Montpellier throughout the seasons

Spring in Montpellier

Spring is warm enough to stroll on the beach without the crowds.

From Montpellier, you can easily go down to the beach by bike ; the route starts on the banks of the Lez river and follows special cycle-paths.

In the historic centre you can have a drink on the cafe terraces which stretch out over the pavements, or just relax in the various green spaces of the town. Only the tram has access to the city centre ; the historic heart of Montpellier is completely free of cars so visitors can peacefully wander around.

In spring you also have a choice of many open-air festivals like the Printemps des Comédiens, Montpellier Dance or the FISE, a world-famous extreme sports festival in May.

Summer in Montpellier

June through August sees the least rainfall : only one to three days per month. So it’s time for you to enjoy the many outdoor activities organised by LSF :

Canyoning and canoeing in the Cevennes National Park north of Montpellier, wake-boarding, via ferrata, beach-volleyball, pizza party at the beach etc.

When it’s very hot, it’s pleasant to have a picnic under the magnolias and learn how to play petanque in the Peyrou gardens which are only a 1-minute walk from the school, just after the Arc de Triomphe.

Every Friday night (July and August) in the centre of Montpellier, you may participate in THE summer event- the Estivales, a large open-air night market with many exhibitors, craftsmen, booksellers and stands where you can taste local wines and food. A great opportunity for you to meet up for a good time with other LSF students.

Autumn in Montpellier 

This is the best season for hiking in the surrounding areas of Montpellier : LSF organises many minibus tours combining hiking and wine-tasting in local châteaux, the wineries of the Pic St Loup being the most famous.

In Montpellier there are many ‘follies’ (old private country mansions) to visit, like the Château de Flaugergues where the Count Henri de Colbert still lives with his family.

In the botanical gardens of Montpellier, created by order of Henri IV in 1593, don’t miss the famous ginkgo biloba (the first tree imported into Europe over 300 years ago)- you can admire its leaves turning bright yellow in autumn.

During the Internationales de la Guitare festival, you can discover famous artists with concerts everywhere in Montpellier.

Winter in Montpellier 

You might find snow in the Mont Aigoual which is the closest family ski resort, a mere 2 hours away from Montpellier.

At that time of the year it’s also tempting to try some local Mediterranean food-, wine- or pastry-tastings organised by the LSF school.

You can also visit the Musée Fabre (collection of paintings and art) which contains 800 works dating from the medieval era to the modern age. Don’t miss some paintings by the famous local impressionnist painter Frederic Bazille. Bazille was born on the family’s estate, Meric, just outside Montpellier in 1841 and is regarded as one of the innovators of the Impressionist style, even though he never exhibited his work with other members of the group as he died very young.

For your information entrance to the Musée Fabre is free on the first Sunday of each month.

In winter, LSF organises many evenings in theatres, and visits or concerts in the Opera Comedie (17e century) or in the new Opera at the Corum.

It goes without saying that the above list of activities is non-exhaustive. Throughout the seasons and whatever atmosphere you like, there is always something of interest for you to do in Montpellier. Boredom is not an option !!!

Montpellier is a vibrant city at any time of the year.

Gourmands, gourmets et amoureux de la langue française, nous avons un cours pour vous à LSF !

Gourmands, gourmets et amoureux de la langue française, nous avons un cours pour vous à LSF !

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Vous avez toujours rêvé de vous retrouver dans les cuisines d’un restaurant  en présence d’un chef ? Vous souhaitez apprendre à concocter de bons petits plats et pouvoir les cuisiner ensuite pour vos proches ? Alors notre cours « Français et Cuisine » à l’école de français LSF est fait pour vous. Quel que soit vos compétences culinaires et votre niveau de français, ce programme est disponible toute l’année (excepté les semaines du 30 juillet, 6  et du 13 août, et 24 décembre 2018). En complément des 20 leçons collectives de français standard du matin (15h par semaine), vous suivez un cours de cuisine avec un chef 2 après-midi par semaine (2 x 3h par semaine).

Notre chef Armand vous accueille dans la cuisine professionnelle et très bien équipée de son restaurant, situé à seulement 5 mn à pied de l’école LSF dans le centre historique de Montpellier. En cuisine, les étudiants sont 9 maximum. Vous réalisez un menu complet que vous dégustez ensuite. Plus d’info ici.

Le saviez-vous ?

Montpellier est une belle ville où séjourner pour goûter la cuisine française dans de très bons restaurants. Nos restaurants préférés à proximité de notre école sont Leclere, le Petit Bistrot, Anga, La Coquille. Et si vous cherchez un restaurant étoilé au guide Michelin, alors rendez-vous à La Réserve Rimbaud. Bon appétit !

10 things you should know about your experience at LSF!

10 things you should know about your experience at LSF!

