Excelia continues to expand with the opening of a new campus in Orleans.
17 Boulevard de Châteaudun,
Since the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, as part of its expansion, Excelia has had a new campus in Orleans, in the heart of the Loire Valley. This ‘cité johannique’ (in reference to Joan of Arc) has many historical and cultural attractions contributing to its appeal.
Our Orleans Campus
Excelia opened a new campus in the regional capital of the Centre Val de Loire for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. This move is part of a commitment to develop high-quality management programmes in this dynamic and attractive region.
The Orleans campus is in a pleasant location, just 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre, and easily accessible by tram or bus. On site, among other things, there is a cafeteria, bicycle parking, a media library, and areas in which to relax.
Set on the banks of the River Loire, Orleans boasts an exceptional location. Being in the heart of the Valley of the Kings, it is a veritable gateway for visiting the Châteaux of the Loire and the Loiret, major tourist attractions of international renown. Designated a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire in 2009, Orleans has a dazzling array of cultural, architectural and historical heritage.
Its proximity to Paris is also undoubtedly a major advantage. By train or by car, you can reach the ‘City of Lights’ in only 1 hour! Undertaking your studies at the gates of the capital opens up incredible professional possibilities, greatly increasing your chances of securing an internship or a work-study opportunity. It also means that Paris is close enough for that perfect weekend getaway!
Ranked 10th in France in terms of its GDP, Orleans is a dynamic economic hub, comprising numerous sectors of activity including IT, Electronics, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, Transport, Environment, etc. With its reputed centre of excellence dedicated to perfumery and cosmetics, known as ‘Cosmetic Valley’, the region has experienced a real boom with a number of well-known companies deciding to settle here (Dior, Gemey, Shiseido, Orlane, Caudalie).
In 2013, the LVMH Group (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) inaugurated their state-of-the-art research centre in Saint-Jean-de-Braye, near Orleans, making it one of the most prominent cosmetics research and development centres in France.
As the leading pharmaceutical hub in France, Orleans is also home to the Servier, Novartis, Famar France and Pfizer laboratories, which have a major economic impact on the region. Orleans is also considered the 3rd largest logistics platform in France, with some 9,000 people being employed in companies and other facilities specialising in packaging, warehousing and transportation: Deret, Kuehne+Nagel, FM Logistic, Amazon.fr, etc. Another sector of activity which is growing rapidly in Orleans is recycling, and waste and water management, with 93 companies employing some 2,400 personnel.
With its strong commitment to new technology, the City of Orleans promotes the development of innovative companies through its LAB’O incubator, currently home to some 60 start-ups, making for a truly dynamic environment!
Life on campus
♦ TAO network
In the Orleans conurbation, the public transport network is operated by TAO, which offers several different travel cards to suit your needs. The trams and buses complement each other to form a comprehensive and efficient network, offering a wide range of travel options, seven days a week
You can apply online:
♦ REMI network
REMI (REseau de Mobilité Interurbaine) is the name of the multimodal network managed by the Centre Val de Loire Region, which includes:Rémi Express trains (which replace the Intercité trains taken over by the local region: Paris-Orleans-Tours, Paris-Bourges-Montluçon and Paris-Montargis-Nevers)
Rémi trains (which replace the TER trains)
Rémi coaches operate between local regions, and beyond urban areas: the former TER bus lines, scheduled intercity lines, transport on demand services, and school transport
♦ SNCF (15 minutes by foot from the campus)
The Orleans conurbation, with a population of some 300,000, is only one hour from Paris by train. From Orleans station, there are 150 trains each day, 70 trains for the Tours - Orleans - Paris daily service and two night trains which provide a daily service to Madrid and Barcelona departing from Fleury Les Aubrais station just north of the city (there is a shuttle service between Orleans and Fleury les Aubrais).
jvmalin is a platform for planning your itinerary that takes into account the different transport networks available in the region. It also offers a single combined travel card for the various networks in the Centre-Val de Loire Region, using the different modes of transport. You can credit this card with different tickets from across the different networks.
For daily journeys or pleasure rides, safe designated cycle paths continue to be developed throughout the Orleans conurbation. With 428 km of cycle paths and long-term bike hire available, cyclists enjoy great mobility. The TAO transport network has two bike hire offers: self-service and long-term.
- University Restaurants (RU)
There are several university restaurants within close proximity to the campus:
• L’Agora - Rue de Saint Amand, Orleans
• Café’Bulle - 13 ter Rue du Faubourg Saint-Jean, Orleans
• Le Forum - Rue de Saint Amand, Orleans
• Le Bistrot - Rue de Saint Amand, Orleans
Every student embarking on studies is confronted with the inevitable challenge of finding a place to live! And it’s not always a simple matter, especially when you don’t know the city and you have a fixed budget.
