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Acting on behalf of one of its investment funds, Primonial REIM has signed the acquisition of two build-to-rent buildings, located in Massy and Marseille, with Nexity. This transaction is part of the partnership between the developer and Urban Campus, whose architects will design the spaces to optimize them for BTR use.

“After a first successful operation in Saint-Louis, we are proud to extend this partnership with Urban Campus and to have the confidence of Primonial REIM as an investor in this operation,” says Fabrice Aubert, Nexity’s Deputy Managing Director in charge of institutional clients. He adds: “The real estate market is undergoing a major change in usage, which is why we have chosen to make the managed real estate offer a strategic development axis; build-to-rent is one of the major vectors for us.

The Massy Atlantis residence (NF Habitat HQE level excellent, Biodiversity) will be built in co-promotion with Novaxia and will develop 100 units from one to five rooms in a landscaped “quality” block with a shared rooftop. The Marseille development (NF Habitat HQE level, BDM bronze level) will include 75 units from one to five rooms, all with balconies and terraces, both private and shared. They will also feature furnished common areas: game rooms, fitness areas, coworking spaces, etc.

“These two residences will provide all tenants with a quality living environment, in line with new lifestyles and work methods (telecommuting, sharing economy, local roots),” says Maxime Armand, Urban Campus’ COO.

In this transaction, Nexity was advised by 137 Notaires (Mathieu Simon) and Primonial REIM by Lexfair Notaires (Annamaria Brogna) and Ikory Project Services. The marketing was carried out by JLL (Florence Semelin) and Savills (Mathieu Guillebault).

To view the original article in French written by Business IMMO click here. 

You might be moving to Lille and are excited to make it your new home but also a little nervous about what’s to come. This article is to make you feel confident with your decision of moving into Urban Campus Saint So’ Lille Coliving. We will explain all that you will find in your new apartment or studio, how it is that you will have your friends literally at your doorstep, the cool spaces you will be making memories in, and just how easy this whole move is going to be!

What is inside your new home? – Apartments, Standard & Mezzanine Studios 

In Urban Campus Lille Coliving you have the option of moving into a one-bedroom apartment, standard studio, or mezzanine studio. All are completely furnished and equipped. What exactly does this mean? Upon arrival, you will not have to purchase anything. At Urban Campus our spaces are “toothbrush ready” and we pride ourselves on that. Your private unit will have everything from plates, glasses, mugs, wine glasses, teatowels, kitchen appliances including a microwave, toaster, coffee press, a bed, pillows, duvet, side table, hangers, cleaning supplies, and even some decor to make you feel right at home. The list goes on and on, but we recommend prior to purchasing anything for your new flat, on the first day you should explore every drawer there is. We are sure you will not be disappointed.

What are common spaces? 

Aside from having your newly renovated apartment, you will have access to 300 sqm of common areas. Why do we have this? We have comfortable shared spaces so that you are encouraged to have more encounters with your colivers, for you to truly feel like you are part of a community. This is why in Lille Saint So’ Coliving you will find; a coworking space to step away from your desk at home, a fitness area equipped with everything you need to be healthy, an additional shared kitchen to encourage you to spend time with your fellow colivers and share a delicious meal, a cinema room for the ultimate experience, a lounge to have the space to chill, a terrace to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, and a laundry room.

COMMON KITCHEN
Coworking
Fitness

What is included? 

There are plenty of things that are included in the monthly rental. For example; wifi and all utilities are included, meaning water, heating, and electricity – you won’t have to worry about it! Which gives our colivers peace of mind. The maintenance of your flats is also included, so if something happens you can tell our support team right away. Weekly cleaning of the common areas and monthly cleaning of your private unit is also included. If you wish to have the cleaning done bi-weekly, or once a week you can let our team know and an additional service charge will be added each month. The best part of “everything included” would definitely be the community events we hold. The activities our Head of Community puts together can vary every month, but they are designed for you to turn your neighbors from strangers into friends. You will also have a monthly dinner sponsored by Urban Campus for the entire building. If you are curious about what some community events may be, take a look at our Instagram!

