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St Sulpice or Lausanne?

I'll be spending my sabbatical at the University of Lausanne from Sept. 2011 to April 2012. My husband and I are looking for an apartment to rent and found one that looks promising in St Sulpice. We've never been to this area of Switzerland so we're not sure if it would be better to live in St Sulpice or Lausanne. We won't have a car, so we'll be relying on public transit (and perhaps bikes) to get around. My husband will also need to travel to the Geneva airport fairly regularly. We enjoy outdoor activities, good food and wine, and vibrant neighbourhoods. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

St. Sulpice is a lovely place, and public transportation is over-all quite good.

But "vibrant neighborhood" and "st. Sulpice" in the same sentence is an oxymoron.
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

St Sulpice is very close to the centre of Lausanne - about 15 minutes by car, or for you circa 30 minutes by bike.

If you prefer to live in the centre of things then Lausanne town centre is probably better for you, especially if you rely on public transport. Biking is good there too, but it is pretty hilly.

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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

Regarding public transport, you can check on the SBB website (in English) how long (and how many changes) it takes to get to and from the places you are interested in. eg. your husband getting from St Sulpice to Lausanne Gare to Geneva Airport.

You will be here over the winter months (I hope you both enjoy skiing!), and I am not sure how keen you will be on cycling everywhere when the weather is bad (or when you realise what a killer the slopes of Lausanne can be on bike!).

Personally, for vibrancy, going out, having fun (and being able to stagger home afterwards), I would stick to Lausanne.
I am biased (as I live centrally). But as you will be here for only a few months, Lausanne itself is probably better IMHO.

Then again, you may be limited by where you can actually get accommodation for such a short time. A sublet in Lausanne may be worth looking into.
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

Shelley, Lausanne (and especially St-Sulpice) is not Canada. It's really difficult to find a flat. Now if you're being helped by a relocation company or an employer it is easier. Nevertheless if you're trying to do it on your own it can take more time than you would think especially from overseas.

If you are lucky to find one and the Swiss paper work is in order (permits, garantees, employment contract etc).... get it.

Lausanne and St Sulpice are really the same. St Sulpice is very beautiful and quiet and is close to Lausanne (8-10 minutes by car)
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Lausanne and St Sulpice are really the same. St Sulpice is very beautiful and quiet and is close to Lausanne (8-10 minutes by car)
Exactly. St. Sulpice is a suburb of Lausanne. So, it's a small suburb of a small city. Lovely it is. Vibrant it is not.
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Exactly. St. Sulpice is a suburb of Lausanne. So, it's a small suburb of a small city. Lovely it is. Vibrant it is not.
Agreed about St Sulpice.
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

I would advise Lausanne as you are here for a short stay. St-Sulpice is a lovely posh suburb near the university but there is nothing really going on there and without a car you should not live there.

If you want a vibrant atmosphere you should go to Lausanne (you just have to find a flat ). You will be able to reach the main train station easilly and the UNIL a 10-15 ride from Flon with the M1 metro.
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

Ecublens and Renens are also worth looking at, although quiet too, but the public transport connections are good. There is also a train station at Renens. One train every hour goes direct to Geneva airport from Renens - the others require a change in Lausanne or Morges.
www.mapsearch.ch is useful for checking out public transport nearby.
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

St. Sulpice is very pretty and perfect if you like a calm environment. There's a bus 3 times an hour (max.) but you have to change once to get to the centre of Lausanne. To EPFL you can bike easily, it's lakeside and you won't have to bike up any hills. Personally I think Renens and Ecublens are butt-ugly and I would surely prefer St. Sulpice (but one doesn't always have a big choice when it comes to appartments).

Good luck with the house hunt!
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St. Sulpice is very pretty and perfect if you like a calm environment. There's a bus 3 times an hour (max.) but you have to change once to get to the centre of Lausanne. To EPFL you can bike easily, it's lakeside and you won't have to bike up any hills. Personally I think Renens and Ecublens are butt-ugly and I would surely prefer St. Sulpice (but one doesn't always have a big choice when it comes to appartments).

Good luck with the house hunt!
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Personally I think Renens and Ecublens are butt-ugly
That is open for debate... Ecublens is not much of a village, but the old Renens and the old Prilly are actually alive and multicultured - a lot more that poor St. Sulpice that has become a mere dortoir for students and expats lakeside, but depressive.

Now the trick is to find an apartment - any, and you will soon be scouring any village town and settlement in an area of 50 miles... real estate is quite nasty.
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

I wouldn't choose St. Sulpice myself if I didn't have a car, especially if you're travelling to the airport regularly. I would want to be on a direct bus route or better still, the metro line into the centre of Lausanne, especially as taxis are very expensive here. Some useful feedback on neighborhoods on this thread:

Best places to live in Lausanne?
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

Many thanks to all of you for passing along your thoughts. This information is very helpful!
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That is open for debate... Ecublens is not much of a village, but the old Renens and the old Prilly are actually alive and multicultured - a lot more that poor St. Sulpice that has become a mere dortoir for students and expats lakeside, but depressive.

Now the trick is to find an apartment - any, and you will soon be scouring any village town and settlement in an area of 50 miles... real estate is quite nasty.
I can't comment on how alive Renens and Prilly are but when driving through I saw an array of multi-storey buildings. That's depressive in my book.
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

Ecublens, and Renens esp would be a better option than St Sulpice transport wise....but if beauty is what you're after then St Sulpice is better. Ecublens seems to be generally a residential area, not much in terms of places to go other than the commercial centre. Renens has a bit more life and is like a small town. It has restaurants, shops etc. but it's not beautiful although they are doing a revamp. Personally if I was dependent on public transport I would prefer somewhere with lots of connections, and I don't think St Sulpice has. Lausanne best all round but may struggle to find an apartment.
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

Not sure about Renens (prefer St Sulpice).... but I had a good laugh regarding Zymo's explicative !!!!!
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

You are a Canadian going to EPFL on sabbatical. Perhaps you'd like to hear from another Canadian going to EPFL on sabbatical. I rented an apartment in St-Sulpice. Very expensive. But it has many advantages. The lake is about one hundred meters away. Great for my wife and son! My office at EPFL will be about 500 meters away from the apartment. Great for me! I'll be walking to work and we probably won't need a car.
I reserved the apartment last September and we are moving to Switzerland in August! Never had any regret on my decision. Being able to walk to work is worth a lot to me. Last sabbatical I was at the U of Auckland (New Zealand) and the commute from my house to the university was awful. I never want to go through that again. Of course Lausanne's public transportation is probably a whole lot better than Auckland's.
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

Hi

I've been staying in St Sulpice since January (will be moving soon......). It is a beautiful village but its not very lively. Also if your like me and don't have a car it can be a bit of a chore to get around. Its usually a bus and a tram to get to the center of Lausanne and if your like me and stay out on a Friday and Saturday its about 30 francs in a taxi. There is a small shop for groceries and a few restaurants dotted around the lake front which is very close, less then a 100 meters from the Rue du Centre (the main road) and the view is spectacular, but apart from that there is not much else that I have seen. I work very close to EPFL so its less then 10 minutes walk for me.
So between Lausanne and Sulpice it depends what your looking, the quite life or the more cosmopolitan one in Lausanne...hope it helps.
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Re: St Sulpice or Lausanne?

Thanks to all for the recent posts. I'll be at UNIL, so I've decided to look for something in Lausanne. Fingers crossed!
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