La Cite Universitaire de Geneve - a big village for 850 residents of 95 nationalities !

General information

Life at the Cité

General Information

Life on floors


General information


  • Reception is opened daily; please refer to the timetable posted at the counter.
  • At the Reception, among other things, you can find telephone cards and public transport travel passes (TPG - Geneva Public Transport), or pay your rent.
  • Various grills, fondue pots and raclette ovens as well as ping-pong paddles are available for rent at the Reception.
  • Access for the disabled only at the Reception.

Inventory (art. 20 from Cité Regulations and rental procedure (Règlement de la Cité et usages locatifs)


  • A room inventory will be conducted in your presence upon check-in. If you haven't been able to make an appointment at the moment of your arrival, please refer immediately to the Reception to fix a date.
  • Check-out inventory will take place when you move out. If the check-in inventory hasn't been conducted, we will consider to have given you a room in good condition. You will therefore be charged for any damage recorded upon check-out inspection.


  • Rent is due by the 10th of each month, for the current month.
  • In the absence thereof, a reminder will be sent to you including administative fees.
  • The right is reserved to terminate the rental agreement for failure to pay rent.


  • Residents must have a Civil Liability insurance (RC - Responsabilité Civile) covering any personal or material damage.
  • In the absence thereof, residents will be covered by our collective insurance for a yearly fee of CHF 33.- (valid through the 31st of August). Contractual deductible per claim is of CHF 200.-


Smoking is forbidden in all common areas of the Cité Universitaire.

Loss of keys/badge

  • In case you lose your keys, you can get a new set at the Reception for CHF 75.- (badge CHF 15.-).
  • You will be charged for any necessary change of locks.
  • When reception is closed and in case of any key/badge loss, the watchman can be reached by calling 2239.

Additional bed

It is possible at the appropriate rate and depending on the maximum room capacity.

Regulations for short-term guests. >Download pdf

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Life on floors


  • Buildings A and B: single rooms with a bed, a desk with drawer and key, an occasional folding table, a chair and a stool. Storage (wardrobe) and shelves. Washbasin in the room with mirror. Average room size: 12 m2.
  • Building C: single rooms with a bed, a desk and a chair. Storage (wardrobe) and shelves. Average room size: 12 m2.


  • Buildings A and B for couples: large bedroom, kitchenette (fridge, oven, hot plates, no microwave or kettle), bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. Furniture: 2 single beds, storage space, table with chairs and a desk. Average room size: 32 m2. TV socket but no television.
  • Buildings A and B for single person: large bedroom, kitchenette (fridge, oven, hot plates, no microwave or kettle), bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. Furniture: 1 bed, storage space, table with chairs and a desk. Average room size: 28 m2. TV socket but no television.
  • Tableware and kitchen utensils available for rent at the Reception.


  • Residents have access to common kitchens (A and B: for 16 people) and should bring their own equipment and their own food.
  • You will be held responsible for any damage caused to furniture or appliances. Also, do not hesitate to call for assistance if you do not understand how a device works (hot plates, microwave or oven).
  • No microwave in Building C
  • Instructions on how to behave to prevent fire are displayed behind the doors of every kitchen.
  • Thank you for reading carefully and please follow the instructions contained therein.
  • We ask you to remember to turn off the heating plates after use and not to leave a switched on hot-plate unattended. We also remind you to never throw water on burning oil, but to smother the flames with a towel or any other piece of fabric instead.
  • Kitchens where the dishes have not been put away will not be cleaned.


Building A and B:

  • The doors of the fridge rooms must be locked.
  • You will receive, after paying a fee at the Reception, a key that you can keep for the duration of your stay.
  • For floors A 8 (even), A 9 (odd) and B 3, the code of the door can be obtained at the Reception.

Building C:

  • Fridges in the kitchen


  • The rooms have casement windows that can be opened inward both horizontally and vertically.
  • Please refer to the diagram provided with each room to avoid damage while opening the windows.
  • Any damage will be charged.


  • The thermostat should be set on 3 for optimal heating.

Waste sorting/recycling

  • You can find waste sorting containers on each floor of buildings A, B and C, for the following type of material: Glass (please rinse before disposal), aluminum, PET, paper.
  • Batteries are collected at the Reception.
  • The above types of waste should not be disposed of in the kitchen bins.
  • Those who wish to go further can put the compost (peelings, organic waste) in the green container behind Building A. >Download pdf (in French)

Internet access for residents and short-time guests (CITEU)

  • A basic Internet access (Basic Internet Access) is available free of charge (self-registering).
  • Broadband and high speed access (Premium Internet Access) is also available (online purchase), with daily, weekly or monthly rates. THIS SERVICE WILL END ON AUGUST 31th, 2016.
  • A Residents' access is also available (CITEU-Residents).

Display cases and website

There, you will find all official and important information concerning the Cité Universitaire.

Phone booths and phones on the floors

  • Location of public phones booths: building A (4th and 8th Floor), building B (ground and fourth floor), building C (ground floor)
  • Phones can be found on all floors.
  • It is allowed to call 0800 numbers.
  • A list of emergency numbers can be found next to each phone.

Floor or building parties

In case of need of logistic and financial support to organize a party open to all residents, please contact :

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Election of Residents' Association representatives

Each year after the beginning of the Fall term, elections were held and are open to all residents of the Cité.
Any resident could be elected as BARC member (Bureau of Cité Residents' Association), as long as they have lived at least one semester in the Cité. Each resident had the right to vote for a candidate of his choice.

For the 2015-2016 election, there were not enough candidates. After more than 50 years of existence, the Association was dissolved (PV 11.11.2015).