We are extremely excited for you to join our Lille coliving community! In Madrid, we have had people in our spaces build genuine friendships, some have become partners, not only in business but also in love. Coliving is to bring like-minded individuals together, to provide you with the best service possible and for the ultimate convenience when moving to a new flat.

Are you ready now?

Les Echos featured us in their article about coliving, shared housing, and intergenerational residences, read more below:

Coliving, shared housing, and intergenerational residences. …these collective projects have a bright future ahead of them. Carriers of social ties are often better accepted locally than real estate.

Urban Campus and In’li have just announced the construction of a co-living residence in Ivry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne). Bringing together 165 individual and shared studios, the building will also house shared spaces (kitchen, lounges, coworking, gym, rooftop, etc.) as well as a coworking room for local entrepreneurs. Delivery is expected in 2025.

This project is typical of these alternative forms of housing which are multiplying in urban areas in the same way as intergenerational residences or shared housing.

Promote a sense of belonging

The trend of “co-” in housing is sustainable, according to Damien Robert, chairman of the board of In’li, a subsidiary of Action Logement specializing in the rental of intermediate housing. “Young workers, who make up 80% of our new arrivals, are looking for apartments in lively neighborhoods close to transport. But giving them access to a set of friendly spaces and events promoting the feeling of belonging to a community is a big plus for them, “specifying In’li’s commitment: 2,000 housing units in the coliving sector will be delivered within three years.

“This responds to known societal changes”,  supports Amaury Courbon, co-founder of Colonies, one of the main building managers in coliving. His company has just announced a partnership of 200 million euros of investment with CDC Habitat to create twenty large residences with common areas. “Young people stay single longer and not finding themselves isolated is a real challenge.”

Participative housing booming

Getting out of “everyone at home” and creating more social ties is also the ambition of shared housing , governed by the Alur law (2014). The reason? Groups of residents come together to create their own residences by sharing certain spaces and activities. A way to promote exchanges between generations and eco-responsible lifestyles. Currently, an average of 300 housing units of this type are created per year, according to the Habitat Participatif France movement, which predicts that their number will exceed 10,000 within five years.

Even if these projects take time to materialize, four years on average, several communities such as Strasbourg, Nantes or Lille encourage their development. In the most tense areas, these participatory habitats carried by ordinary citizens would have little chance of seeing the light of day without the upstream intervention of the municipal authority, via calls for tenders aimed in part at this type of file. In general, elected representatives’ reluctance towards these new models is fading.

Because these collective projects stand out advantageously from the standard constructions often rejected locally. Christine Leconte, President of the National Council of the Order of Architects, assures us: “Mayors can be driving forces provided they develop available plots in a logic of common good. These new-generation housing units are much better accepted than low-quality projects by bringing something to the neighborhood and its inhabitants, such as a shared room or an open garden.

An alternative to nursing homes

“Intergenerational” residences are also beginning to arouse great interest among cities faced with the aging of their inhabitants. This is the observation of the social landlord Seqens (Action Logement) which has given rise to nine real estate projects over the past five years in the Paris region. These sets of 90 to 170 housing units include shared spaces and activities generally coordinated by a local association.

When allocating the apartments, the lessor ensures that there is a balanced mix between families, young workers and seniors to avoid a situation of isolation. For Damien Cacaret, president of Silver Valley, a cluster bringing together economic players serving the elderly , “baby boomers are more open than their elders to these new living spaces that promise social ties, designed in the heart of cities and adapted to autonomous seniors.

A welcome alternative to nursing homes which must be reserved for serious addiction. However, according to a Silver Valley study unveiled on November 29, these innovative formulas remain poorly known to the target audience. Two-thirds of the 1,000 seniors surveyed do not feel “at all informed about alternatives to living at home”.

To read the article in its original language (French) click here. 

