Which French student cities are worth investing in?

For real estate investors, investing in small apartments (studios, one or two bedroom apartments) and shared apartments has many advantages and great potential as they offer the best rental yields on the market. For this type of property, the demand for rent comes mainly from students, especially when we know that there is not enough housing in the student residences (CROUS) compared to the existing demand. As a result, shared accommodation is the type of accommodation preferred by students due to its economical and friendly aspect. From the point of view of landlords, this mode of operation allows you to limit the risks due to the many tenants, and also makes it possible to receive income from several types of rent from one object.

Top French cities to invest in to target students

In this article, we will tell you which French cities show the best rental potential for a student clientele.

Invest in Paris

Paris is a student city par excellence. In fact, it has over 720,000 students, of which 13% are international students. The latest data points to a significant increase in the number of students by 19.60% over 10 years, which represents an excellent opportunity for real estate investors.

The reputation of the city’s higher education institutions, such as the Polytechnic Institute of Paris, the University of Paris-Sorbonne, or even the University of Paris PSL, provides a guarantee of profitability for real estate investors who want to target this population.

Areas we recommend investing in, depending on the location of the schools:

  • latin quarter
  • Bastille
  • Italy Square
  • Beautiful city
  • Oberkampf
  • Batignolles

map of paris students

Invest in Lyon

Lyon, with nearly 175,000 students, was ranked as the second best student city in France according to the l’Etudiant website for 2021/2022. This is not surprising, since the variety of courses offered makes the Lyon metropolitan area an ideal place to study. Thanks to the abundance of cultural places (museums, libraries, festivals, etc.), students can enjoy a busy life.

Among the most famous and sought-after higher education institutions are the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon or the Lumière Lyon 2 University.

With an average property price of 5,366 euros/m2 per apartment, we recommend investing in the following sectors:

  • 8th district
  • guillotier
  • Villeurbanne
  • The slopes of the Croix-Rousse

map of lyon students

Invest in Marseille

Marseille is famous for being home to Aix-Marseille University (AMU), one of the universities with the largest student population in France (over 70,000). Thanks to a very wide educational offer and the RTM transport network, which allows easy access to different schools and different places of life, Marseille is a city very popular with students. In addition, the Mediterranean climate is also a very attractive factor and an important asset for investors.

In addition, another advantage of the city of Marseille is based on very attractive property prices. It is 3,388 euros per square meter for an apartment.

Among the most famous schools are the University of Aix-Marseille, the Central School of Marseille and the Higher Institute of Building and Public Works.

If you want to target a student clientele, we recommend the following destinations:

  • La Canebière
  • St. Charles
  • Chartreux
  • Blankard
  • Timone
  • Saint Pierre
  • Place Castellane
  • Our Lady of the Mountain
  • Joliette

Marseille students map

Invest in Bordeaux

There are many quality institutions of higher education in the Bordeaux metropolitan area, such as the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, the Montesquieu University of Bordeaux IV or the Polytechnic Institute of Bordeaux.

Students will have access to all areas of study: technology, engineering, politics, commerce, hospitality, art… The pleasant living environment for which the city is famous allows it to attract tens of thousands of students.

The sectors most requested by the latter are as follows:

  • City of Pessac
  • Chartrons – Large park – Public garden
  • City center
  • Nansouty – St. Jeans
  • Peixotto

bordeaux student map

Invest in Lille

The city of Lille welcomes over 100,000 students every year. The latter are captivated by the warm atmosphere and variety of education that the metropolis offers. In addition, Lille is home to three universities that are ranked in the top 500 in the QT Top Universities rankings. These are the University of Lille, the Central School of Lille and the Catholic University of Lille.

In addition, the cities located on the outskirts of Lille have nothing to be ashamed of. In addition, Lille’s transport network is surprisingly efficient and allows residents to reach the municipalities of Roubaix or Tourcoing very quickly. Lille’s strategic position also allows them to reach major European cities such as London, Brussels or Paris in just a few hours.

The areas most requested by Lille students are as follows:

  • Vauban Eskermes
  • Vasemmes
  • Mills
  • Old Lille

map lille students

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