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Top tips

Bring a plug adaptor

Can you use your Electrical appliances as soon as you arrive in Lyon?
The voltage is 220 volts and we have two-pin plugs in France so don’t forget to buy a plug adaptor if the voltage is 110 volts in your country or you do not use a two-pin plug system.


Tap water is safe in France. You don’t need to buy mineral water.

Temperature in Lyon

Semester 1
September and October: average temperature between 10°C / 50.0°F and 20°C / 68.0°F
November and December: average temperatures are fairly cold (between 0°C / 32.0°F and 10°C /

Semester 2
January, February, and March: average temperatures are fairly cold (between 0°C / 32.0°F and 10°C /
In March temperatures start to increase slightly.
April, May and June: average temperatures are pleasant 10°C / 50.0°F and 20°C / 68.0°F.

Make sure you bring light clothes for hot temperatures if you arrive in August-September, or, if you arrive in January, bring some winter clothing in case the temperature will be lower than usual.

Exchanging money to Euros

The nearest ‘bureau de change’ to ESDES is located at:
Global Cash
67 rue Victor Hugo
69002 LYON
We advise students not to bring large quantities of cash with them to France but to bring enough cash to live off for the first couple of days until they have set up a French bank account. Use a money belt or secure inside pocket. Do not openly display your cash.

Before your arrival, check all the details about the French lifestyle or some procedures you will have to do upon your arrival. For example, the hours of shops, transport system, banks, or mobile operators’ options in order to be prepared for that when you arrive to France.