Moving to Lille

Are you considering moving to Lille?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods to Lille depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight, of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man & Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfil your demand.

Moving to Lille made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Lille. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you are moving to Lille or within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Lille

City council

The city of Lille website will give you all the information that would be necessary for your settling in the Capital of Flanders. You will find all the news about Lille, such as work in progress, district town halls or the “Vivre à Lille” menu, dedicated to helping newcomers to the city! More broadly, the website of the European Metropole of Lille (in English) is packed with useful information about the towns and villages around Lille. This exhaustive site lists city news as well as various services, sports, and cultural events: Lille is very dynamic indeed! As for everyday life and going out, you will certainly find everything you’re looking for, and more, on the tourist office’s website. The timeless “guide of the Ch’ti” will also give you the keys to discover the hidden gems that abound in the Prefecture of the North.

Public transports

Public transport offers plenty of options and is very well organized in the MEL. You will find two automated metro lines that connect Lille and the main cities around, such as Tourcoing, Roubaix or Villeneuve-d’Ascq. All information is located on the Ilévia website. Two tram lines also connect the Lille-Flandres station to the cities of Roubaix and Tourcoing. If Art-Déco architecture sparks your interest, do not hesitate to take the tram to Roubaix as you will see on the way, the old manor houses of the industrialists from the early twentieth century. Lille also offers 6 “Bus Rapid Transit” lines and various secondary lines, which are frequented daily by students, employees, and schoolchildren. The site of Ilévia proposes a system of assistance to help you prepare a trip by public transport.

The city provides users with V-Lille stations throughout the city, to allow you to pick up a bike and make your own way.


In 2018, the 3 former university centres of Lille Métropole merged to become the University of Lille. The presence of over 70,000 students from 150 different nationalities makes it a major university centre in France. On the university’s website, you will find all necessary information for your registration, the courses offered and student life. Divided into several poles placed at the four corners of the metropolis (Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Roubaix, Tourcoing, centre of Lille), it deals with very different courses, from medicine to political science. The Institut Catholique de Lille (Lille Catholic Institute), a private high school, is very famous in the field of medical sciences, law or theology. Ranking first in the list of the best journalism schools in France in 2018, the ESJ Lille welcomes 60 selected students every year.

Moving to Lille at a glance

  • Lille is the most important French city north of Paris. The urban community has almost 1.1 million inhabitants; it is at the same time Prefecture and headquarters of the Region Hauts-de-France.
  • Commonly called “the Capital of Flanders”, Lille is part of the historic heart of French Flanders and was attached to France in 1668.
  • With more than 70,000 students from 150 different nationalities, Lille is a major university city in Europe.
  • The agglomeration of Lille still retains the traces of its Flemish past: architecture on the street, traditional dishes (Welsh, potjevleesch) and several craft breweries (including Les 3 Brasseurs).
  • A former industrial city, the factory chimneys have been replaced by technological centers of excellence located in the 4 corners of the agglomeration: Euratechnologies at the river port, the Haute-Borne in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Euralille the business district or still Up-Tex in Tourcoing.
  • It is the seat of an intercommunity of 90 municipalities called Métropole Européenne de Lille which includes a French part and a Belgian part, bringing together some 1.8 million inhabitants in total.
  • Lille is known for the friendliness of its inhabitants who organize, every first weekend of September the famous Braderie de Lille and its 150 km of displays that make it the biggest flea market in Europe.

The European Metropolis of Lille (MEL) is full of shopping centers within its limits, but also in neighboring communities.

Inside the city itself, you will find the shopping center Euralille, located between the two railway stations of the city (Lille-Flandres and Lille-Europe). Entirely renovated in 2017, this shopping center attracts an international clientele coming mainly from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Great Britain, who enjoys strolling among the 66,500 m² of shops!

The Galerie des Tanneurs, adjacent to the Grand Place de Lille, also offers many clothing stores and objects for the home.

The rue de Bethune, which connects the Place de la Republique to the city centre, is known as the most popular pedestrian street in France! Exclusively made up of shops, ready-to-wear stores, restaurants and two cinemas, including the UGC ciné-cité in Lille-centre.

The Forge Shopping Centre is open seven days a week. With over 70 high Street shops and 1,600 free parking places, it is in Parkhead, in the East End of Glasgow.

On the outskirts of the city, you will also find several major shopping centers, such as V2 in Villeneuve d’Ascq. Englos-les-Giants and Lomme shopping centres are less than 5 km from one another: together they form a huge centre with more than 70,000 m² of shop floor space

The Capital of Flanders sees many ecological and environmental projects develop, such as locally-sourced products and zero-waste shops

You will find local products at the marché de Wazemmes, very well-known for the quality of its fruits and vegetables, but also the marché du Vieux-Lille, which turns more and more towards organic products. Local produce distribution centres can be found everywhere, such as En robe des champs, in rue Saint-Sébastien.

