Located in the French Riviera, Nice is one of the biggest cities in Southern France. Find out, in this article, how to find accommodation there.
Nice needs no introduction. As part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, in the Southeast of France, it has a population of around 350,000 inhabitants. The city is close to the Italian border and enjoys a strategic position between the sea and mountain, as well as a mild climate and relaxed environment.
Nice is also known to be the French Riviera's economic capital city. By moving there, you will discover a dynamic lifestyle at all levels. It is also very welcoming to those who wish to settle and work in France without passing by Paris.
You better know, from the start, that Nice's real estate market is not very accessible. Being a small but wanted city, it is particularly popular with foreign investors. In fact, rent prices are quite high in Nice. You might pay around 16 euros per square meter. Hence, you will need an average of 1,120 euros per month for a 70 m² housing unit, excluding charges and compulsory bills such a electricity, water and gas, etc.
If you still wish to relocate in the French Riviera, you will probably prefer the Northern area which hosts several town houses, as well as apartment buildings and residences. Make sure to choose the one which best suits your needs and budget. Libération, for its part, is more ideal for expat families given the availability of services and facilities.
Those who would like to live in Nice as pictured in movies should turn to the East of the city. Le Mont Boron is deemed to be a posh area thanks to its luxurious villas and its international population. Carré d’Or, for its part, provides bourgeois residential buildings, as well as high standing residences.
For more affordable housing, you should head towards Louisa Park and Boulevard Carnot which are also quite popular with expats.
Finally, if you prefer to live in a calmer area, far from the towns' hustle and bustle, you will definitely enjoy Western Collines. It is a very dynamic area with several residential neighborhoods.
In general, you can rent a 15 m² room in Nice for an average of 450 euros per month. For a 25 m² studio, count an average of 560 euros per month.
For a 30 m² single-bedroom apartment, you will need an average of 600 euros per month. Note, moreover, that the average average rent price for apartments in Nice is quite higher than the national average, that is some 880 euros per month for a 53 m² apartment against 690 euros per month elsewhere.
As regards houses, you should know that offers are quite scarce. You are more likely to find these in the outskirts, but at higher prices, that is an average of 1,500 euros per month.
During your accommodation search in Nice, you should rather contact a real estate agency, unless you can make a short trip to have a better idea of the local rental market. Indeed, the real estate agent will help you find the housing unit which best suits your needs and budget, thus avoiding you losing time.
If you prefer to rent a house rather than an apartment, you should rely on word of mouth since locals are well acquainted with the city. Otherwise, you can still look for housing on the Internet thanks to general and specialized housing websites, as well as online local newspapers such as Nice Matin.
Now that you have some tips, we wish you good luck in your housing hunt!