Student here. I will go abroad in France in a month for an exchange and i will spend a year in Lyon.

Student here.
I will go abroad in France in a month for an exchange and i will spend a year in Lyon.
My french is pretty good i'd say i just have a hard time with folks who talk too fast and with slang.
Any recommandations, life tips for Lyon ? How's the night life there ?
Also i would like to know if there are affordable gyms with good cardio / musculation equipment since i would like to gain some more mass this year.

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  1. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Why Lyon? It's kind of a rough city. I'd get in touch with the exchange people and say "Oh, did I say Lyon? I meant Chamonix." If your plan is to go to a crime ridden city in France, you might as well go to Nice. The weather is pretty nice in October.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      As said it can be rough especially near both train stations (for Part-Dieu it's around the station, for Perrache it's the station AND its surrounds). I dare you to go to the Westfield Shopping Centre on a Friday night because it's a disaster zone.There are plenty of nice places around Lyon like Chamonix (I'd even say Grenoble is better and it has its myriad of issues). If as you say you have issue with speed and slang they speak faster in the south so there will be problems at first but you'll adapt.
      If you're set on Lyon or it's your only option then you have a range of options for night life from clubs to bars. Couldn't give you recommendations but there's plenty in Lyon or any French city. If you like vidya at all there's also esports bars like Meltdown that have a weekly schedule of events featuring a mix of games.
      Same for gyms I have no idea lol.
      As for other recommendations do try the Praluline in Pralus in Vieux Lyon (praline and brioche bread, God tier food and I don't even like nuts).
      You also have great options for travel. Paris is 2 hours on the TGV, Geneva is the same and the Alps are closer. Clermont is nearby too which is right beside a Natural Park and Puy de Dome (great hike). The airport has a good range of destinations across Europe too.
      Best place to stay would be Vieux Lyon or the northern part of Presqu'ile (north of Bellecour). These are the nice (or at least OK) parts. Avoid the aforementioned train stations.
      If you like sports there's reputable basketball, rugby and football teams (although as I write OL are getting destroyed by PSG). Grenoble has a good ice hockey team (with an arena in a complete shithole of an area) and Chambery (about an hour to 1.5 hours away) have a good handball team.
      Yes I know at least half of this will have nothing to do with what you're looking for but frick it.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Lyon isn't that bad. I was there as a foreigner. Only place I thought looked dodgy was the train station. OP will have a good time. People scaremonger way too much on this board about France ffs.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      As said it can be rough especially near both train stations (for Part-Dieu it's around the station, for Perrache it's the station AND its surrounds). I dare you to go to the Westfield Shopping Centre on a Friday night because it's a disaster zone.There are plenty of nice places around Lyon like Chamonix (I'd even say Grenoble is better and it has its myriad of issues). If as you say you have issue with speed and slang they speak faster in the south so there will be problems at first but you'll adapt.
      If you're set on Lyon or it's your only option then you have a range of options for night life from clubs to bars. Couldn't give you recommendations but there's plenty in Lyon or any French city. If you like vidya at all there's also esports bars like Meltdown that have a weekly schedule of events featuring a mix of games.
      Same for gyms I have no idea lol.
      As for other recommendations do try the Praluline in Pralus in Vieux Lyon (praline and brioche bread, God tier food and I don't even like nuts).
      You also have great options for travel. Paris is 2 hours on the TGV, Geneva is the same and the Alps are closer. Clermont is nearby too which is right beside a Natural Park and Puy de Dome (great hike). The airport has a good range of destinations across Europe too.
      Best place to stay would be Vieux Lyon or the northern part of Presqu'ile (north of Bellecour). These are the nice (or at least OK) parts. Avoid the aforementioned train stations.
      If you like sports there's reputable basketball, rugby and football teams (although as I write OL are getting destroyed by PSG). Grenoble has a good ice hockey team (with an arena in a complete shithole of an area) and Chambery (about an hour to 1.5 hours away) have a good handball team.
      Yes I know at least half of this will have nothing to do with what you're looking for but frick it.

      It could be worse, he could land in Grenoble

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        I have a bias having stayed there but as long as you know where not to go Grenoble is fine. If you mean the airport then yeah...

        https://i.imgur.com/feJ5EC7.png

        You will arrive at Lyon Part Dieu and wish you were in Detroit.

        Try not to get killed.

        He'll arrive in Perrache and the same

        Lyon isn't that bad. I was there as a foreigner. Only place I thought looked dodgy was the train station. OP will have a good time. People scaremonger way too much on this board about France ffs.

        I don't think I was scaremongering but being realistic about the problems with it. I did praise it where it deserved it.

