Practical Info

Practical Info

Located at the heart French-speaking Switzerland, in the north-west of the country, Neuchâtel (45,000 inhabitants) is a lovely medieval city surrounded by gorgeous natural sites.


Neuchâtel can be easily accessed from any of Switzerland’s three main airports.

  • From Geneva airport: trains departing every hour and connecting Neuchâtel in about 80 min, tickets from 48 CHF.
  • From Zurich airport: three trains departing every hour and connecting Neuchâtel in about 110 min, tickets from 59 CHF.
  • From Basel airport: two trains departing every hour and connecting Neuchâtel in about 120 min, tickets from 47 CHF.

Full timetable and ticket shop: SBB regularly offers discounted tickets.


To help you organize your stay, a (non-exhaustive) list of accommodations in Neuchâtel and the region is available by clicking here. We encourage you to make your reservation quickly, as the summer period is usually busy.

Some rooms are available in a student residence at Tour des Cadolles. 320 CHF from June 25 14:00 to July 1 12:00 (~53 CHF/night). These are single rooms arranged around a common kitchen and bathroom/toilet. Please note that beds and cleaning will not be done every day. These rooms come with the Neuchâtel Tourist Card, which allows free use of public transport in Neuchâtel.

CUSO members: accommodation costs can be reimbursed up to 100CHF/night, including taxes and breakfast.


We have a number of group meals planned (see the programme for details).

A vegetarian option will be available for all meals. A vegan option will be available for all meals except for lunch on Tuesday 27 (Crêperie Bach et Buck).

CUSO members: we cover the cost of all the meals (excluding drinks), excepting the BBQ on Wednesday 28. Non CUSO members: we cover the cost of the lunch on Monday 26 and the conference dinner on Thursday 29; expect to pay around 20 CHF for each of the other meals (excluding drinks).


Espace Tilo-Frey 1, Room R.E.46

The summer school will be held in the buildings of the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, ideally located next to Lake Neuchâtel.

The train station and the city center are easily accessible on foot or by public transport from the conference site.

The surrounding area is very well served by public transportation (schedule, tickets and special offers on and Bicycles can be rented online at dozens of stations along the lake.

Most hotels in the region offer the Neuchâtel Tourist Card which allows free use of public transport.


The rooms are equipped with a projector and a computer running Windows 10. It is also possible to connect your own computer (video connection via HDMI, an HDMI to USB-C adapter will be available).

We can also print handouts and notes.


The University of Neuchâtel offers free access to the Internet via the public wifi network “public-unine” (a valid mobile phone number is required). The University is also part of the eduroam network.

For more information on these connection methods, see here.


The Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines is located a few meters from the public beach of les Jeunes-Rives. Feel free to take your bathing gear and enjoy the lake to cool down during the summer heat.