1) LSF was created in 1996 in Montpellier. We have a enormous experience teaching our beautiful language to juniors and adults from all over the world and we are very good at it !  We teach all levels of French from beginner to advanced level to Adults (from 16 years old) throughout the year and to Juniors (11-16) during summer!  In July 2016 LSF became the first school in Montpellier to obtain the maximum Label Qualite FLE accreditation score (15/15*) following a French government audit.


 2) We have 20 air-conditioned classrooms located in prestigious buildings in the historic centre of Montpellier- you will be in the heart of the city! The Junior centre is only 5 minutes’ walk from the Adult centre.


3) All of our teachers are native French speakers who hold a professional Master’s degree in teaching French as a Foreign Language (Master 1 or Master 2) and have considerable teaching experience. We have a permanent team of 7 dynamic teachers who are constantly innovating and creating new teaching materials, activities and games.


4) We offer you a full range of accommodation in Montpellier: host families, student residences, private studios and apartments according to your needs and budget.  Arrival and departure transfers from Montpellier airport or railway station are included with the host family option.


5) We send you a written French test before your arrival and you have an oral test on your first day at school, enabling us to place you in the most suitable class according to your level! During your stay you can change class if you think you will feel better in a class at another level. We are flexible and always available to speak about things with you!


6) Upon arrival on the Monday morning you will share a welcome breakfast with all the new students, have an information meeting and go on a free guided-tour of Montpellier. We will offer you the LSF Roadbook “Carnet de Route”! This is both a real textbook with illustrated vocabulary, conjugation sheets and classroom activities + a roadbook to record your discoveries and your impressions + a Montpellier guide with tips and good addresses. 73 pages to progress in French on a daily basis, fully created by our teachers!


7) With our LSF Smartphone app you access your class schedule or to your host family contacts directly from your mobile phone.


8) Thanks to the e-learning platform created by the LSF teaching team, used both in and outside the classes, you have access to all courses from beginner to advanced level (A1 to C2) in the form of self-correcting exercises, course summaries, grammar sheets and vocabulary. This is a unique tool in Montpellier. You also enjoy interactive and dynamic classes with our interactive flat panels from the SMARTboard range, and use the latest multimedia resources. You also get free tutoring with an LSF teacher to help you overcome any obstacles. We want you to progress!

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9) You have a lot of fun meeting students from all over the world! We have a fantastic age and nationality mix at LSF! Our wide range of social and cultural activities and excursions  help you not only to get to know your fellow students but also to find out more about the beautiful south of France and French culture. Every week we organise a new activity programme!


10) At the end of your stay on the Friday after your lessons you share a wonderful moment with all the students of our school, our famous “apéritif”! You will receive your diploma certifying your attendance and the language level achieved at LSF. For sure you will miss us and want to come back J Finally, we are the best rated school in Montpellier, see what our students say about us on Facebook or Google, and don’t forget to have a look at our media gallery!


A bientôt ! And you, what is your favorite French word or the most bizarre word for you :-) ?

Discover our new offer “French & Romance” and enroll together with your partner”

On the occasion of St Valentine’s Day, ​LSF is proposing a tailor-made stay for you which combines romance and the French language. ​In order to benefit from this offer don’t forget to indicate #STVALENTIN on your booking ! ​

​This offer includes :

1-week Standard French course for 2 persons
20 lessons in a small group at your level (max 10 people per class), with fully-qualified teachers of FLE (French as a Foreign Language)This course will allow you to ​improve both your written and oral French. You will also benefit from all the services offered by LSF : access to our e-learning platform, the LSF Roadbook, our smartphone app


6 nights in an exceptional hotel, breakfast included for 2 persons
4* hotel ideally located in Montpellier, double room


– One dinner in a ​top restaurant in Montpellier for 2 persons
A three-course meal including a glass of wine

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All that for an all-inclusive price of 1290 € for 2 people (i.e. 645 € per person) !

This offer is available for all bookings received in February and for a stay at LSF in 2018.  Indicate #STVALENTIN on your booking ! ​
If you send your booking on St Valentine’s Day – on the 14​th of​ February,  you will get an extra 5% discount on the French classes if you add the code #14FEV to your booking !​

Don’t forget to give us your address when you book, so that we can send you a personal invitation to give to the person who will accompany you !

Please do not hesitate to contact our team for more information :

Looking forward to welcoming you in LSF Montpellier !


Press release :

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Montpellier, 30 November 2017. Bedycasa, the pioneer of homestay bookings worldwide, and LSF France announce their joint-venture with a view to launching the BedyLingua platform with the aim of revolutionising language stays. BedyLingua is powered by the Bed and Learn company.

The offer / The solution. BedyLingua will propose a web-based platform where the internet user will connect to book a language stay combined with a local homestay. He will be able to perfect the language of his choice directly with the locals he is staying with (conversation) or, for more academic or professional purposes, take lessons in the best partner language schools or with fully-qualified native-speaker teachers. The families and schools will be ranked according to the reviews and scores given by the travelers. Accommodation will be in apartments or with host families.

