Life in Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand has a lot to offer incoming students: affordable student life, high-quality education, magnificent natural surroundings and sports possibilities for every taste. Your time in our city will be an unforgettable experience.

Clermont-Ferrand, the ancient capital of Auvergne, is located in the center of France and well connected to Bordeaux, Paris, Lyon and Montpellier. Even though old and rich in history, the city is perfect for students. Housing costs are amongst the lowest in France and we at the SIGMA Clermont International Office can find housing possibilities for all our international students. With its 470.000 inhabitants in the conurbation area, Clermont-Ferrand offers a rich cultural and student life. The public transport system ensures quick connections to make your transit time as short as possible.


The City of Clermont-Ferrand is the home to first-class sports clubs and athletes, like the top French ASM Rugby Club and pole-vaulting world champion Renaud Lavillenie. And thanks to SIGMA Clermont’s numerous student sports clubs, you can find almost any kind of sport. Due to its proximity to the mountains, the city has winter sport resorts right at its doorstep. With its famous volcano national park right outside the city, Clermont-Ferrand is also a famous hiking and outdoor spot. 


One of the big cultural events of the year is the International Short Film Festival, the world’s biggest meeting dedicated to short movies. Not forgetting Europavox, one of France’s biggest annual music festivals.


Want to learn more about the city of Clermont-Ferrand? Check out the following links:                         

                        City of Clermont-Ferrand – Official Webpage

                        Clermont-Ferrand Tourism

                          Auvergne Tourism Agency