About to move to Lille? Find out, in this article, how to proceed to find suitable accommodation.
Located at crossroads between France, Belgium and England, Lille is a major economic and cultural hub in Northern France. Being a developing and dynamic city, it attract thousands of French and foreign students every year. Lille used to be a highly industrial and trade city. Over the years, the local economy has greatly diversified thanks to the services sector.
Lille is a historically and culturally rich city in terms of architecture and atmosphere. It also hosts all the required infrastructure to ease your everyday life. So if you are planning to move there, you should not have much to worry about, whether in terms of opportunities, accommodation or other facilities.
According to specialists, rent prices have been showing a downward trend since some time. You should hence expect the following:
- rooms: 373 euros a month for an average 17 m² housing unit
- studios: 467 euros a month for an average of 23 m²
- flats: 516 euros a month for a 30 m² single-bedroom apartment
- 612 euros for a double-bedroom apartment
- 794 euros for a three-bedroom apartment
- 1,038 euros for a four-bedroom apartment
Note that you are more likely to find an apartment than a house in Lille due to its huge student population. Indeed, the rental of small size apartments, studios and rooms is more common.
Before settling in Lille, it is best to have an idea about its different neighborhoods so as to determine which one will best suit your needs.
Bois Blanc: This neighborhood is found in the West of the city-center and comprises around 8,000 inhabitants. It is a developing and family area, blessed with lush nature. Find a complete guide of Bois Blanc here to have a better idea of the local environment and the advantages of moving there.
Centre: It is Lille's most densely populated area with nearly 30,000 inhabitants. You are likely to find a few houses there if you would prefer to rent one. Centre is also a continuously developing city for the welfare of its population.
Fives: This city has long given up its industrial identity for the sake of development. Indeed, it is continuously refurbished so as to welcome French and foreign nationals in a harmonious environment.
Faubourg de Béthune: This neighborhood is crossed by major roads, dividing it into three sectors, namely Concorde, Vieux Faubourg (where you can find several individual houses) and Verhaeren.
South Lille: It 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.
Les Moulins: It is above all a student area. Thanks to its dynamism, it is continuously developing so as to improve its inhabitants' already attractive quality of life.
Saint Maurice Pellevoisin: Located near the city-center, it is a modern and dynamic area in economic terms. It also hosts a continuously improving real estate park which is particularly based on social blending.
Vauban-Esquermes: It is a mainly residential and university area, ideal for family life, especially due to the surrounding lush nature.
Vieux-Lille: It is a very attracting and promising neighborhood, bridging history with modernism. Vieux-Lille is very friendly, human, full of life and warmth.
Wazemmes: Lively and multicultural, it is Lille's second most densely populated neighborhood. By moving there, you are likely to enjoy several events which are held are year round.
If you are not yet acquainted with the city, the best thing to do is to register with a real estate agency. The real estate agency will help you find accommodation according to your criteria and budget more rapidly.
You may also start your housing hunt right from your home country thanks to the Internet. Feel free to browse general and specialized housing websites, as well as online local newspapers. However, your presence will be required when the time comes for visiting the premises and signing the lease documents.
Networking will definitely help if you have friends or contacts on the spot. However, you will have to be physically present to sign the lease documents.
Expat.com – Accommodation in Lille Forum
Expat.com – Housing in Lille
Lille Official Portal www.lille.fr
Particulier à Particulier www.pap.fr
Yellow Pages – Real estate agencies in Lille www.pagesjaunes.fr