Living on Campus

About Strasbourg

ISU is located in Strasbourg, Alsace, in North East France, and is bordered by the Rhine River to the East, the Vosges mountains to the West, the German plain to the North and the Territoire de Belfort to the South.

Strasbourg is the European Capital and lies along the Rhine River, the natural border between France and Germany. It is home of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. The city numbers approximately 256,000 inhabitants with a further 200,000 inhabitants in the suburbs which make up the Strasbourg Urban Community.

Finding ISU

The ISU Central Campus is located at 1, rue Jean-Dominique Cassini, in the Parc d'Innovation at Illkirch-Graffenstaden, a town in the southern part of the Strasbourg Urban Community. It is about 15 minutes from the center of Strasbourg by car, 30-35 minutes by public transport.

The closest tram stop is "Campus d'Illkirch" serviced by tram lines A and E.

Discover Strasbourg

With its monumental cathedral featuring carvings as delicate as any piece of lacework, Strasbourg is one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Thanks to the richness and sheer density of its heritage sites, the entire town centre has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Strasbourg is definitely well worth a visit, to discover its history, its cuisine and its unique atmosphere.

SSP Badge

Every participant will be given an SSP identification badge, and an ISU swipe card at registration. Participants are responsible for carrying their identification SSP badge and swipe card with them at all times, and presenting it to university officials or security agents upon request. If the identification badge or swipe card is stolen, misplaced, or lost, notify the Logistics team immediately at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Participants are responsible for the cost of replacement in case of loss.

This swipe card entitles the participant to access the ISU building.

Replacement fees

Every participant will get access to their room with a room/flat key at registration. If the key is stolen, misplaced, or lost, you must notify the Logistics team immediately at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fees will apply as follow:

  • ISU Buiding access card: 20 EUR
  • Electronic key for vending machines: 7 EUR

Meal Plan

The dining facilities used throughout SSP19 are all located on campus. Each participant will have access to the meal plan with the SSP badge given during the Registration. The meal plan includes (3) three meals per day on working days and (2) two meals per day (brunch, and dinner) on weekends. There are three (3) meals on Saturdays where there is an Academic activity.

All meals will be served within the Parc d'Innovation in dedicated places that will be identified in the SSP19 Logistics schedule.

Special Dietary Needs

Although the dining facilities on campus will try their best to accommodate special dietary requirements, ISU cannot guarantee that all special dietary requirements can be met.


SSP19 participants will stay in single apartment with private bathroom and kitchen area at CROUS Student Accommodation Les Alternants or Les Heliotropes at 78 route du Rhin, Illkirch-Graffenstaden, for the duration of the Program.

CROUS Les Alternants

CROUS Les Alternants studio

CROUS Les Alternants features

Features of each individual room

  • Contactless card that gives you access to both the flat and your own room
  • (1) one single bed
  • (1) one desk, and two chairs
  • (1) closet for clothes and belongings
  • Refrigerator, and kitchen furniture and utensils
  • (1) one sink
  • Cleaning tools
  • Wifi coverage
  • Linens and (1) one small and (1) lagre towels renewed weekly

Laundry Services

Linen and towels are renewed weekly at the Reception.
Access to shared washing machines and dryers requires your residence card. 
Following purchases require a contactless credit card: 4 EUR for wash, and  1.50 EUR for dry.


Participants are requested to keep their room clean, using available products at the apartment.

The Residence staff may organize a walkthrough the apartments to check the compliance to this request.


All transportation to professional visits and other scheduled academic activities will be provided during the program. 


It is very easy to acquire second hand bicycles in Strasbourg. Your bicylces must be secured at all times.
ISU provides a shelter for the bicylces by the side entrance.

Parking on Campus

Free parking slots are available at the SSP19 Residence and on campus.

Driver’s License 

If you plan to drive in France you have to check the driving rules to verify that you can use your driver's license. If you want to rent a car, find out the rental company's policies in advance. You may need both your driver's license and an International Driving Permit (IDP). An IDP is identification that contains your name, photo, and driver information translated into 10 languages. You will need to obtain this document in the country that issued your driver's license before your travel.


It is easy to find taxis both at the airport and in the city center. 

Public Transportation

Public Transportation in Strasbourg Eurometropolis is provided by Compagnie des Tansport Strasbourgeois (CTS):


Cultural Adjustments 

cultural adjustmentIf you are coming from overseas or from more than a few time zones away, expect jet lag—and a little culture shock. Get your body on the new schedule by drinking plenty of water, eating plenty of nutritious food, exercising, and resting.

Culture shock is a natural effect of being exposed to new lifestyles and values, so don’t be surprised if you feel a bit impatient, confused, or anxious, or if you hit emotional highs and lows as you adjust.

Time usually takes care of it, but if any problems persist, consult your on-site Participant Liaison or get help from a counselor or doctor.

Dormitory and Campus Regulations

The SSP19 Participants are required to comply with the residence terms and conditions.

Important note: These regulations are referred into the participant contract, which must be signed to complete the registration to the SSP19.

Useful Information

Currency Exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged immediately upon your arrival at the airport. 

For exchange rates, see:

Banks and ATMs

There is an ATMs available by the entrance of the 7 Hotel, which is the building facing ISU on its east side.

Sports Facilities

Participants will have access to the gym at the residence. 

Cell Phones

Free Mobile:

Participants should note that on 15th June 2017, roaming rates have been abolished within the EU.

Shipping address for letters, and for packages

Participant Full Name
Space Studies Program 2019
International Space University

1, rue Jean-Dominique Cassini

67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden


Note: The packages will be distributed by the Participant Liaison, or an SSP staff member.

Important Phone Numbers

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Police, Fire, Ambulance


The fire, ambulance and police services are all contactable via the above number.

When calling emergency services you will be asked to provide:

  • The exact address of the incident or emergency and/or any noticeable landmarks nearby
  • Directions to the scene of the emergency
  • The telephone number you are calling from
  • Details on the incident itself, the number of persons involved, the description of any visible injuries and knowledge of any pre-existing medical conditions

Try and stay calm and listen to the call taker’s instructions.

It is also important to keep your own phone on as the emergency service may need to contact you for further information.