The city is a mixture of old and new. In the Aix-en-Provence’s, ‘Vieille Ville,’ meaning Old Town, are nooks and side alleys with tall old buildings that are romanesque or gothic. The city is famous for its winding roads and cobbled courtyards. Many painters visit Aix-en-Provence for its architectural appeal. Looking for apartments in a new country is daunting. Nestpick has apartments for rent in Aix-en-Provence for long term, which is great way to save.
Aix-en-Provence Apartments by District
Aix-En-Provence is situated in southern France. Springs run through the city, Aix-En-Provence is nestled in the surrounding countryside and ‘Montagne Sainte-Victoire’ mountain range. It is connectable to St. Tropez by the A8 motorway and 30 mins north of Marseille.
All year round the city remains full of culture. Christmas markets down the Cours Mirabeau boulevard whilst sipping melted hot chocolate in the winter. To enjoying the long lush summers by absorbing the smells of the flower market at ‘Place de l’hotel de Ville’.
Nestpick offers apartments in different area’s of the city. When moving to Aix-En-Provence beware of your work/university proximity. Try to get familiar with the city, to find out where is best for you!
Cours Mirabeau Apartments
As one of the most popular streets in the city it runs east-west. The touristic boulevard cuts Aix-En-Provence into two; connecting the southern quartier Mazarin to the Old Town. The double breasted, Plane-Tree boulevard is 440 metres long. This trendy street is lined with restaurants and bars it is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Apartments are in demand along the Cours Mirabeau. The bustling Provançal is the most popular place to live in Aix-En-Provence.
The famous ‘Café Les Deux Garcons’ or 2boys on Rue Fabrot is at the foot of the ‘Hotel de Gantès’. The building was constructed in 1660 and is now listed as an historic monument, there is seating both indoor and outdoor. Many famous people have visited ‘Café Les Deux Garcons’ to try the brewery’s delights on Cours Mirabeau.
Note: All local amenities can be found on Cours Mirabeau. There is an pharmacy open till 7.30pm, clothes stores and ‘MONOPRIX’ supermarket till 9pm. For quiet weekends there is also a cinema named ‘Le Renoir’ tickets for an adult €10.40 or €8.20 for students.
Mazarin is named after it’s creator ‘Michel Mazarin’, he was Archbishop of Aix and commissioned the district. Mazarin is a district that is full of ultra-elegant homes with an desirable address. There are many nice restaurants here, the Jardin serves a combination of traditional French cuisine as well as an contemporary menu. It has a plush green garden with a fountain. The Piccolo Théâtre down 6 Rue Mazarin is more alternative and it is an intimate candle lit ‘Cafe Theatre’.
As a tourist there are lot’s of museums and important buildings to see. For example on Rue Cardinale, is the Church of Saint Jean de Malte built by Knights Hospitallers in the 12th century, it is the city’s first Gothic Church. Or the Hôtel de Caumont. This lavish home is open to the public and offers its premises as an cultural centre. The French Gardens in the hotel, are the best kept public gardens in Mazarin. Many famous painters are from Aix-En-Provence like Cezanne or have visited. Cezanne’s studios is a museum and gallery of his 44 oil and 43 watercolour paintings of the Mont Sainte-Victoire.
Cours Sextius Apartments
Another large avenue ‘Cours Sextius’, it is famous for the thermal romans baths. Cours Sextius Thermal Baths are very popular and have contributed to the architecture in Aix-En-Provence. After the Spa, there is a local hairdressers and salon named ‘Beauty Family’ that serves a range of beauty treatments. Some expats still prefer to head into Mariselle for treatments.
Cours Sextius is an commercial street that leads to the shopping mall named ‘Place François, this large mall also has an food court. Outside the mall, there is a subway and other fast food ‘sandwich’ bars too.
Student Accommodation in Aix-en-Provence
Student housing in Aix-en-Provence is limited. The city is small and although has amazing apartments there is limited stock. As a ‘university city’ and inland from the French Riviera, the city has a higher cost of living. Student accommodation in Aix-en-Provence will cost up to €600 a month for a room.
Student apartments are the most popular way students live in the city. You can either rent a room in a shared house or privately rent an apartment. Couples or groups of friends can split the cost of an apartment to make it cheaper.
Transportation in Aix-en-Provence
Public transportation in Aix-en-Provence is exclusively buses. The bus system is operated by Aix en Bus Network for directions Lepilote is a good travel planner and it even shows the ticket prices.
You can cross the city by foot in around two hours. As a pedestrian heaven an other method of transportation is biking. It takes 30 minutes by bus to Marseille airport.