 

We wanted to find the best ways to give back this holiday season, as this time of year is known for bringing people together and lending a hand. With the year ending, and everything winding down, you may feel as though you have a moment to catch your breath. Many take this period to reflect on all that they have accomplished in the last twelve months, and everything they have planned for the upcoming year. You may spend it with your family, from afar, or your friends in your coliving

We believe this season has a way of making everyone a little more kind, which think is wonderful. Many shop until they drop for their loved ones, but we asked our staff to do the opposite.

Last year at Urban Campus we donated books to Libros Melior. They sell second-hand and used books, donated by individuals as well as organisations, and give them a new life in solidarity. The funds raised are used to finance projects such as delivering textbooks and school supplies to families with limited financial resources.

This year in our Paris office our team came together and donated to Emmaüs, an international solidarity charity to help out this season. They are known for fighting against social exclusion and supporting the reinsertion of people in need by finding them a job in one of their various structures. The company regularly organizes big fund-raisers and resells all the donations they receive in their vintage clothes shops and furniture stores. The donation was made just last week to ensure the kids would have it in time for the holidays.

While in Madrid, we will have worked with our Head of Community to have a box donation set up inside each of our five colivings and our coworking for those who can and would like to donate canned goods and non-perishables to Foodie Angels. Their organization specifically helps families with economic difficulties by offering them surplus food. 

So as you know, Our coliving along with our coworking community and staff are getting ready for the season and love finding ways of doing these initiatives also throughout the year. If you have any recommendations or connections of more acts like these and how we can be a part of it, we invite you to get in contact with us and let us know. 

Happy Holidays! 

The signing of a new coliving residence in Île-de-France took place between Urban Campus and in’li. They joined forces to acquire and manage 165 new studio apartments, offering young professionals long-term real estate alternatives in a tight rental market.

Paris, November 8, 2022, Urban Campus, a French player in coliving and Build To Rent (BTR), announces, in partnership with in’li, Linkcity, and Nexity, the signature of a new coliving residence under VEFA, i.e. 165 studios, in Ivry-sur-Seine (94). This project completes a portfolio of Urban Campus projects under development in France, notably in the Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France and Alsace regions, with the first delivery in Lille at the end of 2022.

 

Enabling young workers to access housing more easily 

While young professionals are the most affected by the shortage of rental units and rising rents, Urban Campus and in’li want to make it easier for this segment of the population to rent by offering 165 new studios in coliving with rents that are lower than those on the open rental market.

By offering housing at attractive rental prices, ideally located in relation to employment opportunities and public transportation, Urban Campus and in’li are helping to facilitate the residential and professional mobility of a whole segment of society that is just starting out in its working life. Newcomers, young people at the beginning of their careers, and working people on a mission for a few months are thus offered a new rental offer in line with their expectations and needs in very tense real estate markets.

In order to guarantee these innovative real estate solutions, the residence will be managed by Urban Campus as part of a long-term management mandate and the management strategy of in’li, a subsidiary of the Action Logement group. 

Urban Campus’ recognized experience in managing coliving residences ensures that the community of residents is supported in a way that encourages exchanges, sharing, and synergies. A whole program of activities and events promotes a sense of belonging to a community eager to move forward together on professional, associative, and local projects.

“We are very happy about this partnership with the in’li teams, with whom we share strong values: facilitating access to housing for young professionals, contributing to the creation of lively and attractive neighborhoods, and promoting professional mobility. – says Maxime Armand, co-founder of Urban Campus

“Finding innovative solutions for housing young professionals in the Paris region is in’li’s DNA. The partnership with Urban Campus and the implementation of coliving management fully meet this objective in areas of high tension. – said Damien Robert, Chairman of the Board of Directors of in’li.


A coliving residence anchored in the city 

In Ivry-sur-Seine, at the gateway to Paris, the residence of 165 individual and shared studios is designed to ensure the balance essential to coliving, between quality and connected individual spaces, cozy shared spaces (kitchen, lounges) and inspiring, functional and friendly common spaces (telecommuting space, gym, rooftop, event spaces, screening room, terraces). The residence will be completed by a coworking space reserved for local SMEs at the foot of the building.

