Lyon and it's region

Lyon is a city located in the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region and has more than 500,000 inhabitants .Rich in a varied historical and cultural heritage, it is also the second-largest student city in France.

Where To Stay In Lyon ?

As a student, there are several possibilities to find accommodation.

Where to go out in Lyon ?

Restaurants

Lyon is considered the world capital of gastronomy. You will surely hear about the « bouchons lyonnais » which are typical restaurants of the city where you can taste local specialties (quenelles, “lyonnaise” salad, cervelle de canut…). Quenelles are mostly made with flour, eggs and butter. It has a thick oval shape. It’s delicious ;). “Cervelle de canut” is a sauce made from cottage cheese and chives

The Festival of Lights

If you’re in Lyon around the 8th December, you will have the opportunity to attend the Festival of Lights of Lyon ! In the city center you will find free visual and sound shows. It is an important popular and religious festival for the city of Lyon.

PARKS AND GARDENS

You will also find plenty of green spaces and parks within the city.The most famous park is surely the park named “Parc de la Tête d’Or”. Located in the 6th arrondissement, it features a lake on which boating takes place during the summer months. With more than 105 hectares, you can discover zoological, botanical parks or simply walk through the alleys of the park. Besides, there are also manyother parks (Parc des Hauteurs, the Garden of Curiosities, the Garden of the Museum of Fine Arts...). Don't forget to visit the botanical garden in front of the faculty of Pharmacy 😉

MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITIONS

If you’re interested in history, we advise you to go to the Roman museum and theater located not far from the Basilica of Fourvière or to the Gadagne museums on the history of Lyon. The Maison des Canuts ou la Saint Georges silk factory will make you discover the history of Lyon silk. If you’re more interested in contemporary museums, you can find temporary or permanent exhibitions on various themes at the Musée des Confluences.

Musée des Confluences
DIFFERENT CITY DISTRICTS

- Vieux Lyon, also called Saint Jean district, is a very touristic area of the city. You will see many Renaissance buildings, the Cathedral of Saint Jean or traboules Winding their way through buildings, courtyards, and up and down staircases, Lyon’s secret covered passageways, or traboules, are ideal way of visiting the city’s hidden and colourful past. From this district, you just have to cross the Saône to find yourself on the peninsula and discover the Place Bellecour, the Terreaux, Ainay or Jacobins district. With its hills and its many stairs, do not forget to discover the Croix Rousse district.There are many other neighborhoods to discover; it's up to you to walk around.

The surroundings of Lyon

If you want to get away from the city during a weekend, there are plenty of places and walks possible in the Lyon region and its surroundings. If you’re a ski amateur or simply a lover of the mountains, Lyon's proximity to the Alps will allow you to spend a few days in the fresh air.

The Alps

If you like skiing or snowshoe weekends, it is easy to get to ski resorts from Lyon.There are offers that include transport from Lyon and the purchase of the package for example (for about 50 euros with SKI mania, or Skipower).Some stations are also accessible by train (such as Les Arcs, La Cluzaz or the Alpes d'Huez ..).
The medieval city of Pérouges

Pérouges is a town located in the Ain 30 minutes from the center of Lyon. It is a medieval city classified among the most beautiful villages in France. You will discover a varied cultural and culinary heritage including the famous sugar cake, a specialty of the village.
The Beaujolais region

Located north of Lyon, this region is known for its architecture and vineyards. This can be an opportunity to discover the golden stone villages, to walk on the many marked trails between forests and vineyards or to discover French wine.