3. A rich student life and an exceptional quality of life

Saint-Étienne,
France's only UNESCO Design City

The only French city to be designated a UNESCO Design City, Saint-Étienne possesses an institution quite unique in France: the Cité du design.

This emblematic venue plays a plays a large role in the city's abundant cultural offering. Major cultural institutions (Zénith, La Comédie, the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain which houses France's second largest collection of contemporary art, a contemporary music venue Le Fil...) rub shoulders with off-beat alternative venues: something for everyone, literally! But that's not all - Saint-Étienne also has a host of more quirky venues!

With two arthouse cinemas, several venues in converted former industrial buildings, the old school of fine arts which now houses two exhibition halls, a dynamic theatre with a rich dramatic and musical programme, there's something for every taste!

Saint-Étienne, a party city buzzing with culture!

With concerts, festivals and parties of all kinds happening in some of Saint-Étienne's most iconic and atypical sites, there's no shortage of opportunities to party. The Musée de la Mine park is the new symbol of a city that has reinvented itself to propose a raft of new festive experiences.

To make the most of this party culture and cultural life (concerts, cinema, theatre, opera, festivals, museums, etc.), the City of Saint-Étienne offers Saintépass.fr, a website packed with deals for students in Saint-Étienne. It is reserved for young people aged 16 to 25 living or studying in Saint-Étienne.

And let's not forget sport! Saint-Étienne has its "Greens" of course: a match in the stadium nicknamed the "cauldron" is a spectacle in itself. But that's not all! Saint-Étienne is hosting the Rugby France World Cup in 2023 (four games, including two with Australia) as well as some of the men's and women's events during the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024.

Plus: At the beginning of every academic year, the City of Saint-Étienne pulls out all the stops to welcome its students with its "Sainté Accueille Ses Étudiants" operation: 10 days of festivities and discoveries - all free! An unmissable week of fun and mingling for all the district's students!

À Saint-Étienne,
nature in the city and on its doorstep

Saint-Étienne is the city of seven hills. Nature is everywhere, including right in the city centre.

15 minutes from Saint-Étienne city centre, you can get out and breathe the fresh, clean air or practise outdoor sports and leisure activities in the Le Pilat regional nature park.

Also just 15 minutes out of town, you can practise water sports at the Saint-Victor water sports centre in the heart of the Loire Gorges.

If you love winter sports, 20 minutes is all it takes to reach the first cross-country ski trails.

Saint-Étienne is a friendly city, and you're sure to meet many people on your course, socially and in a professional capacity with whom you'll form a lasting bond. Here, you'll be building your network in the second biggest pool of SME-SMIs in France and building friendships for life.