The campus of École Polytechnique is located in Palaiseau, about half an hour from the centre of Paris by urban transport. The campus is close to large expressways leading to Paris, and about 15 kilometres (9 miles) from Orly Airport.
The campus covers 180 hectares (445 acres), of which two thirds is open space. An exceptional variety of outdoor athletic facilities is available, including football and rugby fields, tennis courts, a golf course, an equestrian centre, and a lake with facilities for sailing and rowing.
All students must live on-campus, in student housing. They have individual rooms. Each room is equipped with a telephone and an Ethernet connection. Living on campus allows students to fully benefit from and contribute to the life of the Ecole.
Most on-campus cultural activities take place in the evening. A film club meets each week, and the various groups and clubs actively organize shows, concerts, dance and theater performances, and conferences on current topics.
Most of these activities are open to the public. They draw a significant audience from the surrounding communities. These activities supplement the rich variety that is available in Paris.
Two particularly active events of the year are the campaign which precedes the election of the student council "Campagne KES", and the Point Gamma, a large student festival in June.
> Campus life
The following web sites will help you to prepare your arrival in France:
(National Student Life Office)
- International Student Guide