No, not within a Summer Student Contract.
For a talent show you can book the Pump Hall (building 216) via Indico: https://indico.cern.ch/rooms/map
Please keep in mind that if you hold gatherings:
- nobody should be disturbed.
- places must be left clean and tidy as found.
- social events guideliness have to be respected and get in touch with the Summer Student Team
There are three BBQ areas at CERN: Prevessin, Meyrin and LHC PA2. You can book one of these areas through this link: https://indico.cern.ch/rooms/book
Alternatively, there is a park near Plage de Vengeron, on the lake in Chambesy. Grilling/barbecue facilities are available, but you must bring your own coal and lighters. This can be reached by taking the train number R 11057 from the train station in Geneva (Gare Cornavin) in direction of Coppet, the stop is Chambesy. From there you must walk 15 minutes to arrive at Plage de Vengeron (Route de Lausanne 284, 1292 Chambésy).
Spacious grassy park with a stony beach and barbecue grills are also available in Versoix (Plage de Port-Choiseul). This can be reached by taking the train number R 11057 from the train station in Geneva (Gare Cornavin) in direction of Coppet, the stop is Pont Céard. From there you must walk 10 minutes to arrive at Plage de Port-Choiseul.
Information about Geneva beaches can be found here. By clicking on different beaches you shall find out whether is is possible to BBQ there.
Getting from the Airport to CERN:
- Taxi: Costs about 30-35 CHF from the Airport to CERN. This might however be a good idea if you have a lot of luggage, as buses are often full and have no set luggage - compartment.
- Bus route: Bus Y direction Val-Thoiry, stop "CERN". (Timetable bus Y: Airport-CERN / CERN-Airport )
- Bus/Tram route: Bus 28 direction Parfumerie, stop "Blandonnet" - Tram 18 direction CERN, stop "CERN".
Getting from Geneve city centre to CERN:
- Tram 18 direction CERN
You can view all the bus timetables here.
See Transport Publics Genevois website for full details.
Abonnement "Tout Geneve"
24 hours ticket "Tout Geneve":
Plain Tariff: CHF 10,- (The ticket is valid for two people on Saturdays and Sundays).
Ticket valid from 9 am until midnight:
Plain Tariff: CHF 8-
Ticket "Tout Geneve" valid one hour:
Plain Tariff: CHF 3,-
No. There are some computers available next to the user’s office (Bldg 500; 1st floor) and in the library (Bldg 52; 1st floor), but you can only use them once you have your account set up.
The CERN visit service organizes visits almost every day. Visits for individuals are organized according to availability:
- Tours in English: Mondays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. / Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1 p.m to 3 p.m.
- Tours in French: Wednesday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The time delay between reservation and the visit can be very long and therefore a long booking notice is advisable.
For more information about the visits, here is the link for the homepage of the CERN visit service:
The CERN email account will be closed at the same time as your computer account. Therefore you should be able to have access to your emails through http://mmmservices.web.cern.ch/mmmservices/ up to two weeks after your contract end.
The standard procedure is to close your summer student account 2 weeks after the end date of your contract with CERN.
If you require files related to your work at CERN, then you should discuss this with your supervisor and arrange that the files are copied elsewhere (e.g. to a Internet Service Provider or to a CD or other media).
Unfortunately not! Why not talk about this to French Summer Students? One may offer to become a "French summer teacher".
You could also join the CERN language tandem programme or check the language schools in Geneva (for example "Migros") to see whether they have summer courses available.
It is not only the bus company which sells passes; you can also get them in a lot of kiosks, listed in the following link.
The nearest place to CERN to buy a buss pass is in Balexert Shopping Centre.
Click here for the Geneva Airport Website.
On www.yallo.ch (does cheap sim cards – text to anywhere in Europe for 15 Cents, a call to any other phone for 22-25 Cents / minute in most countries – see list of countries here: https://www.yallo.ch/kp/ext/pdf/yallo_tarif_overview_e.pdf
Any electrical shop such as Fnac, Fust, both of which are in Balexert and in the city centre, can advise you on options.
Telebus - is a taxi service which provides service between anywhere in Geneva to Geneva-Cornavin or Geneva-Cointrin, apart from the hours of TPG services.
The reservation number is 0800 858 800. It needs to be booked by 23h30 on the day before for morning departures. It is essential to specify that you want to reserve a Telebus and not a taxi.
Click here for the website.
