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Dubbed as France’s 4th industrial region, Lille France is a destination rich in heritage, culture and memorable experiences. Situated at the crossroad of three of Europe's main cities - London, Paris and Brussels, it’s perfect for expats.
It offers two high-speed train stations making it a convenient business gateway and for exploring other places in Europe. Want to go to London? It’s 80 minutes away. Visiting Paris? Travelling there only takes an hour. Have a business meeting in Brussels? Be there in 35 minutes.
You can also get to Brussels-Zaventem, Roissy Charles de Gaulle and Lille-Lesquin in less than an hour and a half so you need not worry about missing a flight. This makes Lille a convenient access point to Europe for businessmen and expats alike.
So, if you’re considering moving to France, read on to learn how to find city accommodation like a true local Lilleoise.
Moving to Lille and finding the right accommodation will take a little research, but there are some beautiful places to live. Start your discovery online and if your employer hasn’t organised something for you, ensure you find something a few months ahead of moving.
Are you relocating to Lille with the family? Perhaps you’re moving alone for a new job? These questions are crucial when moving to Lille, so you know which part of the city you should stay in.
Lille is very family-friendly, Vauban, in particular is a great option for family accommodation. The area offers lots of leisure activities and more importantly has the stunning Vauban garden. There are lots of places to eat along with shops, supermarkets and green spaces.
Old Lille is perfect for the expat looking to enjoy the arts and historical culture. Cobbled streets, bars, cafes, the Notre Dame cathedral are all within walking distance. It is more expensive than other districts but is popular with working professionals and well worth it for the location.
Lille city centre is another popular location for professionals. It’s very multicultural so is the perfect place to meet other expats. It’s a vibrant place to stay, with no shortage of bars, restaurants and cafes to socialise in.
Accommodation in Lille can vary enormously. There are plenty of options available from unfurnished apartments to fully furnished flats and family-friendly homes.
Rent is around €400 and €600 per month for a 20 to 30 m² apartment. Prices to buy an apartment in the city centre are around €3,200.00 per square meter and outside of the city around €2,300 per square meter.
Once under the Spanish Habsburg rule, the city’s Flemish roots are still evident today.
Filled with both French and Flemish-style architecture, there’s always something to admire in Lille. From its tall red structures, cobblestoned streets down to its golden sandstone houses.
Lille also is the home to The Palais des Beaux-Arts museum which is one of France’s largest art museums. It showcases work from Rembrandt, Goya and Rubens.
Known as the ultimate trade hub, Lille is famous for its fairs, chic boutiques and markets. Ever heard of Braderie de Lille? It’s a famous street market happening every first weekend of September that attracts over 2 million visitors from all over Europe!
With its position between France and Belgium, there also plenty of delights on offer to pamper your taste buds with gastronomical delights.
If you’re planning a move to France, our European Removals team can help you every step of the way.