Students Welcome Desk

The Students Welcome Desk

The Students Welcome Desk is a help desk available to all international students studying in Saint-Etienne and Roanne regardless of their higher education institution.

We aim to facilitate your integration into university life and make your transition to the region as smooth as possible. For non-UJM students, this help desk runs from August 28 until October 13, 2023 and provides information and support for questions related to:
•    visa / residence permit
•    health / social security
•    housing / application for housing assistance
•    cultural life in Saint-Étienne etc

Themed workshops are also organised and the SWD team as well as our partners are available to meet with you at La Comète in Saint-Etienne to answer your questions.

Free integration activities to allow you to meet other students and discover the region are also organised during this period.

Please see this year's workshops and events below. Feel free to follow us on Facebook!


Instagram :  @ujm_auboutdumonde

Facebook: @SWDsaint-etienne

Email:  welcome-student @
Phone: +33 4 77 43 79 68
Hotline: +33 4 37 37 43 00 (from 4 september to 30 november 10am -1:30pm/3pm- 5pm)
You can also see more information about the SWD on the Universities Community of Lyon's website

View the SWD calendar

Workshops and SWD help desk in Saint-Etienne 

SOCIAL SECURITY | Webinar CPAM: How to sign up for French healthcare
When: Tuesday 29 August 3pm
Where: Zoom:
Code: 272219

HOUSING | Housing workshop 
Consultation of housing offers, help with housing search and constitution of housing dossier
When: Tuesday 5 september 10am – 1pm
Where: La Comète, Saint-Etienne

Presentation of transportation service, fabrication of OùRA transportation cards and monthly pass subscriptions 
When: Thursday 7 september 11am – 3pm 
Where: La Comète, Saint-Etienne

Information about the healthcare system in France, registering for social security and dossier verification by the French Social Security office
When: Wednesday 13 september
Where: La Comète, Saint-Etienne

Information about procedures, document verification, help with visa validation and residency permit renewal
When: Thursday 14 september 1pm – 4pm
Where: La Comète, Saint-Etienne

STUDENT JOBS/ INTERNSHIPS | Working in France workshop
Information about working in France, consultation of job offers, CV writing, correction or translation
When: Tuesday 26 september 2pm – 4:30pm
Where: La Comète, Saint-Etienne
Sign up from18/09/2023

Workshop on mental health and self care with debates and activities
When: Thursday 5 october 2pm-3:30pm / 3:30-5pm
Where: La Comète, Saint-Etienne
Sign up from 25/09/2023

Treasure hunt visit of the city
When: Saturday 9 september 2pm
Where:  Saint-Etienne
More information and sign up from 28/08/2023

Cruise + visit of Saint Victor sur Loire
When: Saturday 23 september 2pm
More information and sign up from 04/09/2023

Language exchange
Tuesday 12 september 6pm
Tuesday 19 september 6pm
Tuesday 26 september 6pm
Tuesday 3 october 6pm

SWD events

Welcome Reception
Stands and tasting of local products 
When: Thursday14 september 6pm
Where: La Comète Saint-Etienne
Sign up from 28/08/2023

Univerciné International movie night Erasmus Days
When: week of 9 october. Date to be confirmed
Where: Cinéma le Méliès Jean Jaurès, Saint-Etienne
Sign up from 29/09/2023

SWD partners events

Launch of Sainté Accueille Ses Etudiants (SASE)
When: Thursday 21 september
More information to come

The Festi'VE (UJM/CROUS)
When: Thursday 28 september
More info

European Researchers Night
When: Friday 29 september
More information to come

When: Wednesday 4 october
More information to come

Nuit des Étudiants du Monde
When: Thursday 12 october
More information to come