Grenoble. Nature, culture and open-mindedness: a winning ticket for one of the most student-friendly towns around
With its 163 000 inhabitants and located in the south-east of France at the foot of three mountain ranges (The Alps, Vercors and Chartreuse), Grenoble is home to Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), one of the Pass-world entrance exam member schools of Management. This manageable-sized town offers relaxing, open and dynamic surroundings in which to live. The capital of the Isère region is so attractive a destination that it features in the top 3 towns in which to study (L’Etudiant student town ranking, 2017).
A clearly student-friendly town
Grenoble totals over 67 000 students, equivalent to 1 in 10 inhabitants of the town. An impressive set-up is in place to welcome and guide the student population (especially the international section), via the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). In fact, Grenoble has no fewer than 8 000 international students from 150 countries.
A top-quality transport network
Located just 3 hours from Paris by high-speed rail, Grenoble has its own, impressive network of buses, trams, electric cars and self-serve bicycles at low rates.
France’s top university health center
One of the key services available to students in Grenoble is access to low-cost medical care and prevention campaigns. In fact, Grenoble has been ranked the most accessible town in France for people with disabilities.
A dream location for nature and sports lovers
Nestling between the surrounding mountains, Grenoble is a paradise for outdoor leisure and sporting activities. The Chamrouuse ski resort is just a half-hour from the town, easily accessible for students thanks to a special reduced-rate pass. All mountain pursuits are there ready and waiting for you: hiking, grass skiing, paragliding, and climbing. What’s more, the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea are a mere 2-hour drive away!
The town also boasts an enviable range of sports facilities, including a swimming pool, multi-sports fields), and an athletics stadium. With over 300kms of cycling tracks, Grenoble is also a paradise for bikers, helped by the fact of being the flattest town in France.
It is no coincidence that the Grenoble Alps university community is the university location to welcome the largest number of top-level sports students.
A young town that’s got rhythm!
Grenoble offers living conditions that are both pleasant and dynamic for the whole student community. The pedestrian town center around the Grenette Square area has a number of bars and nightclubs that open their doors to partygoers until the end of the night. The town also has its fair share of green spaces in which to relax among friends.
A rich cultural scene
Museum lovers – get ready to be spoilt for choice. Not only can you enjoy the Musée de Grenoble and the Musée Dauphinois but also a number of show venues (MC2, la Belle Electrique, l’Hexagone, le Summum), headline events (including “Cabaret Frappé” in July, the “Coupe Icare “ world free flight demonstration in September, and “Rencontres Ciné Montagne “) and countless student nights run by the 200+ student associations currently active in Grenoble.
A flagship town of teaching, innovation and research excellence
Grenoble has a track record that is the envy of a great many international capital cities:
- 5th most innovative town or city in the world (Forbes 2013)
- 2nd most innovative in Europe (iCapital 2014)
- Number 2 scientific and technical research hub in France, after Paris
- Number 1 town in France for research and R&D employment opportunities
Grenoble made official this innovation model via the creation of its Minatec campus and is currently developing it on its GIANT campus, of which Grenoble Ecole de Management is a partner. The town therefore has a vast array of cutting-edge futuristic training opportunities available (energy, biotechnologies, nanotechnologies, etc.), but also excellence and human sciences tracks and many internationally-oriented teaching programs.