Belfort is a pleasant medium-sized town in eastern France, in a natural gap between the Vosges and the Jura mountain ranges. Belfort totals approximately 50,000 inhabitants; it is characterised by its historical city centre with rich architecture, the Lion of Bartholdi commemorating the victorious resistance of its citizens against the Prussians in 1870 and the Vauban fortifications. Belfort also hosts several museums such as the Museum of fine arts with a collection showing works by from Dürer, Rembrandt, Rodin and others, or the historical museum.
The Ballon d'Alsace, the Malsaucy lake, or neighbouring Alsace are all situated nearby. Thus, various outdoor activities are possible in summer as well as in winter, such as hiking, mountain biking, treetop adventure courses, Nordic skiing, cross-country skiing and others.
Belfort is also a venue for many important cultural events such as the Eurockeennes or the International University Music Festival, as well as housing many companies, some of which are global actors such as General Electric or Alstom.
Students can easily find accommodation in Belfort, and the cost of living is reasonable. The average cost of living is 300 € - 350 € for accommodation, and an additional 150 € for living.
Find more information about Belfort at the Tourist Office.