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MAPS: How rent prices vary between France’s major cities

Paris, unsurprisingly, is the most expensive - and Saint-Etienne the least expensive

Paris is France’s most expensive city for tenants, while Saint-Etienne in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is the cheapest Pic: Neyber Thomas, Sasha64f / Shutterstock

Rental prices in France continue to rise each year, eating further into the budget of tenants. 

In 2018, rent represented 26% of the average tenants monthly budget, the latest figures from Insee show

This is an increase of 15% since the year 2000. 

In the four maps below, we show how much the average rental price is in France’s major cities and how much floor space tenants can expect to get for that price.

We look at unfurnished studios, one-bedroom flats, two-bedroom flats and three-bedroom flats. Only cities with a population of over 100,000 were used, and averages are only given when there are at least 30 adverts that match the criteria in each city. 

The figures all come from rental announcements posted by the website SeLoger.com in January 2022, which was highlighted in Franceinfo’s article

In all four maps, Paris comes out as being the most expensive city, and Saint-Etienne the least expensive. 

Hover over the different cities to see more information, including average rental price and floor space, or search for a city using the search bar.

The information in this article was originally published in one of our weekly French property roundups: Renovation help row, rental rates: Five French property updates

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