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Life in Valence

Practical information

Explore meal plans and campus cafeterias, student housing options and transportation.

Finding Accomodation: see Housing.

Where to eat for lunch


Restaurant and cafeteria: pasta, French fries or vegetables, pizzas, salads, desserts. This University canteen is the closest from Esisar: 32 rue Barthélémy de Laffemas.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Payment: Credit card or Izly Card.
To get there: Bus lines Cité 1, Cité 2, Cité 5 and 20, bus stop “Pôle Briffaut”.

“Le Point du RU”:

Cafeteria : sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizzas. Site universitaire Rabelais, Université Joseph Fourier, 23 chemin des huguenots.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Payment: Izly card.
To get there: Bus line 8, bus stop “Rabelais”.

“Le RU Derodon”:

University canteen with a self-service menu: starter, meat with vegetables and/or starchy food, cheese or dessert. 6 Rue Derodon.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Payment: Credit Card or Izly Card.
To get there: bus lines Cité 2, 13, 20 and 23, bus stop “Camille Vernet”.

“La brasserie Latour-Maubourg ”:

Maison de l’étudiant Drôme-Ardèche. Place Latour-Maubourg.
Opening hours: 7:45 am to 2 pm. Payment: Credit Card, cash or Izly card.
To get there: bus lines Cité 1, 14, 15, bus stop “Latour Maubourg”.

How much? Cost of a meal:

3,25 € in any of the 4 above mentioned restaurants, if you choose a 6 points lunch. The main dish costs 4 to 6 points, a starter or a desert 1 to 3 points. After 6 points, each extra point costs 0.54 €.



Whether you are making a quick trip to the store or pedaling over to your home, you can rent a bike to cycle around the city. Once a subscription is purchased, you can hire and return a “Libélo” bike at any of the 27 stations available across Valence and its surroundings. It is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The subscription is gratis if you have the Citea bus card, you only pay after 30 minutes of rent. Visit the website to explore stations, pricing and how bike sharing in Valence works.

The association “Roulons en Ville à Vélo” (Let’s cycle in town) also makes second-hand bicycles available at discount rate.

Bus services:

Bus maps and bus times leaflets are available in all Citéa agencies and city halls of the department. Citéa agency in Valence: 11 bis boulevard d’Alsace – 26000 Valence. Bus stop: Pôle Bus.Tel: 04 75 60 06 26. Opening hours: Monday to Friday: from 7 am to 6:30 pm. Saturday and summer: from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm to 6 pm.


Thanks to car-sharing, you can get around safely while meeting people, and save money. If you are interested in carpooling, find a match and contact drivers or passengers to arrange the details of the journey on the famour


The Valence-TGV station allows you to reach very quickly the largest towns in France. With the TGV (“Train à Grande Vitesse”), Valence is only 2 hours and 15 minutes from Paris. If you travel quite often, you could be interested in the discount SNCF card "18-27", that allows you to travel at a reduced price on the French train network: 25 % to 50% off, depends of the periode, during one year. It costs 50 €.
To book your train tickets, find information on train departures and arrival times and get real-time updates on train status across the network:

Date of update March 19, 2019

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