With almost 130,000 students, Lyon is currently in 6th place of the national university rankings list compiled by French student magazine l’Etudiant, and 41st place in an international rankings list compiled by the British company Quacquarelli Symonds.  Lyon offers three public universities, a Catholic university, elite national engineering and management schools, an elite national university of the arts and numerous private institutions covering a wide variety of specialist subject areas.

They city attracts students for a number of reasons, including the reasonable property rental rates. Lyon also wins extra points for its centralized information service, the ‘Maison des étudiants‘, which is there to support students who are studying in all kinds of institutions. Run by the local authority, the service helps students with practical issues such as finding accommodation and healthcare.

The higher education sector in Lyon also benefits from strong support from the city authorities, who see the sector as a tool for economic development, as well as a way to increase the influence of the city and encourage cooperation between different actors. The goal is for Lyon to become an international model in fields like life sciencessustainable development and chemistry.