Campus @ Lucerne, Switzerland

Campus @ Lucerne, Switzerland

Why Study at Rushford in Switzerland?

Post Study Visa

Stay for up-to six months in Switzerland (18 months for German pathway) of program completion during which you can explore full-time employment prospects.

Multi-Country Pathways

Opportunity to study the last 6 months of the program in Germany or another european country.

Competitive Economy

One of the most advanced free-market economies with good chances of a rewarding career ahead.

No.1 in Quality of Life

Switzerland recently ranked first in The Quality of Life Index, 2022.

Multicultural Ambiance

Being a part of different clubs and communities will provide significant exposure to various cultures, enhancing your cultural competence and employability.

Lucerne Campus

Rushford Campus is located in the heart of Lucerne City Center. This location is right next to public transport for the best connectivity and convenience. Lake Lucerne is only a 6-minute bus ride from campus.

The facility offers generous classrooms and lecture rooms equipped with whiteboards and projectors; library; cafeteria, and recreational areas for students to relax and socialize.

Address: Maihofstrasse 76, 6006, Lucerne, Switzerland

Located in the heart of Switzerland, Lucerne offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. Our business school is situated in the center of the city, providing easy access to all that Lucerne has to offer.

One of the major attractions in Lucerne is the picturesque Chapel Bridge, a wooden bridge that spans across the Reuss River. This iconic landmark is a must-see for any visitor to Lucerne, and offers breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Another popular attraction is the nearby Lion Monument, a carving of a dying lion that honors the bravery of the Swiss guards during the French Revolution. The monument is a powerful symbol of bravery and sacrifice, and is a popular spot for both tourists and locals.

For those interested in culture, the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre is a must-see. This state-of-the-art facility hosts a wide range of events, from concerts and theater performances to conferences and exhibitions.

The city also offers a variety of shopping and dining options. The old town of Lucerne is famous for its charming shops, restaurants, and cafes. Visitors can also enjoy a stroll along the lake and take in the beautiful scenery.

In addition, the city offers easy access to the nearby mountains and lakes, making it a perfect location for outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and swimming.

The location of our business school at Maihofstrasse 76, in the heart of Lucerne is ideal for students looking for a combination of city and natural life. The city provides an excellent environment for studying, networking and personal growth.

We invite you to come and experience the unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness that Lucerne has to offer.


If you are planning to study at Rushford in Lucerne, Rushford offers several off-campus options suitable for you. These include private apartments, shared flats, and student housing facilities. Many of these options are located within walking distance of the school or easily accessible by public transportation. At the time of your admission, housing options will be explained to you as part of the overall offer. Please note that the school must confirm your housing before a student visa can be approved by Lucerne Migration Department.

Student accommodation usually costs CHF 650 to 850 per month.


As a student living in Lucerne, you will have a range of meal options available to you.

Many of our off-campus housing options come with a kitchen, allowing you to prepare your own meals as you see fit.

There are also a number of supermarkets and grocery stores located in the city, making it easy to stock up on ingredients and cook your own meals.

If you prefer to eat out, Lucerne has a variety of restaurants and cafes offering a range of cuisines to suit every taste and budget. Special meals such as vegetarian and halal are also available at various food joints.

At Rushford Business School, our language of instruction is English. However, we encourage students to join language classes for German or French, as fluency in multiple languages is an important asset in the business world. Additionally, a good knowledge of German can be especially helpful for our students in terms of communication with the local community and securing industry placements in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.

In terms of dress code, we expect our students to adhere to a professional business appearance or smart casuals. This includes wearing a suit, shirt, collared t-shirts, denims etc for men and pants or skirt, blouse, and jacket with closed shoes for women. In winter, students may add warm clothing as needed.

Boat Trips

At our business school in Lucerne, Switzerland, we offer a variety of boat trips on Lake Lucerne to help our students experience the beauty and serenity of this stunning natural setting. Whether you are looking for a leisurely sightseeing tour or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, we have something for everyone. From traditional paddle boats and rowboats to motorboats and even stand-up paddle boards, our boat trips provide a unique and exciting way to explore the lake and its surroundings. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a novice, you will find something to love about our boat trips.

City Tours

If you are looking to explore the city of Lucerne and all it has to offer, our business school offers a range of city tours to help you do just that. From guided walks through the historic Old Town to bus tours of the city's landmarks and attractions, our city tours provide a convenient and informative way to discover the culture and history of Lucerne. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a lifelong resident, our city tours offer something for everyone and provide a great way to get to know the city and its people.


