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Rennes

Ranked in 2020 as the most attractive city in France and the 8th European city for its quality of life, Rennes is a destination of choice for families, students, professionals, food connoisseurs, and history and heritage lovers alike.

The Breton capital holds the reins to the region’s economic, cultural, and urban dynamism. As a gateway to Brittany, Rennes has positioned itself as an economic powerhouse with a focus on digital technologies, health, agrifood, and the environment.

It maintains a quality economic and entrepreneurial fabric, making it a rich pool of professional opportunities. Rennes is booming, and this is reflected in its growing population, burgeoning job market, and thriving culture.

The city owes its vitality to the numerous companies that galvanise its territory: industries, service companies, high-tech businesses, universities, and training networks (more than 4,000 researchers).

Not only is it an economically dynamic city, but it is also a city for students and young people! As a leading centre of higher education in western France (with more than 69,000 students), Rennes prioritises education as well as research and development. Strong, synergistic links between this world and the business world have given rise to a number of competitiveness clusters throughout the region.

The city centre is the beating heart of Rennes’ diversity, boasting more than 1,600 businesses, each contributing to the city’s attractiveness.

Proactive in the coherence of its urban development, Rennes is pulling out all the stops when it comes to modernising the city centre. How could one possibly miss Euro-Rennes, the new business district that revolves around the train station, which itself has been revisited as a multimodal exchange hub? As for “Rennes 2030” (a broad participatory project that gives the people of Rennes a say in the transformation of their city), this original and unifying initiative puts inhabitants at the heart of reflections about the city’s local urban plan.

Rennes is also an important metropolis in Europe. The capital of a region whose proud Breton identity is internationally recognised, Rennes boasts a historical centre with numerous monuments (walls to the north-east and south of the Vilaine, the Duchesne Tower, and the Mordelaise Gates).

Rennes’ accessibility makes it ideally located. The city is 90 minutes from Paris thanks to the high-speed railway (HSR) line, less than an hour from Saint-Malo and the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay by car, and only 45 minutes from the Emerald Coast. Open to the world, Rennes has an airport and two subway lines that contribute to its status as a metropolis.

The richness and diversity of the city’s cultural offering is based on its innumerable festivals (Trans Musicales, the Maintenant Festival, Tombées de la Nuit and Dimanche à Rennes, Mythos, the StunFest Festival, I’m from Rennes, Transat en Ville, Ay-Roop, la Route du Rock, Big Love, Made Festival, Yaouank, Jazz à l’Ouest) and on the exhibition spaces it offers (Planetarium, Science Centre, Museum of Fine Arts, Les Champs Libres, Le Frac Bretagne, La Criée, the Contemporary Art Biennale). And we mustn’t forget its gastronomy (the Lices Market, the Marché à Manger, the Culinary Centre) or its many green spaces (the parks of Thabor, Oberthur and Gayeulles), all of which make Rennes one of the reigning French cities.

Our residences in Rennes

Rennes
Anatole France

Located in the heart of the Villejean University Campus, opposite the Pontchaillou University Hospital, our residence is a place where you can unpack your bags, collaborate with a team, relax in the library, or work out in the fitness room just below.

Don’t wait any longer! You’ll be feeling “right at home” in no time.

Rennes
Mabilais

Located at the foot of the Mabilay in the heart of Rennes, overlooking the Vilaine River, Whoo welcomes you for one or more months.

A residence in the city centre, services for all residents, and a quality living environment: Whoo promises effortless day-to-day living.

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