Grenoble is a very nice city in France in the Rhone-Alpes region. It is surrounded with the Alps mountains (Chartreuse, Vercors and Belledonne), making it the perfect place for hiking, skiing and studying in France. Moreover, Grenoble has one of the best campus (American style) in France. It also has great high-tech labs and one of the best engineering computer science school in France called ENSIMAG (École Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique et de Mathématiques Appliquées). Grenoble is also known as the Silicon Valley of France. Many conferences are also held in this city (researchers and PhD students should know this very well ;) ).
If you are in Grenoble, you should visit the Bastille. You will have a stunning view over the whole city, the Alps and the campus. There is also a very nice touristic train with severals stunning views. This train is called “le chemin de fer de la Mure”. Please check out the opening date at the local tourist information center in Grenoble. It is not that far from Grenoble city center and it worth a visit when the weather is good. The campus is also nice and different from other campuses in France
Finally, some of the restaurants that I do recommend in Grenoble are the “Hippopotamus” restaurant situated at the boarder of the campus and close to the tennis courts in Gières. Some tasty delicious hamburgers and other beef-based food are served there. Also, there is the “Flam’s” restaurant situated in the downtown close to “place Notre Dame”. You can eat as much as you want of Flammekueches for a fixed price and it is delicious.