The Vortex opened in the summer of 2020, just outside the Dorigny campus. It is a vibrant area with many facilities: a restaurant, a rooftop bar with a unique view of the lake and the mountains, a nursery, a multipurpose hall and a number of other local shops and businesses.
The Vortex has 44 fully furnished apartments, and around ten unfurnished apartments, reserved for people coming from abroad, in particular those employed by UNIL. Its friendly environment, lively while also academic, owes much to the presence of the many students who live there.
The accommodation is exclusively for the use of UNIL staff and academic visitors newly arrived from abroad or outside the French speaking part of Switzerland.
The following are eligible:
This accommodation is fully furnished and equipped. Bedding, bath towels and crockery and cutlery are included. All the apartments have a balcony, a fully-equipped kitchen and a bathroom with a shower.
An inventory by type of accommodation is available upon request at the following address : firstname.lastname@example.org
Furnished apartments may be rented for a minimum period of three months and a maximum of one year with the possibility of a twelve-month extension but only if there is no one registered on the waiting list while applying for a renewal.
The date of entry into the accommodation is equal to the start date of the rental contract.
The rental contract can only start on the 1st or 16th day of the month. The rental contract can end on the 15th or 30th/31st day of the month.
For any request for a lease extension, please contact the Welcome Centre at least 3 months before the end of your current lease.
Please note that due to the high demand for rentals, we reserve the right to refuse to extend your lease.
Please see the following table for rental periods of 3 - 12 months:
The following charges are included in the rent:
An application form for accommodation at the Vortex is automatically sent with any recruitment process or invitation to visit, allowing you to let us know whether you are interested.
The Welcome Centre will then contact you with further information.
Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to contact the Welcome Centre or the secretariat of your unit. They will be very happy to answer your questions.
Rooftop bar with a sustainable spirit. Open from Monday to Friday from 11.00 until 11.00 pm, on Saturday and Sunday from 4.00 pm until 11.00 pm.
Vortex Coffee and Food restaurant
The restaurant is situated on the ground floor. You will find more information on their website.
Composed almost exclusively of local products, this local grocery is managed by an association that follows a participatory operating model. Opening hours: from Monday to Friday from 2.00 pm until 7.00 pm. On Saturday open from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm. The grocery store is closed on Sundays.
The Next Cut
A hairdresser with barbering services is now available in Vortex! Opening hours: Mondays from 12:00 to 7:00 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. If you would like to make an appointment, please do not hesitate to call +41 76 571 02 92.
Tonton Grain Bakery
Find delicious bread & pastries, speciality coffee, fresh seasonal juices and an infinite range of sandwiches filled with local products. Opening hours: from Monday to Sunday, from 7am to 6pm. Please find more information on their website.
Tabacco, food, stationary and office supplies, household and cosmetic products. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 10pm, Saturday from 8am to 22pm and Sunday from 9am to 8pm. Instagram account.
This is a sum of money used by the landlord as security in case there is damage to the apartment. It is given back to the tenant when he or she leaves the apartment, if no serious damage is identified.
Notice of termination must be given at least 2 months in advance, by the 15th of the month or the end of the month.
For any request related to extension of the tenancy, please contact the Welcome Centre before that your rental agreement has at least three months to run.
Please note that due to the high demand for rentals we reserve the right to refuse to extend your rent.
Pets are not allowed in Vortex' accommodations.
Once you are registered as a Vortex resident you could receive an invoice from SERAFE. It is mandatory for all households to pay a radio-television licence fee which costs CHF 335.- per year. This is device-independent and must in principle be paid by every household. The fee will be collected by Serafe AG. Serafe will automatically send every household an invoice, using data from the cantonal and municipal registers of residents.
You can apply for a parking place next to the building. Priority is given to Vortex residents and merchants for a parking space in the building's parking lot, subject to availability. The parking permit is only valid in the yellow spaces of the Vortex parking lot. The monthly price of a parking space is 100 CHF.
For all requests or questions, please send your request to the Parking Department at email@example.com