As part of one of the largest urban, economic and social development projects in the Paris region, “ZAC Ivry Confluences”, the residence will benefit from the development of public transport (T Zen line), the creation of large open-air green spaces and the construction of new urban heating, water and electricity networks that are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

The Ivry-sur-Seine residence is certified NH Habitat HQE, a label that guarantees buildings with a reduced carbon footprint and lower energy consumption. 

Urban Campus is involved from start to finish in the VEFA program to build the coliving residence.

The company participated in the design of the buildings in partnership with Nexity and Linkcity. It is continuing to support the project through all stages of construction, right up to its opening in 2025.

Urban Campus is thus continuing to expand its influence in the coliving and French rental market sectors. Other residential projects are already under negotiation in several European cities.

 

About Urban Campus

Founded in Paris in 2016 by John van Oost, Maxime Armand and Ana Martinez, Urban Campus is one of the leaders in multi-format managed residential in Europe. The company accompanies coliving and Build-to-Rent real estate projects from their conception, and then operates them through long-term management mandates. Urban Campus develops its own smart building technologies and applications to offer tenants a 360° residential service.

The company operates 5 residences in France and Spain and plans to open 30 additional residences in Europe over the next 5 years, in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. 

For more information: https://urbancampus.com/

 

About in’li

In’li, a subsidiary of the Action Logement Group, is the leader in intermediate housing in the Paris region, with nearly 50,000 units under management throughout the region. In’li’s mission is to provide access to housing for middle-class employees and young professionals in order to promote the employment-housing link, facilitate professional mobility and help revitalize the region. 

More information on: inli.com 

Twitter: inli_official https://twitter.com/inli_officiel 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/in-li/ 

 

About Action Logement

For more than 60 years, Action Logement has been the leading player in social and intermediary housing in France, with more than one million units, and its mission is to facilitate access to housing to promote employment. Action Logement manages the Participation des Employeurs à l’Effort de Construction (PEEC) on a joint basis to promote employee housing, business performance and regional attractiveness. The group has 18,000 employees in France and in the French overseas territories.Website: groupe.actionlogement.fr/

Twitter : @ActionLogement https://twitter.com/ActionLogement

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/uesl—action-logement/

Shared living is more sustainable and beneficial for both colivers, investors, and the environment. 

Our dedicated team of architects has this as a leitmotif and says the key to success is in being part of all projects from the very beginning to enhance the value of the building and improve the user experience while minimizing the impact of the building. Read the 5 drivers of sustainable colivings. 

Spatial Optimization

Traditional residential buildings are obsolete and unoptimized, with large corridors, and apartment units that promote loneliness and replicate underused spaces . The average number of single-member or 2-person households is rising and the city’s portfolio is not prepared. Our team studies each building to get rid of unnecessary or obsolete spaces and seaks for optimized spaces that add value and promote large and comfortable shared spaces that reduce loneliness and promote social encounters between tenants.

Shared living is no longer about mini flats with 20-75sqm private space, but approximately 100-300sqm of extra shared amenities to enjoy on a daily basis. A coworking, gym, cinema room, lounge, common kitchen, and outdoor patios are no longer a luxury, but a mutualized space that adds value. These common areas are enablers of community, they make users feel at home and nourishes bonds. 

Each building has its unique character, therefore our architects give a special character to each of them tailored to the location and user needs. 

Passive actions, sustainability from the skin to the core of the building

The scope of interventions relies on the state of the projects, we study the buildings from the outside, aiming to reduce energy demand by improving insulation, windows, and overall envelope. In the case of greenfield projects, we design our buildings aiming at cutting energy consumption. The purpose is not only to minimize environmental impact and raise awareness but also to reduce operational costs. Once inside, our buildings are composed of natural materials, warm finishings, and some vernacular taste in the way furniture is designed and creates that “hygge” atmosphere. At Urban Campus we study each item, supplier, and brand we incorporate to promote a conscious design, together with the selection of colours, finishings and spaces is the “feel at home” atmosphere that characterizes our colivings.