Another important aspect is the geographic location of the accommodation. If you’re looking for a lively area, you should focus on the city centre. Areas surrounding the centre such as Madeleine, Châteaudun and Faubourg Bannier, located on the right bank of the river, are also a good compromise. If you would like to be near Excelia yet still stay close to the city centre, then concentrate your search on the district of Madeleine. The Line B tram in this area and the numerous road improvements mean that the heart of the city can be reached in only a few minutes!
♦ Excelia accommodation platform
If you are already a student at Excelia, simply use your MyIntranet login to connect to the Studapart accommodation platform. If you have been accepted on one of our programmes, you will receive a link to be able to access Studapart when you finalise your enrolment, which will give you access to hundreds of exclusive offers: studios, shared flats, rooms in private homes, etc. and you will benefit from personalised support throughout your rental period!
♦ University residences
The Crous of Orleans has twelve university residences throughout the city which will enable you to find accommodation at affordable prices.
♦ La Maison de l’Habitat
La Maison de l'Habitat is an association governed by the French law of 1901. It aims to provide information about accommodation and offers a free service helping people with their application for social housing within the 22 districts of the Orleans metropolitan area. It also offers a welcome service for young adults under the age of 30 who are looking for accommodation in the Orleans area.
The CRIJ, a regional youth information centre, is a veritable resource centre providing all kinds of information about... education, careers, jobs, everyday life! In addition, they can help with accommodation, putting you in touch with the right people!
To find out more about accommodation and possible help available (financial assistance, guarantees etc.), go to our dedicated page:
- Culture and Entertainment
You will quickly discover that Orleans is a very lively student city indeed! In the old town, along its quaint streets you’ll find a variety of small shops (for afternoon shopping) and some great little restaurants where you can meet up with friends.
Orleans came first in the 2020-2021 L’Etudiant ranking of the most popular medium-sized student cities. A number of aspects were highlighted… the city is among the 4 most affordable cities in France for accommodation, transport and leisure; it’s a university city that’s easy to get to know and to get around (20,000 students); there’s a range of study opportunities enriched by the arrival of new business schools; the city offers a wealth of cultural and sporting activities; the Orleans region encourages entrepreneurship and offers a high quality of life.
♦ For the perfect start to your studies, don’t miss out on JANE!
JANE stands for Journée d’Accueil des Nouveaux Étudiants… it’s the official welcome day for new students. Every year in September, this friendly and festive event aims to make your arrival in Orleans as easy as possible, and to introduce you to all the places and activities you shouldn’t miss. There are many stands and you can pick up goodies, free tickets, discount vouchers, useful guides… and much more! The event continues into the evening with a cocktail, and ends on the banks of the Loire where you can enjoy all the activities of the Festival de Loire.
♦ YEP’S … the Centre-Val de Loire advantage card
The YEP’S advantage card allows you to discover a variety of cultural sites and benefit from discounts and good deals on numerous ticket prices and purchases: shows, concerts, festivals, cinema, books, visits to the Loire Châteaux, parks, gardens, museums, excursions, etc. It also gives you free access to a major cultural venue in each French department within the region.
To benefit, you must be between 15 and 25 years old and live in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
♦ Le pass Culture - Entertainment and culture advantage card
If you are over 18 years old and live in France, you are eligible for le pass Culture: it is a web-application which gives you €300, to be used over a period of 24 months from the year of your 18th birthday for local cultural events and online entertainment offers.
Culture-ActionS is a support scheme for student projects and initiatives, provided through the Crous and CNOUS network. Its aim is to provide financial and logistical support for student projects.
Located on the top floor of the Baron complex, L’Astrolabe is the ‘temple’ of contemporary music in Orleans, devoted to fans of rock, electronic music, folk, reggae, hip hop, etc.
Its two halls, the Astrolabe (550 seats) and the Astroclub (180 seats), host some 80 concerts, from September to June.
♦ Le Bouillon
The University’s cultural centre, ‘Le Bouillon’, located in the heart of the Campus, has two halls that host numerous concerts and shows.
With a 160-seat concert hall and a modern music hall with a capacity of 180 spectators, Le Bouillon hosts a varied programme throughout the year, covering many artistic styles.
- Clubs and Associations
♦ Excelia strongly promotes student clubs and associations, and considers commitment to be an integral part of the student experience.
Joining an association is above all an adventure, but it is also an opportunity to develop leadership skills and to go beyond the limits of your capabilities, and to even surprise yourself!
On campus you will find the flagship association BDE (Student Services office) which is in charge of student solidarity, coordinating and running all the student activities and creating opportunities for students to meet.
The BDS (Sports office) organises sporting events. It offers daily training sessions and coordinates student competitions.
♦ The city of Orleans hosts many major sporting events, such as the Orleans Tennis Open, the Orleans Masters Badminton tournament and the Women’s Sabre World Cup, as well as encouraging and supporting sport in general. There are numerous sports clubs and associations meaning there is something for everyone!
Study programmes available in Orleans