Looking forward to move to Lyon? Here is how to proceed to find accommodation in this amazing French city?
Located in Southeast France, Lyon is at natural and geographic crossroads between the North and the South of Europe. It is a strategic city in economic and development terms, hence, one of the major cities when it comes to employment, quality living, etc. Lyon thus attract not only expatriates but also the French coming from other parts of the country.
Lyon is also deemed to be a student city with some 120,000 students coming from all around the world to register in its numerous higher education institutions.
Moving to Lyon has several advantages. Indeed, Lyon is undeniably a very dynamic national and European economic hub.
Lyon is also a huge employment pool, especially in terms of new jobs such as science, technology, etc. It is particularly ideal for expats moving there with grown up children due to the presence of many schools.
Located between Northern and Southern Europe, Lyon will allow you access to neighboring countries such as Spain and Italy.
Lyon is very open towards artists and entrepreneurs.
The cost of living is lower in Lyon than in Paris. Moreover, its inhabitants are entitled to higher wages and quality of life, that is 11% higher than the national average.
Given that Lyon is a student city, most small housing units such as rooms, students and single-bedroom apartments are rented by students.
If you are moving to Lyon all alone, why not try your luck with these as well? Count an average of 500 euros per month for a 24 m² studio against around 400 euros per month for a 15 m² single bedroom apartment or some 560 euros for a 32 m² two-bedroom apartment. If you prefer a larger housing unit, such as a 56 m² apartment, you will need an average of 750 euros per month.
As regards houses, although these are quite scarce, you will need an average of 1,400 euros per month for rent.
Lyon is divided into 9 districts, namely:
- Presqu'Ile (1st and 2nd districts)
- Confluence (2nd district.)
- La Préfecture (3rd district)
- La Part Dieu (3rd district)
- Montchat (3rd district)
- La Croix Rousse (4th district)
- Le Vieux Lyon (5th district)
- Saint Just, Saint Irénée, Point du Jour (5th district)
- Les Brotteaux (6th district)
- Gerland (7th district)
- La Guillotière (7th district)
- Vaise and Gorges de Loup (9th district)
- Tassin and Écully
- Sainte Foy and Francheville
- Saint Cyr and Saint Didier.
Note that the city-center is very urbanized while the outskirts have kept their rural looks and lifestyle. Moreover, each of these neighborhoods has its own identity and atmosphere. You are therefore advised to choose your housing unit (whether a house, a flat or a room) according to your daily needs, especially if you are going to work and if you have children who will be attending school, etc.
You can start your housing hunt right from your home country thanks to several online local newspapers and housing websites. These will also give you an idea of the types of accommodation you can afford in the city.
You might also want to hire a real estate agent or a flat hunter. However, in the second case, you will have to pay half of the fees beforehand and the rest once you have found suitable accommodation. Feel free to inquire with them about relating conditions.
Making a first short trip to Lyon is also recommended. You will thus have the opportunity of touring the different neighborhoods to identify vacant housing units. Why not register with a real estate agency as well? Note that when contacting owners directly, you may not have all the required documents to sign your lease documents. You should also take into account the security deposit and advance payment.