[Coming to Lille and Accommodations]
Lille is an attractive and vibrant city. It is located in one of France’s most densely populated regions with 2 million inhabitants. Lille itself has 230,000 inhabitants. The region is also a young city with a student population of more than 100,000 that makes the city very lively. It is recognized as one of France’s most dynamic towns with a wide variety of cultural and sporting activities (fine museums, concert halls, theaters). Famous throughout France and Europe for its warm and friendly atmosphere, it is alive with pubs, clubs and restaurants.
Its location « at the crossroads of Europe » has made Lille a strategic place in the past but in the recent days as well. Its history is full of important events, from the different invasions to its role in WW2, makes it an interesting city to visit. Wandering along its cobbled streets, you will walk past wonderful buildings and old monuments that will tell you about its history.
Lille is a very good place for shopping with several malls, a large pedestrian shopping area and wonderful boutiques in Vieux-Lille. Listed as a city of Art and History, Lille has preserved many buildings from its past that bear witness to wide-ranging artistic influences from the Middle Ages to 19th-century industrial development. From gothic to classical, Flemish Renaissance and Art Nouveau, its untypical architecture is a delight for the eyes! As a cultural metropolis, Lille buzzes with artistic activity: Lille Opera, Lille National Orchestra, theatres, the Ballet du Nord and many museums. Every evening, the city proposes more than 100 different events. In addition, Lille has over 20 theatres!
Lille is strategically placed within a 300-km radius of 5 major European capitals: Paris, London, Brussels, Luxembourg and The Hague. Its highly-developed transport systems such as the Euro-tunnel and TGV-high speed trains enable students to travel around France and Europe very easily by rail:
– Paris : 1 hour by TGV
– Disneyland : 1 hr 15 mins
– « Les Châteaux de la Loire» : 3 hrs
– « La Côted’Azur » (“The French Riviera”) : 5 hrs
– London (Great Britain) : 1 hr 40 mins
– Brussels (Belgium) : 35 mins
And fast, easy access to other European countries (the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy…).
The city’s staunchly international outlook is reflected in the organisation of numerous events with an international scope, such as the World Forum, lille3000, the UEFA Europa League and the really famous Braderie de Lille in September that bring each year around 3 million people from all around the world and that takes it origin in the 12th century!
Universite Catholique de Lille campus covers a 10-hectare area at the heart of the Lille Vauban-Esquermes disctrict. In 2003, the University has created the “Vauban campus” group that is in charge of thinking tomorrow’s University developments. It works together with local authorities to see how to integrate them in the city’s urban planning. This group especially led to the creation of a transportation plan for the students and staff of the University.
The Catholic University is 5 minutes far from the Citadelle park, the Bois de Boulogne (another park) and the Zoo (no entrance fee). We are also 5 minutes far from the Palais Rameau (an historical monument and exhibition place), 10 minutes away from the Fine Arts museam (le Palais des Beaux Arts) and the Opera and 15 minutes away from the TGV train station (Gare Lille Flandres). Campus view on www.pagesjaunes.fr
===> Access & Accommodations :
To move in and around the city, Lille has a considerable transportation system that will facilitate all your trips, thanks to the 2 subway lines, 2 tramway lines, more than 90 bus lines and more than 5,500 V’Lille (self-service bikes). You will find 3 subway stations around the campus, running on both lines (Cormontaigne, Port de Lille and Gambetta) and several V’Lille stations, not mentioning the many bus stations just in front of the ISL building.
Universite Catholique de Lille, 60 boulevard Vauban – CS 40109 – 59016 Lille CEDEX – France
Switchboard: +33 (0)3 20 13 40 00 – Fax: +33 (0)3 20 13 40 01
- By underground : From Lille Flandres or Lille Europe station, take the underground line 2, direction Saint- Philibert. Stop at Cormontaigne and walk for ten minutes towards Boulevard Vauban. For further information : www.transpole.fr / http://uk.transpole.fr/
- By bus : From Lille Europe station or Lille Flandres station, line 12, stop at “Université Catholique” (Boulevard Vauban) OR from Lille Flandres station, line Citadines, stop at “Facultés catholiques” (rue Nationale) and walk down Rue Meurein for 2mn in the direction of Boulevard Vauban.
- By car : If you come from Paris (Motorway A1), Gand (A22), Brussels (A27), take the ring road, direction Dunkerque. Take exit number 4. If you come from Dunkerque (A25), take exit number 5, direction “Université Catholique”.
To search route : https://www.transpole.fr/se-deplacer.aspx#itineraires
Download here a list of hotels around the University : Hotels in Lille