Finding a place to live
The cost of housing varies widely, but international students, like French students, are eligible for housing assistance.
It is reassuring to make housing arrangements before leaving for France. This is possible if you are able to secure a room in a university residence managed by CROUS, the regional student-service agency (although spaces in CROUS buildings are largely reserved for recipients of French government scholarships and students participating in exchange programs) or if you plan to attend an institution that maintains its own student residences.
Otherwise searching for housing from outside the country can be difficult. You won't be able to visit properties and make fully informed decisions. It may also be difficult, from a distance, to persuade a property owner to let you sign a rental contract or convince him that you have someone who will guarantee payment of your rent.
For these reasons, many international students choose to find temporary housing for their first few weeks in France. They use that time to look for a more permanent arrangement.
Below you will find a set of useful (if diverse) links, organized by city. Use them to learn more about the housing market in the area in which you plan to study. You may also consult the links below for tips on your accommodation-hunting
- ensemble2générations : association for intergenerational housing between students aged less than 30 and elderlies. This arrangement allows on one hand students a free accommodation, or at least at a lower cost, and on the other hand avoid elderlies from being isolated
- Switcharound : This internet site propose housing for rental or legal sub-rental between students. The website is available on both French and English.
- Log-etudiant : An internet portal for student housing, residence, private housing or exchanging rooms. The portal regroups also the offers that existed already
- Campus France : On Campus France’s website, you can find a list of residences with whom we work for welcoming international students.
News articles providing tips on accommodation hunting