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Reports and testimonials Montpellier, a decidely young city

Avant-gardist and open-minded, Montpellier is renowned for being the youngest city in France: one inhabitant over five is a student from all over the world. Thanks to this youth, Montpellier is a city that moves, that vibrates naturally!

Enjoy an evening at the MO.CO. Panacée

It’s party time in all languages in the courtyard of the Panacée!

This Friday night, like every night from Wednesday to Saturday, the Contemporary Cultural Centre opens its doors to revellers. Foreign students, young entrepreneurs, young couples and families go there to meet and enjoy a drink.

“This is one of the great places in Montpellier”, says Sami, who’s made it his ‘headquarters’, “In summer, in the courtyard, under the trees, there’s a laid-back atmosphere, you get the impression of being away from the crowds of the town centre, when they’re all just a few steps away… and in winter, we can keep cosy under the big wooden framework of the café…”

The MO.CO. Panacée is no exception: Montpellier is full of places to party. It’s certainly true that, with some 70,000 students and with one inhabitant in two being under 30 years old, the capital of Hérault is a decidedly young city.

And when the bars close their doors at 1am (2am in summer) the fiesta continues in the nightclubs; one simply hops onto the Amigo, the free bus that takes revellers to the dance floors of the metropolitan area.


From University to start-ups

Each year, Montpellier sits among the top few places in ‘L’Etudiant’ (Student) magazine’s chart of university cities in which it is great to study. With 70,000 students and good universities whose influence radiates worldwide, as well as very prestigious schools, the capital of Hérault is a fantastic setting for a post-baccalaureate course.

Notebook under our arm, we went to meet students on campus, to ask them why it was so good to choose Montpellier for their studies. “Firstly, the climate,” admits Juliette, who has just started a degree in psychology at the Paul Valery University . “The sun’s good to motivate the ‘troops’ — brushing up on courses in the shade of the pine trees, on the lawns of the faculty, or in the little cafes of the city centre… It’s all very pleasant!”

Young people come to Montpellier to study because they know that there’s a buzz here like nowhere else. Whatever your field of study, there’s always be something happening. Says Thomas, 19, “I came to study engineering at Montpellier because I know there are loads of big companies such as Dell or IBM, plus many promising start-up companies too, who could well employ me later.”

Hardly surprising then that Montpellier appeals to more and more students every year, not only from France, but worldwide.


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