Brive terrace with young students.

Good student deals from Brive Tourisme

Brive-la-Gaillarde is already the south! The Portes du Midi, as we say here. The accent is slightly lilting, the food is good, it's peaceful and we like to party there!

Of course, Brive is not a large metropolis but offers many advantages for student life. Here the pace of life is more relaxed and you benefit from a less stressful environment for your studies. In addition, the cost of living is more affordable than in major French cities. In short, Brive has everything great and we'll explain how to take advantage of it:

Where to go out when you are a student in Brive?

Bar hopping

Who says student life, says student evening! Whether on Thursday evenings, or weekend evenings, the bars of Brive are the essential meeting places for students. You just need to walk in front of the terraces on Avenue de Paris to see it. And if you don't know the city well, Brive Tourisme has prepared a selection of bars for you where to party when you're a student.

Several young women taking a selfie in a bar


Want to extend the evening? In Brive we either go to the Cart, either at Cardinal (“Cardi” for regulars). Two boxes, two atmospheres. It's up to you to test and choose. (Note that Cardi is reserved for those over 22 and is closed on Mondays).

Our advice: don't forget to designate a Sam at the start of the evening. Otherwise, you go home on foot! And note that in the city center of Brive, the lights go out between midnight and 5 a.m.

Go to the cinema

Depending on your tastes, you will prefer either the CGR Brive (multiplex with 9 screens) or the REX (Art et Essai cinema). And if you are a fan of medium-length films, note that the Medium Film Festival takes place in Brive in April. (With the student card, preferential rate)

Follow the rugby team

In black and white jerseys, the CA Brive-Corrèze rugby team brings us colorful moments. To understand, you have to go to the stadium...For more than a century, Brive-la-Gaillarde has loved rugby and supported its team with all its soul. Wait until you taste it once and let yourself be carried away by the emotion, by the temperament of the Brivists. You will then understand why rugby is one of the fundamentals of the country! Discover the home match schedule to choose your first appointment with the CAB!

Good plan: take your seats on the day of the match at the ticket office, the ticket price will be cheaper.

And parity matters for us: our Gaillardes team, French Federal 1 champion in 2023, is now playing in Elite 2. Great matches in perspective!

One thing is certain: whether our CAB team is male or female, the 3rd half will be festive!

CAB supporters during a rugby match.

Brive: sports city! 

With its 165 indoor and outdoor facilities, Brive is one of the most sporty cities in France! Between thea Swimming pool (and its 1500 m2 covered pool), the Amédée Domenech stadium, the rink and its regional and national competitions which also hosts a Hockey club which plays in D3, the dojo and its martial arts and the many gymnasiums which host handball, volleyball, basketball and badmington clubs, Brive is a city where you cannot miss out on sport, whether as a spectator or a participant! 

Directory of Brive associations


Take a breath of fresh air

Do outdoor activities

Want a breath of fresh air and discover the country in a different way? Look no further, the region of Brive-la-Gaillarde is full of activities! Hiking, Moutain Biking, horse riding, bathing,  climbing, canoeing ... From Causses to hills, from gorges to valleys, the playground of the Brive-la-Gaillarde region has no shortage of contrasts!

Thrill-seeker? The 5th via via ferrata de Nouvelle Aquitaine is located in Allassac and you can practice it freely… If you want to rent suitable equipment, you can do so at the Leisure Sports Base of Vézère.

Several activities are also offered Nature Escape : tree climbing, paint ball…etc


Discover the Lac du Causse

If the sun is out, take the opportunity to go to Causse Lake : you can go around it by walking, running, or by mountain bike! The 6.9 km course will help you recover from a drunken evening or relax you after a day of hard work! You do not have the time ?

Canoe rental, rowing lessons, or even mountain bike base will make you experience Lake Causse at full speed! And if you want to relax: chill on the poplar beach, have a picnic in the shade of the poplars and cool off at the Path Bar before embarking on a large game of pétanque (boules and jacks available).