Many collection points work with the company Jean Bouteille, which specializes in the reuse of glass bottles and in the self-service sale of many drinks, from soft drinks to beer. Currently, 9 withdrawal centers are available in Lille for the short circuit, but others will open soon.

The Capital of Flanders is the perfect balance between heritage on one side and modernity on the other. Although known as the most besieged city in France, today it is known as a center of research and technology of excellence. The former industrial wasteland has given way to research and incubation centers, like Euratechnologies specializing in digital innovation.

Lille is at the centre of a former industrial area that has been changing since the early 2000s. Tourcoing, located 15 km north of the latter, saw the establishment of Up-Tex, which aims to develop new sectors of the textile field with high added value.

The Préfecture du Nord has achieved the feat of turning to new technologies while capitalizing on its built heritage. The buildings of the business and commercial district of Euralille lead, a few streets further, to the paved streets of the old town, le Vieux-Lille. Enhanced by the Renaissance du Lille Ancien, the historic center of the city combines Flemish, French but also typically local (Lilloise) architecture.

More than a past made of stones and bricks, Lille offers live entertainment and shows since it was elected European Capital of Culture in 2004. Today, Lille 3000 takes over the torch and allows international artists to come and express their talents in the Flemish city, as for Eldorado, in 2019. On this occasion, the arts and the magic of the fantastic mix with the everyday life of the inhabitants of Lille through street exhibitions, street art or colorful parades.

What would life be like in Lille without its good gastronomic addresses? You can go to Les 3 Brasseurs, near the Lille-Flandres train station, to taste some “moules frites” (mussels and chips) with a beer brewed on-site. Want some typical local dishes? Do not forget to book at the restaurant Aux Vieux de la Vieille, rue des Vieux Murs, famous for its traditional Flemish cuisine and picturesque decor. Celebrated by Gault et Millau, Florent Ladeyn’s restaurant, Le Bloempot, invites you to revisit the classics of local cuisine with organic and seasonal products that come only from the fields of Lille Metropole.

The brewing past and the large number of students in the Capital of Flanders make Lille a hotbed of party and nightlife throughout the Benelux. This very Europe-orientated city (it is less than 2 hours from London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris TGV) welcomes more than 150 different nationalities and nearly 70,000 students, making it one of the youngest population from France with Angers and Nantes. In other words, the number of bars and clubs on offer is important!

Two districts concentrate most of the trendy places: Solférino and Vieux-Lille. Carried by bars with no less than 25 different draft beers, such as the Irlandais or Délirium, Solférino and Masséna streets are the epicentre of student life from Thursday to Sunday! For the night owls, it is good to know that many bars or nightclubs in Lille, like the Network, do not close until 6am! On the Vieux-Lille side, you will find specialized bars, such as la Capsule, which offers 28 draft beers that are changed several times a year. The Gastama, both hostel, restaurant, and bar, is the ideal place if you want to meet travelers from all continents! The Camden, located on rue Saint-André, is used to hosting organised tastings of newly launched spirits.

Useful information for
Moving to Lille

Lille has all the advantages of a big city: many schools from kindergarten to university, easy access to culture, many sports and leisure, restaurants and a significant nightlife from Thursday to Sunday. Yet, it also offers a lifestyle and tranquility worthy of smaller cities. Since the early 2000s, the municipality has focused on the pedestrianization of small streets. Grand Place, for example, has now become a “meeting zone”. Pedestrians and cyclists have the right of way, and motorists must observe a 20 km / h speed limit. Many one-way streets of Vieux-Lille are pedestrianised on sunny days. The rue de la monnaie, for example, closes the access to motor vehicles as of 18h during summer. Pedestrians and cafe terraces occupy the space and make the city much more enjoyable. Very far removed from big cities clichés like pollution and noise, Lille offers instead a certain lifestyle closer to Flemish cities such as Bruges.

Each district of Lille has its own assets and its own atmosphere. That is why it is useful to know their strengths before choosing where to settle, according to your preferences and aspirations. The district of Wazemmes, to the south, is the popular district par excellence. Its market with a regional reputation, the high concentration of students and its many bars have helped make it alive and lively, from morning to night. The price of real estate is among the lowest in the whole agglomeration, with Roubaix and Tourcoing.

The Centre Ville (city centre) is the one where the shops are the most numerous. The place de la bourse, Grand Place or Place Rihour are three of the most popular places in the city. Very lively during the day, real estate prices are higher than in Wazemmes, but remain below those of Vieux-Lille.

In the latter, you will find the quietest district of the whole agglomeration. Its one-way cobblestone streets and houses of Flemish architecture are everywhere. If you are looking for a 17th-century house or the charm of a Flemish city, look no further! Vieux-Lille is for you!

The Quartier des Gares (station district), close to Lille-Europe and Lille-Flandres stations, is the most modern in its architecture, but also in what it has to offer in terms of jobs and activities. The tertiary sector dominates this architectural ensemble built at the turn of the 1980-1990s. Its opening on Europe, thanks to the TGV and the shuttle for the international airport of Lille-Lesquin will allow you to cross travellers from all over the world.