Moving to Grenoble

Are you considering moving to Grenoble?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods to Grenoble depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight, of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man & Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfil your demand.

Moving to Grenoble made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Grenoble. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you are moving to Grenoble or within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Grenoble

City council

The site of the city of Grenoble (in French only) gathers essential practical and administrative information. In particular, under the heading of “vie quotidienne” (daily life), there is a list of “crèches” (nurseries) and “écoles” (schools), from “maternelle” (kindergarten) to “lycée” (high school). This section will also allow you to find all the information relating to your various administrative procedures, as well as health procedures, with the location of different hospitals or pharmacies on duty. Finally, the page culture, sports and leisure, includes sports associations, different venues and essential links to mountain activities (French only).

In addition, the site of the agglomeration Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, is particularly interesting and well done, especially for all that relates to services and transport. Despite it being in French only as well, make it a priority to browse it often, especially because moving to Grenoble, involves more often the agglomeration that the city intramural. The site offers a dedicated “Nouvel Arrivant” (newcomer) area with essential practical advice and links to settle down (energy and service providers, transport, markets …) and you can also order your “mallette d’informations”, a briefcase full of info (map of bike paths and trails, sorting instructions …) to welcome you to Grenoble.

Public transports

Métromobilité is a very complete site that gathers everything useful to move around the area. The whole agglomeration is served by the TAG (Transports de l’Agglomération Grenobloise), via a network of buses and trams. There are several payment systems, from single-trip tickets to subscription cards, and recently an innovative SMS payment service. You may also be required to use the Transisère network which serves the entire department.

A very green-minded city, Grenoble includes a network of bike paths in constant expansion. The Grenoble-Alpes Métropole site offers bike rentals and all sort of related useful information. See also for car travel, with a detailed page on carpooling, the different areas of the city and parking lots.
To find what suits you best, you will find in the newcomer briefcase, a free trial offer of 3 months of the different types of transport offered by Métromobilité with public transport, Métrovélos or the Citélib car-sharing service.


Often ranked among the top student cities in France, Grenoble is home to numerous courses and schools.

All information on the various university courses (medicine, science, literature, law …) is grouped under the website of the University Grenoble Alpes. Grenoble has a reputable business school, Grenoble School of Management, and several engineering schools, with 6 different sectors within the INP, including the renowned Ensimag (computer and applied mathematics), but also Polytech which offers training in computer science, civil engineering, and electronics.

Moving to Grenoble at a glance

  • Chief town of the department of Isère, Grenoble is nicknamed the Capital of the Alps, with a metropolis of more than 670 000 inhabitants.
  • The former capital of Dauphiné in the 11th century, Grenoble keeps privileged links with Italy. Do you know that on the banks of the Isère there are no less than thirty pizzerias …
  • Although surrounded by mountains, Grenoble is one of the flatest cities in France! It really is a paradise for cyclists.
  • The Grenoble metropolis has the peculiarity and the advantage of being surrounded by four mountains: Belledonne, Chartreuse, Vercors and Oisans.
  • A sporting region since time immemorial, the city hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1968.
  • Built in 1934, the Grenoble cable car (the famous “Bubbles”) is one of the first urban cable cars in the world after Rio de Janeiro and Cap Town!
  • Grenoble became famous during the French Revolution, with the popular mobilization of Tiles Day against the royal troops. Then during the Second World War with an active pole of resistance in the region, especially in the Vercors massif. It is one of the 5 communities to receive the ‘Compagnon de la Libération’ distinction after WW2, and the nearby town of Vassieux-en-Vercors is another one. The remaining 3 are Paris, Nantes and the Île de Sein in western Brittany.
  • Grenoble is today an active university town and a major European scientific and technological center. It is also the cradle of Minalogic, the global competitiveness cluster of Digital Technologies.

Thanks to its environment, Grenoble is, of course, an ideal place for all sorts of mountain sports! a paradise for hikers and mountaineers alike, you will inevitably find something you enjoy in the four massifs, from the family ride to the engaged race if you move to Grenoble. And to begin, why not take one of the trails that lead to the fort of the Bastille to admire the view of the city and the mountains. You can even greet Mont Blanc in good weather, and if the climb does not tempt you, try the famous “bubbles“!

Climbing is practiced all year round, in the different Espace Vertical rooms or outdoors on one of the many sites that surround the city.

And of course, in winter, the ski resorts of Chamrousse and the 7 Laux are 40 minutes from downtown! As for the massif du Vercors, it is a paradise for cross-country skiers.

But you can also go canoeing on the Isère, ride to Valence by pedaling along the banks, or maybe discover ice hockey at the Pole Sud ice rink …

If you are more of a city dweller, Grenoble has a lot to offer too. Its old medieval town, its quays and pedestrian streets await you, from the foothills of the Bastille to the Place de Verdun.

The city centre is the main shopping area; it extends from the Jardin de Ville to Place de Verdun with a high concentration of boutiques in the pedestrian streets (Grand Rue, Rue de Bonne) and around the Victor Hugo and Grenette squares.
A visit to the world’s best cheesemonger 2007, in his shop Les Alpages, is a must to learn about local gastronomy, and after an afternoon of shopping, enjoy the benches of the city garden by tasting one of the many sorbets of the ‘Arche aux fruits‘.

