Saint-Denis–Université (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃ dəni ynivɛʁsite]) is the terminus of the northeastern branch of Line 13 of the Paris Métro, located in the suburban town of Saint-Denis. It is the most northerly station on the Paris Métro system. It serves the University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, as well as the new facility of the National Archives, which is located in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, next to the metro station and bus station.

Paris Métro
Paris Métro station
Station Métro Saint Denis Université Ligne 13 - Saint-Denis (FR93) - 2022-05-28 - 5.jpg
Station view
General information
LocationSaint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis
Coordinates48°56′45″N 2°21′49″E / 48.94583°N 2.36361°E / 48.94583; 2.36361Coordinates: 48°56′45″N 2°21′49″E / 48.94583°N 2.36361°E / 48.94583; 2.36361
Owned byRATP
Operated byRATP
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone1
Opened25 May 1998 (1998-05-25)
Preceding station Paris transit icons - Métro.svg Paris Métro Following station
Basilique de Saint-Denis Line 13
Saint-Denis branch
Saint-Denis–Université is located in Paris and inner ring
Location within Paris and inner ring


The station and a bus station was opened on 25 May 1998 in the presence of the Minister of Transport Jean-Claude Gayssot after an investment of €525 million (70% financed by the Region) with the extension of the line from Basilique de Saint-Denis.[1]

Initially planned for 1999,[2] a carpark with 300 spaces was inaugurated in September 2001 in the presence of elected officials and the regional prefect, because it was meant to foreshadow Île-de-France's future intermodal transport facilities for its urban transport plan.[3]

The name of the station comes from its immediate proximity to the University of Paris-VIII in Saint-Denis. In 2004, the government chose the site for the new headquarters of the National Archives. Scheduled for 2009, the opening took place in 2013.

In 2020, with the Covid-19 crisis, 2,626,602 travellers entered this station, which places it in the 72nd position of metro stations for its use.[4]

Passenger servicesEdit


One exit from the station faces the University of Paris VIII and the other overlooks the bus station.

Station layoutEdit

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, connection between platform
B2 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound     termination track
Southbound     toward Châtillon–Montrouge (Basilique de Saint-Denis)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


The two platforms, flanking the two tracks, are covered by a slab below a large reception hall. There is therefore no intermediate level between the surface and the platforms, a very unusual situation for the Paris metro.

The platforms are in the shape of an I, as at the Basilique de Saint-Denis station, wide at both ends, business premises reduce their width in the centre. The tracks extends beyond the line open to the public, towards a turning point and sidings.

Other connectionsEdit

The bus station is served by lines 168, 253, 255, 256, 268, 353 and 356 of the RATP Bus Network and by line 11 of the CIF bus network. Since 29 July 2013, it is possible to reach the T5 at the Guynemer station, located a short distance away.

At night, a connection with the N44 line of the Noctilien is possible a short distance away.

On 5 November 2015, the station benefited from the first secure lockers for bicycles (52 places) (Véligo) on line 13 at 30 € per year.[5][6]


Line 13 extension projectEdit

A subsequent extension of line 13 to the Stains-La Cerisaie station, included in the master plan for the Île-de-France region (SDRIF), adopted in 2008 by its Regional Council, is no longer envisaged. The project no longer appears in the new version of the SDRIF plan adopted on 18 October 2013 and approved by decree of 27 December 2013.[7]



  1. ^ "La RATP muscle son réseau en Seine- Saint-Denis". Les Echos (in French). 26 May 1998. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  2. ^ Fontaine, Francois (29 May 1998). "SEINE-SAINT-DENIS Saint-Denis-Université : un terminus multimodal" (in French).
  3. ^ Tilloy, Jean (12 October 2001). "SAINT-DENIS Mise en oeuvre du PDU" (in French).
  4. ^ "Trafic annuel entrant par station du réseau ferré 2020". (in French). Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  5. ^ Lambert, Bertrand (2 November 2015). "Vélo Métro Boulot : ouverture d'un 1er espace Véligo sur la ligne 13". Transportez moi (in French). Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Consigne sécurisée Véligo Saint-Denis – Université | Saint-Denis - Université". Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Décret n° 2013-1241 du 27 décembre 2013 portant approbation du schéma directeur de la région d'Ile-de-France". Retrieved 2 July 2021.