You may have heard of Dijon because of its famous rich gastronomical tradition and medieval history, but it is also one of the most popular student cities in France. For a small city with a population of just 150,000 it welcomes more than 32,000 students each year.
The church of the Notre Dame is the most famous tourist site of the city, not least because of its sacred stone relief sculpture of an owl. Local legend claims that owls are a good-luck charm, so visitors to the church stroke the bird with their left hand and make a wish. Dijon is also the home of Dijon mustard and has numerous picturesque vineyards from Chateau de Clos de Vougeot to Côte de Nuits.
Though widely regarded as a classic French city, which features Capetian and Gothic architecture, life in Dijon is as cosmopolitan and lively as in many other student cities in France. As the student population grows, more vibrant cafes, bars, restaurants and museums have been opened around the city. Lezenith de Dijon, La Vapeur and l’Atheneum are only few among many affordable music venues where students come to see live music.
Most students come to Dijon to study social sciences, technology and business.
It is very easy to get from Dijon to other major cities in France. Paris is three hours away by car or one hour and a half by train.