Magali Boisseau-Becerril (Founder of and Marc Lavigne Delville, CEO of LSF)

Magali Boisseau-Becerril (Founder of and Marc Lavigne Delville, CEO of LSF)

A changing market. The language stay market is changing markedly and new requests are being made, particularly from working adults (+12% / year) as a result of retraining, seniors or whole families. The share of accommodation in this market represents a turnover of around $11 billion. Moreover, requests in the language stay field are becoming more and more personalised.

A part of team members from LSF and  Bedycasa.  A French wedding!

A part of team members from LSF and Bedycasa. A French wedding!

Given our experience in the collaborative economy and thanks to the educational expertise and support of LSF France, Bed and Learn is fully equiped to meet the challenge of revolutionising language stays’ announced Magali Boisseau-Becerril, founder of BedyCasa and manager of Bed and Learn. Marc Lavigne Delville, CEO of LSF France and President of Bed and Learn confirmed that ‘this joint-venture is a major step for LSF France whose ambition is to reinforce its position in the market, to adapt to future evolutions in this changing sector and finally to shine in fields which are complementary to its historic activity’.

On 30 November 2017, a beta version of BedyLingua was launched to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BedyCasa. An anniversary which was celebrated at the Marché du Lez in Montpellier (South of France) the presence of numerous partners and backers of the project.


About BedyCasa : The pioneer of homestay bookings worldwide since 2007, BedyCasa today represents more than 60 000 different accommodation options in 11 000 locations throughout the world and is specialised in homestays with local people- rooms or bed & breakfast in a family home, or host family stays.

About LSF France : created in 1996 and based in Montpellier, LSF France is a school teaching French as a foreign language (FLE – Français Langue Etrangère) to more than 2 800 students from over 80 different countries each year. LSF France has the Label Qualité FLE accreditation (15*) awarded by the CIEP and is a member of Groupement FLE.

Apéritif par une douce soirée de printemps

Fidèle à sa réputation qui consiste à allier apprentissage du français et plaisir de vivre, LSF Montpellier propose régulièrement des évènements à ses étudiants.
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les soirées LSF Montpellier sont l’occasion de se rencontrer, de partager un moment convivial… tout en continuant de parler français. Pour cette soirée, nous nous sommes retrouvés au bar-restaurant La Coquille situé à 2 pas de l’école, en bordure de la superbe place de la Canourgue. Isabelle et Laurence, les hôtes de ce lieu très sympathique, nous ont accueilli chaleureusement ce qui aura permis à chacun-e de passer un très agréable moment. Tchin !

Activités phares de la semaine chez LSF Montpellier

LES ACTIVITES PHARES DE LA SEMAINE 39 (du 25 septembre au 1er octobre 2017)
Cette semaine, LSF France propose a ses étudiants de nouvelles activités dont deux nous semblent particulièrement intéressantes. Voici deux activités que nous souhaitons mettre en avant : soirée Erasmus au Nu-Bahia ainsi qu’un match de Handball qui opposera Le Montpellier Handball à XX.
nu_bahia Soirée au Nu-BahiaCe jeudi 28 septembre, LSF vous donne rendez-vous au Nu-Bahia : restaurant-bar à tapas du quartier très vivant des Beaux -Arts de Montpellier (à quelques pas du Corum).
De 17h à 20h, vous participerez à un cours de cuisine typiquement méditerranéenne dans le décor atypique et chaleureux de ce restaurant brésilien. Evangeline, cuisinière passionnée chef au Nu-Bahia, mais également formatrice de FLE (Français Langue Etrangère)  vous délivrera aussi bien ses astuces culinaires que celles de la langue française. Rassasiés des courgettes à la brousse et aux pignons, des tomates farcies et autres petits légumes aux épices douces que vous aurez concoctés, vous pourrez ensuite débuter votre soirée brésilienne. D’autres étudiants LSF vous rejoindront pour profiter pleinement de cette soirée de rentrée étudiante Erasmus plus dans une ambiance festive et haute en couleurs.
(Activité proposée le jeudi 28 septembre)
Match de Handball !Mercredi soir, LSF vous offre la possibilité de participer au match de championnat de France de handball : Montpellier contre Tremblay (région parisienne).
Montpellier est une ville très sportive et affectionne tout particulièrement le Handball.
Depuis le début de la saison, après 2 matchs de championnat et 2 matchs de ligue des champions, l’équipe du MHB (Montpellier Handball) reste invaincue.
Va t’elle continuer sur sa lancée ?
Venez nombreux soutenir nos joueurs avec les Montpelliérains !
Ambiance assurée au stade Bougnol.
(Activité proposée le mercredi 27 septembre.)
 Pour connaître toutes nos activités de la semaine, cliquez ici