If you like shopping for fresh food at the “marchés“, Les Halles Sainte-Claire, at the Estacade, or at Place Saint-André with the local producers’ market every weekend, should be exactly what you’re looking for.

If you like to read, Grenoble is for you. The choice offered by local bookstores like Decitre or Arthaud est impressionnant et pour les amateurs de BD, rendez-vous chez Momie. Finally every year the Printemps du livre is en event not to be missed.

Pour les sportifs, rendez-vous à l’Espace Montagne ou au Vieux Campeur à la caserne de Bonne (Bonne barracks). Recently rehabilitated, the former Caserne de Bonne hosts a shopping center, a parking, an independent cinema, the Méliès, as well as a large playground.
Finally, just outside the city you will find the Grand-Place shopping mall where you will find the usual large retailers as well as 3,500 free parking spaces.

For a family or friends food treat, La Petite Idée or A Ma Table are always good choices. The Pèr’Gras, located on the heights of the Bastille is an institution, its terrace is very pleasant on sunny days and its legendary foie gras. Grenoble also boasts award-winning restaurants like Le Fantin Latour, the Auberge Napoléon or La Girole.

If you fancy a drink you have quite a few options too: the O’Callaghan pub for a drink with friends, on the terrace in summer, the many cafes in the Saint-André square and their sunny terraces in the evening, the Sun Valley for student nights and some live sports nights, the Barberousse for its entertainment and cocktails or the Beer O’Clock to discover local breweries’ production are among the many choices available to you.

To continue your evening, you can always rely on a great atmosphere at the Phoenix in Meylan, or the Vieux Manoir in the city center.
Throughout the year, the Summum hosts concerts and shows, and in the summer, the Cabaret Frappé festival and concerts take place at the Jardin de Ville.

Sports enthusiasts, the Pole Sud rink wants to hear from you, to see the local Hockey team, the Brûleurs de Loups (Wolf Burners), or at the Stade des Alpes to watch a football or rugby match; and if you want to encourage the local trail runners, a very popular sport in the area, check out the program!

Grenoble is a genuinely pleasant place to live in when you have children; there are many excellent activities and nature is never far! The city offers a good choice of crèches (nurseries), schools and lycées (list and terms to find on the city website) and an international school, the Cité Scolaire Internationale of Grenoble which welcomes children from sixième (year 7 UK, 11-12 years old).
On weekends, the Pole Sud ice rink offers time slots reserved for families, in Ice Garden mode, where all equipment (skates, helmets, sleds, etc.) is provided. Le Labo, the latest in the Espace Vertical rooms in the city centre, offers blocks courses adapted to children. And of course, you must take the Bulles to get to the Bastille when the weather is clear; and when you’re there, why not take the opportunity to test the proposed activities at the fort (acrobatic courses, escape game …)

The Méliès is an independent cinema that offers a wide selection for a younger audience and lessons and film courses for to children. For one of the best choices of children’s books, with workshops and great advice, head to the little shop Les Modernes, or the Jardin de Ville Library, entirely dedicated to children and teenagers.
On the museum front, the Casemate is a Science Center with a space of creation, exhibitions, workshops, for children and adults alike. A day out to the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle (Natural History Museum) and its adjoining Jardin des Plantes is always a good idea, as are the city-themed guided tours, based on legends, riddles, and secrets …
And the parks are not lacking, like at the Caserne de Bonne with its game courses and water fountains in summer, the Jardin de Ville and its games for the little ones …
And of course, every mountain activity, both in summer and in winter!

Useful information for
Moving to Grenoble

Often known for its pollution and its traffic jams during the seasonal holiday migrations, Grenoble may not seduce at first but give it a chance and the charm will operate!

Moving to Grenoble is choosing of a privileged lifestyle and an ideal balance between city and nature. Attractive for students, this sporting city is also ideal for families in search of a city on a more reasonable scale. Its economic dynamism and its international scientific dimension make it also an attractive destination for engineers worldwide.

With a booming agglomeration, traffic can be difficult, especially on the east-west axis evening and morning. Also, it is important to choose your place of residence, taking into account your commuting needs.

The city centre, with its old-fashioned apartments, is a very good choice to enjoy the cultural life of the city, a good selection of schools and markets! But be prepared to cycle or walk for your daily needs, to avoid traffic and parking problems.

A little further south, recently renovated, the Grands Boulevards and the site of la Caserne de Bonne have been selected by the European Union as a pilot and study site on ecological habitat. The environment is more urban, but very well served by public transport.

The Ile Verte (green island) district, located to the east, is on the edge of Isère. It also particularly pleasant, green and well served by public transports. Ideal for family life, with great access to parks and bike paths.

You can also choose to live outside Grenoble, in a village within the agglomeration to enjoy the benefits of living in the countryside or the mountains, while staying close to the city. But again, think about your commuting needs and keep in mind that summers are hot and winters are snowy in the region, and that can have consequences on the traffic conditions you’ll have to face.

But one thing is for certain: as soon as you are settled, and start enjoying all the benefits of this city and its incredible region, you will know you have made the right choice!