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Life in Lyon

An ideal city for students

Lyon is France's second biggest city in terms of student population, with 130,000 including 15,000 international students. The city as a whole has an ideal size and energy: big but not overwhelming, dynamic yet relaxed, cosmopolitan and affordable. It's also ideally located -- less than two hours by train from Paris, Marseille, Geneva and Europe's finest ski slopes.

Lyon is widely praised for its enviable quality of life, mind-blowing gastronomy and UNESCO world heritage architecture. The city boasts a rich history and buzzing cultural life. It's renowned for its spectacular Festival of Lights, atmospheric concerts during the Nuits de Fourvière, ravishes movie buffs during the Lumière film festival and hosts the world-known Contemporary Art Biennial and Dance Biennial.

In 2018, the Magazine l'étudiant qualified Lyon as the best French student city. Also, in the QS World University Ranking, Lyon is one of the best cities in the world for international students (2nd in France and 42nd in the world).

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Lyon's Young Ambassadors

The "Jeunes Ambassadeurs" program aims to boost the global credentials of Lyon, Grenoble and Saint-Etienne by pairing up international students with a "business coach", who is a manager at a company or an institution in the student's field of studies or interest. The coach introduces the student to the company or institution and to events and conferences to meet other business leaders. Upon return in his or her home country, the student will then become an ambassador for the region and will foster contacts with other young ambassadors, coaches and universities.
Lyon - 2nd best student city in France (QS ranking)

Useful Links

Lyon Tourist Office
Lyon Campus guide
ONLY LYON / Invest in Lyon agency
Anglo INFO (expat network in Lyon)
Greater Lyon business website
TCL (local public transportation)
Vélo'v (self-service bicycle rentals)Petit Paumé (restaurant guide by students)

ENS de Lyon
15 parvis René Descartes - BP 7000
69342 Lyon Cedex 07 - FRANCE
Descartes Campus : +33 (0) 4 37 37 60 00
Monod Campus : +33 (0) 4 72 72 80 00

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