Supermarkets in France:
- Carrefour Market in Saint Genis: bus Y direction Val Thoiry, stop "Malivert".
- Lidl in Ferney-Voltaire: bus Y direction Ferney-Voltaire-Mairie, stop : "Chemin de Colovrex-Douane".
- Leclerc in Ferney-Voltaire: tram 18 to "Jardin-Alpin-Vivarium" - tram 14 to "Meyrin-Gravière" - bus O direction Lycée International , stop: "Bois Candide".
- Shopping Centre “Val Thoiry”: bus Y direction Val Thoiry, terminus.
- DIA in Ferney-Voltaire: bus Y direction Ferney-Voltaire-Mairie, stop : "Brunette"
Supermarkets in Switzerland:
- Coop in Meyrin Village: tram 18, stop: "Meyrin Village".
- Shopping Centre of Meyrin: tram 18 to "Jardin-Alpin-Vivarium" - tram 14 direction Meyrin Gavriere, stop “Forumeyrin”.
- Pam in Meyrin: tram 18 to "Meyrin Village" - bus 57 direction Aeroport, stop “Vernes” (very small).
- Shopping Center Blandonnet: tram 18, stop “Blandonnet”.
- Shopping Centre Balexert: tram 18, stop “Balexert” – Has a large Migros and many other shops- including electrical shops, clothes shops, a cinema, and is also the nearest place to buy bus passes.
On www.budget.com and www.alamo.com seem to offer the cheapest deals. However, these prices are only valid if you book online, and you must make your reservation at least 3 days before you want to hire the car, in order for them to confirm your booking and to guarantee those prices.
Alternatively, if you decide last-minute to hire a car, this is possible at Geneva Airport.
You can contact the medical service (Tel: 73186 / Building 57) for urgent problems.
You can also contact the 'Social Affairs' (building 33/1-038) where there is a list of doctors (general practitioners and specialist doctors) who speak a variety of different languages.
In the event of an emergency, contact the fire brigade immediately by calling 112 (inside CERN, call 74444).
You will have to pay the doctor yourself first and then fill in the claim form attaching required documents in original (prescriptions, invoices and proof of payment). If you go to see a doctor in Switzerland please ask for the bill right away; otherwise it is sent by mail several weeks later and you might already have left CERN. The completed form should be submitted to UNIQA by post or in person to their office in the Main Building (Building 63-R-001), dedicated pre-printed envelopes are available from the department secretariats. You will be reimbursed directly to your bank account. The delay is up to 2 weeks. If you leave within those 2 weeks and you haven't received your reimbursement yet, make sure you give UNIQA your home bank account number in order for the money to be transferred to this account.
To "help limit the cost of administration", no claim should be submitted for less than CHF 10,-- (Unless it’s your last claim before leaving CERN).
The cover and conditions of the CERN Health Insurance Scheme (managed by UNIQA) is defined in the Rules of the CERN Health Insurance Scheme (the CHIS Rules). As a Student you have the “Normal Health Insurance Cover”. The list of benefits (Annex I in the CHIS Rules) defines which costs you can claim reimbursement for, the applicable reimbursement rate and any additional conditions.
Please note that:
you are reimbursed 5% more (reimbursement bonus) for e.g. visits to doctors, costs for medicine in the countries listed in the first table in Annex I in the CHIS Rules and
any given maximum reimbursement ceiling (for 12 months) is reduced proportionally for contracts of shorter duration.
Further information, forms and the CHIS Rules and other official documents are found on the CHIS website.
Why not talk to your colleagues? They may have an unused bike in the garage...or just put an add into the CERN market.
Otherwise, it is possible to rent a bike for free (or at least free for the first 4 hours and then 2 CHF/ hour after that) at several points in Geneva, and also in Neuchâtel, or Bern.
CERN rents out bicycles (in summer there are long waiting lists!). Ask your departmental secretary upon arrival or click here.
CERN BIKE SHARING:
Members of CERN community can borrow "velopass" bikes, free of charge, from one of the docking stations installed at the INGRID temporary garden on the parking of the building 33. Simply present your CERN access card at the CAR POOL to be issued with an activation code and user card allowing free use of the bikes across the whole site.
The full terms and conditions of use can be obtained from here.
CAR POOL opening hours: from 8.00 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1.00 to 5.00 p.m. (Mon-Sat). Tel. 77039-72228
Please note: The CERN bicycles are made available to members of the personnel between the hours of 8.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. in the framework of their work at CERN for work-related use only, for a maximum period of 8 consecutive hours.
