Stimulated by the presence of a large student community, Grenoble has become a resolutely modern city, with a rich heritage and a vibrant cultural scene. It is a lively and cosmopolitan place, offering a host of leisure opportunities. The campus is a landscaped urban park, covering 175 hectares, 30,000 trees, an arboretum and 40 works of art scattered around.
A leading centre for mountain sports and open air leisure activities, Grenoble attracts many students and researchers who choose to stay because of its exceptional surroundings. Winter sports resorts just half an hour from campus and three natural parks at the city limits make running, skiing, trekking, climbing and paragliding easily available. Numerous lakes and the nearby Mediterranean (three hours away) provide a fabulous range of locations for sailing enthusiasts.
Grenoble affords students exceptional opportunities for sport. The campus itself has facilities open to all students: an Olympic swimming pool, 36 tennis courts, facilities for rowing and archery, 18 sports grounds and halls, climbing walls, special courses to meet the requirements of high-level athletes, France's top university sports club (GUC) with 22,000 members and training in 24 disciplines.
120 cultural events scheduled every year on the campus 4 university orchestras with choirs and dance troupes Art and culture teaching modules open to all students 160 student associations A student radio broadcasting all over the urban area (Campus 90.8) 2 concert venues on the campus More than 100 cinema screens in the urban area 33 theatres and cultural centres and numerous concert halls 89 museums, archaeological sites, and castles in Isère One of France's finest modern art collections at Musée de Grenoble Venues given over to new music and new forms of artistic creation
Grenoble events : 38e Rugissants Festival, Grenoble Jazz Festival, Open air Short Films Festival, European Theatre Festival, summer concerts in the gardens and squares of the town centre, Graphic Design Month in Echirolles, Berlioz Festival, Festival Le Millésime, Festival of Mixed Arts, Festiv'arts, etc.
CCSTI, France's first centre of scientific culture, a festival of science films, open days in laboratories, debates and conferences open to all comers, a scientific café with scientists chairing discussions, classes in the history of science open to all students, and more besides.