Superb quality of life




Lille an attractive and pleasant city to live in

The Lille metropolitan area comprises 90 municipalities and over 1 million residents in a region that combines rural and urban spaces, large towns and villages.

Lille and its surrounding areas boasts a very varied housing stock : traditional houses in Vieux-Lille, large, prestigious residences in Lambersart and Marcq-en-Baroeul, striking apartment buildings near the golf course in Bondues, residential districts in Villeneuve d’Ascq, etc.


Lille and the region at a glance…

An international educational offer

Lille boasts high-quality international educational establishments: you can study a full curriculum in English from nursery through to Master 2 level. The city boasts a varied range of educational establishments which will be able to cater to the EMA’s 600 employees’ children, from 2018 if necessary. Lille’s authorities are currently working to bolster this offering.

  • The number of international sections is growing and is characterised by the different languages taught such as English, German, Spanish, Arabic, Italian and soon Chinese, from the sixth grade (11 years) or the second grade (15 years).
  • Montebello and Jeannine Manuel high schools prepare students for the international baccalaureate. The Faidherbe and Montebello high schools in Lille and the Gondecourt high school near Lille prepare students to take two sets of exams (the French baccalauréat plus the German Abitur, Spanish Bachiller or the Italian Esame di Stato).
  • In September 2017, two new bilingual elementary schools will be added to this list: Etablissement Potentiel International (E.P.I.) in Armentières (twinned with the St Jérôme School in Harrow) and the Open World school near Compiègne.
  • Numerous international and bilingual schools accommodate also children of all ages in Paris and Brussels.

International schools in Lille

  • The Jeannine Manuel bilingual school, associated with UNESCO and accredited by the ECIS and NEASC international networks, prepares students for French, American and Canadian qualifications. It is located in Marcq-en-Barœul, less than 10 minutes by car from the centre of Lille and easily accessible by public transport.
  • An international curriculum. By attending the Sophie Germain primary school, the Carnot secondary school and Montebello high school in Lille, students can study an international curriculum that meets the criteria for the international options of the secondary and high school leaving certificates. This trio of schools forms the basis of the proposed Cité Scolaire Internationale (international campus), which will teach classes in English, Spanish and Italian.

A major university hub in France with an international focus

Lille is the youngest city in France, known for its dynamic student life

  • 22 French universities are ranked in the top 500 academic institutions in the world according to the 2016 Shanghai rankings.
  • 170,000 students are enrolled in the 4,300 institutions (public and private) of the Lille European metropolitan area.
  • The chance to train in a variety of fields : science and technology, economics and business studies, the humanities, etc.
  • Lille : 1st French faculty of medicine in the region with 450 graduates a year.
  • Lille : 1st French faculty of pharmacy in the region with 200 graduates per year.
  • More than 30 “Grandes Ecoles” (EDHEC, IESEG, Centrale Lille, the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme, Sciences Po Lille…) add to the choice offered by the University of Lille and the Catholic University of Lille.
  • Nearly 11,000 students are foreign.
  • Paris and Brussels, two top-tier international university cities, are located within an hour’s journey of Lille. There are numerous graduate schools in these cities : Sorbonne, Sciences Po, Polytech, ESCP, and so on.



A dense and diverse public transport network

Thanks to its major public transport network, intracity journeys in Lille take no longer than 15 minutes.

A connected metropolis

For individuals

  • The Lille European Metropolis is one of the most advanced in France in terms of fibre connectivity, with 75 municipalities currently undergoing a Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) deployment project.
  • The national goal of 100% coverage of the metropolitan area will be achieved by 2020
  • LEM already has excellent mobile coverage in 4G from the 4 national operators. It will soon be further improved, particularly within its underground metro system.

For professionals

  • The territory is fully eligible for the regulated LFO offering, which allows a dedicated fibre-optic connection on demand for any point in the territory.
  • With its 44,000 companies and particularly those associated with French Tech, LEM is particularly attractive to operators who continue to create numerous fibre optic networks dedicated to professional use. This competitive intensity leads to lower telecom costs and greatly encourages innovation in the associated services that businesses can benefit from.
  • Numerous datacentres are also present within the territory: OVH in Roubaix, CIV in Lesquin, TDF in Lambersart…
  • LEM also has a Global Internet Exchange (GIX) where the largest national and global operators are interconnected : Zaio, Colt..
  • All companies established in the LEM region can thus have access to a wide range of telecom services offered by a wide range of operators, from small local operators to major international telecom names, along with a rich palette of accommodation services tailored to their needs.

Healthcare coverage recognised for its excellence

France boasts a healthcare system with high performance levels and universal coverage guaranteeing “access to care for all”.

Medical expenses quickly dealt with by the State with the best standards in all disciplines

  • 79% of health expenditure is covered by the sTATE (OECD, 2013) ;
  • 7% of expenditure is borne by households (compared with 10% in the United Kingdom, 13% in Germany – OECD, 2013) ;
  • Free choice of doctor by the patient.

Community medicine, 260 million consultations

  • Numerous medical, dental and nursing practices ;
  • 22,000 pharmacies in France ;
  • 1,000 biological laboratories.

Plenty hospitals

  • 950 public hospitals ;
  • 700 non-profit facilities ;
  • 1,050 private hospitals. Lille has the largest hospital network in Europe and the second largest in the EU.

Culture in the heart of the city

Since Lille became the European Capital of Culture in 2004, the image of the city and the Euroregion has changed dramatically. This event allowed Lille to have an unprecedented influence, further strengthened subsequently by an ambitious cultural policy.

Lille3000 continues and deepens this dynamism by regularly offering large-scale cultural events (300,000 people present at the opening parade of the latest edition of lille3000 in 2015).

The Lille European Metropolis also boasts a range of museums, three of which are in the top flight nationally :

  • The LaM (Lille Metropole Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Art and Outsider Art)
  • The Palais des Beaux-Arts
  • The Swimming Pool, André Diligent Museum of Art and Industry

Some figures :

  • More than 80 cultural facilities (3 major museums, an Opera, the Lille National)
  • Orchestra, the Conservatoire, the Théâtre du Nord, Aéronef, Zénith, the André Diligent Swimming Pool Museum of Art and Industry, the Maisons Folie…)
  • 150 associations and cultural structures
  • More than 1.3 million people welcomed into the Maisons Folie in 10 years
  • More than 2 million people have visited Gare Saint Sauveur since March 2009 (a rehabilitated former station that offers cultural events throughout the year)
  • 30 minutes from the centre of Lille, the Louvre-Lens collections and major temporary exhibitions
  • A TGV journey of just 58 minutes to enjoy the cultural life of Paris

Lille, city of greenery, city of sport

There are 1,300 hectares of green space in all its forms in the Lille metropolitan area: woodland, parks and squares, rivers, zoos, and so on.

And often, all it takes is a few steps to find some green space !

In Lille, all sporting disciplines are encouraged.

The city is home to some 300 clubs which welcome novices and experienced athletes alike, and also top quality sports facilities (Plein Sud pool, Pierre Mauroy stadium, the Halle de Glisse (an indoor/outdoor skatepark), etc.).

Lille, shopping destination

Each of Lille’s neighbourhoods offers a variety of shops, from pedestrianised streets to Eurallile, and from the Wazemmes market to the Lillenium shopping centre (under construction).

Major national and international chains, fashion-forward boutiques, recognised traders and artisans: everything is provided for a great shopping experience so you can go a little crazy.

As for food and drink, there are a host of regional specialities and restaurants and a new generation of chefs to (re)discover and tantalise your taste buds.

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