Given the strong correlation between the distribution of attractive school offer and the prices on the housing market, the middle classes are likely to face complex trade-offs between housing tenure and access to attractive educational resources. This research examines how the middle classes deal with these uneasy negotiations, by analyzing the effects of housing tenure on their residential segregation patterns and their relationships with spatial inequalities in school provision. First, I use a quantitative approach to show that proximity to attractive public schools in privileged urban contexts is associated with higher representation in the private and public rental sectors, which relates to the development of public housing units aimed at middle-class households in these areas. On the contrary, access to homeownership mostly unfolds in working-class areas with poorly performing schools. Second, building on fieldwork in the Paris metropolis, I show that the middle classes articulate different values and attitudes to deal with exacerbating constraints on the housing market and competition for better schools. Their compromises between housing tenure and place of residence reveal different relationships with other social groups and between generations within the family network. Overall, the interplay between housing tenure, the social profile of places and the unequal geography of education shapes different residential status within the middle classes, which is crucial to understand social stratification and class relations in large cities as well as to improve housing and education policies aimed at tackling the effects of place in the (re)production of inequalities.