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The EPFL, on the west part of the Lausanne campus, on the shore of Lake Geneva
A building of the University of Lausanne, towards the east of the Lausanne campus
The main library of the EPFL, the Learning Center
The campus, seen from the west, before the construction of the Swiss Tech Convention Center
UNIL-EPFL is located in Switzerland
Location at Lausanne in Switzerland

The Lausanne campus or Dorigny university campus (French: campus lausannois or campus de Dorigny) is a large area in Switzerland where the University of Lausanne (UNIL), the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and several other institutions are located. It is in Dorigny, towards the west of Lausanne, on the shores of Lake Geneva. The site is about 2.2 kilometres wide[1] and 31,000 people study and work there.[2]

It is served by Lausanne Metro line 1, from four consecutive stations (UNIL-Chamberonne, UNIL-Mouline, UNIL-Sorge and EPFL), and possesses a bicycle sharing system.


In 1946, the citizens refuse a project of airport ("aéroport vaudois Lausanne-Écublens") on the site.[3] In 1963, the Canton of Vaud buy the property of Dorigny; at this time, the University of Lausanne is located in more than forty places in Lausanne.[3]

The first building (the Amphipôle[4]) was built in 1969-1970; in 2013, the campus comprises about sixty buildings.[1] The chief architect of the UNIL campus is Guido Cocchi (1928-2010).[3]

The inauguration of the first EPFL buildings of the new campus took place in 1978.

The campus is mainly located on the municipality of Écublens but part of it are on Chavannes-près-Renens and Saint-Sulpice.[5] The campus has its own postal code: 1015 Lausanne.

The Napoleon Oak, a magnificent tree growing in the middle of the campus, was planted in 1800 – individual branches of the tree have been subject to extensive whole genome sequencing.[6][7]

Future developmentsEdit

A new building (Synathlon) will host the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne, the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology, the International University Sports Federation and the International Sport Cluster.[8]

The Radio télévision suisse plan to move its centre of Lausanne (headquarters of the radio) to a new building on the campus, in 2019–2020.[9][10]



  • Catering:
    • Numerous restaurants, cafeterias and food stalls
    • Bars ("Zelig" in the Géopolis and "Satellite" in the CM building)
  • Shopping area "Les Arcades" (at the "EPFL" metro station) includes Migros, Denner and Holy Cow! Gourmet Burger Company.
  • Other shops:
  • Accommodations next to the campus:
    • Some university halls of residence (Atrium, Ochettes and Triaudes) of the Fondation de maisons pour étudiants de Lausanne (FMEL)
    • Hotels (Starling Hotel, Swiss Tech Hotel) and motel (Motel des pierrettes)
  • Others:


Other education and research institutions in LausanneEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Un campus en chantier jusqu'à 2016 Archived 14 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine,, 5 June 2013 (page visited on 14 June 2013).
  2. ^ "Lausanne. A city to discover with public transport", brochure edited by Lausanne Tourisme, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c (in French) "Sur les pas de Guido Cocchi", Allez savoir !, no. 56, January 2014, p. 61. On-line Archived 2 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Formerly known as Collège propédeutique.
  5. ^ In addition to that, the UNIL also has campuses in Lausanne (campus of the University Hospital of Lausanne), Épalinges (Center for Immunity and Infection Lausanne) and Prilly (psychiatric hospital).
  6. ^ Ythier, Mathilde (26 May 2014). "Napoleome : le projet de séquençage du chêne de Napoléon, emblème vivant du campus de l'UNIL - News". (in French). University of Lausanne. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  7. ^ Ledford, Heidi (22 June 2017). "Ancient oak's youthful genome surprises biologists". Nature. 546 (7659): 460–460. doi:10.1038/546460a.
  8. ^ (in French) "UNIL : une architecture emblématique pour fédérer l'administration du sport, la formation et la recherche de pointe",, 28 October 2013 (page visited on 28 October 2013).
  9. ^ Nicolas Dufour, "La RTS a des vues sur le campus lausannois", Le Temps, Saturday 15 June 2013 (page visited on 29 June 2013).
  10. ^ "Vers un transfert des activités de la RTS à Lausanne sur le site de l'EPFL",, 17 December 2013 (page visited on 17 December 2013 ).
  11. ^ Center for Biomedical Imaging (page visited on 2 October 2011).
  12. ^ Boutique de l'UNIL, (page visited on 16 September 2013).
  13. ^ Boutique de l'EPFL, (page visited on 16 September 2013).


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