 

Active Solutions (energy efficiency systems)

After reducing energy demand for climate comfort, Urban Campus strives for fully electrified buildings by reducing other sources of energy such as gas. Apart from demand, we also promote sustainable energy production or management like  solar panels and energy-efficient machines (HVAC and aerothermal systems). We work with sector experts to boost climate-proof buildings that are cutting edge within the real estate market.

In a coliving we share spaces, and appliances, reduce water from fixtures, reduce waste, and lower energy consumption per capita compared to traditional residential buildings, which also reduces cost. Overall, our buildings reduce emissions, and waste and are in general more sustainable compared to others in the residential or BTR sector. This facilitates the attainment of green certifications but also creates a huge added value for our residents providing them with a conscious and sustainable living, all while saving money. 

Seamless technology

The best technology is the one you do not see but that makes your life easier. We create smart buildings and connect them directly to our in-house designed platform, internally known as “Dunbar”. Our technology enables us to have a flagship residential building that lowers operational costs throughout its lifetime due to its capabilities. 

We offer seamless technology that works for our residents. One main example is our digital smart key locks, which are installed in all common areas and private units. They allow us to manage the building without having to be there, as we are able to modify the opening and closing times of specific areas. The data gathered, enables us to optimize the shared spaces, the maintenance (use time), and the energy efficiency of those spaces. We have optimized the usage of the space, while designing multipurpose spaces,  for example, common areas, that are used for coworking in the morning and for events in the evening.

Community, feel at home

Is at the core of everything we do. We co-create our spaces, with our residents, through co-creation sessions, consultations, and feedback sessions. . All decisions made, take our community needs into account, and we involve them in the whole design process so that they collaborate with us on achieving the sustainable impact we are striving for.

 

It is time to explore the city of Lille, and what would be a better way than to start by discovering their coffee shops? From vegan-friendly to most local and traditional, as well as those known for their specialties, we know it all.


The Most Traditional: Aux Merveilleux de Fred

This beautiful cafe opened its doors in 1997. It began in Lille, and is now in various cities around the world due to the fame it received from its very first shop. Aux Merveilleux de Fred is three set locations in Lille that you can choose from, but the closest to the Urban Campus Saint So’ Coliving would be 15 minute metro ride to Montebello.

Nothing makes it feel more real than watching your baked goods be made right in front of you. When you visit, be sure to peak through the window so you can admire the pastry cooks doing their signature “Merveilleux cake”.

You must try the “Le Merveilleux”, which is a pastry composed of meringue domes and their secret cream. This particular pastry has many different flavors you can choose from; speculoos, coffee, vanila, and chocolate. 

Location: Aux Merveilleux de Fred, 336 Rue Léon Gambetta

The Most Local: Cafés Méo

Cafés Méo began in the 1920’s, in the North of France. It is the very first company specialized in high quality coffee beans. They opened their first location also in Lille in 1928. A spectacular place to visit, and worth purchasing a bag of their coffee beans to take home.

Location: 5 Pl. du Général de Gaulle

The Most Vegan Friendly: La Clairière

La Clairière has vegan, local and organic food (and bonus – they are pet friendly).

This coffee shop is a real reference in Lille for whoever wants to eat healthy in a cozy environment. Doesn’t this description just “scream” brunch to you? That’s right – its the place to be every Sunday.

Location: 75 Bd de la Liberté

The Most British: Elizabeth’s 

The name may have given it away, but this coffee shop is known for its various home-made British and American pastries (brownies, shortbread and of course, cookies). If you’re new to town you must try their scones with salted better and pair it with a hot cup of tea. 

It is important to note that Elizabeth’s is very small, but that is what makes it so unique.  