In the CERN hostels:
There are clothes washing facilities in the hostels in CERN but you need to buy your own washing powder.You should take care though to collect your laundry as soon as possible after it is finished as the machines have been known to lose your credit before you can refund it to your card. There are also hand-washing facilities available for delicates (a couple of big sinks) and there is an iron and ironing board.
- washing machine: approx. 3.5 CHF for a full load
- dryer: approx. 2 CHF
In Saint Genis:
There is one washing machine and one tumble-dryer per building, and another in the office which is only available for use during office-opening hours.You you need to buy your own washing powder.
- washing machine: approx. 2.5€ for a full load
- dryer: approx. 2.5€
There are no telephones in the rooms but you will find phone-boxes on every floor in the hostel.
You will find in your room:
- a bed
- a desk, a lamp, a chair…
- blankets, bedsheets, towels (sheets and towels are changed once a week)
The hostel reception in building 39 organizes the administration for both buildings 38, 41 and the Saint-Genis hostel.
For any information, please contact them directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org / internal Tel: 7-4481, or from outside CERN :
Tel.: 022 76 74481 from Switzerland
+ 41 22 767 44 81 from outside Switzerland
In Saint Genis: There is one kitchen per floor (approx. 10 rooms). Food storage and cooking facilities are provided, but there are no cooking and eating utensils (pots, pans, knives, forks, spoons…). Every resident has their own space in a cupboard and in the fridge in their kitchen, both of which are lockable. It is highly recommended that you bring a padlock for each, as things will otherwise get stolen.
In Building 38: The kitchen is equipped with (limited) food storage, cooking facilities and eating utensils. If you intend to cook however you should bring some of your own utensils if at all possible. There are no lockable storage facilities.
The kitchen facilities in both building 38 and Saint Genis are very limited. In building 38 however they are more modern whereas in the hostel in Saint Genis they are very basic.
All the Hostels have Wifi which you can use once you have your CERN computer accounts.
- In hostel buildings 38, 39 and 41 on the Meyrin site (Swiss side) you can connect as soon as you have your account.
- At the Hostel in Saint-Genis-Pouilly (French side) you have to go to the reception to ask for a special card giving an access code which allows you to access the internet. All of these services are available free of charge.
Saint- Genis Hostel: coffee machine, washing machine, clothes dryer, TV lounge, shared kitchen.
CERN Hostel, Building 38: clothes washing and drying machines, TV lounge and shared kitchen.
CERN Hostel, Building 39: laundry, TV lounge and shared kitchen, coffee machine, food distributor.
CERN Hostel, Building 41: laundry.
N.B.: Regarding the Saint-Genis Hostel: The communal toilet and shower facilities are very basic and are mixed-sex.
More information about the accommodation inside CERN can be found here.
It is called "Foyer Robert Schuman" and it is located: 340 Rue de l'Europe, 01630 Saint-Genis-Pouilly, France.
Turn left out of CERN entrance B. Continue straight until you arrive at the big roundabout before Saint-Genis-Pouilly. At the roundabout take the Head 1stHead exit and after 120 m. turn left toward Rue de l'Europe. Continue onto Rue de l'Europe and it's the first (pink) building on the left.
- Use caution - may involve errors or sections not suited for bicycling Use caution - may involve errors or sections not suited for walking
- CERN Hostel in Meyrin (Switzerland): If you arrive within the hostel reception's opening hours (Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 1:00 am and Sat-Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 am) you should go to the reception of building 39 to get the keys to your room. If you expect to arrive later than 12:00 am, you must inform the Hostel Reception in advance and specify your time of arrival. Room keys can be obtained from the security guard on duty at the entrance to CERN's Meyrin site - Gate B (building 533). They will also give you a map of CERN.
- Saint-Genis Hostel (France): In Saint Genis, the check-in is possible only between 15:15 and 19:00 weekly. If you arrive outside of these hours you should go to the CERN site in Meyrin (you must inform the Hostel Reception in advance). If the reception of building 39 is open, they will give you the keys to your room in Saint-Genis, otherwise, if the reception is closed, room keys can be obtained from the security guard on duty at the entrance to CERN's Meyrin site - Gate B (building 533).
See here for more information on the CERN housing service.
In Buildings 38, 39 and 41 you can have access to wireless LAN with your CERN registration and login.
