Studying in Lyon

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Studying in Lyon

In this guide, you’ll find all the information you need to make your student project a reality in France. OMNES Education has five schools in its catalog with campuses in Lyon. Our schools offer a wide range of courses open to foreign students.

What to study in Lyon?

Lyon is home to a large number of universities offering a wide range of courses and degrees.

While the list of courses offered by these establishments is extensive, here are the most popular choices:

  • IT
  • Hospitality
  • Management
  • Trade
  • Tourism
  • Design

Depending on the course chosen, students can expect to obtain diplomas ranging from the Bac Pro to various specialized Masters.

Why study in Lyon?

There are many reasons why Lyon is one of the best places to study higher education. The city boasts a number of schools that are recognized both in France and internationally. These include grandes écoles and classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles.

Lyon also offers a wide range of professional opportunities for graduates and students looking for internships. In terms of numbers, the city has :

  • 110.000 private and public companies
  • 900 company headquarters
  • 600 research laboratories.

This cradle of cinema, renowned for its culinary art, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon is the second largest city in France, ideally located two hours from Paris by train, two hours from the sunny Côte d’Azur, and only an hour and a half from the picturesque mountains of the Alps. The city offers an unparalleled quality of life, with two rivers running through it (the Rhône and the Saône) and numerous green spaces, including the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one of the largest parks in Europe. No wonder it is one of the most attractive cities in the world, along with St. Petersburg, Prague and Venice!

Discover the Lyon campus!

The OMNES Education campus in Lyon includes the schools of the ESCE, Sup de Pub, ECE, HEIP and INSEEC (Bachelor, BBA, Grance école, and MSc). It is located in the university’s historic district, within a dynamic, international student environment and easily accessible by public transport (streetcar, bus, train). Home to international institutions and major corporations, Lyon is also marked by a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Students will benefit from an exceptional setting, with 9.000 m2 comprising 65 classrooms, open-access computer rooms, several work areas and a business incubator. Students will enjoy a bright, pleasant and functional space, where the industrial spirit has been preserved. They will be able to evolve in a resolutely professional environment incorporating the latest technologies.

Lyon was voted 2nd in the overall ranking of France’s best student cities for 2021-2022.
To find out more about the city, see the Campus France fact sheet.

16 avenue Paul Santy 69008 Lyon

ESCE, Sup de Pub, ECE and INSEEC (Bachelor, BBA, Grande école):
25 rue de l’université 69007 Lyon

Our schools

Does Omnes Education offer programs in its schools in LYON?

OMNES Education has 14 schools in France and abroad.
This catalog includes three schools in the city of Lyon.

Business & Marketing

Come and study at the INSEEC Bachelor!

Come and study at INSEEC MSc!

Come and study at INSEEC Grande Ecole!

International Business

Come and study at INSEEC BBA!

Communication & Creation

Come and study at SUP DE PUB!


Come and study at ECE!

Admission Criteria

Female student glancing back while going for a class in college. Girl walking with friends going for class in high school.

What are the specific criteria for studying in Lyon?

The criteria for studying in Lyon vary depending on the university, course or degree chosen. To find out what these criteria are, the best solution is to ask the establishments.

Generally speaking, and in the case of foreign students, to be able to study in Lyon, you must at least :

  • show proficiency in French (B1 – B2 level required)
  • have a student visa.

Do I need a visa to study in Lyon?

All foreign students wishing to study in France, regardless of the city, require a student visa. This document is requested by the French authorities as soon as the foreign student leaves his or her country of origin.

Once in France, the student visa serves as a residence permit valid for 1 year. It therefore allows the holder to reside and travel legally in the country during this period.

This document also enables foreign students to work while retaining their student status.

How to apply to a top school in Lyon?

The application procedure may vary depending on the school , which may have its own admission requirements. It’s important to find out more and contact the school directly.

International students can easily contact the schools by visiting their websites. In general, all training offers, prerequisites and registration procedures are listed on these sites.

The OMNES Education schools section displays all the schools in the group.

How to apply to an Omnes Education Group school to study in LYON?

First, you need to find out about the school and the course you’re interested in. The next step is to read the general terms and conditions of registration.

Don’t hesitate to contact the International Admissions Department if you have any questions!

find out all you need to know about studying in lyon


Where to stay in Lyon while studying?

To find all our accommodation solutions and partners for Lyon, go to our “accommodation” page.

For students looking for accommodation in Lyon , the best option is to choose a student residence. They are managed by private or public organisation, such as le CROUS and all students can apply for accommodation.

For students who want to live off-campus, the best solution is to rent a studio apartment. In this case, you’ll need to pay close attention to prices, which can vary considerably depending on the area and surface. Suitable accommodation in Lyon can be found for between €500 and €600 a month.


Explore Lyon ! We’ve listed all the places to see and visit that Lyon has to offer in terms of leisure, culture, sport and well-being.

