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Living in Grenoble

In 2018, Grenoble was ranked first best city in France for living and working conditions by Le Parisien and fifth best place to study in France by the newspaper L'Etudiant. With 67,500 students, Grenoble is a young and vibrant city with a thriving student life. The living environment is particularly enjoyable. With mountains surrounding the city, Grenoble is a paradise for outdoor activities and sports. The Chamrousse ski resort for example is only 35 minutes away from the city center. At the same time, Grenoble is the flattest city in France and offers bikers more than 300 kilometers of bike paths.

Cultural life in Grenoble is abundant thanks to numerous museums (Musée de Grenoble, Musée Dauphinois, etc.), concert halls (MC2, la Belle Electrique, l’Hexagone, Le Summum, etc.), major events (Cabaret Frappé, Coupe Icare, Rocktambule, Festival du cinéma de montagne, etc.) and student events.

Remember to check out Le Dahu: Every year, the Grenoble Ecole de Management association Le Dahu publishes a guide to Grenoble and the surrounding region. The team tests restaurants, bars, clubs, museums, ski resorts, activities and shops all year long in order to provide you with a condensed list of the best place to go.

Grenoble Ranked Fifth Most Inventive City by Forbes Magazine

The Grenoble area is recognized as one of the world's foremost regions for innovation.

By fostering ties between industry, research and academia, the region has earned worldwide recognition. This model served as the foundation for France's policy on competitive clusters. In 2006, Grenoble officially organized its innovation model thanks to the MINATEC campus. The region has continued this development with the GIANT innovation campus.

The Grenoble region is built around a diverse and innovative economy. According to the AEPI, Grenoble-Isère is the:

  • Second region for foreign investments (after Paris)
  • Second most important R&D cluster
  • Europe's sixth GDP (197 billion euros)