Université Charles-de-Gaulle-Lille 3 is based in Lille, a medium-sized city in the Nord-Pas de Calais region of northern France. Lille has a strong industrial background, but is more commonly known throughout France for its handsome city centre and very active cultural life, and has a large student population. Lille is extremely well connected by train, with London, Paris, Calais, Bruges and Brussels all within easy reach. The University can be found in southern Lille, and with its dynamic vibe attracts many students on exchange. Students can apply for university accommodation through CROUS, but places are limited and cannot be guaranteed. However, there are a number of alternative options and the University can help students in their search for accommodation.