What are Collège du Léman boarders like?
Our aim is to produce sociable, mature, courteous and active students who enjoy being part of the community. While there is no particular type of student that we are looking for, in fact variety of personality is one of the great strengths of the boarding experience, boarders tend to be students who contribute a great deal to school life, and achieve a great deal.
Can boarders use bicycles?
Yes, provided the students have the relevant permissions. Bikes can be rented from the Boarding Office for 100 CHF a year.
Is there a School uniform?
There is no School uniform, but there is a dress code which all students must respect.
Is there a Sports’ uniform?
Yes, and it can be bought in the shop on campus. However new boarders will automatically be provided with one set of sports’ clothes, which is initially provided at no extra cost.
Do I have to bring my own duvet, pillow and bedding?
All duvets, pillows and bedding is provided and washed by the school.
Are meals compulsory?
All meals are compulsory, except for Saturday breakfast. All boarders take breakfast and supper in the dining room together, while lunch during the week is taken at School.
Do students need pocket money?
All students can collect pocket money from the Pocket Money office on Tuesdays. Parents should ensure that student pocket money accounts are maintained. The school recommends that students are not given large amounts of pocket money. Recommended amounts are Grade 6-8: 60 CHF, Grade 9: 100 CHF, Grade 10:100 CHF, Grade 11-12:120 CHF.
Do students need a visa?
Passport holders of certain countries do not need a visa. Contact Admissions if you need to enquire about this. Where they are required, visas need to be applied for by the families in their home countries. Once this initial step is taken, the School can monitor the application process. All boarders require a permit to reside in Switzerland - this will be taken care of by the school.
How do students do their laundry?
All Houses have laundry facilities which the students can use, but there is also a professional laundry service at extra cost.
How do students keep their belongings safe?
Students are expected to hand in their passports and permits to the Travel Office for safe keeping. Each student also has a safe which is programmable for secure storage. We recommend valuable items are not brought to school, but when they are these items must be named and securely stored in safes.
What if students need to buy something?
There are shops and cafes on campus, and every week students have ‘free time’ where they are allowed to visit the local shops in Versoix. In addition there is a weekly Geneva trip for students.