Students Welcome Desk

Dedicated to welcoming all students in the Lyon metropolitan area, the Students Welcome Desk is available each year at the start of classes to help you with your administrative formalities. Don’t forget to stop by to ensure a successful start!


What is the Students Welcome Desk?

The SWD is a reception area that is open to all students at the start of the university year. It is organized by the University of Lyon and Lyon Métropole with some thirty partners, including the Rhône Prefecture, OnlyLyon, Campus France and the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region.


The goal is to provide a one-stop spot for advice and support for your administrative formalities for three months after the start of classes.

Students Welcome Desk services

Residence permit renewal :

The SWD is the Rhône Prefecture’s single entry point for renewing student residence permits. Here, you’ll find a window for checking and recording applicant files.

Good to know

Have a look at the full list of required documents, depending on your situation.

Validation of “long-term” visas :

The French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) is present at the SWD on Thursdays and will convoke your for validation of your long-term visa.

Student information point :

Information on topics such as housing and job offers, subscriptions to public transportation, healthcare, culture and tourism are available from both the documentation kiosk and the multilingual students you’ll find at the SWD. Feel free to ask them any questions you might have and make sure that you fit right in !

Meet & Greet :

The Students Welcome Desk proposes discussions with various local players, including the Healthcare Bus, Family Planning and Education Center (CPEF), student Social Security, dietitians, Local Committee for Independent Housing for the Young (CLLAJ), CROUS, Regional Center for Youth Information (CRIJ) and the Rhône Department Housing Agency (ADIL). Note the 2019 Meet and Greet dates for contacting these various entities.

Welcome encounters and evening events in Lyon Metropole

Proposed in partnership with the SWD, the “My Lyon” evening events are convivial and free of charge. They’ll give you an opportunity to discover the city, make new friends and talk with student attendees and associations!

Have a look at the 2019 My Lyon program of evening events.


Over 30 welcome events are proposed by local players and University of Lyon institutes of higher education: find the 2019 program here.

When ?

Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., September 3 to November 30. The reception hall opens at 9 a.m.

Where ?

On the University of Lyon premises at 90 rue Pasteur, Lyon 7.

Publication date : 25/07/2019