In Geneva, as in most large European cities, it is not always easy to find accommodation. This is why we advise that you start searching as soon as you receive the letter offering you a place to study at the Institute.

Edgar and Danièle de Picciotto Student House


A stone's thow from the Maison de la paix, the Edgar and Danièle de Picciotto Student House, which opened in 2012, provides 219 beds for Institute students, professors and outside visitors. A footbridge connects the Student House with the Maison de la paix, and it is a five-minute walk from both the lakeside and the United Nations headquarters. A tram stop is directly outside the Student House, providing quick and easy connections to the city centre and the United Nations headquarters.

However, as the Student House cannot accommodate all students, we recommend that you begin your search as early as possible and make use of the many different sources of information to apply for accommodation around Geneva.

How to Apply for a Place at the Student House


The procedure is simple: students will receive a link to the application form for the Edgar and Danièle de Picciotto Student House via email. The Housing Committee will then consider each application, using the documents submitted to the Admissions Office. They will start sending offers once the admission decisions have been communicated.


Application dates 2019/2020


Current Tenant Renewal

Registration opens*: 7 January 2019
Application deadline: 27 January 2019
Decision notification: mid-February 2019

Early-bird deadline

Registration opens*: mid-January 2019
Application deadline: late January 2019
Decision notification: mid-February 2019
Confirmation deadline: late February 2019

Regular deadline:

Registration opens*: mid-March 2019
Application deadline: mid-April 2019
Decision notification: late April 2019
Confirmation deadline: mid-May 2019

Late admission deadline

It is not possible to apply for housing with the late application deadline.


How are Residents Selected?


Rooms and studios at the Student House are allocated by a Committee. The main criteria used to decide who will obtain a place are:

  • Geographical distance of the student’s residence at the time of admission
  • Academic results
  • Scholarship application

The allocation of places at the Student House is only valid for one year and residents must re-apply each year.

Student House Info
Picciotto Student House

Types and prices of housing units

Student house testimonials
Picciotto Student House

Testimonials of previous tenants

Housing for short-term stays


For short-term stays, for visitors, visiting professors, Executive Education participants or alumni, the Institute has three options, detailed in the document below.

Short Term Stay

Short Term Stay

Other housing options


Given the limited number of available units at the Student House, the Institute cannot provide accommodation to all students. As in many major European cities, it can be a challenge to find housing in Geneva.  Therefore, we recommend that you start the housing search right after you receive our admission letter. Finding housing in Geneva will also speed up your application for a Swiss visa.

You do not necessarily need to live right next to our campus; the city of Geneva offers a reliable public transport system which extends to all parts of the city, and even to neighboring towns in France, for those who are permitted to stay in France.

Other options:

Accommodation options

Recommended Accommodation Options

Recommendations for your housing search 

  • Start as soon as possible
  • Apply to several student residences
  • Be vigilant when an offer seems too good to be true to avoid scams
  • Double check the housing location
  • Always get as many details as possible from the person or entity leasing the accommodation
  • If possible, never sign contracts via e-mail