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 housingStudent house
FSLE (Fondation Solidarité Logement pour étudiant·e·s)
UNIL – Anthropole - Bureau 1128.2
M. Eran Shoshani, directeur admnistratif
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
Tél. +41 (0)21 617 81 54
Résidence l'ancienne Usine
FAM Immobilier SA
7, rue de la Paix
Tél. +41 (0)21 633 08 30
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.
Bus – No. 17: or No. 19 “Sous l’Eglise” – “Saint François”,
Travel time ~ 20 minutes
(“Sous l’Eglise” bus stop 2-min. walk from ECAL).
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.