Location: 69-71 Rue Basse

The Closest: Café Augustin 

We believe that knowing the closest coffee shop to your new home is equally as important to the others. Within 5 minutes from the coliving you can find a quaint little café to have that mini escape. Café Augustin is very diverse, you can easily find yourself remote working, attending one of the workshops they offer, or even listening to some live music – all while eating delicious homemade food. 

Location: 57 Rue de Valenciennes

The Most Coffee-Oriented: Coffee Makers

In case you are a coffee fanatic, this is the place for you as it is both a coffee shop and coffee roaster. Coffee Makers is a great place to start the day and enjoy some of their delicious cinnamon toast. Looking for something a little more healthy? Ask for their homemade granola – for 11€ you can pair it with fresh fruit juice and a hot drink.

Location: 151 Rue Pierre Mauroy

The Best for Cheesecakes: Oxalis & Bergamote

Most likely this could be one of the most important places of the city. Oxalis & Bergamote’s high-quality pastries and cuisine is located in a refined place. Lillois (people from Lille) go here, so you know if the locals go, it’s for a reason. 

Location: 44 Rue d’Angleterre

The Trendiest : L’impertinente

L’impertinente auto-proclaims themselves as a “Pony-club” instead of a coffees shop. It is even visible in their entrance and Instagram “The only Pony-club in Lille that sells cakes!”

If you understand and speak French, they also have a lot of funny sentences inside their coffee cups, they are often puns, based on French proverbs. 

This trendy shop has two locations in Lille, however, you can also order their pastries and many other items directly from their website. 

Location: 9 Bd Papin

The Most Specialized: Briocherie Sylvana 

If you love the comforting smell of a homemade brioche that just came out from the oven, this is the place to be. Briocherie Sylvana offer’s a large choice of salted and sweet brioches, tasty babkas, and gourmet breads.  

Location: 24 Bd Victor Hugo

The Oldest: Meert 

Mentioned in all the touristic guides of the world, Meert 1677 is the oldest coffee shop in Lille. It is its luxury service and delicious vanilla fine waffles that made the reputation of the house. We will warn you that you will most definitely have to wait in a queue with the tourists, but this is worth it. 

Location:  25-27 Rue Esquermoise

As coliving and coworking in France continue to rise Nexity wrote an article stating where these social ways of living are available to those who are searching for diversity.

To view the original article in French, please click here.

Coliving, and coworking are available in the city as well as in the countryside. These new living and working spaces are developing to allow for more social and intergenerational diversity and simply to meet the aspirations of the French to live together. 

Coliving, coworking. These two Anglo-Saxon terms have been confused for a while in France, but they are making their way into the minds of people and territories where new housing and workspace formats are developing. The number of coliving spaces rose to 8,300 in 20211 from 5,000 in 2019 and the number of coworking spaces reached 2,8002 from 1,700 two years earlier. For Maxime Armand, founder of the coliving company Urban Campus, it is above all “a new way of living together in cities”.

When coliving and coworking provide the solution

“Coliving and coworking are a response to the new expectations of young, mobile, ambitious workers who are open to meeting others,” says Maxime Armand. In short, they meet the aspirations of French people looking for social interaction, budget savings, and mobility. “In Europe’s major cities, more than 50% of households are composed of a single person. Lifestyles have changed, studies are longer, we get married later, have children later…the average household size keeps decreasing over time, so there is a need for smaller housing.”

As for coworking, many companies and employees have taken the plunge. There are lower real estate costs for companies and more freedom for employees to work remotely from anywhere in the world. The Urban Campus buildings also include coworking spaces where residents and outside workers meet, leading to “great encounters.”

Diversity as an asset

Shared living and working spaces would not exist without a desire to live together beyond the purely economic advantages. This is illustrated by the success of coworking spaces created in retirement homes, where workers and residents live together on a daily basis, as in Marseille at the Ehpad Les Jardins d’Haïti, part of the “Un tiers-lieu dans mon Ehpad” program launched by the Caisse nationale de solidarité pour l’autonomie in partnership with France tiers-lieux.

