Living in Alès

Living in Alès


The Alès sites include the administrative buildings, classrooms, research centres, the Maison des Élèves (Student Residence) and the Musée de Minéralogie amongst others.
Both the small size of the town and the good quality of the transportation system allow easy access to all the different areas.
The School has its own restaurant open from morning until evening Monday to Friday and Saturday morning to noon.
The Cyber Espace Café provides an entertaining and relaxing meeting place, as well as free access to computers and the Internet.



Students of the schoool have the opportunity of being housed at the Maison des Élèves (Student Accommodation). The student accommodation is managed by the Association of Former Students of École des Mines d’Alès.
The student accommodation is located around 2km from the École des Mines d’Alès site; it includes both the houses and a several communal areas with a laundry room, washing machines, dryers, games room, television room, etc.

The rooms are individual and include a single bed, a wardrobe, a desk, a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.  Some rooms in the student accommodation are also equipped with kitchenettes.


Students have on-site access to a weight-training room, sports facilities for beach volleyball, tennis, a climbing wall and can take advantage of many other opportunities to help them enjoy a full and varied social and active life.
School spirit is fostered through the different associations and clubs available to students (photography, humanitarian work, astronomy) as well sports teams (rugby, football, basketball, etc.) encouraging team spirit and cooperation.

For more informations: AEMA website



The City and Surrounding Area



Alès is a medium-sized town situated in the heart of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, between the Cévennes Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. It is in the department of Gard, 45 km from Nimes and 90 km from Montpellier. Alès is situated less than an hour’s drive from the Mediterranean coast or from the Mont Lozère ski resort. It enjoys a hot climate and is one of the sunniest areas (250 days a year) in France. Alès is the second largest town in the department of Gard. It offers a wide range of facilities and has a rich historical and cultural heritage in a changing industrial environment.  Cultural events and facilities such as the Cratère theatre, the multimedia library (mediathèque),  the museum of modern art, the film festival, and the ferias (Spanish-inspired festivals) all contribute to the rich cultural diversity of Alès.

Alès is located in the immediate vicinity of some of the most visited towns in France: Nîmes, renowned for its stunning Roman buildings and architecture; Avignon, where the Palais des Papes dominates the town; Uzès, renowned for its medieval architecture and the Pont du Gard (Roman aqueduct) which is the third most visited French tourist site after the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles.

Today, Alès is one of the biggest industrial centres in the Languedoc Roussillon region. The whole city (including suburbs) has around 120,000 inhabitants.