Student life

Training at 42 also takes into account the human factor to allow for exchange and encounters during professional or festive events.

The community

Much more than a simple training

Start your day on a computer. Try to solve a project. Take part in an event. Get valuable contacts for networking. Befriend other people on the same project. Find a solution to your problem while playing ping pong. Implement a new method before leaving for a party. Meet up with other Piscine buddies. And doing it all over again the next day. This is the daily life of the students at 42.

Friendly competition


In order to animate the community, students are assigned to one of the campus coalitions: the Alliance, the Assembly, the Federation and the Order. Selection is random and all the levels are mixed within a coalition. These groups help students find help more easily when they need it. Participating in events and progressing through the curriculum, students earn points for their coalition and help it win an honorary trophy at the end of the year. Note: during Piscines, special coalitions are set to drive candidates and help them progress as a group.


Association life

A work environment promoting innovation should also be a place that allows personal initiatives to take shape. The 42 community relies on a rich culture of associations that go way further than student parties, they help students to grow in various passions. Whether that is to learn about entrepreneurship, dive deeper into a computer domain or raise voices for a cause, 42 prides itself in its culture of associations and support.

Geek Culture

Count to 1023 with your fingers

The binary system containing only two numbers – 0 and 1 – is often used to demonstrate computer science. It’s quite simple to learn. Use your hand. Clench it into a fist. All your fingers are down. It shows 00000, which means zero of course. Raise the thumb. Now, it’s 00001, meaning 1. Beware: things are getting subtle now. Lower your thumb and raise your index. This means 00010, which is 10 in binary, but 2 in the classical decimal system. Raise your thumb. You have 00011 in binary and 3 in the decimal system. And so on… if you raise all your fingers, you will have 11111 in binary, and 31 in decimal. Add the five fingers from the other hand and you can count to 1023!