All of these clothing stores are located in the heart of Lausanne between the Place de la Riponne, St. François and the Flon.
Important: When you order items from outside of Switzerland, you will have to pay the Post (delivery person) for the VAT (a Swiss sales tax) AND the customs duty based on gross weight. This can be quite expensive, so consider using Swiss websites like these for online shopping first.
Tips from Students:
Most grocery stores do not give free bags. Bring your own reusable shopping bags.
Invest in a sturdy backpack or rolling shopping bag if you are taking the bus and walking.
Stock up on essential items when stores are open. Stores in the Canton of Vaud close early (18:00) on weekdays and Saturdays, and most stores are closed on Sundays.
Alcohol and tobacco can only be purchased in certain grocery stores.
In case of emergencies, the train station has a shop that is open from 5:30 a.m. to midnight.
The public transportation system in Switzerland is very reliable, and extensive. You can travel anywhere in Switzerland using the buses, metro and trains.
Buses & Metro
EHL reimburses students 30% of their public transportation pass (Mobilis3 zones) for the Transports Lausannois or ’tl’ that operates the buses and underground train system (metro) in and around Lausanne
EHL has a bus stop right in front of the school, you can take this bus into the center of Epalinges, or switch to the Metro (M2) to head into Lausanne at the Epalinges Croisettes station.
Lausanne train station is a major hub with trains connecting directly to Milan, Paris and Amsterdam leaving daily.
Purchase your tickets at the train station, at the windows of the distribution machines which have instructions in English. Do not board a train without a ticket, there are controls.
If you plan to use the train often to travel, consider purchasing a half-fare card so you pay half price on all your tickets.
Plan ahead to get good deals on the SBB.ch website such as the Saver Day pass and the Supersaver tickets.
Taxis are highly regulated and safe in Switzerland, but they are some of the most expensive in the world. Also, they are not readily available in remote areas or at some times of day.
Both staff and students have the opportunity to rent electric and Mobility (car sharing) cars on campus.
Six parking spots with quick charge station are available for electric cars.
If you plan to drive on the motorway in Switzerland, you must purchase a Swiss “Autoroute Vignette” available at gas stations for 40CHF.
Swiss law requires cars to have winter tires during snowy weather, if you get stuck in the snow you are responsible and may receive a ticket with a fine.
Switzerland is very strict about the consumption of alcohol and driving (the equivalent of one drink is all that is allowed, less for new drivers and professionals). Know and respect the limits or you may face heavy consequences.