Find housing

Due to the relatively difficult housing situation in Lausanne and its surroundings, it can take several months to find a studio/apartment or a room. Students are therefore advised to make their arrangements well in advance, and if possible as soon as they are admitted.

The price of renting a studio/apartment or a room usually starts at CHF 600/month. In addition, most agencies and landlords require a deposit of 3 months' rent. A rent of CHF 600/month will cost CHF 2'400 for the first month. However, there are insurance companies such as swisscaution www.swisscaution.com that will take care of the security deposit in exchange for an annual fee.

The ECAL has neither a boarding school nor a campus but can, if possible, help students find accommodation. As this search is relatively difficult in the region, students are advised to make arrangements well in advance. The school cannot guarantee housing for foreign students.

Different types of housing

Student house

FSLE (Fondation Solidarité Logement pour étudiant·e·s)
UNIL – Anthropole - Bureau 1128.2
M. Eran Shoshani, directeur admnistratif
1015 Lausanne
Tél. +41 (0)21 692 25 92

Résidence "La Meute"
On a first-come, first-served basis, ECAL students will have priority. They will be able to use all the facilities, including the common areas such as the art space and the studio. 
Rent : ~ CHF 700.- per month. Room surface : ~12 m2

FMEL (Fondation Maisons por étudiants Lausanne)
Bâtiment Vortex - BP 927 - Rte de Praz-Véguey 29
1022 Chavannes-près-Renens
Tél. +41 (0)21 617 81 54

Régie Foncière SA
5, rue de la Fontaine
1204 Genève
Tél. +41 (0)22 817 08 17

Room to rent

Résidence l'ancienne Usine
FAM Immobilier SA
7, rue de la Paix
1020 Renens
Tél. +41 (0)21 633 08 30

Le Cazard
15, Pré du Marché
1004 Lausanne
Tél. +41 (0)21 320 52 61

Centre universitaire catholique
Boulevard de Grancy 31
1006 Lausanne
Tel +41 (0)21 612 61 40





Online agencies - main addresses Facebook Groups
Living cost
Housing 600–900.-
Food 300.-
Transportation 50–100.-
Others 200–300.-
TOTAL 1150–1600.-


Geographic location

ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne is located in Renens, to the west of Lausanne. Lausanne is well connected to neighbouring towns thanks to an efficient public transport network.

We encourage our staff members and students to use public transport and to choose sustainable methods of travel. The university is easily accessible thanks to a well-developed public transport network. More information is available on the SBB and TL websites, and the ECAL Campus app. 

The university also has a two-storey bicycle rack located at the front of the building. The ECAL car park is reserved for staff and visitors. It has two charging stations for electric cars. Students who have no other choice but to drive to ECAL should use street parking around the university or a car park in Renens.

Useful links

Lausanne public transport - TL

Train schedules - CFF

Access to ECAL

ECAL location
By train or metro
  • by train - CFF: Renens station – Lausanne station,
    Travel time ~ 5 minutes
    (Train station 2-min. walk from ECAL).
  • by metro - M1: Renens station – Flon station
    Travel time ~ 20 minutes 
    (Metro stop in Renens train station 5-min. walk from ECAL).
By bus

From Lausanne - Flon: Bus n° 17 “Bussigny C-Péage”
Bus stop:  Hôtel-de-Ville (2-min. walk from ECAL)
Travel time: ~ 20 minutes 

By car

Park in the Hôtel-de-Ville car park. In the vicinity of the ECAL building, there are also a limited number of parking spaces in the blue zone (1.5 hours) or white zone (3 hours).


The ECAL is accessible to people with reduced mobility. Lifts are available to access all floors.