Why learning French in Lille?

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  • Lille is cheaper than Paris, Lyon or other big cities in France.
  • Lille is a human-sized city. It is easy to get around on foot, by bike or by public transport.
  • Lille is located in the heart of Europe with a fast access by train (TGV) to : Paris in 1 hour, Amsterdam in 2 hours, Brussels in 1 hour, London in 1h30.
  • Lille offers a wide range of shows, exhibitions, cultural activities, etc.
  • In Lille, everyone speaks French and welcomes you with a big smile. People from Lille and North of France and truly nice and friendly.

Explore the region

Useful links to live in Lille

Some key figures

1st French centre for textiles and technical textiles;

2nd largest city in France for hosting international headquarters;

2nd in the field of industry and publishing;

2nd regional station in France (behind Lyon) for Lille Flandres station;

3rd place for banking, agri-food (Bénédicta, Bonduelle, Heineken, Leroux, Lesaffre, Paul, Roquette…), mechanical and electrical industry (Dassault);

3rd largest university city in France (behind Paris and Lyon / 100,000 students): 10% of France’s engineers come from the Lille metropolis. 1st school of journalism created in France;

3rd business district (Euralille) after La Défense in Paris and La Part-Dieu in Lyon;

European capital of distance selling (La Redoute, Les 3 Suisses, La Blanche Porte, Afibel…);

European capital of mass distribution (Auchan, Camaïeu, Castorama, Décathlon, Leroy-Merlin, Norauto, Pimkie…).

A touristic city

1 million tourists estimated in Lille (Source 2018 – Tourist Office);

55% foreign visitors, from 64 different nationalities and from 5 continents;

Palais des Beaux-Arts : the second largest museum in France after the Louvre;

 Lille Grand Palais : 300 events per year for 1 million visitors (exhibitions, congresses, shows);

More than 80 km of cycle lanes, or nearly 36% of all traffic lanes.