Moving to Bordeaux naturally involves looking for accommodation. Find some tips to guide you in this article.
Bordeaux experiences a pleasant climate with mild winters and warm summers. During the dull season, it is given a new dynamism with the presence of thousands of students coming from the rest of the country and abroad as well.
The city is also holds a magnificent natural and cultural heritage which is world famous. So if you are planning to move there, you will enjoy unparalleled quality living, whether in terms of opportunities or accommodation.
According to specialists, 67% of Bordeaux inhabitants are tenants. This is particularly explained by the availability of housing for rent, especially due to the presence of many French and foreign students in the city.
Moreover, you should not have much trouble in finding larger housing units, that is four and five-bedroom apartments if you wish to live near the city-center, especially if you are moving with your family.
You are also to find individual houses in Bordeaux, unlike in other major cities. Indeed, the city's inhabitants really appreciate living in family houses.
According to real estate specialists, most people prefer to move nearer to the city-center, for instance, to La Victoire. Note, however, that rent prices are higher as you move closer to the city center. In all cases, make sure to inquire about the different neighborhoods so as to determine which one best suits your needs.
Bordeaux Maritime: It is the biggest neighborhood in Bordeaux and portrays the city's maritime history. It mainly revolves around the lake, the Parc des Expositions and the Palais des Congrès. Bordeaux Maritime is a particularly dynamic area thanks to the presence of the tramway network, its recently rehabilitated water ponds, the Grand Stade and the Chaban Delmas. It also attracts many foreigners due to the presence of several companies which make up a real job pool.
Bordeaux Sud: This neighborhood has a huge historical heritage as portrayed by its rich architecture (including old factories, warehouses, old housing workers, slaughterhouses, etc.). Local authorities are planning to build an international business center, as well as the land use. This should be part of the Euratlantic project.
Chartrons – Grand Parc – Jardin public: These are very dynamic, modern and popular neighborhoods, ideal for family expatriation, especially due to the tramway network, huge green spaces, public infrastructure, its proximity with the river, etc.
Chartrons: It is a very posh neighborhood with trendy boutiques, chic restaurants, bio vegetable sellers, etc.
City-center: Bordeaux city-center is a not only a historical area but also the city's economic, commercial, administrative, cultural and tourist hub.
Saint-Michel/Nansouty-Saint-Genès: It is a real social melting pot, nicknamed “The neighborhood that never sleeps”.
St Augustin – Tauzin – A. Dupeux: It is the ideal place to be if you are looking for a house with a garden and garage, or even a big flat. These are rather rural looking, calm but economically dynamic areas.
La Bastide: This is another family-friendly area, especially to the presence of schools and leisure infrastructure. You will be delighted by its green spaces as well.
Caudéran: It is one of Bordeaux's most densely populated areas. Note, however, that it is a very calm residential area, hosting huge green spaces stretching over not less than 28 hectares of land.
Rent prices in Bordeaux have experienced a considerable increase over the past ten years. However, the average rent price remains between 1,029 euros and 1,300 euros per month for big houses.
If you are moving to Bordeaux alone, you will need an average of 374 euros per month for a 14 m² room against 468 euros per month for a 23 m² room. As regards apartments, rent prices generally start as from 498 euros per month for a 27 m² flat.
Recently, two-bedroom apartments were available for an average of 625 euros per month. For a three-bedroom apartment, you will need an average of 801 euros per month while for a four-bedroom apartment you will need around 1,050 euros per month. If you prefer a bigger apartment, count some 1,200 euros per month.
Note, however, that rent prices are 34% lower in Bordeaux than in Ile-de-France despite the rise.
Feel free to start your housing search right from your home country on the Internet. You can start by browsing housing websites, as well as online local newspapers. This will give you a better idea of the types of accommodation available in the city and the quality of life you can expect in its different neighborhoods.
Once you are on the spot, consider registering with a real estate agency, especially if you are new to the city. The real estate agent will help you find accommodation more rapidly and according to your criteria and budget, taking into account the proximity required with your place of work, your children's school and other amenities.
If you are well acquainted with French and the local customs and traditions, you may also inquire on individual to individual websites. Feel free to contact the owners or real estate agencies for more information.
As regards lease conditions, refer to the article Accommodation in France. Note that housing laws are the same in the whole country.
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