Living on Campus might seem daunting for some of you. The idea that you won’t be in Paris, that you’re stuck in some village far away from the city is very present in most of the students who come to HEC Paris. However, it couldn’t be more wrong. The campus is full of wonderful opportunities and they are here to be seized.
For most of us European students, campus life isn’t a given. We go to universities that usually are in the city centers and end up having a minor exposure to University life. One of the reasons I decided to come to HEC Paris was exactly this. I wanted to have a campus experience, to be in a student setting that was uncommon for me. 9 months in, I have no regrets.
The truth is that living on campus has been a very nice experience. From sports to the POW, you’ll only be bored if you want. Starting with its installations, with two football fields, one rugby, a gym, Handball and basketball court as well as tennis, amongst others, you’ll find that you can do any sport you want. All of these have student associations that make up HEC Paris’ sports teams along with coaches, that go on to compete with other universities in several tournaments.
Talking about student associations, these make up the biggest part of extra-curricular campus life. You’ll find that they cater to every taste, even beyond sports. From, Fleur de Bitume, an association fighting against exclusion, to the ESCP-HEC Finance Club, including many others such as L’Assrock, for the musicians out there or HEC IS, that organizes events for international students. These have been a staple of HEC Paris for many years and it is worth taking part in it!
Then my favorite part. As an international MiM student, our class is a diverse as it can get, and you’ll meet absolutely wonderful people. Emphasized by the campus setting, these people will share the buildings you live in, the classes, the nights out, so you will get to know a lot of colleagues coming from around the world. Some will become friends for life, some won’t, but the exposure you get, be at parties in the hallways or dinners in the small rooms you’ll develop an amazing network of people around you. A personal advice is that you should get to know as many as you can, from around the world. You’ll be surprised by some stories that will make you a better human and from which you’ll certainly learn a lot.
What about Paris, I hear you asking from behind your screens. Well worry not. Paris is just around the corner, facilitated by the shuttle service put in place by the administration. It works great, and you’ll see that there is no lack of opportunities, be it events organized by HEC IS or events you might organize yourself or by some of your classmates. And if you’re the lone wolf kind of person, let’s just say that Paris isn’t lacking on stuff to do, be it museums, clubs, thrift shops or record stores.
While some people might not agree, I think being on campus is one of HEC Paris’ greatest assets.