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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

50%

international students

111

nationalities represented

341

acres

2,000

students living on campus

1,800

rooms

150+

clubs and associations

4

events each day (on average)


©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 Learning Center seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It provides readers both on and off campus access to over 70 databases covering all the disciplines taught at HEC as well as 15,000 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 Learning Center. A team of 11 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 Learning Center provides enough seating for 200 people, with 14 network computers, one creative workshop room, one lab, one video conference room and three study rooms allocated to group work.

 

HEC Paris - Mission HandicapHEC Paris' Mission Handicap, officially launched in 2019, aims to participate in building a community that is enriched by its differences and allows everyone to choose their life. For several years now, we have been making significant changes in order to collectively contribute to the construction of a more inclusive, supportive and innovative society.

Discover the adaptations implemented by HEC Paris throughout the students' course to meet both the specific needs identified and the need to train the leaders of tomorrow in diversity, equity and inclusion.

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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...