For the last few weeks there has been a lot of speculation about when the first snow of the season would fall here. Lille is not a very snowy area – something about the geography – but we’d all been hearing reports from our friends in other European universities that the snows had begun.
But last night, only a few days after the rest of Europe, the weather finally cooperated and I woke up this morning to see these scenes from my window. I live on campus and it just so happens that my little studio apartment was positioned to get some great views. I could go outside to take photos but it’s FREEZING.
At this point in the semester I am very glad I chose to live on campus as my accommodation. Not just because I can see snow on frosty mornings like today, but also because the campus is about a 25min tram ride outside of the main city. Because classes run from 9:40am – 5:20pm (depending on the subject and day) it means I save a lot of time in transit. It also means the occasional 8am start isn’t too painful as the classroom building is about a one minute walk away from my accommodation.
The rent for campus accommodation is a little higher than renting a room in a share apartment, but my little studio does come furnished with a bed, two tables, two chairs, a kitchenette (fridge, sink, microwave and two hot plates) and a decent sized bathroom (shower, sink and toilet). A cleaning lady also comes in twice a month to clean my studio and breakfast is provided on weekdays. So although it’s a little more expensive, the location and other perks make up for it in my books. Then again, the last tram on most nights is 12:15am so if you want to go drinking in Lille with your classmates you are a bit of a Cinderella.