Strasbourg Study Abroad Program
STAYING IN STRASBOURG
• The student dormitory is the Foyer Notre Dame, located on the Grand Île steps away from Strasbourg's cathedral, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg.
• Strasbourg has a great tram system that goes throughout the city. The nearest tram stop is just up the road from the Foyer. It is Place Broglie on the "C" Line.
• There are plenty of great restaurants and cafes throughout the city, and many have WiFi.
• There is an ATM at the corner of the street the Foyer is on and many banks are nearby.
• Buying groceries from a local store or farmer's market is a great way to save money and try wonderful food.
• The city's main square, Place Kléber, is a five minute walk from the Foyer. There is a Monoprix (France's version of a Walmart) located there as well as a McDonald's with air conditioning and fast WiFi.
• A Post Office is located at the Cathedral Square. (Facing the front of the cathedral, it is on your right.) The Post Office may not have English speakers, so be prepared.
• Using a debit card is the best way to go. You can get cash when you need it, but not so much that you have to worry about carrying it around. There are several ATMs close to the Foyer. A credit card may come in handy for larger purchases, like hotels on weekend trips.
• Pay phones all use phone cards. You can get these at any gift shop around the Cathedral, or any number of other little shops and stands around the city.
• In general, the people in Strasbourg speak English in addition to French, German, and the native Alsatian. While you are not required to know French for the program, try to learn some basic French and at least start the conversation in French. The locals will respect you for your efforts.
• Note: You cannot ship wine from France to the United States. If you want more room in your suitcase, either bring a squishy bag that you can pack for your return visit or ship your books/clothes back home. Or just throw them away.
• In general, the French people are very friendly. But remember that you represent the United States, so respect the cultural differences and try to speak some of their language.
• Your tuition includes breakfast and dinner on weekdays at the Foyer. For lunches and weekend meals, you will need to pay the Foyer for a meal, eat out, or buy food from a supermarket. Make sure to do your shopping early on Saturday because most stores close early and then are usually closed on Sunday.
• If you're in a hurry, don't go to a restaurant, because Europeans take their time. For a speedier bite to eat, there are plenty of cafes or food stands around. There is nothing quite like eating a hot crepe made fresh to your order in a medieval square!
• Tipping. You will see that your bill at a restaurant will likely have a % added at the end. That is essentially the tip, but feel free to leave about 5% more at restaurants. People generally leave a small amount extra at cafes, no more than a Euro or two. If you take a taxi, it is appropriate to tip 1 to 3 Euro depending on how far you've gone.
• European electrical outlets are 220 volts (240 volts in Britain and Ireland ), which will fry any 110 volt US appliance. Anything you plug in needs to have BOTH a converter (to reduce voltage) and an adapter (to fit the plug).