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Weather in Besançon


Spring time turns Besançon into an amazingly delightful place:  people enjoy café terraces and wonderful, rainbow-like, blooming public gardens. Green is the city’s keyword: wooded hills, forests, parks, and gardens scatter around. Besançon prides itself on offering a one-off living environment to its population.


Summer days in Besançon are commonly hot, but you can cool off underneath the broad-leaved trees or on the banks of the Doubs. Evenings are mild, making it possible for you to loiter around the Place de la Révolution, or to spend some time at the foot of the Citadelle fortress hill, or also to listen to a concert in a café.


An incredibly pleasant « Indian summer » keeps Besançon warm, and café terraces remain busy till late September. Afterwards, temperatures drop, and tree leaves change colors and fall just prior to Winter…


Besançon stands at the foot of the Jura mountain range, therefore, don’t be surprised to feel at times sub-zero temperatures during the winter season! However, snow days in Besançon hardly ever exceed a week.

So, to make it short, don’t forget your warm clothes for cold seasons and lighter ones for Spring and Summer – but make sure to bring jumpers and cardigans enough as nights are quite chilly in early and late seasons.

Cost of living

Here are some daily products’ average prices in Besançon:
- Soft drinks (Coke, fruit juices): €2.80
- Coffees: €1.50
- Restaurant meals: €12.00-20.00
- University canteen meals: €3.25-6.50
- Baguettes: €1.00
- Sandwiches: €3.50-5.00
- Bus/Tram fares: €1.40, 10-fare travel options (bus or tram): €12.00
- Press dailies: €1.80-2.20
- CDs: from €15.00
- Doctor’s visits: €23.00 (the Sécurité Sociale (social welfare) reimburses for 70% of the fees)

Administrative Procedures

If you hold a student long-stay visa “equivalent to a residence permit” (“visa de long séjour valant titre de séjour”, VLS-TS), you have to get in touch with the Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration (OFII, French office for immigration and integration) no later than 3 months after you arrive in France. For your visa to be valid and certified as a temporary residence permission in France, you have to undergo legal medical examination.

If you plan to stay at least three months in France and wish to open a bank account, you will need the following supporting documentation:
- an official piece of ID (with your photo and signature on it)
- a VLS-TS visa
- a proof of address dated within the past three months (e.g. bills or certificates)

Social Welfare (Sécurité Sociale)

- If you are a LCS (Language, Culture, and Society training courses) student aged under 28, you have to join the French student social security scheme during your registration – except for French government grant holders and European Health Insurance Card owners. Student healthcare mutuals such as the LMDE or the SMEREB provide health cover for you.

- If you are a LCS student aged over 28, or if, regardless of your age, you are training in the Intensive/Semi-intensive courses, you should:
as soon as you are in France, take up a private insurance (e.g. student healthcare mutuals can provide it)
after a three-month stay on the French territory, apply for a PUMa health cover service (“Protection universelle maladie”) to the CPAM insurance fund (“Caisse primaire d’assurance maladie”), and take out an additional insurance (a “mutuelle”)

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