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FAQ

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What is a coliving?

Coliving is a concept of sharing your work and life space with a group of individuals who have similar lifestyles. We have set our coliving for people who value freedom and independence while having an active community at hand. Being surrounded with individuals who share your values but have a different life experience than yours is a great way to learn and develop yourself both professionally and personally.

Where is Briancon and how to get there?

Briancon is located in the south-east part of France, deep in the Alps, 20 km from the Italian border. There are different ways to get here. Closest airports are Turin, Grenoble and Lyon. During season there are different bus shuttles directly from these airports to Briancon. Another interesting option is taking a night train from Paris. Let us know from where you are coming, and we can advise you the best way to get here. Find out more here.

What is included in the stay?

Accommodation in either private or shared rooms, coworking, and fully equipped kitchen with everything you might need.

How fast is your internet?

We have two VDSL2 modems combined with a switch and connected to two access points (we plan to add more). That allows us to have a solid 50 mbps.

What types of rooms do you have?

We have twin rooms with private bathroom, private rooms with shared bathroom and dorm rooms. Visit Our Space page for more details.

Why don't you have more photos of the space?

We have enthusiastically and very ambitiously started this project while being aware that the two of us will be doing most of the renovations. So, photos are missing at the moment because we are still in the process of renovation. But the place will be ready to open this January.

Do I need a car for Briancon?

Everything you might need for your stay here is within walking distance. But if you want to explore the region independently you will need to use the services of either public transport, electric bike rentals or car rentals. We are working on collaboration with local car sharing service. Also, weekly trips will be organised for our guests and transportation will be included in the service.

What is public transport like?

Briançon has its own network called TUB. Four lines will bring you wherever you need around the town (see map here). The closest stop to the house is “Porte d’Embrun” (2 min walk). You will be able to use this network for FREE (as we are paying occupancy tax for you). If you want to travel a bit further, another company called Resalp deserves the valleys around. The closest stops to the house are “Champ de Mars” and “Lycée d’altitude” (both 5 min walk). With this same company, you can go until Grenoble, or Oulx in Italy. Last but not least, Linkbus can make your life easier as it connects Briançon to Lyon and Turin airport.

What else is there to do in Briancon?

After discovering 250 km of slopes of Serre Chevalier, take an opportunity of snowshoeing or ski touring to experience the less accessible areas of Ecrins and Queyras national parks. Have a chill day or after ski recovery in the thermal baths directly accessible from the slopes. If you want more adventure, La Grave off-piste ski resort is 45 minutes’ drive, and Lautaret’s pass, one of the most famous European snowkite spot, is 30 minutes’ drive. And don’t forget to join us this summer and experience the playground we are surrounded with. Choose from rock climbing, via ferrata, mountain or road biking, kayaking, rafting, hiking, paragliding or many other activities which are at our doorstep. We are right in the middle of the fun!

What do I do about food?

There is a fully equipped kitchen with anything you might need at your disposal. There is a small supermarket in the proximity of the house and many other big chain ones and organic ones in the lower part of the town. Do not miss bi-weekly farmers’ market where you can find fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meat, fresh pasta and pastries coming from both French and Italian vendors. If mountain food like fondue, raclette or tartiflette is in your interest, there is a whole selection of small restaurants just a street away from the coliving.

I do not speak French, is this a place for me?

The official language of Cloud Citadel is English. This is a touristy town that is slowly becoming more visible to international tourists so English is making its way here. Do not trust the stereotype of French not liking English language and be surprised when you buy your eggs on the market. If you are interested in some French lessons while here, let us know and we can organize it for you. Also, there is a growing international group of people who came here for the unique opportunity of living in the mountains.

What is the weather like usually?

The weather depends on the season but it is sunny here 300 days per year. That means that even during the winter days you will be greeted by blue skies and ideal conditions for outside activities. At the same time there is a significant amount of rainfall per year and large snow falls during winter. The microclimate of this place makes it a unique destination.

Do I need to be an extreme skier to come?

There is something for everyone in Serre Chevalier, whether you are a beginner, off-piste skier or a tree-skiing lover. 61 lifts, 250 km and 81 pistes for all levels (13 green, 25 blue, 30 red and 13 black). Serre Chevalier is known for its very extensive off-piste and Europe’s best tree-skiing.

What sort of community events do you have?

We will organise weekly community meetings and from there on see what kind of events or activities are you interested in doing. Mastermind sessions, different types of workshops, communal dinners, Sunday pancakes or cheese Fridays.

Do you offer any sort of guided activities?

We have a collaboration with local english speaking guides and plan to organise weekly activities for groups of people. These guides are also available if you are interested in doing something more independently.

I would like to come some other time of the year, can I book my stay then?

Yes, you can. Winter is wonderful here and the opportunity to live in a town connected to Serre Chevalier ski resort is amazing, but as soon as the snow melts, a whole new range of summer activities become available, the fun never stops!