Students are responsible for making their own housing and travel arrangements to and from Lausanne. Housing is available in facilities of the University of Lausanne on a first-come, first-served basis, and students may also find housing independently through the student accommodation services of the University of Lausanne or through private realtors. When exploring housing options, be sure to ascertain the distance from your prospective Lausanne place of residence and the applicable campus of the University of Lausanne, which may vary from year to year, as this could impact your time and finances. Check with the program director as soon as you enroll to ascertain the exact location of classes.

Apartments allow a group of friends to be together and to cook. If you take an apartment, you can fit as many people into it as the landlord will allow, which might make your summer costs lower. But you also pay extra for utilities (so turn on your hot water heater only when you are about to shower or wash dishes) and typically you may pay extra for a thorough apartment cleaning when you leave so be sure to check your lease for extra costs.

You can contact realtors in Lausanne about apartments. Prices range according to size and location. Many realtors have websites that include apartment listings in a range of prices.


Lausanne Guesthouse & Backpacker – Hostel

This is a family eco-friendly hostel, ideally located in the very heart of Lausanne with affordable overnight accommodations, overlooking Lake Geneva and only a two minute from the Lausanne train station CFF.

Quadruple dorms with bathrooms on the floor and double/single with or without private bathrooms. Special offer for families with kids under 12 years.

Free equipped kitchen, garden with BBQ, laundry, free pass for all public transport in Lausanne. Free WIFI with your own computer.

Superbly centered: all bars, restaurants, night entertainment, shops, art galleries and museums are within walking distance.

Lake Geneva shore and boat trips only a 15 minute walk. World renown Olympic Museum only a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bus ride.

  • Internet Access
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Towels
  • Security Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Guest Kitchen
  • Key Card Access
  • Common Room
  • Bike Parking
  • BBQ Area
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in room
Youthhostel Lausanne – Hostel

The Lausanne Youth Hostel, with its simple, pleasant, welcoming atmosphere, lies in a park-land and lake-side setting and offers hospitality designed to suit the requirements of both individual travellers and groups, at budget-friendly prices. The Lausanne YH welcomes visitors of all ages. Parking spaces are available outside the hostel and in the car park so visitors won't have any problem parking.

58 single or double rooms with shower/WC and TV
51 casual rooms for 1 to 4 persons with shower/WC on each floor
6 rooms for group escorts
312 beds in all
Meals: Breakfast buffet included--Half- and fullboard available--Restaurant for over 160 persons

  • Breakfast Included
  • Restaurant
  • Internet Access
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Linen Included
  • Bar
  • Luggage Storage
  • Telephone/Fax Facilities
  • 24 hour reception
  • Key Card Access
  • Free Carpark
  • WiFi in lobby
  • Web access in lobby
  • Breakfast
Small Hotels
It may be possible to book a double room in small hotel in Lausanne for the applicable period of the program. This will be more expensive than an apartment, but it is a useful option for those who plan only a brief stay in Lausanne. Widener Law School cannot vouch for either the quality or the final prices of such hotels.

You may find discounted round-trip fares on http://www.sta-travel.com. Student air fares should be available for approximately $1,800 round trip. Travel to Geneva/Lausanne requires only a U.S. passport. Passports can be obtained from the 13 U.S. Passport Agencies and at post offices. Visit the Office of Passport Services for specific information about passports at: http://travel.state.gov.

Useful housing sites are listed below:

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