Life in Lille
A cultural capital at the crossroads of Europe
With a population of about one million inhabitants, Lille is the third French metropolis and every year attracts more and more foreign students.
At the heart of Europe, Lille enjoys an exceptional geographic location, reinforced by its easy access to the TGV (High Speed Train), the Channel Tunnel and an extensive motorway network. Lille is located less than one hour by train from Paris and Brussels, one and a half hour from London and three hours from Amsterdam.
Flemish, Burgundian and then Spanish before becoming French, Lille has an outstanding architectural wealth. A trading city since medieval times, a citadel under Louis XIV, a hive of industry during the 19th century and a city of ambition during the 20th century, Lille today offers a blend of faces of the past and of the future. Lille was European Capital of Culture in 2004 and has become a true benchmark in this field. A heaven from art; from the Fine Arts Museum to the Opera, from ballets to concerts, culture is part and parcel of everyday life. While coming to Lille, the students are charmed to discover the French culture in a pretty city.
From its industrial past, Lille has kept an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. The Euralille area is a pole of architectural audacity and Lille South has become a fashion district where young designers have their own workshops. With the Lille3000 bi-annual festival, the city looks towards the future, and the whole town is transformed by contemporary creations of cultures from all over the world.
Lille is proud of its festive traditions and its gastronomy. Lille is the right size for easy living, and Northerners’ generous and warm nature make visitors feel welcome.
All year round people are delighted by this unique mixture of Flemish traditions and French “art de vivre”.
Administrative procedures in France :
Arriving in Lille
- From Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport :
Take a TGV (High Speed Train) at the airport train station.
It will take you about 50 fifty minutes to reach Lille.
- From Orly airport :
Take « Orlyval » to Antony
Then take RER line B towards Charles de Gaulle
Get off at Gare du Nord
For train timetables please refer to : www.sncf.fr
There are two train stations in Lille :
Lille-Flandres and Lille-Europe which are about 500 meters from each other.
They both have underground and bus stations.
By underground :
-Take the direction « Saint Philibert » to reach “Cormontaigne” station which is ten minutes walk from the campus (a ticket costs 1,40 €)
By bus :
-Take the Citadine 2 line, stop “Université Catholique” (boulevard Vauban). A ticket costs 1,40€.
For more information on underground and buses : www.transpole.fr