143 000 inhabitants

University city


Nestled between the Chaîne des Puys mountain range and the Limagne plain, Clermont-Ferrand is a city full of promise. With its lush natural setting and rich heritage, it offers optimum quality of life for all of its inhabitants.

For its 40,000 students, the University of Clermont Auvergne offers nearly 165 courses aiming for excellence in such diverse fields as economics, engineering sciences, and literature. Around 7,000 researchers work in certified research centers and teams, guaranteeing the quality of the teaching. With 550 bilateral agreements and Erasmus grants and I-Site certification, the Clermont University has international reach. As the first French city to be included in UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, Clermont-Ferrand prioritizes.

Having set a steady course for innovation, Clermont-Ferrand is also fertile ground for entrepreneurs. Armed with the French Tech label, a burgeoning digital neighborhood, the Bivouac, and many business incubators, the city has risen to the digital challenge with drive and determination.

Clermont-Ferrand is a city with a rich culture. The Effervescences project, in anticipation of the city's running for the title of European Capital of Culture, will mark the next few years all over the region. Clermont-Ferrand is already iconic thanks to its International Short Film Festival, Europavox, and the collections in its museums, and it continues to consolidate its status as a cultural hub.

For sports enthusiasts, the city has all the facilities needed to make sports accessible to all. Clermont is home to many champions, such as the rugby players of the ASM, Renaud Lavillenie, and ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.

With a population of more than 290,000 in the urban center, Clermont-Ferrand is the future western metropolis of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the second largest in France. It is a modern, dynamic city imbued with a strong desire: to align the city's plans with its citizens' life plans.