Les Facultés de l'Université Catholique de Lille benefit from an exceptional study environment :

  • A 10-hectare university campus in the town centre
  • Accommodation and catering facilities
  • digital campus which aids pedagogical innovation
  • multifunctional University health centre
  • campus that is open and attentive to all
  • A university library and a digital library


A word about the architecture...

The Hôtel Académique remains the architectural centerpiece of the buildings forming the Vauban campus. The neo-gothic, four story building is 125 meters tall. From the bottom to the top, one can see the different materials used : blue stone, brick, white stone and slate. The building encapsulates many elements of the neo-gothic style from its numerous arches, spires, crockets, and railings to the decorative gargoyles.

The different facades, with their gargoyles… They all tell a story!

  • Above the Hôtel Académique sits two carved non-heraldic imaginary animals, one with the head of an elephant : famous for its memory and the other with the head of a dog, serving as a guide and protector for all those who enter.
  • On the back tower at the back of the Hôtel Académique are four black griffins. With their half lion, half eagle bodies, the griffins symbolically rule over earth and the air. During the European Middle Ages, the griffin symbolized the dual nature of Christ, both celestial and terrestrial.
  • A pelican can be seen on top of the Faculty of Medicine & Midwifery, as a symbol of dedication. Here, it symbolises the doctor’s dedication to patients. At the top of the façade is a biblical representation of the Archangel Saint Michael killing the dragon with a spear, which is missing.

The botanical garden :In 1885, the botanical garden of the Faculty of Science was created by Canon Nicolas Boulay, the holder of the chair in botany and Dean of the Faculty of Science. 

The botanical garden surrounding the Faculty of Medicine in 1887. 
Heritage and Archives Department Collection, Catholic Institute of Lille. 


The garden was crucially important at the time, because botany was playing an important role in medicine, science and pharmacy programmes.

The university wanted to have as many herbaceous plant species as possible available to students for their practical work, and anatomy and plant physiology courses. The garden houses collections of 100-year old trees and medicinal plants.

The herbaceous plants are grouped by therapeutic application and botanical family.

Originally, it completely surrounded the Faculty of Medicine and Midwifery. Over time its size has been considerably reduced. 



Accessible to Université Catholique de Lille students (with a student card), professors and administrative staff (with an identity document and photo). 

With your card, you may : 

·        Borrow and consult documents (around 400 000 books, periodicals, end-of-study dissertations, CDs, DVDs, etc.)

·        Work in an area dedicated to study.



All students have access to a digital network library at the following address: (“Useful links” section: link to the library on line website

You may use it to : 

·        Conduct online documentary searches via the joint university catalogue.

·        Consult and download press articles.

·        Consult electronic resources.

·        Consult dissertations, theses, studies and reports.

·        Find the list and conditions for consultation and loans for every Université Catholique de Lille library.


Library contact
60 rue du Port
Opening hours:
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Facebook: Bibliothèque de l’UCL
Twitter: @LibraryOnLine_


Six different dining centers are available to students and are open from Monday to Friday from 11 am to 3 pm. In the evening, one restaurant is open from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm from Monday to Thursday.

Catering Service
(+33) 3 20 15 97 76




This centre contains two hubs for health and social services. Both are open to students of the Faculties of the Université Catholique de Lille. The centre is open from Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed during the university holidays.



Prevention :

·        Health check-ups, including a mandatory check-up in the first year,

·        Healthy living advice (assistance with giving up tobacco, diabetes, etc.),

·        Prevention campaigns (AIDS screening, anti-smoking campaign, etc.) 

Healthcare :

·        Doctor’s visits, no appointment necessary

·        Gynaecologist’s appointments

·        Psychologist’s appointments (personal appointments, emotional support, psychotherapy, self-esteem groups, stress-management groups, etc.)

CPSU Maison de l’étudiant – 67 bd Vauban 
Senior Doctor: Doctor Cécile Masset – (+33) 3 28 04 02 40 –


A social assistant from the social services department is available on appointment to listen to your concerns, support and advise you. She will give you completely confidential information and advice about different procedures (grants, accommodation, financial assistance or any other question) if your circumstances change or you have personal or family problems.

CPSU Maison de l’étudiant – 67 bd Vauban - 03 28 04 02 40 
Social Assistant: Lucie DEBERDT – (+33) 3 28 04 02 47 –