Life in Rennes

As the capital of one of France’s most active regions, Rennes is renowned for its high quality of life, rich cultural programme and diverse heritage. Rennes also attracts a host of exceptional talents to several key economic sectors: digital, cybersecurity, transport, eco-industries, cultural and creative industries, etc.

Rennes, a first-in-class city

  • 1st most liveable city (L’Express, 2018)
  • 2nd and 6th French and European business-friendly city (L’Express, 2018 and Eurostat, 2018)
  • 5th French city for entrepreneurs (L’Express, 2019)
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mins from the sea


mins: average commuting time


hectares of green areas


hectares of parks


from Paris by high-speed train (LVG)






metro lines


Rennes, the capital of Brittany and a city of art and history, is proud of its cultural identity. Its thriving, historical city centre vibrates to a blend of history and rich cultural heritage with iconic festivals (festival Urbaines, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Dimanche à Rennes), museums and institutes (the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Frac, the Criée, and the Champs Libres).

Rennes is also a renowned music scene! The city owes its well-earned reputation to its programme of 25+ weekly concerts in more than 300 venues, and its festivals (Les Transmusicales, Festival Ay-Roop, Festival Mythos).


Out and about

The Sortir! pass gives students access to a multitude of activities (cinema for only €3, free museum entrance, etc.).

Solidarity pricing provides either free access to, or 85% or 50% off the monthly STAR (Rennes’ metro and bus service) network subscription and Handistar (transport service for people with reduced mobility) service.

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