Dijon, a place best known for its namesake garnish, but look closer and there is so much more to this French city than is at surface level. Shaped by postcard-esque historical boulevards, architectural influences spanning from the Burgundy Dukes of old to the Renaissance period, an internationally accredited wine scene and fine dining gems on every corner, Dijon is more than just mustard.
Apartments in Dijon are not at Paris prices, not even at Bordeaux or Lille prices, they are remarkably affordable considering what is on offer on the market. The old Burgundy capital offers the buzz of a large city without the price of one, a perfect mix for students and young professionals alike.
Central Dijon is straight out of a medieval fairytale, and those interested in apartments for rent in Dijon will find a UNESCO World heritage ancient town full of history, fascinating architecture and the traditional local jugganauts of business (fine wine and mustard) alongside developing enterprises fitting of the modern era.
Apartments in Dijon by District
It would not be wise to move to a new city or country without doing suitable research, so check this guide to find out what kind of property type will best suit your needs, whether it be an apartment to rent in Dijon’s historical city centre, a shared flat with fellow students in a lively neighbourhood, or a house on the outskirts. So, what sounds good? A medieval apartment conversion? A Renaissance-era boulevard property? Timber framed house? Dijon has it all and more, the variety in property types here is staggering, which goes to show how many tastes and preferences will be satisfied in Dijon.
Only an hour and a half train ride to Paris, Dijon is not a large French city (population 150,000) Yet it still boasts many different districts and neighbourhoods, each contributing something a little different to the city, and each offering something a little different to prospective renters. The city centre, a pedestrian paradise and jam packed full architecture left behind by the kings of Burgundy, will cater for those with a higher income or allowance for rent per month. With the higher rates come apartments in the heart of one of France's most aesthetically pleasing city’s, but don’t let this deter you, central apartments in Dijon offer amazing wine bars, craft breweries and world class dining options on your (probably very old) doorstep.
Neighbourhoods a little further out of the city will see a drop in rental prices and more space, making your euros go further. If this sounds like something that would interest you, then look for apartments to rent in Bourroches or Montchapet.
The commuters reading this will be pleased to hear the neighbourhood of Montchapet has great transport links to the city centre whilst remaining affordable and offers houses as an option for properties, thus families are fond of this area as it offers both good access to the city and plenty of options of quieter properties.
More Attractive Areas for Dijon Apartments
Apartments in Montchapet
An attractive neighbourhood in its own right, the Montchapet area has steadily risen in popularity and prominence as one of the most sought after boroughs to live in. History in abundance, architecture here is a mix of renaissance buildings crossed with modern apartment complexes.
Apartments in Montchapet are affordable in comparison to the historical centre, yet it is less than fifteen minute walk into town, thus Montchapet holds a unique city centre vibe without the traffic or the prices. An advisable place to move into if you are a young professional with a job in the centre. This area also offers property in the form of houses, for being so close to central dijon this is an ace up the sleeve of montchapet, especially for large families.
Apartments in Bourroches
South-West from the city centre, over the L’ouches River lies Bourroches, geographically probably the more remote neighbourhood on this list, apartments in Bourroches are much cheaper than the average in Dijon.
As previously mentioned, this area is perfect for families wishing to have a quieter lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is by no means to say this a sleepy part of town though, its main high street, Boulevard de Bourroches, dissects the district in two. North of the Boulevard houses and apartments are more expensive as they are in walking distance to the centre (about 25 minutes) and properties south of it are in high demand as they offer cheaper prices and amenities such more space, quieter roads, gardens and garages.
Look east of the city centre and here we find Montmuzard, a small but lively area heavily populated by the University of Burgundy’s student population. Apartments in Montmuzard are predominantly flat shares with other students, so those looking for the University experience without living in halls on campus, this may be the best option.
The area itself is walking distance to the city centre and holds Dijon FC’s stadium, stade gaston gerard, the University of Burgundy and a host of cheap bars for football fans and students alike and affordable enough for both groups to enjoy themselves. Apartments in Montmuzard are simple and cheap to accommodate the students, so if young professionals or a family are looking at this area then expect to pay more for something a little more modern and spacious and beware, if you are looking for a quiet apartment this may not be the ideal area, you have been warned!
Student Accommodation in Dijon
Students, or those hoping to be accepted in Dijon’s universities will be glad to hear of its reasonable rates of rent, beer and transport, what else does a student need right? Student accommodation in Dijon is split between newer built accommodation on campus in university halls and private lets in shared houses and apartments.
The main area for students of the University of Burgundy is in Montmuzard in the east of the city, as the campus is located here, by stade Gaston Gerard. This highly populated student area offers cheap bars and a lively weekend destination. Those looking for the full stereotypical student experience should look for dwelling on campus as this will provide everything one would need to thrive socially and academically whilst in Dijon. If potential students want a little more authenticity in their living situation then look no further than Nestpick, as we have a premium list of private landlords offering shared accommodation across the city. This type of apartments are shared with other students so expect to make friends with those you live with, whilst still feeling as though you are contributing to the city's adult buzz and cosmopolitan vibe.
Public Transportation in Dijon
A city that discourages cars and vehicles around the central zones, it is widely known that you have better chances of getting somewhere on time by using public transport in Dijon. Cosmopolitan class oozes in everything it does, and this is no different for its public transportation in Dijon. Introduced in 2012, the tram has become the preferred method of transport inside the city. It is affordable, reliable and enjoyable as far as public transport goes. The bus system is efficient and reaches more of the city than the trams. The bus network, called DIVA runs reguary between 6am and midnight during the week. Being a major university city, bus schedules are adjusted to term times and become less frequent when the thousands of students are not using the service every day.
A free shuttle is offered to tourists and locals during the day. The shuttle rides around the central zone and you can use it as many times as you like in one day. This is a perfect way to jump between central attractions if the weather is not agreeable with walking or cycling. The historical centre is so beautiful and easy to navigate that in summer months bicycles and pedestrians are in abundance. Velodi is Dijon’s very own city bike app, with over 400 bikes at different locations across the city.