The city has a rich cultural heritage. Art lovers will be delighted to discover the many national and international events that take place throughout the year in Lyon, such as the Fête des Lumières, the Nuits de Fourvière festival, the film festival and the Biennale d’art contemporain. In addition, as the gastronomy capital of France, Lyon offers more than 1.500 restaurants that offer local specialties and international flavors.


If you are from the European Union and under 26 years old, the entrance to each of them is free.

Musée des Beaux-Arts – 20 place des Terreaux – 69001 Lyon

Musée d’Art Contemporain – 81 quai Charles de Gaulle – 69006 Lyon

Musées Gadagne – 1 place du petit collège – 69005 Lyon

Center d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation – 14 avenue Berthelot – 69007 Lyon – France

Musée de l’Imprimerie et de la Communication Graphique – 13 rue de la Poulaillerie – 69002 Lyon, France

Musée des confluences – “musée des Confluences” stop – 86 quai Perrache 69002 Lyon

Musée Gallo- Romain – LUGDUNUM 17 eue Cléberg 69005 LYON

Musée des tissus et arts décoratifs – 34 rue de la Charité 69002 LYON

Except: Musée de l’automobile Henri Malartre – 645 rue du musée – Rochetaillée-sur Saône

Movies and Theaters

Institut Lumière -about €6 – 25 rue du Premier – Film BP 8051 69352 – Lyon Cedex 08

Cinéma Comœdia – about €8 – 13 avenue Berthelo 69007 Lyon

Cinémas Lumière (Terreaux, Bellecour, Fourmi) : €6.90 for students

Discover Lyon’s cinemas, theaters, museums andcultural calendar.


Les Nuits sonores (May) is a festival of electric music at symbolic venues around the city.

Les Nuits de Fourvière (June) is a festival that brings together all artistic disciplines (music, theater, dance and cinema) and takes place every summer in the ancient theater of Fourvière.


The Lyon campus has different partnerships with gyms in the region, you can find them in the list below:

Sports clubs in and around Lyon


  • Free registration fees (PRIVILEGE, TEMPO, SOFT packages)
  • 1 free coaching appointment (PRIVILEGE, TEMPO, SOFT package)


Club JEAN JAURES, 74 avenue Jean Jaurès, 69007 Lyon

Club GAMBETTA, 133 grande rue de la Guillotière, 59007 Lyon

Club MEXIMIEUX, Zac de lntermarché, 01800 Meximieux

Club AMBERIEU, 63 rue Charles de Gaulle, 01500 Chateau gaillard

Club DECINES GRAND STADE, 2 avenue Simone Veil, 69L50 Decines

CLIMB UP LYON GERLAND, the climbing gym offers you :

  • 10% on the book of 10 entries
  • 50% on the first month of a subscription (annual or monthly)

11 rue Lortet
Telephone: 04 72 71 83 84
69 007 Lyon

Swimming pool

Center nautique Tony Bertrand

(12 to 8 pm)

8 quai Claude Bernard

69007 Lyon

Price :

  • €2.60 (for students under 26 years old)
  • 25 hours card – €50

Free sports facilities in Lyon

Clémenceau sports field (6 pm to 8 pm)

94 rue Sébastien Gryphe – 69007 Lyon (Corner rue Sébastien Gryphe / Rue de l’Université)

Parks & Gardens

Discover Lyon’s green spaces here.

For example, the Parc de la Tête d’Or is the largest urban park in France and contains many activities for all ages, including a zoo, a navigable lake, botanical gardens, a miniature railroad, pony rides for children, etc.

It is a great place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty. It includes dozens of trails for walking, jogging or biking and large open spaces for activities and picnics. Lots of fun for everyone!

Flea Markets

If you want to find furniture, used clothes or anything else you need without spending a lot of money, flea markets are perfect!

The city of Lyon has listed all the city’s flea markets here.


Please note that these prices are indicative and may vary greatly, and that the cost of living differs from city to city.

You can compare your home town with numbéo.


Housing 500 – 1200 €
Public transportation 25 €
Power supply 100 – 300 €
Other expenses (leisure, shopping…) 100 – 300 €
Total 800 – 1900 €

Opening a bank account in France is one of the first steps to take when you arrive in Lyon.

The documents required to open a French bank account are :

  • A copy of your passport or European identity card
  • A document proving your residence in France – a certificate of accommodation from your landlord for example
  • A copy of your certificate of enrolment
  • A copy of your visa and residence permit

At present, our main banking partner is the Caisse d’Epargne, and very soon new partnerships with local banks will be available with special offers for students.

The partner agency
Caisse d’Epargne Guillotière branch 4 place Victor Basch, 69003 LYON



  • From the airport

Lyon has its own airport, Lyon Saint-Exupéry, with some thirty national and international destinations.

  • By train

Lyon is easily accessible by train from all major European cities thanks to its two main stations, Gare Lyon Part-Dieu and Gare Lyon Perrache.

Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is only 2 hours away from Lyon by TGV (High Speed Train).

Travel time by train :

– To Paris, Marseille or Geneva: 2 hours

– To London by Eurostar, Stuttgart: 5 hours and 30 minutes

– To Frankfurt, Milan or Barcelona: 6 hours

Click here for train timetables.

