When looking for housing you will need a “guarantor”, a person or an organization, to guarantee the rent and bills if you are unable to pay. Landlords require a guarantor whose income is at least three times higher than the rent. The guarantor can be someone you know or a member of your family.
How to find accommodation in Paris and in around Paris?
As far as housing goes, it is important to plan ahead!
The Paris student housing market is tight: demand is high and the number of spaces available in student residences is limited. So it is important to take care of your housing AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE and consider not only the student residence option but also renting from a private landlord.
Short term solutions
Short-term stay facilities
Inexpensive hotels :
Private run student residences:
Renting a flat: Real-estate agencies
There are numerous agencies in Paris and the surrounding area. They generally ask for an agency’s fee, a financial guarantee and three months’ rent in advance.
Lodging with a family or at a private home :
You can also opt to rent a room from or be hosted by a French family through various organizations some of whom pre-screen and select potential host families. (see below)
Useful links for host family or private home stays:
- General Information: http://www.lokaviz.fr
- ATOME in partnership with the Edufrance Agency and the CIUP (membership fee: 500€) 6, Passsage des Arts – 75014 Paris Tel: +33 (0)1 40 46 07 46 - email: contact @ atomeparis.com host family accommodations cost between 610€ and 840€/month.
- SEJOURS FRANCE FAMILLE 22 rue des Etats Généraux 78000 Versailles Tel: +33 (0)1 30 21 68 28 – email: info @ sejoursfrancefamille.com prices vary depending on the accommodation
- HOST FAMILIES IN PARIS 6-8 impasse Chausson - 75010 Paris Tel: +33 (0)6 71 64 78 93– email: contact @ hostfamiliesinparis.com
- The American Church (l'Eglise Américaine) 65, Quai d'orsay - 75007 Paris,
- The Alliance Française 101, boulevard Raspail – 75270 Paris Cedex 06 Tel: +33 (0)42 84 90 00 interesting offers in exchange for a bit of work but you must de enrolled as a student at the Alliance Française
- CROUS: Off-Campus Housing Service (Service du Logement en Ville) the CROUS service is free of charge, you can consult their lists in the CROUS lobby
- Point Logement Etudiant (membership fee: 15€) 21, rue du Val de Grâce – 75005 Paris Tel: +33 (0)1 40 46 86 73 – RER B: Port Royal station
- Le CEP Entraide Etudiant (membership fee: 15€) 5, rue de l'Abbaye – 75006 Paris Tel: +33 (0)1 55 42 81 23 and 81 24
- Le CIDJ (Centre d'Information De la Jeunesse) Quai Branly - 75015 Paris
- UNEL (Union Nationale des Etudiants Locataires) 2, rue Pernety - 75014 Paris,
- France Accomodation & Culture
553, rue Boissière – 75116 Paris Tel: +33 (0)1 45 00 45 51 www.paris-homestay.com
General housing information and specialized websites
Rental offer web sites
Other useful links
- de Particulier à Particulier a magazine specialized in classified adds for housing etc.
- Daily newspapers rental property pages: Libération, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Le Parisien, L'Etudiant etc...
- L'Office de Tourisme de Paris, (The Paris Tourist Information Bureau)
- Lodgis (finished apartments) - 47, rue de Paris - 75010 Paris - Tel: +33 (1) 70 39 11 11,
- Locaflat (Student rooms) - 63, avenue de la Motte-Picquet
Tel: +33 (1) 43 06 78 79,
- The Paris City Hall web site (La Mairie de Paris)
Financial assistance and housing subsides
You can apply for housing assistance to pay for your accommodation if you have limited resources. Housing assistance is paid by the Caisse d'Allocations Familiales de Paris (CAF). To get CAF you need to
If you have limited resources, you may apply for housing assistance benefits.
Students who meet the qualifying conditions can benefit from rent subsidies paid out by the French Caisse d'Allocations Familiales (CAF).
To qualify for housing subsidies, you must be a tenant or co-tenant and have had a lease or rental agreement in their you name for at least three months (if you are sharing a rental, make sure that both or all names appear on the lease).
All types of housing qualify for the rent subsidies: student halls, student residences, hostels and private housing both furnished and un-furnished.
Don’t forget that you will need housing insurance. Student insurance companies offer a wide range of policies.