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How to find student housing in Lyon, a city that welcomes no less than 200 000 students each year? Whether in an apartment, in a homeshare, in a flatshare or in a student residence, dwellings offered by Studapart are waiting for you! 


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Student housing in Lyon is a challenge for the city 

Housing in Lyon


The first university centre in Lyon


Lyon is the third largest city in France after Paris and Marseille and ahead of Toulouse and Bordeaux. It has more than one million inhabitants and is one of the largest French cities in terms of population. Lyon is home to a large number of schools, with varied university courses. It has major business and management schools such as BSB or EM Lyon. Many engineering schools are also present, including IPSA. Schools and universities of law, literature and health complete the Lyon university centre. It is the most important college town in the province. 


Lyon is often seen as the capital of the province. It is the second largest employment area in France. Located at the crossroads between Switzerland, Italy and Germany, Lyon is a city with a flourishing economy. Unemployment rate is particularly low. Young graduates can easily find a job right after graduating. 

The city of Lyon attracts more and more students and young workers. The city’s excellent economic health makes it very attractive. The reason most newcomers settle (85%) is mainly to find jobs. But the living environment is also very pleasant in Lyon. The city is agreeable, with many monuments and activities. Its geographical location is ideal, close to the Swiss and Italian borders and not far from the Mediterranean. 


The city of Lyon is very popular among students. It combines quality education, economic dynamism and cultural richness. Lyon's architecture is well known and it is very pleasant to stroll through the streets of the city centre. Lyon has the peculiarity of having a real gastronomic identity. International students are eager to discover Lyon's famous bouchons as soon as they arrive. Lyon is also the scene of many cultural activities. Many festivals are organized all year round. The famous Fête des Lumières traditionally closes the year at the beginning of December. Sport is omnipresent in Lyon with nearly 800 stadiums and sports areas. Sports associations allow students to enjoy their life in Lyon. They can also attend basketball, rugby and football matches that punctuate Lyon's sporting life. Lyon is a city in which travel is easy. Its public transport network is reliable and extensive. With 800 km of cycle paths, Lyon has chosen green and economic mobility. It is a very accessible city. Its international airport, TGV connections and proximity to other countries bring Lyon closer to the rest of Europe and the world.


It has always been quite difficult to find accommodation in Lyon. It is almost as difficult to find student accommodation in Lyon as it would be in Paris and Bordeaux. The average rent in Lyon is well above the national average. 

The rental market in Lyon is tense. The attractiveness of the city greatly increases the number of requests. Unfortunately, the offer of student rooms in Lyon is limited and can’t seem to satisfy all requests. 

In 2019, nearly 25,000 students used Studapart to find student apartment in Lyon outside the family home. So what types of accommodation are these French and international students looking for? What is the average budget for a student rental in Lyon? In which districts? Studapart answers all these questions. 

What average surface for student accommodation in Lyon? 


Studios, 1 room and 2 rooms apartments are the most researched for student housing


1- to 2-room apartments add up to more than two-thirds of the market of student housing in Lyon. 10% of students are looking for rooms in private homes. And flatsharing, a financially attractive solution, is sought by 15% of students. 


What type of accommodation should I choose for my stay in Lyon?


Studios are the preferred listing 

As stated earlier, students looking for student accommodation in Lyon are looking for individual studios or 2 room apartments as a priority. The 3rd arrondissement of Lyon is the most popular. This is where the Part-Dieu district is located, a very lively district known to be the centre of activities in Lyon. The 7th arrondissement is also popular. There are many schools located there and the quays make the living environment of this area very pleasant. But student housing is in fact not very suitable because the rent is very high in these boroughs. Northeast Lyon offers better opportunities for students with more affordable housing. To find accommodation in Lyon, it may be interesting to choose student residences in Lyon.  

What is the average rent for student accommodation in Lyon? 

