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Are you going to be working in Fos-sur-Mer or Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône?

The Fos-sur-Mer and Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône business parks lie on the left bank of the Rhône river, between the Mediterranean and the Étang de Berre.

They border the industrialized Fos Gulf with its intensive port operations, offering nearby access to an array of charming recreational destinations such as the La Crau plain, sand dunes, the lagoons of the Camargue and historical sites.

Going to work

Highway access: Via highway A55 from Sausset-les-Pins and Carry-Le Rouet. Via D36, which runs through the Camargue Regional Nature Park from Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer and via N568 from Arles and Istres.

Public transportation: The areas are covered by a bus network (SMGETU, Cartreize and Ulysse). Special shuttles run between Istres and the Fos and Port-St-Louis business parks.

Rental rates

Location1 bedroom apt.2 bedroom apt.House
Arles / Istres€450-600 incl. fees€600-950 incl. fees€850-1,000 incl. fees
Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer€650-700 incl. fees€800-900 incl. fees€1,000-1,300 incl. fees
Sausset-les-Pins€620-900 incl. fees€950-1,100 incl. fees€1,100-1,700 incl. fees
Fos-sur-Mer€530-700 incl. fees€720-900 incl. fees€750-1,200 incl. fees
Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône€450-650 incl. fees€580-880 incl. fees€700-900 incl. fees

Rental rates and prices are not contractual and are provided as a guide only.

A few purchase prices

One-bedroom in Arles from €110,000

Two-bedroom in Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer from €114,500

Three-bedroom house in Istres from €200,000

Three-bedroom house in Sausset-les-Pins in a new housing unit from €460,000

Medical services

In addition to the medical centers near Fos-sur-Mer and Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône, you are about 40 minutes from the Arles Hospital Complex, which has 300 beds (and a maternity ward) and the Martigues General Hospital (510 beds), as well as 30 minutes from the private clinic in Istres, a multidisciplinary community facility with 170 beds.

Finally, the second-largest medical hub in France – the hospitals in Aix-en-Provence (762 beds) and Marseille (3,400 beds) – has some of the best healthcare services in France and is easily accessible (allow one hour via highway A55).

Nursery to high school

  • 22 nursery schools
  • 36 kindergartens
  • 39 elementary schools
  • 10 middle schools
  • 8 high schools

Among the cities of Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, Arles, Istres and Sausset-Les-Pins.

International programmes, with some classes taught in foreign languages, have been opened in several middle and high schools in Aix-en-Provence (German and English), Marseilles (German, English, Arabic, Spanish and Italian) and Pennes Mirabeau (English).

Higher education

  • AMU (Aix-Marseille University): the largest university in the French-speaking world.
  • Wide-ranging and multidisciplinary education options that encompass all disciplines: The arts, humanities and social sciences, economics and management, health care, sciences and technology, law.
  • A university with a global outlook: 45 degrees through international partnership arrangements and 10 Erasmus Mundus programs.
  • IAE Aix (Aix Marseille Graduate School of Management) ranked among the 30 best schools of management in the world.
  • Elite higher education institutions: Arts & Métiers ParisTech (Aix-en-Provence), Centrale (Marseille), Mines St Etienne ISMIN (Gardanne), Ecole Nationale d’Architecture (National School of Architecture, Marseille), Kedge Business School (Marseille), Polytech (Marseille), Sciences Po (Aix)…
  • 90,000 students (Académie Aix Marseille)
  • 5 large campuses
  • 12 post-graduate schools
  • 500 apprentices per year

    CFAI Provence

  • 2,500 interns per year

    AFPA Center

  • 200 students per year

    ISFI: Nurses Training Institute

  • EPNER Test Pilot School

2013 Shanghai Ranking: amu among the 150 best universities in the world (out of 500) and within the 4-6 range for french universities.

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