Average rent price for flats per square meter in the 10 largest French cities 2018

In 2018, the average price per square meter for rental apartments in France was the highest the Paris. In the French capital, the average price per square meter for rental flats reached more than 26 euros, compared to 11.7 euros in the second largest French city, Marseille. Not only is Paris the most expensive city in France for renting an accommodation, it is also one of the most expensive in Europe.

Paris housing crisis

Paris region is the most populated area of France. It is also the most densely populated region of the country. In 2019, there were 1,017 residents per square kilometer in Paris and its suburbs. In a very centralized country like France, the capital appears to be the center of the majority of economic and cultural activities, as well as the home of an important number of universities. Finding an accommodation is becoming more and more difficult in a city which also attracts millions of tourists every year. The average cost of an apartment in Paris amounted to more than 10,000 euros per square meter, compared to nearly 3,900 euros per square meter in French second largest agglomeration: Lyon.

The consequences of high prices in housing

In Paris, renting a two-bedroom apartment costed more than 2,000 US dollars in 2018, making the city one of the most expensive worldwide. To cope with this price boom, residents of the Paris metropolitan area often live in one of the many suburbs of the city. Furthermore, the pollution of the French capital, as well as its traffic jams and congested public transports, often lead Parisians to change their lives and move elsewhere after a few years. In 2015, Bordeaux was named most attractive city to live in France. Paris was only ranked eighth.

Average price per square meter for rental apartments in the 10 largest cities of France as of January 2018

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Release date

January 2018



Survey time period

January 1, 2018

Supplementary notes

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"Revised every month to stick to the reality of the market, our price estimates are expressed in net seller (excluding agency fees and notaries). the range is calculated to include 90% of market prices and excluding the 5% of the lowest prices as 5% of the highest prices in France. In Ile-de-France, prices are calculated by BestAgents on the basis of the transactions of the BIEN base of the Notaries of Paris / Ile de France and from the latest transactions reported by the partner real estate agencies. For Ile-de-France, prices are calculated on the basis of the transaction data communicated by partner agencies, real estate announcements and eco-socio-demographic data."

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