Living + Teaching in Grenoble, France

Population: 162,780
Département: Isère

Mountainous | Vélo | Science | Magical | Chaleuruex

 Grenoble and the Grenobubbles | Photo courtesy of Sophia Fortmeyer @sophiafortmeyer

Grenoble and the Grenobubbles | Photo courtesy of Sophia Fortmeyer @sophiafortmeyer

Where to Drink

Where to Eat


La Ferme à Dédé
24 rue Barnave

Chez Marius
1 Place Notre Dame

Viva Mexico
46 rue d'Alement

4 Cours la Fontaine

Ô Bo Bun
17 rue Saint Jacques

La Fondue
rue Brocherie

es BerThoms
1 rue Saint-Hugues

Le Tonneau de Diogène
6 Place Notre Dame

Les Copains D'Aboard
35 rue Lesdiguières

Sun Valley Pub
10 Cours Jean Jaurès

Where to Party + Dance

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee


Kai-Iwi Café
5 rue des Clercs

Coffee and Go
4 Impasse Brocherie

Café La Table Ronde
Place Saint-André

a Belle Électrique
12 Esplanade Andry Farcy

*anywhere on Rue Gambetta + Place Saint André*


Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit

  • Walk/hike/stroll in the mountains (
  • Ski during the winter season
  • Hike to La Bastille
  • Ride the bubbles
  • Attend a rugby match

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips

  • Annecy + Aix-les-Bains
  • Lyon
  • Les Caves de Sassenage (beautiful natural caves!)
  • Skiing with Skiligne (forfait + bus)
  • Voiron - Les caves de Chartreuse

Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities

  • Go to the mountains on the weekends for hiking, biking, paragliding, taking photos, skiing/snowboarding/snowshoeing
  • Hit up the parks! La Bastille is the most popular - a hiking trail that takes you to the top of the mountain with an abandoned college building on the way + you'll always see university students up there taking a wine/lunch break.
  • Quai de l'Isère + du Drac
  • La Bastille
  • Place Grenette - small streets + little shops

Housing Examples

  • 300€ each per month for a T2 collocation with one roommate + electricity charges
  • 300€ per month for a studio, but 136€ per month after CAF kicks in

Worst Things About City

Best Things About City

  • Close proximity to nature + stunning views
  • Friendly locals
  • Lit bar scene
  • Always something to do
  • Can feel a bit too small
  • Gets very cold in the winter
  • Transportation can be annoying without a car

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants

  • Everyone is so, so kind and there is an English business school which allows for endless friend opportunities. It also means that the bar scene is pretty lit!!!!
  • There is always something to do, and everywhere you turn, there are jaw-dropping views.
  • Grenoble is such an amazing city - just watching the sunrise over the mountains makes you really think about how awesome life is!
  • It's a smallish town, but there's always a big party if you look for it!
  • It gets cold. AF.
  • Transportation can be a pain if you don't have a car- but still easily doable. You just have to watch the public transport schedules and plan ahead because they end around 10-11pm... so nights out sometimes tend to end too soon if you live/stay too far from the center.


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