The rankings were put together by France's L'Etudiant magazine and reveal that if you want to find the best place in the country to study, then look outside Paris.
Indeed, Grenoble topped the list, closely followed by both Rennes and last year's top dog, Toulouse.
Grenoble, a small town in south eastern France with around 58,000 students, was praised for its “undeniable assets to attract students”.
The ranking was based on 15 categories, and saw Grenoble shine when it came to transport links to universities, a wealth of local initiatives, and good employment opportunities on offer.
“Research is in the DNA of this town,” the magazine wrote.
“It's no surprise that Grenoble has been in our top three for the past ten years.”
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The Alpine city, which in 2013 was designated by Forbes magazine as the fifth most inventive city in the world, finished in second place last year and third the year before.
The writer of the blog Grenoble Life explains exactly what makes the city so great for students, especially those from abroad.
“Grenoble is the perfect size city for study abroad. It is large enough to offer variety, but yet it is small enough so that it is not overwhelming. The centre ville (city centre) is where most of the stores, restaurants, cafés, pubs, and nightlife are.”
Lyon and Nantes rounded out the top five in Wednesday's study, with Paris not getting a look in until eighth place.
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