Life at emlyon


emlyon business school is a French private state-approved institution of higher education founded in 1872. The School hosts 9,050 students representing 125 nationalities in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, along with nearly 6,900 participants in executive education programs. The school counts with a important international presence, it draws on a network of 200 international academic partners and leads a community of 41,700 alumni in 130 different countries.


emlyon business school is part of the 1% business schools with the triple international accreditations by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, and as such ranks amongst the world-class business schools.



Support, inclusion and well-being for students are one of emlyon priorities. Our student support services help incoming international students prior their arrival until their departure. We have dedicated resources to help students with accommodation, transportation, financing, bank partners, visa process, health insurance, and counselling during their studies and time on campus.


emlyon business school received the “Welcome to France” label awarded by Campus France to French institutions that demonstrate the highest standards in international student support services. This label ensures quality of our support and engagement towards the incoming international students.


Prepare your arrival and first steps in France

Cost of living

Average living expenses in Lyon:

  • €1100/month – including accommodation, food, books, clothes, local travel and spending money.


It may be difficult to find accommodation, especially in a large student city like Lyon. However there are several options for students.
emlyon does not offer on campus accommodation however we have partnered with residences around the campus and in the city to offer options for students. Moreover you can benefit from the student housing financial aid in France. Check your CAF eligibility.


You can find housing tips, housing financial aid, and our residence partners here.

Health Insurance

Students are covered during their stay on campus once they start classes and while they travel in France and internationally during their study abroad experience. However, it does not cover them when they are in their home country or only during their study semester at emlyon. Health insurance is included in the tuition fee and students are covered in case of accident or health issue. Please note medical expenses are usually charged to the student and then reimbursed by the insurance.


More information, here.


Incoming students need to apply for a student visa on their own before arrival in France. Official documents needed for the visa application will be provided by emlyon. Please note it’s recommended to apply for visa 3 months in advance, and we recommend you apply for a student long-stay visa, called Visa D-VLS-TS.


More information, here.

Lyon, a new downtown Campus

The new downtown Lyon Campus opens to all incoming students in September 2024. A state-of-the-art campus in the city center meeting the highest standards in sustainable construction, digitally connected and offering next-generation hybrid tools and innovation in the classrooms, library and maker’s lab. The campus is designed as a living framework to study, gather, and enjoy student life while being open and accessible to the community.


Lyon is the second largest city in France, the capital of French gastronomy, UNESCO world heritage site, and voted the most attractive city in France. It’s central in France and offers easy access to Europe. It is 2 hours distance by train from Paris, South of France, Italy or Switzerland, and with worldwide airport connections. Find out more on the ONLY LYON tour video and our city tour video with the emlyon international students.

Campus Gerland, emlyon business school


The Sport Center offers organizes and manages competitive university-level sports for more than 50 teams to students across all campuses, our aim is to attract and support talent at all stages of life with made-to-measure provision. Elite sportsmen and women will receive support from a dedicated team and through custom-made blended learning courses, enabling them to embark on academic learning alongside their sports career.

makers’ lab

emlyon makers’ lab is a dedicated open working place for action learning based on the fab lab model.


Students will have access on all our campuses to:

  • Hardware resources including 3D printers, laser cutter, vinyl printer, computers, Arduinos Raspberry Pi, soldering shop
  • Learning resources to gain innovation & creativity skills, and learn how to prototype
  • Human resources to support students in their learning experience


Our aim is helping students discover new technologies and skills, like 3D printing or Artificial Intelligence and understand the fundamentals, the challenges, and use them for their own projects. During our workshops and courses, students prototyped artificial hands, websites, mobile apps, chatbots, arcade games, intelligent furniture, blind sticks, drawing robots, connected lights, drones, and more, while learning new skills.


The campus life is important at emlyon and we have over 30 different student associations, including an active international student association that help incoming students, include them in a buddy system, organize events, outdoor activities, cultural visits, or teaching French. Find more about our student associations.


We organize a fresher’s week to welcome all the new emlyon students and incoming students for the Fall.


Here are some of the student events organized during the year:

  • Fab lab design competition
  • Welcome weekend
  • Sports integration day
  • Cultural days
  • Spartan Race
  • Talents show
  • Christmas gala
  • Buddy event
  • Ski weekend
  • Sports competition
  • Human bootcamp (outdoor activities)
  • Speech contest
  • Winter and Summer gala

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