Evry: modernity, dynamism and a warm welcome a stone’s throw from Paris
Administrative center of the Essonne region in Ile-de-France, Evry is home to Institut Mines-Télécom Business School, one of the Pass-world entrance exam member schools of Management, offering the ideal location for a global town nurturing talent and events less than an hour away from the riches of the capital city Paris.
A young, dynamic and forward-looking town
Evry totals 25 600 inhabitants, 12 000 of whom are aged 11-25, 16 000 of whom are students and where the average age is 28. These figures add up to make Evry one of the youngest towns in all of France. The administrative center of the Essonne region stretches over 858 hectares. This former 1970s new town is driving firmly forwards, as evidenced by the degree of large-scale, modern and innovative projects being put into place on the urban, economic, environmental, social, educational and cultural fronts.
A patchwork of influences and cultures
Evry is a perfect example of urban and culture experimentalism, where the new meets the old in a state of permanent renewal. The residential districts and ultra-modern complexes can be found just next to millstone bourgeois-style houses. At the same time, French rap from the area is present on the national scene and the futuristic curves of the town’s unique 20th-century cathedral blend with the old stone of the 17th-century parsonage.
Intensive association life
Over 500 associations covering the main areas of sport, culture, education, charity work, and partnerships make a major contribution to life in Evry. If you are looking to take the plunge yourself then you should know that the young people of Evry who provide the backbone of association life are supported throughout the launch of their projects by the town authorities.
A cutting-edge cultural set-up
Art and culture lovers are going to love Evry. The scène nationale de l’Agora is home to no fewer than 6 theater companies, whilst in the town center you also have the huge Arènes de l’Agora concert hall, and a 10-screen CGR multiplex cinema that includes giant screens and digital sound. Also available is a multi-purpose hall and room dedicated to parties, plus the Paul Delouvrier museum housed within the town cathedral where you can see displayed on its three floors a series of temporary exhibitions, contemporary canvasses and works of sacred liturgical art.
Evry also has its own media library, two reference libraries, a discotheque, youth center, its very own Halle du rock (a rehearsal and recording studio), two musical conservatories and art workshops. There is no shortage of cultural events either: the annual book fair, an international digital and interactive art week, and concerts and shows where top names cross paths.
Green spaces and sports facilities aplenty
If it’s relaxing outdoors that you are looking for then you’ll be spoilt for choice by the 12 leisure parks spread around the town. Evry contains over 100 hectares of urban parks and green spaces. And if you’re a keen walker then you can take advantage of the GR2 hiking trail that crosses the town along the banks of the Seine.
The range of services is completed by a number of sporting facilities, including stadiums, gyms, the Agora multisport area, swimming pools, a nautical circle on the banks of the Seine (including its own watersports and rowing centers), an ice-skating rink and a fitness trail. Young people receive the municipal sports card free of charge, enabling them to take part in a number of activities at a reduced rate.
One of the biggest shopping centers in France
Keen to flex your bank card? The 100 000m² regional Évry 2 shopping center and its 235 stores are waiting for you, arms wide open in the center f Evry!
A cutting-edge research and innovation center
Evry has developed a deserved reputation for research excellence, particularly in the areas of aeronautics, astronautics (Centre national d’Etudes Spatiales, Arianespace) and medical research (Génopole, Génoscope, the pharmaceutical industry and specialized competitive hubs such as Medicen).
Paris, the City of Light, a short distance away
Located 26kms south-east of Paris, Evry can be reached from the capital in no time at all, either via public transport (the RER D suburban train line), bus or car (the A6 highway and the Francilienne). So many transport options makes it easy to pay regular visits to the City of Light and its many tourist attractions (The Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, the Latin Quarter, the Grands Boulevards) and take advantage of the various educational, leisure and employment opportunities on offer that have always made it one of the most sought-after student destinations in the world.