PAU and region

Pau and region

Life in Pau and the region


For over 40 years, the Institut d'Études Françaises pour Étudiants Étrangers at the Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour has welcomed around 700 students every year to take language courses at its two sites in Pau and Bayonne. The length of their stay varies from three weeks to nine months. A recognised university institute, located in the pleasant surroundings of two towns on a human scale, Pau at the foot of the Pyrenees and Bayonne on the Atlantic coast.

Pau website

Public transport

  • A bus network provides easy transport around Pau
  • Student benefit from reduced fares
  • There is also a public bicycle hire service, with very low usage fees.

Bicycle hire ("Véli’b"):

Bus (Idelis):

Cultural offers

  • Le Méliès
  • Le Théâtre Saragosse
  • Les ACP

La Médiathèque (Public Library)

There is a network of 10 public libraries in the Pau-Pyrénées area

Enrolment is free, simply present one piece of identification and proof of address (electricity or phone bill, rent receipt, etc.). With one single card you can borrow books, CDs and DVDs, as well as download items, from any one of the libraries in this network.