Students will have to plan on average €690 for student accommodation in Lyon


The average budget of a student in Lyon is €700, which is 34% higher than the provincial average (€520) but still lower than the budget of a student in Paris (€820). This budget is almost identical to the average rent in the city. This is a sign of a tight market and an indicator of the difficulty in finding student accommodation in Lyon. Lyon is also the city in which it is most difficult to find accommodation in the whole region. By way of comparison, the average rent in Grenoble is 22% lower than in Lyon. In Saint-Etienne and Valence, the rent is 42% lower. These cities are less attractive than Lyon, so there is less demand. Some students studying in Lyon opt for the inner suburbs of Lyon. It is a good alternative for students. It is very well connected to Lyon and rents are lower there. In Villeurbanne, for example, the average rent is 600€.

Who are the guarantors of students in Lyon? 

Family acts as a guarantor in most cases


It is difficult to secure student accommodation in Lyon without a solid guarantor. It is therefore the student's family that acts as guarantor for the student in Lyon 90% of the time. In a few cases, students ask their friends to act as guarantors for them, while others have no guarantor at all. Only 6% of the students rely on state mechanisms as an alternative to a guarantor. 150 of the students looking for student accommodation in Lyon use the Studapart certification to give weight to their rental application and reassure landlords. 


Where do young people studying in Lyon come from? 


Students from various backgrounds


Lyon is a particular city in regard to the nationality of students it welcomes. College towns generally welcome students from the region. In Lyon, students come from all over France. It’s a sign of the city’s attractiveness, as students prefer to come to Lyon rather than choosing the city closest to their home. Lyon is a city that attracts many Parisian students (15% of students in Lyon are parisian). Then, the other students from Lyon come from the region (14%) and the East (13%). Lyon is also a city that is very popular with international students. Exchange programs in Lyon and summer schools are very common. For example, EM Lyon has more than 40% of international students with nearly 100 nationalities represented at the school.


How to book student accommodation in Lyon using Studapart? 

Studapart offers more than 12000 student dwellings in Lyon

Due to its student population, thousands of students have to find their student apartment in Lyon every year. This isn’t always easy. Some students want to live in the periphery of Lyon. But a majority of students are looking for their studio or shared flat in the center. 

They can easily find student accommodation in Lyon using Studapart. Studapart has been a student rental specialist for 5 years and offers students an online housing platform dedicated to them. The platform has offers of studios, shared apartments, homestays and apartments in student residences in Lyon. Studapart allows them to book their student apartment in Lyon online, with or without visiting the place. They can also purchase their home insurance at the time of booking. A multilingual support team (French, English, Spanish, Italian and Chinese) is available 6 days a week to guide them. The team can also assist them in their exchanges with lessors if necessary. 

Students from Lyon might sometimes be required to change cities several times during their studies due to internships or international exchanges they may have to carry out during their course. Studapart offers them a fast, smart and smooth rent experience. With Studapart, they can quickly book turnkey accommodation from thousands of verified student accommodation offers. Studapart also offers them seamless support - whether before and after the booking process. 

At Studapart, we believe in a simpler and more personal rent experience. On a daily basis, we work to facilitate access to housing for French and international students. 


What benefits do students gain from using Studapart?   

Studapart makes the search for accommodation easier and has exclusive offers in store 

What do students in Lyon gain from using the Studapart housing platform?


A 100% secure platform
Studapart evaluates the authenticity of ads and user profiles. We encourage rental companies to make our students happy with a good response rate, a complete profile and quality accommodation. Our team is there to support you along the way. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, we will do everything in our power to find you another place. 

The Studapart Guarantee
No guarantor? No issues.  When you book your student accommodation, you can subscribe to the Studapart Guarantee. Studapart will then act as your guarantor for the whole duration of your stay. The Studapart Guarantee will help you reassure your landlord and rent any home on the platform. 


The Studapart Certification
As it is difficult to find a student rental in Lyon without a French guarantor, Studapart offers international students a way of certifying the creditworthiness and authenticity of their guarantors' supporting documents. This way, international students in Lyon will have their rental application reinforced. The Studapart Certification will allow you to search for accommodation on Studapart, but also on any other property rental sites and/or directly with landlords, student residences or real estate agencies. 

Maëlle M.

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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.

FAQ on student accommodations in Lyon

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💶 What is the average rent of a student accommodation in Lyon?

The average price is 556€ for studios and 984€ for 2 rooms in Lyon.

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