If these schemes are so successful, it is also because of the mutual benefits they bring. In coliving or shared housing, older people can provide services to those who are younger, such as the option of babysitting their children, while those who are younger could return the favor and sometimes do the grocery shopping for their elders. For example, in Le Havre, a former fire station had been renovated into intermediate rental housing, housing for home ownership, mainly for young workers and families, and housing for seniors with an art gallery open to the general public. In Le Havre, they combine social diversity, generational diversity, and diversity of use, “living together and intergenerational diversity were at the heart of the project,” says Éric Vialatel, president of Maisons de Marianne.

It also works in the rural areas

Who said that coworking and coliving were only urban phenomena? The rise of telecommuting has led thousands of city dwellers to go green, at least a few days a week. Some rather rural areas have carried out important seduction campaigns or should we say “marketing” campaigns to attract new active inhabitants, from thirty to fifty years old on average. In Saint-Didier-sur-Rochefort, a little more than 400 inhabitants in the Loire, a café-workshop was created to allow the newcomers to work together and to get a taste of this new life. Moreover, the large townhouse just across the street has been transformed into a shared space and allows families to move into “test” life in the country before settling down permanently. “Leaving the city raises fears, but being with people in the same situation, to live and work, allows us to overcome them together,” says Olivier, a former engineer in Grenoble who has been converted into the manager of these spaces.

In the city as well as in the country, coliving, and coworking, along with other formats of shared spaces are at the same time an economical solution to reduce the expenses of the occupants, an ecological solution to reinforce the intensity of use of the buildings. It is a great opportunity to rediscover the taste of life together, after all, man is a social animal.

1. Prospective study Coliving in France, a market that is accelerating; BNP Paribas Real Estate – December 20, 2021
2. Study: The coworking index; Ubiq – November 17, 2021

 

You have just arrived to Lille, one of the major cities in Northern France and you recently moved into your new apartment with Urban Campus in Saint So’  – it is time to get settled. We have prepared a guide for your move-in to go as smoothly as possible and for you to have the opportunity to become a real Lillois!

Public Transportation 

Lille has a very good public transport network: with two metro lines that has two colors, and only two numbers: M1 (yellow) and M2 (red) you really cannot mess it up. It is definitely a much easier network to master than the one in Paris or London!

The city also has an electric tramway which allows you to go to the neighboring towns such as Roubaix and Tourcoing. Another option may be to take the Transport Express Régional known as TER for a faster option. There are also several bus lines to cover the whole Lille Metropole (MEL) as well as a fleet of self-service bicycles (V’Lille) available. 

To take advantage of moving throughout the Hauts-de-France region via the metro and bus lines you will need a “Pass Pass” card (known as the subscription card), which will allow you to travel freely on the entire public transport network and be able to leave for the North Sea in less than an hour!

When you first arrive to Lille, it may be best to go to your nearest metro stop and buy a “Pass Ticket” which is purchased for occasional use. This ticket will be provided to you on the spot and you can load different types of trips according to your needs:

  • Ticket ZAP – valid for a trip of 3 metro stations only: 1,15€.
  • Ticket 1h – Allows you to travel at will on all modes of transport (except V’Lille): 1,80€.
  • Booklet of 10 unit trips 1h – 15,40€.

It is important to know that you do not need one card per person. In Lille, you are allowed to travel with your friends and family by loading their tickets on your personal card.

If you are going to stay in Lille longer, we recommend getting an official “Pass Pass” card which costs a one-time fee of 4€ to obtain. Then you can recharge it with 2 types of subscriptions: “Monthly” at 62€ per month, or “Annual” at 648€ total, which implies a savings of 8€ /month (meaning 54€ per month).

You can only get a Pass Pass card online via Ilévia website. In order to do this, you will first have to create a “Personal Space” before applying for a card. Then you will be asked to fill out a membership form and provide a valid ID (National ID card, passport, resident card), as well as a passport-size photo. It takes approximately one week for the card to arrive to your home. If you have the opportunity to go to a physical information point in the city with all the information needed above, you will receive your transport card right away!

