Nancy by Spigoo
Charlotte spent her year abroad in Nancy, France. Read on as she fills the year abroad blanks...My name is: Charlotte
I'm studying: BA (European) Culture, Society and Communication with French at The University of Birmingham
For my year abroad I went to: Nancy, France for a year
While I was there I: studied at Nancy 2 University at the Faculté de Lettres.
Five words to describe my year away are: Best. Thing. I'll. Ever. Do.
My top tips for anyone going there are: Embrace the fear. I think part of what has made my year abroad so amazing is how nervous I was before I came and how well it panned out for me in the end. I was very realistic that there was a possibility it wouldn't be the best year of my life. I think it's definitely a case of hope for the best prepare for the worst. Also TRAVEL. Travel as much and as far as you can. I know it's tempting to go home during half terms, for birthdays and the holidays, but you're here for such a short amount of time. With the Erasmus grant and being on the continent, it's an incredible opportunity for any UK student - you'll rarely have the opportunity to do the same ever again (money and time-wise). You have the rest of your life to be at home and be with your friends then. You're only going to be on your year abroad once.
The cleverest people find accommodation: In the CROUS if the reputation isn't too bad. The CROUS in Nancy is basic but if you can live with that (and are maybe willing to buy a microwave!) you have SO much more money than people living elsewhere.
Don't leave without: Photos. They remind you of what you have waiting at home for you and it's also great to show all your new friends all your old friends!
The best night out is: L'étage. Nancy isn't the best for clubs but this is definitely the best one we've found.
When your parents visit: Go to Strasbourg. My 'rents loved it!
My favourite lunch place: I can't remember the name but it's on Place Stanislas, opposite the Hôtel de Ville on the side on le Musée des Beaux-Arts.
My best place for a hot date: Dinner on Place Stanislas is possibly as romantic as it gets.
On a Sunday: Head down to Parc Pépinière to see Jojo. Jojo is the oldest chimpanze in captivity (and is a little crazy); he lives in the zoo part of the parc. It's free to get into and the parc is lovely!
If you want to fit in quickly you should: not be afraid to speak to people in French. Especially if you mention you are a native English-speaker. Nanciens really seem to like the British and appreciate your French skills.