Living in Rouen

Welcome to Rouen

Rouen is the prefecture of the Seine-Maritime department. The city is the capital of the reunified Normandy region, after having been, from 1956 to 2015, the capital of Upper Normandy. It has 111,360 inhabitants. Rouen is the centre of an inter-municipality, the Metropole Rouen Normandie. With 492,681 inhabitants in 2018, it is the sixth largest metropolis in France and the second largest in the French Grand Ouest, after Nantes Métropole. Its employment area is the largest in the region with 829,210 inhabitants.

Consequently, the city is a very important national economic centre. The rich history of this Norman city, which is intertwined with that of France, bears witness to its political and economic dimension.  Rouen’s many religious buildings justify its nickname of “City of a hundred steeples”.

The Notre-Dame cathedral, well known beyond the region, is one of the highest in the world. Awarded the title of City of Art and History in 2002, Rouen is a candidate for the title of European Capital of Culture for 2028. The capital of Normandy has a dynamic economy thanks to its industrial sites and its large seaport, which is now the fifth largest port in France.

The IES Business School benefits from an excellent location in the historic centre of Rouen. As an attractive university town on the Seine, Rouen has over 40,000 students and excellent links with Paris, which is one hour and twenty minutes away by train. 


The city of Rouen is known for its history and is called the city of 100 bells because of its large number of churches. Rouen has many museums: the museum of fine arts, the museum of natural history and many others. 

Rouen is a city of famous people such as William the Conqueror, Jean d’Arc, Flaubert, Cornelius, Monet and more recent figures such as François Hollande, a former president and Thomas Pesquet, a French astronaut. 

Rouen is an open-air museum, an ancient Roman and feudal city of renown, the cradle of inspiration for many authors and impressionist painters, it will seduce anyone who is curious and eager to learn.

The city of Rouen also organises cultural events such as film screenings, museums and visits to historical buildings and has excellent links with Paris, which is one hour and twenty minutes away by train. 

Cost of living

Cost of living for a student is an average budget of €880 per month. This takes into account the accommodation, but also transport and food. In regards to outings, there are many discounts for students to see even free things with a student card.

You can find the details about the cost of restaurants, markets, transportation and more in Rouen here.