At the Hostel in Saint-Genis-Pouilly (French side) you have to go to the reception to ask for a special card giving an access code which allows you to access the internet. All of these services are available free of charge.
There is a wireless LAN connection inside restaurant 1 (building 500) where you can register your laptop and get access with your CERN login. You can also use the computers in front of the user office (you just need a CERN login) and you might be able to connect your laptop to the internet in your office .
Yes, there is a piano in the main auditorium and it is for people who want to give a performance. If you are interested, please contact the STAFF Association, mail to: email@example.com
There is another piano in building 568 which belongs to the jazz club. Please contact the President of the jazz club: Marc Vanden Eynden Marc.Vanden.Eynden@cern.ch
They can come on site with the car, if they have a visitor's pass and you are with them and you show your ID card to the guards, explaining that they are your visitors.
Yes, you should request a visitor's pass for each visitor. You can find more information here.
Unfortunately outside visitors cannot stay at the hostel. The rooms are exclusively for people working at CERN. However the hostel will be able to give you some addresses for hotels in the CERN/ Geneva area.There are also many hostels in Geneva centre, some of which have rooms / dormitories where one can stay for a few nights.
It is possible to take visitors on CERN site but you will have to request a visitor's pass for them systematically. You are responsible for them and you have to accompany them at all times.
The CERN Staff Rules and Regulations exclude the possibility for students to do overtime, night work, Sunday work, standby duty, shift work, and you are therefore not entitled to compensatory pay or leave.
This does not imply that you can only work from Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. with a break of one hour. However, any additional worked hours may be compensated in agreement with your supervisor by time off during the appointment (and not at the end of the appointment).
The CERN Fitness club is organizing fitness classes during summer. A new section fit-boxing has also been created. More details here.
Click here for a list of all sports facilities in Meyrin.
Click here for the List of CERN clubs.
There is a hiking club organized by a man who works at CERN which arranges hikes each weekend. Details can be found here.
A list of sports centers in Geneva can here found here.
In Saint-Genis-Pouilly, you will find a list of clubs and sports associations here.
Complexe sportif municipal de Maisonnex (SMASH)
Chemin de la Berne 5 - Tél. 022 782 91 31
Bains des Pâquis
30, Quai du Mont-Blanc
Tel. +41 22/ 732 29 74
Monday to Sunday from 9.00 to 21.00
Piscine des Vergers, Meyrin
Centre sportif des Vergers
Avenue Louis-Rendu, 1217 Meyrin/GE Tel. +41 22/ 782 13 00
Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 20.00
30, avenue Euhène-Lance
Tel. +41 22/ 794 22 11
Monday to Sunday from 9.30 to 20.00
Carouge - Fontenette
rte de Veyrier - Carouge
Tel. +41 22/ 343 25 20
Monday and Thursday from 07.00 to 19.30 /Tuesday from 11.00 to 19.30 / Wednesday, Friday to Sunday from 09.00 to 19.30
Genève - Plage
Quai de Cologny 5. Port-Noir. 1223 Cologny / Genève
Tel. +41 22/ 736 24 82
Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 20.00
You are very welcome to join in the activities. The lecture series, including the discussion sessions, is open to everyone working at CERN.
The regular shuttle serves the Saint Genis-Pouilly hostel mornings and evenings. To take the shuttle, people living at the Saint Genis-Pouilly hostel must have the "Navette CERN", titre de transport (Ref. AS/GS/LG-nov.2000), issued by the Saint Genis-Pouilly hostel.
For the schedule and departure places, click the following link (there is also a schedule for going to the Prévessin site):
Please check your contract.
As a Summer Student you will receive a subsistence allowance to cover the costs of your stay in the local area. This allowance amounts to 90 CHF net per day as of your first contract date until you last contract date (including weekends).
Please make sure that you have enough money for the first week at CERN.
Students receive, on the day of their arrival, a prepaid card on which an advance of 2600 CHF is paid. Students are provided with instructions on the use of their card as well as applicable fees. They have an obligation to read it.
Every four weeks (if applicable), an advance of 2600 CHF is paid on the prepaid card.
The balance of the subsistence allowance due (90 CHF multiplied by the number of remaining contract days) and the amount of the arrival and departure travel (if applicable) are credited on the card the last week of contract of the student.
The card is valid for six months after its issue. Money accumulated and unused beyond this will be lost.