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Practical matters


The Lyon CNSMD has its own student residence with 60 beds, situated on the premises of the conservatory at 3 quai Chauveau, Lyon 9.


For the 2012-2013 academic year:
- 19 places are reserved for students aged 16 to 18
- 4 places are reserved for Erasmus exchange students
- 37 places are reserved for students aged 18 to à 28.

The residence is only open to students who have taken their audition and been admitted to the CNSMD.



Rooms are allocated by a committee composed of:
- the director (chairperson);
- the deputy director, the director of music studies, the director of choreographic studies, the head of student administration, the head of finance, the residence manager (or their representatives), two members of teaching staff, two student representatives, members of the board of administration.

Although the committee makes the proposals of the allocation of the housing of the student residence of the CNSMD, the final decision is taken by the director. The applications are presented by the housing office.

It should be noted that the committee allocates places in the residence and not a room of any particular type. The housing office allocates places in rooms after the committee meets, according to availability and, if possible, to the wishes expressed by the student.

Criteria for allocation

Places are allocated according to the financial situation of the family, the age of the student and the distance from the conservatory to his or her home address.

Committee meeting dates

The committee meets twice a year:

  • in June, to allocate places to students in the second year and above: application forms are available at reception and at the housing office from 31st March onwards.
  • at the end of September, to allocate places to students who have just been accepted following the auditions for first year entry: application forms are available at the housing office or at reception immediately after the results of the auditions have been declared.

Important !

The committee meets in September a few days after the last admission results are announced. For some students there is very little time for the preparation of their housing application. It is therefore a good idea to collect the necessary documents in advance (see list below).

Housing is not usually allocated to first year music students until after the beginning of their term, so it is wise for them to plan to spend the first week of term in temporary housingoutside the conservatory.


The allocation of a place entails the right to occupy the room for the whole year during the period periods when the residence is open, which are determined each year. Rooms must be vacated and emptied during the summer holidays. Students aged 18 and over can enter and leave the building until the conservatory closes at 1 o’clock in the morning. The resident pays a deposit equivalent to a month’s rent on arrival. This sum is held by the conservatory and returned to the student on his or her final departure provided that no damage has been caused to the room and all rent has been duly paid.

How ‘safe boarding’ (‘internat surveillé’) operates

If parents ask specifically for ‘safe boarding’, students aged 16 or 17 can benefit from special security arrangements. From 7.30 am to 8 pm the movements of under-age students are not monitored and they are free to leave the conservatory as and when they want. Between 8 pm and 7.30 am under-age students must remain on the premises. If they want to leave the conservatory during these hours they must obtain written permission from their parents to do so. A night watchman is present at the conservatory from 8 pm onwards. He checks regularly on all under-age students between 8 pm and 11 pm. During the night he occupies a room on the same floor as the under-age students and can intervene after 11 pm in case of problems, notably those of security and discipline.


Under-age students from abroad seeking a place in the residence must be able to give the name of an adult who will act on behalf of their parents if necessary. This person must be resident in France and if possible in the Lyon region. He or she must be able to intervene quickly if the under-age student has a problem (such as being taken to hospital for example).


Here is the list of documents to be submitted with applications for rooms (documents marked with an asterisk do not need to be submitted with applications for an additional period unless your situation or that of your family has changed).

For students with French nationality

  • 2 identity photos
  • copy of identity card or passport*
  • complete copy of ‘livret de famille’ (French family identity document)*
  • photocopy of your parents’ income tax statement(s) (indicating liability and/or exemption) with regard to 2010 income, and your own income tax statement if you make a separate declaration
  • bank account details
  • students 18 and over: student’s own bank identity slip
  • under-age students : parent or guardian’s bank identity slip.

For students not holding French nationality

  • 2 identity photos
  • copy of identity card or passport
  • student’s bank identity slip (RIB: ‘relevé d’identité bancaire’)
  • birth certificate, issued by the consulate or embassy (or for students with stateless or refugee status by the OFPRA: ‘Office Français de Protection des Réfugiés et Apatrides’) justifying the family situation of the applicant*
  • proof of parental income for 2010 and that of the student if he or she has any earnings (translated into French)
  • declaration in good faith by the student indicating whether or not he or she holds a bursary from the French government and stating the amount is the case
  • if the student is under-age, declaration of acceptance of responsibility by the legal representative in France.

Special situations concerning all students

  • if your parents are divorced: copy of the divorce decree indicating which parent has been given responsibility and indicating the amount of alimony to be paid*
  • if you have a permanent disability or physical condition such that you require personal assistance from someone: documents certifying your condition and situation*
  • if there has been any major change affecting your family (such as death, loss of employment, retirement or illness) resulting in a long-term reduction of income: documents certifying the change of situation and income.


The 2011-2012 prices indicated may be modified in 2012-2013.


Second floor rooms
7 rooms with two beds, shower and washbasin (shared WC): €196
9 single rooms with shower and washbasin (shared WC): €285

Third floor rooms
9 rooms with 2 beds, shower, washbasin, WC and mezzanine: €218
8 single rooms with washbasin (shared showers and WC): €234
13 single rooms with shower, washbasin and mezzanine (shared WC): €327

Standard furnishings:

Bed, bedside table, bedside lamp, desk, chair, work lamp, armchair.

Students have the use of a personal letter-box, one shared kitchen on each floor, an ice pack, a laundry equipped with washing-machines, a dryer and an iron, a television lounge, a phone booth and free Wi-Fi internet access.



Check-in for dancers

Sunday 9th September 2012 between 5 pm and 9 pm
Monday 10th September 2012 from 9.30 pm onwards

Check-in for returning music students (2nd year and above)

Sunday 23rd September 2012 between 5 pm and 9 pm
Monday 24th September 2012 from 9.30 pm onwards

Check-in for 1st year music students

Monday 1st October 2012 (to be confirmed)

Periods of closure:

Christmas: from 2 pm on Saturday 22nd December 2012 to 6 pm on Sunday 6th January 2013.
Spring: from 2 pm on Saturday 20th April 2013 to 6 pm on Sunday 6th May 2013 pm.
Final closure for summer holidays: 2 pm on Saturday 29th June 2013.


Students can also make their own housing arrangements.
Many organisations can help with finding housing, notably the CROUS, Lyon Campus, Lokaviz and the Crij Rhônes-Alpes.