Living off campus

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Distances are short in Switzerland and public transport is efficient. As the Lausanne property market is competitive, you may benefit from extending your search area, and the prices may also be more attractive.

Search engines 

There are many websites listing apartments and houses to rent in the Lausanne region. They will allow you to define your search criteria and programme alerts in order to receive emails with information about properties newly on the market. 

Here is a non-exhaustive list:

Anibis Immostreet Lausanne Tourisme
Comparis UMS Bnb
Immoscout Sabbaticalhomes Visionapartements
Homegate Housinganywhere Studentsplace4u
Silobleu (minimum six months) Studiomodernes


Please note that some communes do not accept accommodation booked via airbnb and other similar platforms without the "attestation du logeur" document. If you need to register your arrival in order to apply for a residence permit, be sure to check with the landlord and the local authority.

Estate agents

Estate agents also publish advertisements on their own websites. You might wish to call them to check what is available.

Small ads

You should also check the “small ads” section in the local press, or use it yourself to publish an advertisement about your search.

Personal networking and social networks

People often find accommodation through their own networks and through social networks. Think about letting those around you (for example your future colleagues at UNIL) know that you are looking for an apartment or a house.

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Beware of adverts which look too good to be true (low price, perfect location, individually managed etc.) particularly when a money transfer is requested (via Western Union, MoneyGram, RIA etc.)

  • If possible, visit the accommodation or contact the person by phone, before renting and paying a deposit.
  • Never transfer money through Western Union, MoneyGram or similar financial service company. 
  • If you are asked for a deposit or payment of the first rent in advance, make sure that the payment will be done onto a Swiss bank account.
  • When making contact, beware of so-called landlords or tenants who have to travel abroad for business reasons and then suggest that the formalities be handled by a third person. (different e-mail addresses, etc.)

In case of doubt, please contact the Welcome Centre for advice

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Mrs Marcelina Klaus Gaillard

Tel. +41 21 692 60 27



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Tel. +41 21 692 60 27
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