In the XIIth century and throughout the Middle Ages, medical students did not go to a specific place to attend lectures, but to their masters' homes.
However, by the end of the XVth century Montpellier had become so renowned that this disparate style of teaching was replaced with one main university building. The medical faculty was originally located in what is now the rue école de pharmacie.
Then, after the revolution it moved to new premises...and what amazing new premises they were; the site of the former St Benoît and St Germain monasteries which the Convention had confiscated from the diocese. It is exclusively with the Tourist Office that you can visit this incredible place and learn more about its history.