A European Metropolis
Lyon is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region and the 3rd largest town in France.
It is located in the south of France, half way between the sea and the mountains, and near a large range of vacation spots. Its geographical position between Northern and Southern Europe, strengthened by its significant infrastructure and communication facilities, make it the second most important economic region of France.
It counts renowned and dynamic industries, such as health, human and veterinary medicine, motor vehicles, nuclear and new energy technologies, services, tourism and leisure equipment, micro and nanotechnologies.
The City of Lyon is graced with three large city parks. Neighborhood gardens and squares are integrated in every district to enhance smaller spaces and contribute the quality of life in the area.
Why studying in Lyon?
Living and employment
A large urban campus close to businesses
Housed in an old industrial building whose architectural renovation is a reference work, the new campus gathers all the Lyon schools of the Groupe INSEEC. It is located at a stone’s throw from the Place Bellecour and the Quais du Rhône.
It offers students an unrivaled quality of life with eco-responsible premises and an exceptional professional environment with companies located in the same building.
The campus combines cachet of ancient and modern. It consists of three large glazed atriums, a 300-seat auditorium, 42 classrooms, work spaces, laboratories dedicated to research and student associations, a multimedia room and a cafeteria.
The new campus is part of a dynamic, international student environment, easily accessible via public transport (tram, bus, train). Its cosmopolitan area is the new trendy place where Lyonnais meet for a good restaurant.
Boasting a vibrant student life, the BBA INSEEC – ECE students can enjoy, for a few days or a weekend, the Alpine ski trails or the beaches of Mediterranean Sea.
Arrival in Lyon
ARRIVAL BY TRAIN
There are 2 railway stations in Lyon: Part Dieu station and Perrache station. Most of trains arrive at the Part-Dieu station.
To get to the school, take the subway line B from the railway station, direction Charpennes. Get off at the last stop/terminal, Charpennes and there take line A, direction Perrache. Get off at the stop Hôtel de Ville Louis Pradel.
You will have to walk about 500 meters to get to the school from Place de l’Opéra – Grande rue des Feuillants and then rue Alsace Lorraine.
ARRIVAL BY PLANE
From the airport you can either take a taxi (expensive) directly to the school or the shuttle (“navette”) service that will take you into the city center.
We advise you to get off at Perrache station: it will cost you 8,40€. Then, take the underground A and get off at Hotel de Ville Louis Pradel.
ARRIVAL BY CAR
Take out an internationally valid car insurance policy. From the ring road (“Rocade”), take the exit marked “Centre Ville”, then follow “Terreaux”.
- Rent: between 300 – 450 € (studio/one piece) in downtown Lyon, depending on the rental contract add water, electricity gas costs…
- Food: between 200 – 250 euros (the cost of a university restaurant ticket is app. 2.50 €/meal)
- Public Transport: student monthly ticket, around 30 €
- Other living costs: maintenance, clothes, outings, books and school (materials/stationery) around 100 €/month.
In the 1st month you should consider the costs of taking out personal liability insurance, moving (guarantee for an apartment…).
Your student card, which will allow for transport and entertainment price reductions, will be issued upon your arrival at ECE.
Finding an accommodation
There is no housing service as such at ECE, but we will be happy to help you with your search. You can contact Marianne Tardy at the beginning of May if you are attending the autumn semester and in November at the latest for the semester starting in January.
We advise you to book your housing before arriving in Lyon because it is very difficult to find something in September or during the year. Please contact ECE Lyon International Department early.
You can also find accommodation through apartments owners.
- 1st, 2nd, 4th districts: (underground stops: Hôtel de Ville, Cordeliers, Bellecour, Ampère, Croix Paquet Place and Hénon)
- 6th district (underground stops: Foch and Masséna)
- 7th district (underground stop: Saxe Gambetta).
For further information, the cost of:
- A studio from 20 to 30 meter square will be 300 to 450 €
- A F1 from 35 to 40 meter square will be 450 to 550 €
- A F2 from 45 to 50 meter square will be 550 to 650 €
There are also student residences which can offer very comfortable flats for variable periods. The International Department generally books a flat (for 1 or 2 persons) in a private student residence for visiting students.
For example, the price for a flat to be shared by 2 students will cost 550 €. A studio for 1 student will cost between 300 € and 400 € The flats all have a kitchenette, bedroom and independent bathroom. They are both furnished and equipped, provide complementary services, such as a reception area, TV room, study room, laundry room…
Foreign students can also get housing benefits through the Caisse d’Allocations Familiales (CAF), called A.L.S. (allocation logement à caractère social).
The CAF grants for a discount of 140€ on the rent for a student living alone and 70 € for each student sharing a flat.
CAF de Lyon – 67 boulevard Vivier Merle – 69003 Lyon
Social Security and Health Insurance
FOR EEC NATIONAL STUDENTS
For EEC national students’ health expense reimbursements you need an e111 or e128 form from your country of origin. To be reimbursed you must present this form together with your health slip (“feuille de maladie”) at the Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (“CPAM”).
You can also take out a complementary private health insurance policy in France.
Contact ECE School Office for further information.
FOR NON-EEC RESIDENT STUDENTS
For non-EEC resident students, registration in the Student Social Security Regime is compulsory. Your registration can be made through the school. The cost is app. 200 € and lasts throughout your stay in France.
Telephone numbers in case of emergency
- Fire Brigade: 18
- Mobile emergency service / Ambulence: 15
- After hours doctor “SOS Médecin”: +33 4 78 83 51 51 (289 Rue Garibaldi – 69007 LYON)
- Police: 17
The school can provide you with a list of doctors and dentists…
There is free access for students to the computer room (with internet). A personal code is given to each student, as well as an email address. Students can also access the school’s intranet which offers educational resources. Students can also store their personal data on the intranet. A computer science teacher will teach students how to use the material.
OTHER PRACTICAL INFORMATION
ECE does not have its own restaurant or cafeteria.
However, the school is well located and there are many places to eat near the school at affordable prices.
ECE Student Office organizes a variety of different activities for students.