It is important to remember that your “Pass Pass” card can be used for the metro, bus, and tramway, as well as the self-service bicycles (V’Lille). If you only have the “Pass Ticket” you are able to use it for the tramway and metro as many times as the ticket you purchased allows you. 

Change of Address

If you are going to be living in our Saint So’ Lille Coliving you will have your own personal mailbox. Make sure to take advantage of it and consider changing the address of your bank, taxes, health insurance, and any other organization that may send you mail.

Cancel your Home Insurance (France only)

At Urban Campus, you benefit from the home insurance included in your rent. Therefore, remember to inform your insurer of your move and ask for the cancellation of the insurance contract of your former accommodation in time, to avoid the risk of paying twice for the same service!

The information on this blog is subject to change, so please check the official government and city websites for any updates.

Urban Campus, a coliving specialist in Spain, will open its very first residence in Lille: Urban Campus Saint So. By investing in the capital of Flanders, the company is actualizing its deployment in France and confirming the French craze for coliving. This new lifestyle is based on sharing and has multiple advantages: community, extra services offered to its members, and flexibility.


Investing in the French market

Recognized in Spain since 2017, Urban Campus continues its European development with its arrival in France. Surely it is no coincidence that the company has chosen the Lille metropolis. Urban Campus wants to offer a quality rental service in a real estate market in Lille that is very tight and even in near shortage in certain sectors. This is why the company decided to set up its first coliving residence on rue de Douai, in the heart of downtown Lille. In this dynamic neighborhood near public transportation and the Saint-Sauveur train station, the residence will welcome young professionals looking for a balance between neighborhood life and European mobility.

This upcoming opening confirms Urban Campus’ interest in the Lille region, as it is their second project in this area. The first being the management of the La Maillerie residence, located 15 minutes from the center of Lille, which will offer 121 coliving apartments starting in 2024.

“I am extremely proud of our arrival on the French market in a dynamic region. This is the result of a beautiful collaboration with LCPC (investor), Theop (AMO) and the architectural firm LA.M Studio. Together we will create a residence with a very high quality design and services to best meet the expectations of residents in a tight market. Our team has capitalized on more than 4 years of experience in coliving management in Spain. The Saint So residence will allow us to introduce the Urban Campus coliving experience to French tenants,” said Maxime Armand, co-founder, and COO at Urban Campus.


An offer adapted to new lifestyles

In a 4-story building that has been completely renovated, Urban Campus will offer from January 2023, 38 studio and one-bedroom apartments with mezzanines and balconies. The apartments will be fully furnished and equipped by LA.M Studio. Essential to coliving, several spaces have been designed to encourage sharing and living together: kitchen, living rooms, balconies, coworking spaces, gym, library, and event spaces. In addition, there is an all-inclusive service offer, from internet connection to cleaning services and access to Netflix in the common areas. The objective is clear: to do everything possible to make the residents feel at home in the building.

Urban Campus distinguishes itself by supporting its community. Each residence benefits from the “Community Development” program. Through various activities and initiatives, the community developer encourages the realization of personal, associative, and professional projects (such as collections for associations, talking circles, themed workshops, tasting evenings or film, and documentary screenings). These are some of the best ways to create links and synergies between the residents and they can confirm it works.

In the wake of this second project in Lille, Urban Campus plans to accelerate its expansion in France. The company is already working on other coliving projects in the Paris region and in the provinces.


About Urban Campus

Founded in Paris in 2016 by John van Oost and Maxime Armand, Urban Campus is one of the leaders in coliving in Europe. The company partners with coliving real estate projects from their conception, and then operates them through long-term management mandates. Urban Campus develops its own smart building technologies and applications to offer tenants a 360° residential service. The company operates 5 residences in Spain and plans to open 30 additional residences in Europe over the next 5 years, in France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.