  • By bus

The bus is an easy and affordable way to come to Lyon.

The central bus station of Lyon – Perrache (located on the 2nd floor of the Perrache station) offers connections to more than 80 destinations in France and abroad (Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and many others).

  • Eurolines: national and international long-distance bus company (available in 6 languages)

Public transportations in lyon

Lyon and its neighboring towns are well served by the TCL (Transports en Commun Lyonnais) public transport network. A single ticket gives you access to buses, streetcars and subway trains. The TCL operates every day from 5 a.m. to midnight (until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).

If you are staying for a semester or a year, the best option is to get a Técély card. It is available immediately at the TCL agency counter : TCL Bellecour agency : 6 Place Bellecour 69002


The TCL card costs €5. If you are between 18 and 25 years old, the subscription costs €25 per month. The card is nominative and includes a photo (25x30mm format).

Visit the TCL website or download the app to plan your trip.


1 ticket (1 hour): €1.90

10 tickets: €18

Ticket for the funicular: €3

A monthly subscription for young people: €25 per month

taxis & UBER

Are you arriving outside of TCL and/or Rhônexpress service hours? Too much luggage to travel alone on public transport? All train and intercity bus stations are served by cab services.

Lyon Campus

From Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport

Rhônexpress : one-way ticket from €10

The Rhônexpress streetcar connects Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport to Part Dieu station (central train/metro/tram/bus platform) in 30 minutes. The first departure is at 4:25 a.m. from Part-Dieu, and at 5:00 a.m. from the airport. Rhônexpress runs every 20 minutes during the day, and every 30 minutes from 4.25 a.m. to 6 a.m. and from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Buy your ticket in a terminal, or once on board at the controller.

You can also book your tickets in advance on the site.

By public transport

For a reduced cost of €1.90, but with a longer journey time (1 hour), you can get to Lyon using the TCL 47 bus, which links the airport with Meyzieu, a town close to Lyon.

  • Get on at the airport and get off at “Meyzieu Z.I.”.
  • With the same ticket, take the T3 streetcar line to Part Dieu station (central platform for train/metro/tram/bus).
  • Once you arrive at the Part Dieu station (by the Rhône Express or by the Tram T3), you must cross the whole station to take the T1 streetcar line (see the map below):
  • Take the tramway line 1 (T1) direction “Debourg” and get off at the station “rue de l’Université”.
  • Get off in front of the Citroën building. The entrance is at the back of the building, on the 3rd floor.

By cab

If you arrive between midnight and 5 a.m., neither the Rhônexpress nor the bus will run. You can take a cab, but the cost is much higher (between €50 and €75).

You can also take an UBER which is expensive, but cheaper than a cab, and costs on average €45 to €60. All you have to do is download the app and request an UBER and it will take you wherever you want.

For a less expensive option, consider carpooling from the airport. For example, you can share a car journey with BlaBlaCar.

By train and bus

From Part Dieu station

Travel time: 20 minutes

Price: €1.90 for a ticket. Metro and tramway tickets can be purchased at an automatic terminal located at each station or via the “TCL E-Ticket” application. One ticket is valid for one hour for all tram/bus/metro connections.


  • Take streetcar line 1 (T1) towards “Debourg”.
  • Get off at the station “rue de l’Université” in front of the Citroën building.
  • The entrance is at the rear of the building, on the 3rd floor.

From Perrache station

Travel time: 10-15 minutes

Price: €1.90 for a ticket. Metro and tramway tickets can be purchased at an automatic terminal located at each station or via the “TCL E-Ticket” application. One ticket is valid for one hour for all tram/bus/metro connections.


  • Take streetcar line 1 (T1) towards “IUT Feyssine”.
  • Get off at the station “Rue de l’Université” in front of the Citroën building.
  • The entrance is at the back of this building (rue de Marseille), on the 3rd floor.


Popular Restaurants

Food Traboule

22 rue du Bœuf, 69005 Lyon

A food hall in Lyon run by chefs. The 7 spaces, spread over three floors, house different kitchen counters, where chefs concoct eclectic dishes before your eyes.

Food Society Lyon

Part Dieu Shopping center

It is the foodcourt of the Part Dieu shopping center. With a rooftop and more than 20 counters, it is the ideal place to eat with friends in a good atmosphere.

Everyone orders what they want, when they want, before taking a seat together in one of the common areas.

Café Comptoir Abel

25 rue Guynemer, 69002 Lyon

Lyon’s traditional restaurants, called “Bouchons”, are famous for their hearty, homemade regional dishes made from fresh ingredients, as well as for their charming and friendly atmosphere.


7 rue Neuve, 69001 Lyon

The best Italian in town. Affordable, with exceptional decoration and service, this restaurant serves pizzas, pastas.

Mama’s boys

25 rue de l’Arbre sec, 69001 Lyon

Pushing the door of this restaurant is like entering a room from the 80s.

 Restaurant CROUS 

The Quai Resto

94 rue pasteur

69007 Lyon

Updated 22 March 2024