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Students life in Valenciennes

Community life

The University has several associations that are designed to support the live on the campus through various events:

  • cultural and sportive events
  • theme evenings and Zinzins
  • integration travels
  • food services
  • supplements to the courses
  • end of year galas

> Association ESN (Erasmus Student Network) Valenciennes

     The association aims to enable students (Erasmus and more generally to all students who come through an agreement with UPHF) a better integration in France.

On your arrival in France, Valenciennes association ESN can be present to assist you :

  • arrival at the station
  • accompanying to the residence
  • support to the bank (to open a bank account)
  • information and various ad hoc assistance
    Photo Logo ESN Valenciennes

This association also offers tandem of languages and organises events (going out, trips, parties…). It is composed of students from the UPHF who went to international mobility and/or interested in studying abroad.

Conatct : esnvalenciennes59 [at]

> Students Federation of Valenciennes – FEV

It unites the majority of student associations in Valenciennes. Its purpose is to promote the image of the University of Valenciennes through various student projects (parties, sporting and cultural events, training seminars…).

It is in the various student councils of the university, in order to defend the interests of the students and try to improve student life with the help of different departments.

It is also present to support its various member associations (organization of projects seeking financing…). It manages communication and information flow between the various shared corps and the various university sites.

FEV can help any student in case of trouble or help to develop their projects.


> Fund for solidarity and development of student initiatives (FSDIE)

It helps finance student initiatives in the following areas : artistic and scientific culture, animation on the campus, sporting events, humanitarian action and solidarity.

Contact : laurence.floquet [at]


To reach our two campuses, Mont Houy and Les Tertiales, you can use your car or public transport. You have a good tram connection between the two campuses and that makes it easy to reach them. Also with the bus, you can go from one campus to the other. With the car you are only ten minutes on the road from one campus to the other.

Here you will find the map of the two campuses :
> Mont Houy

> Tertiales


     For the art lovers, the Museum of Fine Arts is the place to go.

There you can find paintings, sculptures and other beautiful things of French and even Belgian artists.

The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Thursday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The entrance of the museum cost € 4, but for students it costs only € 2.

For more information, click here

Photo Musée des Beaux-Arts Valenciennes


     Do you like music, dance and spectacle ? the theater Le Phénix is the place for you !

The theatre lies just next to the university Les Tertiales.

You will find all kinds of programs for young and old.

If you want to laugh or cry or just a relaxing evening, then the theater is ideal for you !

For more information, click here


Photo Le Phénix

Indoor play hall + bowling

     If you want a fun night out with your friends, then you need to go to City Park.

At City Park, you can do a lot of great stuff, like bowling, play on the arcade games, you can climb on the climbing wall and they even have a laser game.

So if you don’t know what to do, City Park is the place for you.

For more information, click here


Photo City Park


     For the “cool” students among us, Valenciennes also has a skating ring named Valigloö.

There is a special price for students.

So for a fun night at a ‘cool’ place, Valigloö is the place to be.

For more information, click here



Photo Valigloö


     If you like good movies and you have a good level of French, then you should definitely go to the cinema, named Gaumont.

There is a special price for students.

You can see all the new films, so that you remain aware of the film industry.

If you like a relaxing night out, with a lot of laughter or crying, action or horror, then you should definitely go to Gaumont.

For more information, click here

Photo Cinéma Gaumont

Green areas


Are you tired of the city and are you looking for a quiet place ?  then Valenciennes offers you a lot of green areas where you can walk, picnic and just relax.

In Valenciennes you have the Jardin de la Rhônelle, Etang du Vignoble and the Fôret de Saint-Amand/Raismes. With their many trees and beautiful flowers, you can immediately settle down.

In the spring, you can have a picnic with your friends or jogging through these places. Even in the winter, you can visit these places in its white decoration. There are so many possibilities to have a quiet afternoon and enjoy nature at its best !!

For more information :

> Jardin de la Rhônelle

> Etang du Vignoble

Photo Jardin de la Rhônelle