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Living in Lyon


The Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon is located in the Gerland district of Lyon, on the left bank of the Rhône River. Lyon is a major business hub, with a historic centre listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a reputation as the gastronomic capital of France.



Choosing Lyon for one's studies: a smart strategy!



Nourished by 2,000 years of history, the former capital of the Gauls boasts an exceptional historic and cultural heritage. Its modern architecture and vibrant centres of life, as well as its cultural, gastronomic and economic wealth regularly translate into Lyon being ranked among the most attractive and pleasant cities in which to live, in both France and Europe.

With its pure air and modern public transport (including 4,000 Vélo'v rental bikes), Lyon is famous for its enviable quality of life. The Gadagne, Gallo-Roman, Fine Arts and French Resistance museums, the Opera, the biennial dance and contemporary art festivals, and numerous internationally renowned cultural events, such as  the Nuits de Fourvière, the Nuits Sonores, the Fête des Lumières and the Vienne Jazz Festival, offer Lyon's inhabitants a wide choice of cultural outings.

Considered the French capital of gastronomy, Lyon stands out with 15 Michelin-starred restaurants among its 1,500 gastronomic addresses, with the city's famous, traditional "bouchons" remaining the most popular places to eat.


For a better glimpse of Lyon, visit the following links presenting its heritage, culture and centres of life.