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  • Route de Chavannes 40 à 52, 1007 Lausanne
  • close to University and EPFL, and only 15 min. from lakeside, close to Dorigny sports area.
  • 10 min. by public transport to UNIL and EPFL: metro M1
  • 10 min. to University or 15 min. to EPFL by bike
  • 15 min. to centre of Lausanne by public transport: metro M1

Shops close by (other side of road) : post office, grocery shop, pizza place, etc..

By public transport:

  • N°25 Bus, stop “Bourdonnette” 5 min. walk to house
  • Metro M1 stop “Bourdonnette” 5 min. walk to house.
  • For more info, see Lausanne Transport website


Shared areas

  • house residents may use a small shaded area


  • 1 washing machine (prepaid card system – contact house manager) and 1 dryer (free of charge) per building.

Waste disposal:

Waste must be sorted as follows: (bins are located in building 46, ground floor) :

  • household waste
  • paper and cardboard
  • glass
  • PET
  • compost
  • for large objects, an official waste collection site can be found across the street

By systematically and properly sorting your waste, you contribute to protecting the environment.


  • there are no parking spaces available for house residents.


  • 2 closed-in bike parks are available to house residents only. They can be accessed by using the room key. Please ask the house manager for a tag for the bikes that will be parked in these two bike parks.

Cellars – storage:

  • there is no cellar area, but house residents have a storage area above the bookshelves to store large objects such as suitcases.

Room upkeep:

  • residents are responsible for cleaning the communal areas (kitchen, living room, bathrooms and corridors) regularly in each apartment. Each resident is also responsible for cleaning his/her own room/studio flat. To do so, brooms, dusters and a hoover can be borrowed from the house manager. (Periodic checks are made by FMEL staff).

Quiet hours and other house rules:

  • see our house rules
  • please respect neighbours and refrain from making noise outside (playing loud music, having discussions, throwing bottles into the container, slamming car doors, etc) after 10 p.m.

All above facts are for information purposes only and have no contractual value and are in no way binding.

 The warmth and pleasure radiated from a building made of wood

House manager and administration:

Click here for information concerning the hours of presence and contact details of the Bourdonnette house manager.

For administrative queries, please contact the administration.

Typical housing:

Description of site:

  • 239 fully furnished flat-share rooms; each room has a bed and mattress (90x200cm) with a mattress coversheet, a table, a chair, a cupboard, in shared apartments of 4 or 5 persons.
  • each room is approximately 14.5 m2
  • shared bathrooms (WC, shower, washbasin) for 2 or 3 persons
  • fitted kitchen and living room for 4 or 5 persons

  • 25 fully furnished studio flats for 1 person (a bed and mattress (90x200cm) with mattress coversheet, 2 tables, 3 chairs, a two-door cupboard),private bathroom (shower, WC, washbasin) and a fitted kitchenette (2 hotplates, micro-wave, fridge)

  • studio flats are approximately 21 m2

  • Bedding, dishes and towels are NOT provided.


The communal areas offer a WiFi connection – LAN is available in all rooms and studio flats  (to obtain connection, check website, a TV socket and a telephone socket (contact house manager to get connection). 

Rental fees

See page Rental Fees


See Contracts

Also check House Rules

Room and studio upkeep :

  • the cleaning of communal areas (kitchen, bathroom and sitting room) must be done regularly and in turns by each tenant (periodic checks are made by FMEL staff)
  • each tenant is responsible for cleaning his/her own room/studio flat including the shower/WC
  • Detergents, brooms, duster and hoover can be borrowed from the house manager

Hours of silence at night and other cohabitation rules

  • Tenants shall show due respect to their neighbours and should not make any noise inside or outside the building (music, talking, bottles thrown in the container, car doors slammed, etc. after 10 p.m.)

The residence is for both men and women

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