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Lille is located in the northeastern part of France, close to the border with Belgium. The city is very well connected to the rest of Europe, with direct train connections to Brussels, Amsterdam and London. The city is a major economic, cultural and academic hub, drawing a very large population of French and international students every year. Whilst Lille used to live primarily from industry, the city is now more diversified and boasts a strong services sector. Lille is also home to one of the most prestigious orchestras of France, the Orchestre National de Lille.

The housing market in Lille

Prices for accommodation in Lille are generally stable for older housing, but this is not necessarily the case for more recent developments, and particularly new builds. For a while, and until the middle of 2016, prices had started to fall in and around the city, although the tendency is now towards stabilisation. For those seeking to purchase property, the prices have now reached between 2,000 to 4,000 euros per square meter for older and more traditional buildings, although prices tend to fluctuate widely from area to area. Real estate specialists indicate that demand is particularly strong in the older section of the city, known as “Vieux Lille”, but prices in the area are commensurately higher than other areas such as Vauban or locations further away from the center, such as Wazemmes, Moulins or Fives.

Neighbourhoods of Lille

The centre of Lille is quaint and very reminiscent of the architecture which characterises Dutch and Belgian cities. It is quite densely populated, but holds many properties suitable both to individuals and families. For more accessible prices, be sure to look out at neighborhoods further away from the centre – many of them are very well connected by public transportation and allow you to enjoy both the tranquility and affordability of suburban life and the pleasures of a dynamic city. The city of Lille has an excellent website with an extensive range of information, including details on the different neighbourhoods, forms of support, and the services offered by the local authorities.

South Lille

The southern part of Lille is one of the city's major and most densely populated areas. It is particularly popular due to its proximity with the CHRU, Eurasanté and the Jeanne de Flandre Hospital. As a dynamic city, South Lille may be the ideal place for expatriates looking for career prospects and affordable accommodation.

Bois Blanc

Bois Blanc is located towards the west of the city-center and comprises around 8,000 inhabitants. It is surrounded by the Deule river, and provides nice riverside views. It is an excellent area for families, and is blessed with lush green spaces. Bois Blanc can also attest to the rich industrial past of the city of Lille.


Fives is a residential area which was previously an icon of industry. Today however, the city is hard-hit by low employment rates, and has struggled to reinvent itself following the decline of its formerly glorious companies. Nevertheless, Fives is drawing an increasing number of middle class families, largely due to the more affordable housing options. Fives is served by the metro network.

Faubourg de Béthune

This neighbourhood is crossed by major roads, dividing it into three sectors, namely Concorde, Vieux Faubourg (where you can find several single houses) and Verhaeren. Béthune is culturally diverse and has recently undergone several development projects, including the construction of sports facilities.

Other areas

Les Moulins is a student area and is not particularly well-suited for families. However, the area is extremely vibrant, and has undergone continuous development, thus increasing the quality of life in the neighbourhood. Saint Maurice Pellevoisin is located near the city-centre and is economically modern and dynamic. It also hosts a real estate park which is based on the concept of social blending. Vauban-Esquermes is primarily residential and is home to the university area and is ideal for family life, especially due to the surrounding lush nature. Finally, Wazemmes is lively and multicultural, it is Lille's second most densely populated neighbourhood. Many events are held in Wazemmes throughout the year.

Finding a property in Lille

If you are an international expatriate not yet acquainted with the city, it is probably best to register with a real estate agency. Lille is undergoing rapid change, and if you intend to move with a family, it is probably best to ensure that you are well informed on the area to which you move. Given the large and dynamic supply, the real estate agency will help you find accommodation in Lille according to your criteria and budget more accurately.

 Useful links:

Lille Official Portal
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Yellow Pages – Real estate agencies in Lille

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