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Your next home may be in Lyon!


Lyon, at the junction of the Rhône and the Saône


Lyon has 1.3 million inhabitants on 55,000 hectares. Second largest agglomeration in France, it is geographically perfectly located halfway between the sea and the mountains, between Northern and Southern Europe. The city, located on the Rhône, is a point of meetings and exchanges due to its location, for many tourists.

It is thus a real European metropolis, in many respects, in addition to being the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region. Lyon attracts by its geographical position, its dynamism and its economy. It is today the second French student city after Paris. Real estate prices are high and still rising!

It is a peninsula located between two dominant hills, Fourvière and Croix-Rousse. Two rivers cross it, the Rhône and the Saône. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the architecture that dominates the city of Lyon, and particularly in the old Lyon district, deserves special attention. It should be noted that the architecture of the city is specific to the Italian and Parisian styles because it is inspired by the upper middle class. Lyon attracts because it has the advantages of a metropolis while keeping a rural side. Lyon's population is partly young and dynamic due to its student dimension.


Hard to find an apartment in Lyon due to a shortage of housing available for rent


They say there is a shortage when there are more applications than offers for housing. In Lyon, there are few offers of rental apartments. For this reason, start looking for your apartment way before your stay.

As in nearly 80% of cities in France, the demand for housing exceeds the supply atLyon : there is a great need. As in nearly 60% of cities in France, Lyon suffers a very strong or even extreme shortage of housing: there are at least twice as many requests as offers.

There are approximately 6 applications for 1 offer in Lyon.


You’re moving to Lyon? Rent your apartment quickly with Studapart!


Renting is THE ideal solution when moving to a new city. Whether it is an individual accommodation or a shared apartment, it is an opportunity to take the time to discover your new life without committing to the long term. Whatever your situation, there is always an ideal property to put your suitcases on Studapart!

The different apartments available are classified according to their attribute: T1, T2, T3, T4... Which tells us the number of rooms apart from the kitchen and the bathroom. For example: T1 = one room + kitchen + bathroom, T2 = two rooms + kitchen + bathroom, etc...

Before you start looking, you have to take stock of your needs, in order to define the type of accommodation you want to rent, but also its geographical location and nearby amenities.

  • In Lyon, T1 rentals represent 14% rental offers

  • 25% furnished apartments in Lyon for rent are T2 apartments


What style of apartment will I be able to find in Lyon ? 

Lyon is known for its old architecture.

  • 91% accommodation in Lyon are old dwellings

  • In Lyon, we count 9% of modern constructions


How many residents of Lyon pay rent on average? 


The price of a rental per m² at Lyon is on average 16€/m².

However, several criteria must be taken into account to estimate the amount of rent for a property: its surface area, its category, its geographical location, whether it is furnished or not... If, for example, you opt for a furnished T2 in Lyon, it will be, on average 750€/month.


I want to rent an apartment in Lyon, what should I pay attention to? 


The first important criterion for renting an apartment is its location. To make your choice, take into account your habits and your daily movements, in order to facilitate them as much as possible and to be sure to feel at home in Lyon.


La Croix Rousse, a village in the heart of the city


Belonging to the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, this district is unique.

La Croix Rousse is located in the northern part of the peninsula. On the plateau of the Croix Rousse, there is a rustic bohemian atmosphere and a little bourgeois, very pleasant.

Often considered a village in its own right, resembling the Montmartre district of Paris. Historically, this is the district where the silk workers worked, Lyon was the capital of silk. The working-class past of the Croix-Rousse hill has given it the nickname "the working hill".

La Croix-Rousse is the endearing district of Lyon. You will find small shops, Lyonnais corks, and the famous village atmosphere.

Today, the traditional looms are still in business, with orders for high-quality fabrics pouring in from all over the world. This tradition is perpetuated by lovers of this material: in particular the association Soierie Vivante and the Maison des Canuts. Croix-Rousse is well served by buses but also by metro C. 

Real estate in the Croix-Rousse district is very popular. The apartments are negotiated between 4500 and 7000 euros per m2. The prices go up as you go up the slope. The Croix Rousse plateau is one of the most expensive areas of Lyon.


The Presqu’île district, between Rhône and Saône


Belonging to the 1st, 2nd and 4th arrondissements, the district is between the Rhône and the Saône. The Presqu’île is home to emblematic historic squares such as Place Bellecour and Place des Terreaux. The 15th and 16th century buildings benefit from proximity to shops, cultural venues and restaurants. The Place des Terreaux and the hill of the Croix Rousse have always constituted the northern limit of the peninsula, while the southern limit has changed a lot over time. Indeed, at the end of the 5th century BC, the peninsula was no more than a group of islets extending only to the bottom of the Croix Rousse plateau.

Rue de la République is the main street of the Presqu’île district. Probably the most beautiful in Lyon, this long pedestrian avenue is right in the heart of the city centre. It starts from Place de la Comédie, where the Town Hall is located, at Place Bellecour, passing through Place de la Bourse and its beautiful palace housing the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon. When night falls, many concerts and shows take over Place des Terreaux and its completely renovated illuminated fountain. It is this same square that shines with a thousand lights each year on the occasion of the famous Festival of Lights. It is an area very well served by various public transport. The Presqu’île district is very coveted and this is reflected in the prices which are constantly increasing. 


The rental lease: What is it?


During your search, you will systematically see the mention furnished/unfurnished on the rental advertisements. This corresponds to the type of lease (rental contract) that you will sign if you choose this or that property. We must take into account the differences of each before making a choice.


A furnished lease contract:

  • Is established for a minimum of 1 year (9 months if you are a student).

  • Gives you a minimum of 3 months notice if the owner asks you to leave.

  • Gives you a minimum of 1 month notice if you choose to leave.

  • Requires a maximum of 2 months' rent in advance when signing the contract.


An unfurnished lease contract:

  • Is established for a minimum of 3 years.

  • Gives you a minimum of 6 months notice if the owner asks you to leave.

  • Gives you a minimum of 3 months notice if you choose to leave.

  • Implies a maximum of 1 month's rent in advance at the signing of the contract.


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Frequently asked questions

What is the average rent for student accommodation in Lyon?

For the most part, students looking for student accommodation in Lyon are looking for studios from € 506 to € 606

What type of accommodation should you choose to stay in Lyon?

Students looking for student accommodation in Lyon outside the family home are looking primarily for a studio with an average rent of € 556 or a T1, a one-room apartment, with a average rent of € 786. Shared accommodation is also in great demand, since it is the cheapest solution to obtain a more spacious and comfortable student apartment in Lyon.

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