Excelia continues its expansion with the opening of a new campus in Tours:
8 rue Léo Delibes
Since the start of the 2019 academic year, Excelia has been developing a new campus in Tours. In the heart of this economically rich and dynamic region, Excelia has chosen to offer a management programme par excellence, providing students with the best possible environment to launch their professional careers.
Our Tours Campus… Where tradition and new technology converge
Situated in the heart of the Loire valley which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tours is above all known for its impressive historical heritage, and it’s here that Excelia has been developing a new campus since the start of 2019. This evolution is in keeping with the objective of providing excellent management education in a rich and attractive region.
Tours offers an exceptional living environment, with the Loire River having shaped its history, culture, landscape and heritage. It is a modern and dynamic student city, renowned today for its lifestyle, monuments, museums and gardens, and has been designated a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire.
As the region’s leading employment area, Tours Métropole Val de Loire continues to promote its economic development by a strategy built on its appeal. Also, as the leading local investor, not only does it support digital innovation and the creation of start-ups within the French Tech Loire Valley, but it also brings together all the key players in the region under a shared Tours Loire Valley brand.
With more then 20 000 businesses, a continually growing tourist industry, a highly efficient infrastructure, and as an important centre for research, Tours and its local region provide numerous job opportunities.
Nestled on the banks of the Loire and Cher rivers, Tours benefits from an ideal geographical location. As a veritable crossroads, it has great links to several major cities thanks to the motorway network, with Angers, Nantes, Le Mans and Orleans all within easy reach. By taking the A10 motorway, it’s only 2 ¼ hours by car to La Rochelle, making it easy to get to Excelia’s La Rochelle campus or to spend a weekend on the coast! However, its main asset remains its proximity to Paris, which can be reached in less than 1 hour by TGV! There are numerous trains every day, ideal for carrying out an internship or work-study experience, or for simply enjoying a short break in the ‘City of Lights’!
If you dream of a short trip abroad, alone or with friends, it’s good to know that Tours Val de Loire airport, located to the North of the city, offers flights to several European cities! You can jet off to London, Dublin or Porto with flights of only a couple of hours!
Life on campus
♦ Fil Bleu network
In the Touraine conurbation, the public transport network is operated by Fil Bleu, and they offer a Student Pass: 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 go to a ticket office to apply for and create your travel card, or you can do it all online on the Fil Bleu website e-boutique.
♦ 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 Tours conurbation, with a population of over 300 000, is just one hour from Paris by TGV. There are some 30 TGV services to and from Paris every day. Tours has a direct link to Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport.
Connections are also available to Orleans (1 hour 10 minutes) and La Rochelle (2.5 hours).
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 Touraine conurbation. 585 km of cycle paths, the Loire à Vélo cycle route, and 12 000 bicycles for long-term hire, offer cyclists a high degree of mobility.
Other useful links:
BlaBlaCar: operates a carshare platform as well as coaches for long distance journeys
Flixbus: a long-distance European coach company
Citiz Tours: self-service car hire network in Tours
- University Restaurants (RU)
There are several university restaurants within close proximity to the campus:
RU des Tanneurs - 40 rue des Tanneurs, Tours
RU du Plat d’étain - Rue du Plat d’étain, Tours
Brasserie de Grandmont - Parc Grandmont, Avenue Monge, Tours
RU Tonnellé - 8 bis boulevard Tonnellé, Tours
La K’fet - 55 avenue Jean Portalis, Tours
RU du Technopôle - 40 avenue Jean Portalis, Tours
Cafétéria St Symphorien - 25 rue du Pont volant, Tours
RU St Symphorien - 25 rue du Pont volant, Tours
Cafétéria La Riche - 45 rue de la Parmentière, La Riche
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. Very popular for its shops, bars and medieval streets, in 2018 the city came first in the ranking of the most dynamic city centres in France. Areas surrounding the centre, such as Lakanal-Strasbourg, 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 Deux-Lions area. It has excellent transport links, with two tram stops, enabling you to reach the heart of the city in just fifteen 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 Tours has twelve university residences throughout the city which will enable you to find accommodation at affordable prices.
♦ Association Jeunesse & Habitat
The Jeunesse & Habitat association assists young people in their mobility and contributes to their autonomy by providing flexible and adapted solutions in terms of accommodation and catering. The association manages a stock of high quality furnished accommodation, with reasonable rents and APL agreements, most of which are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
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 Tours is a very lively student city indeed! In the old town, you’ll find a variety of smaller shops (for afternoon shopping) and some great little restaurants where you can meet up with friends. With its half-timbered houses, bars and terraces, Place Plumereau is one of the busiest and most pleasant places in Tours... it’s not to be missed!
♦ 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.
Tours is a city bursting with cultural sites, making it impossible to list them all. Here are some of the best known:
• Le Bâteau Ivre
The Bateau Ivre, a legendary music venue in the city of Tours, has reopened its doors after a ten-year closure. More than 1500 artists have played here including Noir Désir, La Mano Negra, Les Négresses Vertes, Stéphane Eicher, Pierre Palmade, Zazie, Brigitte Fontaine, Louise Attaque, Maurane, I AM, etc. Le Bateau is also used for music workshops, providing a springboard for emerging artists and is quite simply a pleasant place to meet up with friends.
• Le Petit Faucheux
Le Petit Faucheux is a small venue for jazz and music improvisation.
• Le Temps Machine
If you are passionate about music, you must visit Le Temps Machine, a venue for contemporary music which offers a varied programme of pop, rock, hip hop, etc. The ideal place to go for music and a friendly atmosphere!
• Le Théâtre Olympia
The Olympia Theatre is a centre for the creation and performance of shows with a focus on contemporary productions.
- 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 Tours places great emphasis on sport and organises a number of major sporting events such as the Touraine Loire Valley Marathon, the Paris-Tours cycle race and the Howard Hinton Sevens (the largest French Rugby 7s tournament). There are numerous sports clubs and associations meaning there is something for everyone! Find out more about the SUAPS (sports office) at the University of Tours, which offers some 70 activities and more than 200 hours of lessons with its Pack’Sport: aquagym, climbing, dance, fencing, etc.
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned sports person, there is something for everyone!
Study Programmes available in Tours
Master / Masters of Science (MSc)
Master in Management
Master of Science (MSc) in International Tourism and Destination Management
Master of Science (MSc) Sales Management
Master of Science (MSc) Digital Marketing
Master of Science (MSc) Human Resources
Master of Science (MSc) in Real Estate Management
Master of Science (MSc) Audit and Consultancy
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