The 42 Campus is an open campus designed to be accessible and inclusive. It invites creativity, experimentation and artistic creations. Inaugurated in Paris in 2013, its very architecture embodies our fundamental values.
The campus in details
Find out about the 42 Campus in Paris
Accessible facilities open 24/7
During the week, weekend, public holidays, in the early or late hours of the day… The campus is always open to students. Naturally, the entire facility is accessible to people with reduced mobility.
There are 3 computer rooms, the “Clusters”, which contain more than 800 computers. The Clusters facilitate spaces for exchange and group work, and spaces for concentration.
The Bocal is the core of the campus. This is where you go if you encounter a technical problem, if you have a question about your curriculum advancement or if you simply need to talk. This is where you can find all staff members of 42.
Need to blow off some steam between two projects? The Arena is a free arcade room offering video games services and a 4VR immersive VR simulator.
The Cantina and the Food Truck
Far from screens and available at any time of the day, you will find a space to eat and relax. The Cantina has vending machines with food, drinks and snacks, and a food truck – the SteakOverflow – that serves fresh food. For some playtime after dinner, you can play ping pong, foosball or arcade games.
The Auditorium and Studios
150 seats, a backlit display, a PA system: the auditorium welcomes guests for lectures or meet-ups with the campus staff. The shooting stages help create tutorials, interviews or videos about school life.
Spread over the campus, some spaces allow for a modular and free configuration. Need a second conference room, or a space for a student party? You can always find a solution at 42!
Offering the best
Everything is ready and at your disposal at 42. You don’t need to bring your own hardware. The building is designed so students can work in the best possible environment. The entire campus and environment is designed with open spaces supporting contact, exchange and mutual aid among members of the community at all times.
Visit Art 42, the permanent exhibition
Contrary to popular belief, coding is also about being open-minded, informed, curious, even able to find beauty in a line of code. In short, code can be art! This is why 42 welcomes Art42, the first street art museum in France that gathers 50 artists and more than 150 artworks displayed over 4000m2. Fully integrated into the curriculum, whether it’s on the walls or in the Clusters, these pieces bring a contemporary touch to the work environment. They celebrate the work of famous street artists. The collection turns over so students keep on discovering new work and artists. The Art42 museum is curated by the Artistik Rezo association.
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What’s the name of the 42 Campus in Paris?
The Heart of Code! This name comes from the “Heart of Gold,” the spaceship in Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (or H2G2 for short). This is not the only name borrowed from science fiction and fantasy you’ll find on the campus. Clusters are called Metropolis, Westeros and Tatooine. The outside space is called Diagon Alley (le Chemin de Traverse in French), the auditorium is called the Holodeck and the core space inside the building is of course called… Middle Earth (Terre du Milieu in French)!