TOULOUSE

Why Toulouse?

Toulouse is actually known to locals as The Pink City (La Ville Rose) due to the type of pink stone used to construct many of its buildings. If you’re trying to avoid tourists, then Toulouse is the place to be as the proportion of tourists in Toulouse is less than Paris or Nice. Come visit this beautiful city, all too often overlooked but 100% worth a visit!

Highlights

"If you're unsure where to go out then ask people! My work colleagues gave me lots of useful tips, as did students currently living there.”
Lottie
Language Assistant

Le Capitole

This historic municipal building dominates the city. Inside you'll find everything from markets, entertainment, to restaurants. There's even an opera house: Théâtre du Capitole! Go early in the morning to get the red of the sunrise on the brick buildings.

Jardins Japonais

A calming oasis away from the city. Explore the well-manicured Japanese gardens or sit and read a book to soak in the tranquility. If you visit be sure to check out Canal Du Midi which is very close.

Marché Hugo Victor

If you love cooking or just good food, this is the spot to be. From fresh bread to foie gras and an even better cheese selection, you'll be in a food coma by the end of it.  We recommend going in the morning so you can sample the most fresh produce. There's also a good selection of wine bars & restaurants upstairs.

Basilica of Saint-Sernin

This is the largest Romanesque church in France and a significant symbol of Toulouse. Sculpted from gold-plated wood and marble, it's pretty magnificent. Plus, it's free to enter! 

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Accommodation

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Accommodation in France

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Blog Posts

Accommodation in France

Destinations  > France  Our Guide to Accommodation in France CAF, the benefit system offered by the government, is your budget’s best friend, allowing students to

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If you’re looking for short-term stays:

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Entertainment

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Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Bike
  • Taxis

There are two metro lines, as well as two tram lines. You can use a combination of the tram and the metro to get from Toulouse Blagnac airport into the centre very easily. A single ticket costs €1,70. A ticket for 10 trips is €13,70. You can also get a monthly pass (carte pastel) for unlimited travel - useful if you need to commute to work or to get to uni. One ticket can be used for a journey including three changes in the same direction. It can be used for the tram, metro and the bus. Albi, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Bordeaux, the Pyrenees, Béziers: all easily accessible by train or bus.

There are also "Boris Bikes" or Vélo Toulouse bikes. There are bike stations all around the city and lots of people use them. 30 mins on the bike is free.

Toulouse also has Uber which is good for nights out.

Our Community

Talk to one of our ambassadors for bespoke advice or read our students blogs.

Daisy D'Silva-Bryan

"Hi I’m Daisy, in my 3rd year studying French and Portuguese. I’ve just spent a semester in Toulouse, so please get in touch if you want any advice on things to do in Toulouse (and other cool towns in and around Toulouse), or if you want any recommendations for some cool places to eat and drink!"

Izzy Vivian

"Hey, I’m Izzy! I graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2020 and spent my year abroad studying at Université La Sorbonne in Paris and then taught English to business professionals for six months in Madrid. I had the best time and learnt so much over the year. I’d love to help with any questions you might have about living in France and Spain, studying at a French uni or finding a work placement in Spain!"

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