| Useful information
| Campus life
The Dorigny campus is beside Lake Geneva, on the outskirts of the city of Lausanne. It provides a very special work and study environment for the 18,000 people who create its lively atmosphere.
It is a natural park, with many green spaces, a wood, streams, fields under cultivation and a beach. Local fauna and flora thrive there.
On this page you will find useful information on the resources available to the UNIL community.
The Campus Card is indispensible on campus. It serves as an identity card, key, library card and electronic wallet.
The person who welcomes you when you first arrive on campus will help you obtain one.
Before using your campus card, it is essential that you validate it!
When you register at UNIL, an IT account will automatically be created for you. It allows individual access to UNIL IT resources (in particular, the intranet, the wifi connection, your online administrative file and a UNIL email account.)
Your username and password will be sent to your new work address in a sealed envelope.
Your account cannot be created until the Human Resources Department has entered your contract into the electronic system.
The academic calendar: semester start dates, exam periods and public holidays.
News and events: all the UNIL news
L'Actu, UNIL’s online newspaper in French
News about cultural events is on the Grange de Dorigny website (in French)
Sporting events are publicised on the Sports centre website (in French)
Many services are available to you at UNIL, including:
The Equal Opportunities Office
International Relations Office
The full list of UNIL services can be found here, and you should also go to the internet page dedicated to support for research.
UNIL’s main cafeterias can be found in the Unitèque, Amphimax and Géopolis buildings and the Sports and Health Centre.
All the catering outlets, with menus and other relevant information, are listed here.
You will be entitled to a discount on presentation of your campus card.
Take a break, let yourself breathe and do some sport at the heart of the campus! The Sports Centre, at the lakeside, offers a magnificent environment and high quality sports infrastructure.
Many sporting activities are on offer, together with a Sports and Health Centre (CSS) dedicated to the well-being of the UNIL community.
You can obtain a la membership card from the secretariat of the CSS.
The Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne (BCUL) [the cantonal and university library of Lausanne] has five libraries, two of which are on the Dorigny campus.
1. The library at Unithèque covers all subjects specifically related to the humanities and every period of history. The site also has many areas for work and study.
2. The library in the Internef building holds books and journals related to law and economics and also provides a calm environment in which to read and work.
It is also easy to connect to the library’s databases from home and access all the journals and online resources.
You will find all the information you need on how to connect here.
The UNIL market takes place every Tuesday, from 15:00 to 18:00 in front of the Grange de Dorigny. You can pre-order baskets containing seasonal fruit and vegetables and bread and cheese.
There are a number of shops on campus, and three cash machines (Banque Cantonale Vaudoise at Internef and the Sports Centre, and Postomat at the Anthropole)
There is a shopping centre on the neighbouring EPFL campus. You will find shops, a medical centre, a dental surgery etc. there. The shopping centre is next to the "EPFL” metro station.
Anyone who wishes to have a parking permit should apply to the relevant office. All the information is available on the car parking page of the UNIL website.
There are a number of car parks on campus. The type of permit you hold determines the parking space and type of car park you may use.
The permit should be picked up in the office in the Annexe de la Mouline (bureau 202), open from 9:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday.