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.