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Everyday life

Here is some practical information for living in Toulouse.


  • Bus and metro : You can go into Toulouse by bus and metro. Students are entitled to discount bus and metro tickets.
  • Car : Students from the EEA must have a valid driving licence. Students from other countries must have an international driving licence issued in their home country.
  • Train : The SNCF offers many services at reduced prices for students.
  • Coach : The coach station is located near the train station : Gare Matabiau. - Address : 70 bd Pierre-Sémard, phone number :  33 5 61 61 67 67.

The Toulouse airport shuttle (Aérocar) leaves the airport every  20 minutes for the city centre, Gare Matabiau, allées Jean-Jaurès and la place Jeanne-d'Arc. Tel. 33 5 61 30 04 89.

Cost of living 

See also these websites (in French) :


You will find it useful to open a current account in a French bank or at La Poste. To open an account, you will need to present your identity card and proof of domicile. Some banks require to see your residence permit.

Banks are open from 9am to noon and from 2pm to 4pm. A passport is required for identification when cashing cheques (traveller's or ordinary cheques). Most banks have cash dispensers (ATM) that accept international credit cards.


Most public telephones use pre-paid phone cards which can be bought in the France Télécom agencies, in tobacconists and newsagents and can be used for national and international calls. Several public telephone boxes are located on the INSA campus.

International calls :

Calling France from abroad : dial the country code (33) + 9 digits (do not dial 0)

Calling abroad : dial 00 + the country code + telephone number

Some international dialling codes :

Germany : 49

Austria : 43

Belgium : 32

Colombia : 57

Canada : 1

Spain : 34 

United States : 1

China : 86

Netherlands: 31

Italy : 39

Norway : 47

India : 91

United Kingdom :44

Sweden : 46

Switzerland : 41

Thaïland : 66

Argentina : 54 

Brazil : 55

Chile : 56 

Vietnam : 84


Students in INSA Residence 1 and Promologis residences (R2-R7) can have their own phones put in their appartments by subscribing individually.