesle 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 40 35 12
Website: http://www.galerieslafayette.com
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 9h30-19h30
Sunday: 9h00-13h00
MONOP’
Convenient opening times
7 rue du Docteur Jacquin 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 09 34 01
Opening hours
Monday-Thursday: 8h00-21h00
Friday-Saturday: 8h00-22h00
Sunday: 8h30-13h00
CARREFOUR CITY
Little grocery shop between the tram stops
Comédie and Vesle
131 rue de Vesle 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 7h00-21h00
Sunday: 9h00-13h00
Bigger Supermarkets and Shopping Areas
CARREFOUR TINQUEUX
(West of Reims)
31 route de Soissons 51430 Tinqueux
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 9h00-22h00
CARREFOUR CERNAY
(East of Reims)
2 route de Cernay 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 9h00-22h00
CORA NORD
(North-East of Reims)
Rue Neufchâtel 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 9h00-21h00
CORA CORMONTREUIL
(South-Est of Reims)
Route de Louvois 51350 Cormontreuil
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 9h00-21h00
LECLERC CHAMFLEURY
(South-West of Reims)
Rue Neufchâtel 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 9h00-21h00
LECLERC CHAMFLEURY
(North-West of Reims)
Rue Neufchâtel 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 9h00-21h00
Most of the shops are generally closed on Sundays and bank holidays (except the
restaurants, bars and cinemas).
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Markets (from 6am to 13pm)
- Monday: St Thomas (avenue de Laon)
- Tuesday: St Maurice (place Saint Maurice) and Jean Moulin (place Jean Moulin)
- Wednesday: Chatillons (parking Georges Hodin) and Croix du sud (esplanade Paul Sézanne)
- Thursday: Carteret (boulevard Carteret) and Luton (place Luton)
- Friday: Wilson (boulevard Wilson)
- Saturday: Croix-Rouge (rue Pierre Taittinger) and Boulingrin (place du Boulingrin)
- Sunday: Jean-Jaurès (avenue Jean Jaurès) and Sainte-Anne (rue de Louvois)
Dry Cleaner/Laundry
A launderette is located inside INTERMARCHE supermarket (see page 42). Prices are generally
3.30€ per item and service is quite rapid. You get your clothes back on the very same day.
INTERMARCHE
58 boulevard Wilson 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 9h00-20h00
CENTRE COMMERCIAL DE
L’HIPPODROME - PRESSING
2 rue Pierre Taittinger 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 8h30-19h30
Sunday: 10h00-13h00 / 15h00-19h00
Post Office
In France the post boxes are yellow. You can buy stamps from the tobacconewsagents shops or in the Post Offices called “La Poste”.
http://www.laposte.fr/
Here is a selection of Post Offices (easy to access or nearby the School):
8 place Drouet d’Erlon
Opening hours
Monday: 12h00-19h00
Tuesday-Friday: 10h00-19h00
Saturday: 10h00-17h00
POST OFFICE
2 rue Cérès
Opening hours
Monday-Friday: 8h30-18h00
Saturday: 8h30-12h00
1 B Place Mozart
Opening hours
Monday-Friday: 9h00 -17h00
Saturday: 9h00-12h00
Haidresser
You will find lots of hair and beauty salons. Do not hesitate to enter and ask for the prices. Haircuts
cost approximately 15 € for men and 25 € /30 € for women basics (shampoo, cutting and drying).
Bookshops
CHAPITRE GUERLIN
70/77 place Drouet d’Erlon 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 10h00-19h15
Updated August 2012
LA FNAC
Espace Drouet d’Erlon 51100 Reims
Opening hours
Monday-Saturday: 10h00-19h30
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HEALTH
Doctors
Visit at the general practitioner’s will cost you 23 € and this amount must be paid directly during your
medical check up. Medical expenses will then be refunded by your health insurance. The following
general practitioners speak English:
Docteur Frédéric PETRON
24 rue de l’Isle 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 40 14 00
Docteur Patrick GIRARDOT
7 rue Pluche 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 88 23 68
Docteur Michel VIOT
61 rue Paul Vaillant Couturier 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 47 47 79
SOS Médecins
21 rue Pierre Taittinger 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)8 21 21 15 15 (paid call)
Dial the number, listen, then press 2
Docteur Françoise MORELLE
19 bis avenue Epernay 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 04 06 26
For emergencies, go to the nearest hospital (Hôpital Maison Blanche, Robert Debré or
Courlancy) or dial the 15 if you cannot move from where you are.
Dentists
Dr Marc LEPLAIDEUR
14 chaussée Bocquaine 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 04 18 48
Dr Gilbert POIROT
38 bis rue Courlancy 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 77 20 47
Dr Laurent VIDET
22 rue Colonel Fabien 51100 Reims
Phone: +33 (0)3 26 84 07 86
Pharmacy
PHARMACIE PICARDAT
10 av. du Président Kennedy 51100 Reims
(Centre commercial de l’Hippodrome, near
Campus 1)
PHARMACIE GILLARD
14 rue Cadran Saint Pierre 51100 Reims
(town centre, English speaking)
There is always a pharmacy open in Reims late night and on Sundays. Call 32 37 to get its
name and address.
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Emergency Numbers
Emergency or SAMU
15
Police
17
Fire Brigade
18
Poison Control Centre
+33 (0)3 26 06 07 08
Pharmacy
32 37
Domestic violence
39 19
Help – English speaking
+33 (0)1 47 23 80 80
Inquiries
118 008
Locksmith
+33 (0)3 26 85 25 51
Hospital
+33 (0)3 26 78 78 78
Lost property office
+33 (0)3 26 87 18 82
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Pictures courtesy: Reims Management School – Conception: IRO
Welcome!
REIMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
59 RUE PIERRE TAITTINGER
B.P. 302 – 51061 REIMS CEDEX
PHONE: +33 (0)3 26 77 47 47
FAX: +33 (0)3 26 04 69 63
http://www.reims-ms.fr
Updated August 2012
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