In addition to our boat trips and city tours, our business school in Lucerne also offers a range of excursions to help our students experience the beauty and culture of Switzerland. From trips to nearby landmarks and attractions to guided tours of the Swiss Alps, our excursions provide a unique and immersive way to discover all that Switzerland has to offer. Whether you are interested in exploring the country's rich history and culture or simply enjoying the stunning natural surroundings, our excursions offer something for everyone and provide a great opportunity to see more of Switzerland.


At Rushford, we believe that staying active and healthy is an important part of the student experience. To that end, we guide our students to register at various sports clubs and gyms as per their interests. A wide range of options are available to suit a variety of interests and abilities. Lucerne offers something for everyone.

Details about the admission process for programs offered via the Lucerne campus are available in the following link:

Admission Process

Travel & Arrival

Travel to Lucerne
Obtaining a Student Visa

Before you can travel to Lucerne, you must obtain a student visa if applicable to you. Most international students from outside of the EU need a student visa. You can apply to your local Swiss consulate for a student visa after you have received the acceptance letter from Rushford Business School. Visa requirements vary by applicant nationality, so please check the requirements with your local Swiss consulate. More information about the student visa process is available on the admissions page.

Travelling to Lucerne

Arrival by Air:
Zurich International Airport (ZRH): ZRH offers the simplest and most convenient way to reach Lucerne. Direct trains run from Zurich Airport to Lucerne every hour, taking approximately 70 minutes.

Euroairport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport: This airport primarily covers European destinations. Train and bus travel to Lucerne takes about 1.5 hours.

Geneva Cointrin International Airport: This is the second-largest airport in Switzerland and offers international flights. It takes three hours to get to Lucerne from Geneva airport by train.


For more information, please refer to the following websites:

Swiss International Air Lines:
Student Travel Agency:


Arrival by Train:
A comprehensive, integrated train network that is frequent, on time, and efficient covers the entire country of Switzerland. Almost every major city in Switzerland has a connecting train that arrives in Lucerne within a few minutes of your arrival. Regular timetables are available for all trains.


For more information, please refer to the following website:
Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)

Visiting Student Relations Office

You must register at our International Relations Office during your first week as an overseas student. Before visiting Lucerne, you will be given a personal appointment to complete your registration and get details on various introductory activities.

Your campus card (CampusCard), details on the residence permit, and health insurance will all be provided to you when you register. Additionally, you will get the matriculation confirmation you need for your residence permit.

Applying for Swiss Residence Permit

All international students, exchange pupils, students pursuing degrees abroad, etc. must register at the district registration office where they will be living within 14 days of their arrival.
You will require a legitimate form of identification for travel, one passport-sized photograph, and proof of matriculation from Rushford Business School to register. The residence permit (immigrant id card) will be issued upon registration.
Additionally, residents of non-EU/EFTA nations must appear at the Office for Migration (with a passport and passport-size photograph).
Registration and any related paperwork (foreigner’s identity card, visa, etc.) are subject to fees.


Rushford offers several off-campus options suitable for you. These include private apartments, shared flats, and student housing facilities. Many of these options are located within walking distance of the school or easily accessible by public transportation. At the time of your admission, housing options will be explained to you as part of the overall offer. Please note that the school must confirm your housing before a student visa can be approved by Lucerne Migration Department.

Student accommodation usually costs CHF 650 to 850 per month.

Health & Other Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory for every student residing in Switzerland for more than three months. However, the exemption is possible in the following cases:

EU country students who are legally insured in their home countries are eligible for an exemption if they use European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a provisional certificate provided by their insurance company.

Students from non-EU/EFTA nations should consult their insurance providers to check the adequacy of their internal insurance coverage for Switzerland. They can apply for an exemption if they have the sufficient coverage, but the final decision rests with Swiss authorities. Students must purchase health insurance from a Swiss provider if the coverage is insufficient.

You are also advised to take personal liability insurance before coming to Switzerland. It covers damage or injury to another person’s property. This insurance is mandatory if you rent a room in a student housing complex.

Rushford provides you the detailed information on insurance during your initial weeks here. You will also get to know about companies offering special conditions for international students.

Financial Matters & Banking

Opening a bank account in Switzerland is quite simple. In fact, there are many different banks one can choose from. Some of the more popular banks include UBS, Credit Suisse, and Swiss Cantonal Banks. The local currency is Swiss Francs, also known as CHF.