General view of Lake Causse

Park of the Caves of Saint Antoine

You can also go green just a stone's throw from the city center of Brive. The Saint-Antoine Caves Park has no less than 5 hectares to explore. You can recharge your batteries there, rest there, or even study there!

The Greenway

No need to go very far to clear your head! Borrow the green way on foot, by bike…. This 17 km route crosses Brive, along the Corrèze.

In addition, play areas line this greenway, notably on King's Island which houses a pump track and volleyball and basketball courts. 

Practicing indoor activities

Perhaps you want to plan an activity sheltered from the vagaries of the weather? In Brive, you can go bowling, rink in the swimming pool schedule an indoor soccer game at Complex or a game of padel on one of the 5 courtsO'Padel !

And if you're more cerebral, try your luck in an escape game like Gaillard Academy. Only your brains will help you solve the puzzles in time.

Good tips for eating well when you're a student

In this section we will not tell you about the brand with the golden arch, because for us, eating is a great moment of happiness and we prefer to share with you our good tips for guys.

Shop and cook

Preparing your own meals remains the least expensive solution. Go to the market to take advantage of good seasonal products. You are lucky because the Brive market is very famous. Try to get there before the producers pack up; You will be able to benefit from reductions, or even freebies!

Supermarkets also offer inexpensive anti-waste baskets. Otherwise, you still have the Too Good To Go apps, or our local Gaspifage app which offers you inexpensive surprise baskets.

Child in front of the stalls at the Brive market

Cheap restaurants

If you are tired of the stove or if you are lacking recipes, we advise you to try the restaurant's formula of the day The Beauregard. Located a stone's throw from the university campus, this restaurant, popular with truckers, will offer you a complete working-class menu which should fill you up and give you a change from the university restaurant.

You can also have fun in the city center without breaking the bank. Paris in My Little Paris (under the Halle Gaillarde), at the Pizzeria Rosi Trattoria (lunch menu for less than €15 with pizza), Bistro Regent, Columbus, Fresh & Freeze… There is no shortage of restaurants and it is difficult to list them all. Our advice: filter our restaurant list by selecting a price list. This way you can treat yourself without breaking the bank.

How to get around town?

In town you can easily get around on foot (and use the Greenway), by bus (we advise you to consult the website bOOK for more information) or by bike. 90 self-service electric bikes are spread over 19 rental points in Brive and the metropolitan area.

photo of velibeo, self-service bicycles in Brive la Gaillarde and its surrounding area

Enjoy the city's entertainment all year round

Brive comes alive all year round. As well enjoy. Among the essentials, there is the Book fair (in November) which offers you the opportunity to meet big names in literature, comics and also many public figures. During the period of Christmas, you can drink mulled wine at the foot of the Collegiate Church and listen to a concert at the gourmet market while enjoying the decorations of the city center and the beautiful illuminations.

In April, the international medium film meetings will allow you to discover around sixty films in 6 days.

In June, at Free Fairs, you can get your fill of thrills with ever more daring rides. This funfair comes at just the right time and allows you to let off steam in the middle of exams! And the festivities continue in June with the Music Festival. The entire city center of Brive comes alive, between the stages set up by the Town Hall in the different squares of the city and the café terraces which welcome artists.

Finally, in the summer, if you are lucky enough to still be with us, you will definitely become a festival goer with the Brive Festival. The biggest names on the current scene will meet at the end of July (exceptionally the weekend of July 14 in 2024).

Festival-goers, from behind, listening to a Brive Festival concert

Find a job

If you are looking for a job during your year of study, we advise you to contact the city service.Higher education and training". 

Regarding summer jobs, a file will be put online in April. It will list job offers of which the city of Brive is aware. 

And if you want to join the Brive Tourisme team this summer, go to this link:

additional info

You can find all the information on higher education provided in Brive on the city website as well as the post-baccalaureate training guide :


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