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  • If you are a bachelor or master student at UNIL or EPFL or another higher education institution, we kindly ask you to contact the FMEL (Fondation maisons pour étudiants Lausanne).
  • If you are a member of UNIL staff or an academic host from abroad, please find more information below

*** For your information, all our flats are fully booked. Next flat will be available as of November 2024 ***


The Vortex opened in the summer of 2020, just outside the Dorigny campus. It is a vibrant area with many facilities: a restaurant, a rooftop bar with a unique view of the lake and the mountains, a nursery, a multipurpose hall and a number of other local shops and businesses.

The Vortex has 44 fully furnished apartments, and around ten unfurnished apartments, reserved for people coming from abroad, in particular those employed by UNIL. Its friendly environment, lively while also academic, owes much to the presence of the many students who live there.



The accommodation is exclusively for the use of UNIL staff and academic visitors newly arrived from abroad or outside the French speaking part of Switzerland.

The following are eligible:

  • Teachers-researchers
  • Visiting professors
  • Junior lecturers and post-doctoral researchers
  • Graduate assistants and PhD students
  • Academic guests
  • Administrative and technical staff


What documents do I need to send to the Welcome Centre in order to apply for an accommodation in Vortex ?
  • A copy of your identity card or passport
  • A copy of your contract of employment/letter of invitation, including your gross monthly pay. 
What is meant by a deposit?

This is a sum of money used by the landlord as a security in case there is damage to the apartment. It is given back to the tenant when he or she leaves the apartment, if no serious damage is identified.


What is the notice period for termination?

Notice of termination must be given at least 2 months in advance, by the 15th of the month or the end of the month.

Is it possible to extend my rental agreement? 

For any request related to extension of the tenancy, please contact the Welcome Centre before that your rental agreement has at least three months to run. 
Please note that due to the high demand for rentals we reserve the right to refuse to extend your rent. 


Pets are not allowed in Vortex' accommodations. 

What is it SERAFE?

Once you are registered as a Vortex resident you could receive an invoice from SERAFE. It is mandatory for all households to pay a radio-television licence fee which costs CHF 335.- per year. This is device-independent and must in principle be paid by every household. The fee will be collected by Serafe AG. Serafe will automatically send every household an invoice, using data from the cantonal and municipal registers of residents.

Can I park my car next to the Vortex?


You can apply for a parking place next to the building. Priority is given to Vortex residents and merchants for a parking space in the building's parking lot, subject to availability. The parking permit is only valid in the yellow spaces of the Vortex parking lot. The monthly price of a parking space is 100 CHF. 

For all requests or questions, please send your request to the Parking Department at parking@unil.ch

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Welcome Centre
Château de Dorigny
1015 Lausanne

Mrs Salomé Evard

Mrs Marcelina Klaus Gaillard

Tel. +41 21 692 60 27



Vortex location

Route de Praz-Véguey 29
1022 Chavannes-près-Renens


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Château de Dorigny  -  CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 60 27
Fax +41 21 692 20 05