Shared apartments, spare rooms and roommates in Lyon
Flatshare in Lyon

Shared apartments, spare rooms and roommates in Lyon

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Lyon draws the attention of a large number of international students who goes there to learn about its culture, its history and its delicious cuisine. It is a city with a great student atmosphere that has three universities: Claude Bernard-Lyon I University, Lumière-Lyon II University and Jean Moulin-Lyon III University.

Living in a shared flat in Lyon is usually the preferred alternative for young people since it allows you to save on the monthly rental costs and allows you to choose convenient neighbourhoods such as Vieux Lyon and La Croix-Rousse. You will also be able to live with roommates of different nationalities, so take the opportunity to get to know their cultures more closely!

Advantages and disadvantages of sharing a flat in Lyon

Here are some pros and cons of living in shared flats in this French city:

Advantages of sharing a flat in Lyon 

  • You can choose between spare rooms in private apartments or other private or public residences.

  • Shared apartments can be located in different parts of the city, and there are many in the preferred districts by young people, which are 2, 3 and 7.

  • By having a lower rental cost than a full apartment, you will be able to save money for activities and trips to other cities and nearby countries such as Switzerland or Italy.

Disadvantages of sharing a flat in Lyon 

  • The demand for rooms in shared flats in Lyon is very high, so you should do your search well in advance and book quickly when you find the ideal one for you.

  • Some flats or residences may be old and not in the best condition.

Erasmus App for your exchange programme in Lyon 

There are different Apps for Erasmus+ that you can download. Thanks to these apps, the exchange process will be easier in all its stages. In them, you will find relevant information about universities, accommodation, information about the city and tips. For example, students from previous years say that for the experience to be more fun, you have to enjoy the different nightlife options in Lyon, such as discos, bars, karaoke, places with live music and even places on boats on the River.

How to meet people in Lyon?

In addition to hanging out with your flatmates, use one of the following ways to meet people in this French city:

Student associations in Lyon

One of the best associations you can be a part of is the ESN CosmoLyon. With it, you will receive support from students who are already in the city, get the ESN Card to access discounts and take part in a wide variety of activities along with other international students.

Facebook groups for Erasmus in Lyon 

In the ESN Cosmo Lyon, you will be able to view the calendar of activities and join the different events they organize, which include sports tournaments such as football, language exchange, excursions around the city, visits to museums, parties, among others. Some groups are organized according to the academic year, making it easier to meet other young people in advance.

WhatsApp groups for Erasmus in Lyon 

You will be able to join WhatsApp groups or other messaging services such as Telegram or Discord to be able to get in touch with other students. In these groups, some forms are usually filled out to provide data that makes it easier for personal introductions.

Tips for living in a shared apartment in Lyon 

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Pay attention to the characteristics of the room but also of the entire apartment, since in some cases it may have access to a garden or terrace that you will be able to enjoy when there is good weather.

  • Try to learn some basic French before arriving in the city. This way you will be able to integrate more easily with the locals. It would also be convenient if one of your roommates is French, to practice the language daily.

  • If you are lucky enough to be in Lyon on December 8, you will be able to enjoy the Fête des lumières (Festival of Lights), in which the streets of the city are filled with different kind of lights giving a unique atmosphere.

Frequently asked questions about sharing a flat in Lyon

How much does a shared flat cost in Lyon?
The average cost of a room is around €500, whether it is part of a shared flat or a residence.
Where to look for shared flats in Lyon?
We recommend that you search on Erasmus Play, a housing platform in which you will see all available and verified shared flats in Lyon.
How to meet people in Lyon?
Come join ESN CosmoLyon! It is the association for Erasmus students par excellence in the city, thanks to which you will be able to meet young people from different parts of the world while doing a wide variety of activities. You can also join Facebook and WhatsApp groups, as well as share different moments with your flatmates.
How to choose ideal roommates in Lyon?
It would be best if your classmates are of different nationalities than yours, this will enrich your experience by knowing other cultures up close (and even better if one of them is French!). Of course, the most convenient thing would be for the lifestyles of your flatmates to be compatible with yours, you can avoid a lot of conflicts this way.
What are the best apps to find roommates in Lyon?
One of the best apps/websites is Erasmus Play since in it you will also be able to see the different verified rooms of shared flats and residences, allowing you to avoid possible fraud of unverified flats.