Living in Metz

ICN Business School boasts a first-class regional plan in the heart of Lorraine.

Ideally located, the two campuses of the school are located in the heart of Europe and take advantage of an impressive cultural landscape. The region is heavily influenced by arts and culture.

In Metz, the campus is located in the heart of the Technopole (including research centers, companies and grandes écoles) and benefits from innovative influences, notably thanks to the incubator located in the same premises as the school.

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Metz: in the heart of Europe

  • With its immediate neighbors Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium, Metz is situated in Lorraine, eastern France. Dating back to the Roman Empire, it’s proud of its heritage, and offers its inhabitants and visitors a rich architectural history.
  • As a main crossroads of the big communication routes in Europe, Metz has been strongly influenced by three of the pioneering countries in the construction of the new Europe: Belgium, Germany, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The city is a fine example of the lively crosscultural exchanges that are taking place in Europe today. Given its situation in Europe, Metz has attracted numerous companies from France, Europe, and abroad.
  • Located in the Metz Technology park area, the Campus operates in the midst of 200 innovative companies and a pool of other prestigious institutes of higher education or “Grandes Ecoles”, such as SUPELEC, ESITC, ENSAM, GEORGIA TECH… About 5000 students are living and studying on this Campus.

For further information about the city of Metz, visit the website of the Tourism Office.

Find your housing in Metz

The ICN search platform:

ICN Business School does not own any residence halls. To find your accommodation on one of our campus in France or abroad, you can use our housing search platform.

To log in the platform: if you already are an ICN’s student, you can use your @myicn.fr e-mail address; if you are candidate, you can log in with your Facebook account (please, request the identification key to our International Relations Office).

There are 4 main housing categories:

  • A furnished studio in a private student residence hall,
  • A furnished studio in a private residence,
  • A furnished room in a state-owned university residence (CROUS),
  • Private housing (apartment, roommates).

Both the International Office and the student association Globe and Co are available to advise and help you in your accommodation search.

Important note for any find of housing:

  • You should plan your arrival for a weekday (Monday to Friday) and before 6pm. You should advise the rental office in advance of your intended arrival, as well as Globe and Co association if you need a pick up service at Nancy train station.
  • Keep in mind that residences ask for the payment of a guarantee corresponding to a security deposit which will be reimbursed to you at the end of the contract if there is no damage to the property. Certain residences also ask for a non-reimbursable agency fee for administrative purposes. You should also take out a comprehensive “multi risk” property and contents insurance policy (in case of theft, !re, accident, etc.) with a French company (insurance company, bank or MGEL, student’s insurance agency). If, during your stay, you would like to have a bank account with the French Bank “BNP”, this insurance policy will be offered to you free of charge. Again, Globe and Co will help you with this. Renting a studio in France entitles you to a financial grant, called “Aide Personnalisée au Logement” (visit the Financial Assistance section).
  • In order to get the keys to your studio, you will need four things : a completed application form, a check for the security deposit, proof of insurance and your appointment for the studio inventory.
  • An inventory and damage inspection of the studio will be carried out upon your arrival and again when you leave. You should thus plan your arrival for a weekday (Monday to Friday) and before 6pm. You should advise the rental of!ce in advance of your intended departure. The studio inventory and damage inspections are required. Students who do not respect this rule risk losing their security deposits.
  • The leasing contracts are drawn up on the basis of a traditional leasing arrangement, which student occupants can cancel ONLY upon 3 months notice at the Totem and Pythagore Residence. For example, if you wish to leave your apartment/studio on June 15th, you must send a letter indicating your intention to cancel your leasing contract dated no later than March 15th. The lease cancellation at Les Estudines, Residhome & Cap Affaires is 1-month written notice and 15 days for the Crous residences. The International Relations Of!ce can give you sample of the resiliation letter.

Sporting activities

Partnership SUAPS – ICN Business School:

The SUAPS (Service Universitaire des Activités Physiques et Sportives de l’Université de Lorraine) is the sports service for all students in Metz (visit the website of the SUAPS). You can practice any of 55 different sports. Among them are: aikido, badminton, basketball, body-building, climbing, dancing, fencing, gol!ng, kayaking, skiing, sky-diving, swimming, tennis, table tennis…

ICN’s sporting association (BDS-Bureau des Sports) will assist you with all administrative steps and will also help you join any of the school’s sporting teams if you wish.

Culture and leisure

  • The city of Metz has a dynamic cultural life, centered on a number of high-calibre institutions : the Arsenal, the Opera-Theatre, the Philarmonie de Lorraine, the museums of the Cour d’Or covering all the art forms.
  • Metz is a nice town to live in and is filled with numerous parks and gardens that serve as one of the city’s main attractions. Metz was awarded the European Prize as one of the top cities in France for its gardens and parks. Its well-preserved end restored historic architectural heritage takes visitors on a breathtaking votage to the past centuries.

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