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A city where it is good to live

Ranked 1st by the magazine Student in 2015 in terms of living environment, Pau is a city both sporting and cultural. In Pau, sport is king! The high-level sports clubs are numerous (Élan Béarnais, Section Paloise rugby ...) and high quality facilities (climbing walls, whitewater pool, Olympic swimming pool ...). The cultural offer is also rich (book fair, Polar Festival, Digital Arts Festival, Zenith concerts ...). And to live in Pau is to enjoy an exceptional quality of life in the heart of the South-West!

Sports & Culture

Pau hosts the Tour de France and organizes an Automobile Grand Prix, an International Three-day Event, the Kayak World Cup, the Basque Pelota World Cup… In Pau there are also high-level sports clubs: Pau Rugby Team, Élan Béarnais and Billère Handball. Pau hosts a symphony orchestra (OPPB), organizes various music festivals (EMMAÜS, Summer Festival, Mix & Rafting…), Festival du Polar, Comic strips Festival, Festival of Digital Culture, Book Fair…


ESC Pau Business School is located on a leafy campus hosting 15 000 students and 3500 professors and research workers. It is a 10 minute walk away from Pau town center and offers a quiet, friendly and safety environment for studying and meeting people. The campus also provides 3 student caferias as well as residences and dorms.


Pau, prefecture of Atlantic Pyrenees and great economic center of the South-Western France

Pau in figures


International Industrial Sector

Pau has a very rich and diverse eco-system with major industrial poles of excellence, including: Aeronautics (Turbomeca, Messier Bugatti Dowty), Geosciences (Total, TIGF), Food Industry (Euralis, Lindt & Sprüngli, Maïsadour), Carbon Fibre (Toray), Chemicals (SOBEGI, Arkema, Total Exploration), the Horse Industry (second largest training centre in France), and the Sports Industry (Quiksilver,Oxbow, Tribord-Décathlon, etc.).

The presence of the motorways A64 and A65 (1h from Biarritz, 1h30 from Toulouse, 1h45 from Bordeaux) and Pau-Pyrénées airport promotes the economic development of companies.