When opening an account, you will need to provide some personal information, such as your name, date of birth, and address. You will also need to provide proof of identity and student residency status. This can be done by providing a copy of your passport, residence permit or driver’s license.

Living in Lucerne

luzern living
Budgeting Your Stay

Switzerland is considered to be an expensive country to live in. However with careful selection of lifestyle and discipline in spending, students find Switzerland to be equivalent to many other international locations in living cost.

Average Living Cost Per Month:


Accommodation: CHF 650 to 850 (depending on occupancy – single/double)

Groceries: CHF 300 to 400

Public transport: CHF 50 to 70

Health insurance: CHF 80 to 180

Third party liability insurance: CHF 10 to 12

Working Part-Time

Foreign students at Rushford Business School looking to gain work experience in the canton of Lucerne must obtain written permission from Rushford. This is so that studies remain the primary purpose for student residency and part-time employment will not interfere with or extend this period.

After receiving authorization, employers must then apply to the Cantonal Labour Office of Lucerne before offering a job/internship opportunity; however, be aware that non-European nationals are restricted from working within the first 6 months of residing in Switzerland.

Minimum wages in Switzerland are highest in the world and this is a definite advantage for students who would like to work while studying.


Lucerne has a well-rounded bus and train network operated by Verkehrsbetriebe Luzern. You can purchase the following:

  • Single-fare tickets at all bus stops and train stations
  • Multiple fare tickets and Monthly travel cards at larger bus stops or Lucerne’s Central Railway Station
  • If you are below 25 years, you can avail of the “Passepartout card for under-25s” and enjoy the reduced fare.


Note: Tickets are not sold inside buses and trains.


Also, you can rent bicycles from the Swiss Federal Railway (SBB) or private providers to explore the city at your own pace.

Leisure Time & Culture

You can relax about leisure and recreation when Lake Lucerne is flowing nearby. The calm surroundings, cool breeze, and serene beauty will sweep through your mind and heart, snatching all your worries. This beautiful city at the heart of Switzerland offers Alpine Spa, Ice skating, hiking, biking, or captivating cruises that can rejuvenate you after hectic schedules. Bars, clubs, and restaurants are always there to binge on something of your choice.


Not only outdoors, but Lucerne also has a lot for you if you wish to explore the country’s rich culture and traditions. You can enjoy the Lucerne festival at the world-famous Culture and Convention Center Lucerne (KKL). KKL hosts several musical and cultural events throughout the year, giving you an immense scope to connect with people out here. Apart from that, the B-sides music festival in June, Blue Balls Festival in July, and the famous Lucerne carnival (Fasnacht) in February are just a few events to delve deep into a celebratory mood. During festivals, it is customary for the city to have a swarm of tourists, like the buzzing bees around hives. Seeing the town turning into a big party will kill all the ordinariness, gearing you up to feel the magic in the air!


Also, you are at the center of Switzerland, well-connected to other Swiss and European cities. Why not explore the charisma of Davos, Paris, Munich, or Lugano on weekends? Joining the famous Oktoberfest in Munich will be a lifetime memory!


Lucerne offers various options to suit your pocket. You can visit budget supermarkets like Aldi, Lidl, and Denner or explore Migros or Coop, the best-known Swiss retailer. Migros and Coop offer loyalty schemes that accrue some points with every purchase. Please also check for bonus points and other plans because it will help you save a few cents!


For budget conscious students, there are a variety of shops and markets available for reasonably priced clothes, shoes and personal items.


The Atlantic Ocean has an impact on Switzerland’s climate. The degree of precipitation in Switzerland is caused by westerly winds, which bring sea air ashore. The Alps serve as a climatic barrier, resulting in a substantially milder temperature in Southern Switzerland than in Northern Switzerland, primarily affected by the Mediterranean Sea.


Due to its location in central Europe, Lucerne experiences warm summers and chilly winters. Although it frequently snows in the winter, it is rare for the city to get more than a few days of snowfall.

Staying Connected

The Swiss mobile phone market offers a unique combination of choice and competition with three network operators – Swisscom, Salt Mobile, and Sunrise Mobile. Plus an abundance of MVNOs working on the same networks serving customers’ needs. Whether you’re looking for just mobile services or bundling options that can include home internet & TVs serviced by one provider to maximize savings potential – be sure to do your research!

Want more information? Contact our admissions advisors today!