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Experience in Grenoble, France by Rafael

Published by Rafal Lukaszewski — 3 years ago

0 Tags: Erasmus experiences Grenoble, Grenoble, France

Why did you choose to go to Grenoble, France?

What got me to choose Grenoble was that the city is famous for its R&D. The 20% of the population here works in research, making it a great place for studies. The localization is also fantastic to practice hiking during summer and skiing in winter. There are even windsurfing spots nearby!

How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?

I've been staying for half a year. I've been using french CAF aid for students.

What is the student lifestyle like in Grenoble?

City is rather calm, but the mountains surrounding the valley are really giving the feeling of living in the Alpes. People are much nicer than in the north and their speech speed is much slower, making much easier to learn the language here.

What is the food like?

The food is cheap because student restaurants are subsidized ( 3. 20 euros for a full meal with dessert). Restaurants would cost around 12 and 18 euros for a full meal. The quality of the food however is extraordinary, though butter seems to be the basic ingredient of everything.

Did it cost you to find your accommodation in Grenoble?

Bureaucracy in france is just unbearable, and while looking for a lodgment don't be surprised if they ask you for a proof of your 'guarantor salary'. Nothing pleasant here.

How much does it cost to live in Grenoble?


  • 200-400 euros for a lodgment (including CAF discount)
  • 20 euros for transportation (unless you rent a bicycle, a must have)
  • 200 euros for food and bars

Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available at the University?

There are language courses, but this is just a 2 hour class per week. I've learned much more by myself and talking with french mates from the dormitory.

What's the easiest or most economical way to travel to Grenoble from your city?

Wizzair flights to Lyon airport and then a flixbus to Grenoble. It is also worth checking the connection to Geneve.

And for eating? Can you recommend some good restaurants in Grenoble?

Chez Marius is a good restaurant to try out local food.

What good cultural sites are there to visit?

It is absolutely worth checking out the yearly paragliding festival. There are also 'vertical races' around the place that are great if you want to challenge yourself.

Is there any other advice that you could give to students going to Grenoble in the future?

To rent a bicycle in day one, it's absolutely a must that will make you enjoy more the city and the area.


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