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Campus Life

HEC Paris has one of the largest campuses in Europe. Its academic, leisure and sports facilities offer students and staff the holistic life you would expect from a world-class institution. The school also provides a perfect balance between the rural and urban worlds. It is located on the Paris-Saclay plateau hosting one of the world’s largest research-education-technology hubs.

The 340-acre wooded campus is not only close to Paris and Versailles by train, but also a short drive from La Défense, the biggest business district in Europe where many multinational companies have set up headquarters.

© HEC Paris / Aurélia Blanc

 

Key Facts

341

acres

2,000

students living on campus

111

nationalities represented

1,500

rooms

130

clubs and associations


©Aurélia Blanc – HEC ParisHEC Paris considers on-campus community and associative life to be one of the cornerstones of education. In many ways, it is an extension of the classroom experience. It encourages students to develop a sense of responsibility, as well as nurturing bold and creative minds.
There are as many clubs and associations as there are nationalities on the HEC campus, well over 100. The diversity and vibrancy of its clubs are truly astonishing.

A typical week of extra-curricular activities for a student can look something like this:

  • Monday: Debate on gender issues, co-organized by law professors and PhD students. Or, an evening devoted to African agriculture, organized by the African/West Indian students’ association.
  • Tuesday: Meeting organized by MBA students between refugees, student mentors and employers – part of a 12-week HEC course for integration.
  • Wednesday: Plenary session with a former French Prime Minister, organized by Grande Ecole program students.
  • Thursday: National Fight Club tournament for male and female students, organized by HEC Fight Club.
  • Friday: Energy Day closed by the launch of an eBook on solar energy by an MSc student.
  • Saturday: Conference on well-being and business, co-organized by MSc students and the Society & Organizations Center.
  • Sunday: The national Jump HEC Horse Show, organized by the students’ equestrian club.

There are clubs for sports, culture, environmental activities, advocacy politics, and public affairs. Students organize a wide range of events to bring them together into one united student body, cutting across different student populations. These showcase both our growing diversity and the unity of one HEC family.

© HEC Paris / Jean-Marc BiaisHEC Paris has excellent indoor and outdoor facilities on campus. These include:

  • a multipurpose gym (1600 m²), an indoor mountain climbing wall, a weight training room, a fitness/cardio-training room and facilities for aerobics, boxing and martial arts
  • 10,000 m² of outdoor fields including tennis courts, an athletics track, three grass rugby/football fields, one all-weather football field, and one street basketball/football court.

A permanent staff of four qualified professionals and 25 coaches manage the Sports Department. Each sports discipline has its own club, run by students in
collaboration with the Sports Department.

Each year many sporting events are organized on campus by the students: the international MBA Tournament meet, men and women fight club tournaments, national students rugby championships, the HEC tennis clay court competition held at Monte Carlo and the Jump HEC Horse Show.

©Aurélia Blanc – HEC ParisThe campus hosts six restaurants and bars for students and staff alike. The facilities are surrounded by the lush beauty of its woods, two lakes and numerous sporting fields. A contemporary arts center displays some of its collections in the HEC park and invites students to regular exhibitions.

Featuring state-of-the-art interactive learning spaces, HEC Paris facilities have been specifically designed to enhance project-based learning and group work. HEC also provides students with the possibility of perfecting their French or learning dozens of other idioms at its Language Resource Center.

On campus, you will also find a printing shop, an infirmary and an ecumenical center.

© HEC Paris / Chris GloagSince 2017, HEC Paris has become only the second education institution in France to open its state-of-the-art library seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It provides readers both on and off campus access to over 80 databases covering all the disciplines taught at HEC as well as 10,000 different journals, magazines and academic reviews in digital format.

On site, students can consult and borrow course books, professional theses or works of general culture from over 50,000 documents in the library. A team of 13 qualified staff guide students in their documentary research and offer a wide selection of complementary services, such as training workshops for certain research tools and inter-library loans. The library provides enough seating for 250 people, with 20 network computers, one creative workshop room, one lab, one video conference room and three study rooms allocated to group work.

HEC Paris - Mission for disabled learnersAccording to the French law on equity of rights and opportunities, on participation and citizenship of people with disabilities (2005-102-Art.114), “account for a disability any limitation of activity or restriction to participate in activities of society at large, in each one’s own environment because of any substantial, lasting or definitive alteration of one or several physical, sensorial, mental, cognitive or psychological functions, because of multiple disabilities or because of a disabling medical condition.”

If you are considering to join an HEC Paris program and if you have a condition related to any kind of disability, we invite you to get in touch with the referents for disabled learners via this email: medical-center@hec.fr.

Each learner who declares a disability to the HEC Paris administration will meet one of the referents at the beginning of the year in order to organize the specific requirements given their specific condition. Individual support will be provided. These meetings are confidential.

As part of the Disability Mission set up in 2019, the 2 referees for disabled learners are Xavier Boute, Associate Professor in the Economics and Decision Sciences Department and Cécile Marty, Student Engagement Coordinator in the Student Affairs Department. The Medical Center is also a dedicated place for information, help and support for all learners.

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©Aurélia Blanc – HEC ParisHEC Paris provides a wide range of information technology and communication services to support you throughout your time on campus:

  • Unlimited Wi-Fi via eduroam (education roaming), available anywhere on campus
  • An account for your email and calendar, based upon your name and the hec.edu domain
  • MyHEC, a mobile app (available on Android and iOS) offering a comprehensive guide for all your activities and a dedicated intranet for students
  • Printing from your laptop or smartphone on multifunction color printers
  • A range of downloadable software including Office365, think-cell or SPSS
  • Two IT offices open 6 days a week to anyone seeking IT support or advice
  • Free access to IT equipment throughout the campus (public computers, film projectors, sound systems)

In addition to all this, you can access and manage the following information both on and off campus: course materials, student transcripts, teaching schedules, grades and diplomas, room reservations, housing contracts and your restaurant balance...