  2. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    You'll be in depression within two weeks.
    Good luck.
    The France syndrome hits hard.

  3. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    You will arrive at Lyon Part Dieu and wish you were in Detroit.

    Try not to get killed.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      France is a pretty shit country but if you're already going there...

      Avoid basic fit at all cost, the patrons there are the kind of Neo-french you'll surely grow to love.
      ( )

  4. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Lyon is Paris-lite which means it's shit

  5. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    The post about Lyon being Paris-lite was from me, a French anon from Alsace.

  6. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Guy from Lyon here. From a french perspective that's a shit town, but a good place as a foreigner to spend max 2 years. Don't expect to befriend the locals they are close minded and often children of local landlords that have no interest other than spending time with people of their cast.
    I do not recommend the town to foreigner. Marseille is better, Nantes also, Lille, Toulouse and Paris. Everything in between is a no no. Have fun anyway

  7. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Same guy from Lyon. Advice when you speak to arabian people. Look into the eyes, speak frankly. Tell the truth, that's better if you have experience with poor neighborood. Lyon people lie so much and fear everybody, when you talk to the underdog by respecting them, they'll respect you

  8. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    We are actually French and we are just telling the truth, pauvre con va.
    Stay safe, OP.

  9. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    France is notoriously one of the most corrupt countries in Europe.
    If you get mugged or beaten up and go to the police, most of the time they won't even file a report.

    Also, if they happen to file a report, they won't do anything on it after. Just for reference, in France you get 10 years of prison top for actual murder. The law caps it at 25 years of prison max and in reality, murderer gets only half of that time.
    I've seen people only do 5 years of prison for actual murder.

  10. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    No one is seething. They're just giving OP a reality check because he's moving to a shit city. There are plenty of cool places to live in France. Lyon is not one of them. I'm sure someone would give you that same kind of info if you posted a thread that you were moving to Memphis Tennessee. A shit city is a shit city.

  11. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    It's literally one huemonkey who shits on every France thread.

  12. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Lyon is fine if you stick to the center of the town and la confluence.

    Like Paris, don't venture into the towns around Lyon like Venissieux, La Duchère, Villeurbanne, Saint priest, Bron etc and then you'll meet minimal migrants and africans.

    Most of the normal folks hang in the center.

    Lyon has a nice location which allows you to drive to Switzerland or the southern parts of the country very easily and people are less arrogant twats than the parisians.

  13. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Je suis français ducon.
    Just because we aren't the US doesn't mean that we aren't becoming a literal third world country as well, post data about Islam and immigration next.

    [...]
    France is notoriously one of the most corrupt countries in Europe.
    If you get mugged or beaten up and go to the police, most of the time they won't even file a report.

    Also, if they happen to file a report, they won't do anything on it after. Just for reference, in France you get 10 years of prison top for actual murder. The law caps it at 25 years of prison max and in reality, murderer gets only half of that time.
    I've seen people only do 5 years of prison for actual murder.

    It's just leftism, the police stopped filing reports because they know the judges won't do shit. Especially if the perpetrator is a chance for France.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Same shit in southern California. If you look at crime stats, you'd think it was safer here now. But it's way worse. They just stop enforcing most property crime and they won't fill out a report. The retail theft is up like 300 percent what it was 5 years ago.

  14. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    A lot of them are probably Europeans. The decline is more dramatic when you notice a massive transition from high trust low crime societies to a jungle. Americans are used to it.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Americans are used to it.
      That's funny, but correct. I'm an American who loves France.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Those homicide charts in the US are misleading. 50 percent of the people killed in the US are blacks living in the ghetto. And a huge percentage of the whites are people directly involved in the drug trade with those blacks. If you remove buying or selling drugs from the equation, the murder rate in the US is close to Europe. Just stay out of the ghetto, stay away from any area with a large number of blacks, and don't buy drugs.

  15. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    been to Lyon in march, like 3 times during a week I spent in France. bit sketchy and has some horrible parts but it has great museums, sights, restaurants and cafes. ofc im a fricking introvert so I havent talked with anyone besides waitresses and shop clerks.
    i was extremely careful with my belongings and been alerted standby especially on the subway and the train stations but wasnt a bad experience, i might go back if i have to visit Fr again (for work), i had to skip 1-2 things i wanted to visit

  16. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    It varies depending on the location, facilities, and membership options. You can look for online reviews to find more information. Since Lyon is a larger city in France, it may be somewhat expensive. But you can use a Tap debit card to save money through reduced fees in transactions and fiat conversion. Just my cents.

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