The Lille Metropole area, an urban mosaic

The Lille Metropole area, an urban mosaic

Lille is a cosmopolitan city composed of districts, each with its own strong identity. It is described as a real urban mosaic considering its historical growth by gradually absorbing the suburbs and villages.

part of the historical city. It is a district with a rich heritage that has managed to keep its own, real identity with its Flemish architecture and winding streets.
Next to it, to the west of the citadel, lies the Vauban district, long considered the student district of Lille. It has a large number of townhouses and has consequently become very attractive for families.
As a continuation of the Vieux-Lille, the Lille Centre neighbourhood covers a very wide area. It is characterised by its bustling commercial and cultural activity. It is also highly valued for its architectural diversity and its closeness to public transport.
Within a stone’s throw of the town centre, the Saint-Maurice Pellevoisin district is Lille’s modern showcase. This district is home to both the Euralille business district and to a wide variety of housing options, with beautiful residences, houses built in the early 20th century and new apartment buildings.
To the south, next to the town centre, there are multicultural neighbourhoods including Wazemmes, a working-class district famous for its market, and Moulins, a district that has been transformed over the years. Its former textile factories now provide accommodation, a theatre, a library and higher education institutions.

On the outskirts of the city, there is the Fives neighbourhood, which used to be a working-class district and, after an urban restructuring programme, has now become attractive thanks to its brick houses and its location close to the city centre, just two or three métro stops away. The Lille Sud neighbourhood is located near the CHRU Regional University Hospital Centre and its site of excellence, Eurasanté, the Medical School and Jeanne de Flandre Hospital.


Towns and villages around Lille

Villeneuve d’Ascq is a new town from the 70s, characterised by its housing composed of small multi-appartment buildings and detached houses, with remarkable architecture. In addition to the large campus of the Lille 1 University and the new Pierre Mauroy Statium, the city is crisscrossed by green spaces, urban parks and lakes, making Villeneuve d’Ascq a truly green city.


Former textile production powerhouses, the towns of Roubaix and Tourcoing are in full transformation with significant urban diversity. These two towns on the outskirts of Lille are not only linked by the métro and tramway network but they are also home to a large number of lofts, residences and houses (built in the early 20th century), a result of their industrial past.

Les Weppes to the west and la Pévèle to the south of the Lille Metropole area are largely residential rural towns and villages. These two territories enjoy good road and railway service and have a large number of detached houses, making them attractive for families for the last 30 years.