You’re an international looking for accommodation in Paris? Staying in a student residence could be a good option if you don’t want to go through the hassle of finding your own place. Keep reading to see which options are available and how much they cost.
Public international student residences
Find accommodation in CROUS residences
The French governement owns and subsidizes several student residences. They are managed by the CROUS (Centre régional des oeuvres universitaires et scolaires).
The CROUS of Paris manages more than 70 student residences. They are mainly reserved for students who receive a scholarship from the French government but foreign students can also be admitted to a CROUS residence. Several types of rooms may be offered, but in general, the residences will have single rooms with communal premises (kitchen, bathrooms…) or studios furnished with kitchenettes and bathrooms.
With an average monthly rent of 400€ (utilities included) and potential housing benefits that can further lower the price of the rent, staying in a CROUS residence is the cheapest option for students, and it’s no surprise that demand for the rooms far exceeds supply. For more information, check the CROUS of Paris’ site here.
Find accommodation at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris
The CROUS also manages the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, a student residence dedicated to housing foreign students.
Located in the 14th arrondissement (17 Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris), the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris (CIUP) is a vast complex of university residences. It welcomes nearly 6,000 students, researchers, artists and high-level athletes from all over the world.
⚠ To live in the CIUP, you have to be either a master or a Ph.D. student studying or doing a work placement in Paris.
On average, lodging costs around 400-550€ monthly, but the rent price varies according to the comfort of the room, its size, the length of the stay, and several other factors.
Furthermore, residents of the CIUP can be eligible to housing benefits (around 100€ a month). The rooms are fully furnished (bedding, kitchenette, shower room, internet connection, etc.)
Staying at the CIUP is a unique occasion to discover new cultures, as every residence welcomes around 20 to 60 different nationalities.
There are no deadlines to apply, as the residences accept new residents throughout the academic year. The CIUP’s advice is to submit your request at least a month before arriving in France in general, and no later than April if you are starting your exchange in September. I recommend applying as soon as possible; especially since you can apply even if you have not received a reply to your admission request.
How to get accommodation at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris ?
- First, fill out this form.
- Then, check if your nationality is represented by a residence. If it is the case, you might need to fill out another application.
- Your admission results will be sent to the email you used when submitting your application.
Private international student residences in Paris
💰 approx €650-€800/month
Private companies also manage student residences. They are more expensive than the public ones, but it is easier to get a room in them. In general, utilities are included in the rent (WiFi, heating, electricity, etc.) and the rooms are eligible for housing benefits. Residences also provide optional services such as:
- Accommodation insurance
- Cleaning service
- Accommodation linen pack
- Laundry room
- Breakfast service
How to get accommodation in a private international student residence?
You can also use Adele.org, a site that lists more than 900 private student halls in France. Rather than applying to each one individually, the site gives you the option to send up to 5 applications to different
residences, for free. Another perk of the site is the
possibility of subscribing to home insurance
directly when you book a room.
The application process is similar for most student residences companies:
- First, you have to search through the different listings to find residences in the desired neighbourhood and see if they have rooms available. Click on the listing for more information on amenities, price range, pictures, and availability.
An example of a listing on Adele.org
- Fill an online application on the website. You will need an ID, proof of schooling and a BIC code (a “relevé d’identité bancaire or RIB in French). For this, you will need to open a French bank account. It will also be the account you use to pay your rent.
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- While some residences will accept you if do not have a guarantor (you will need to pay 3 months of rent upfront though), others require you to have one. If you do not know anyone in France that can be your guarantor, you can check out our article on how to find a guarantor when you’re a foreign student here.
- When your application is accepted by a residence, you will need to pay a downpayment to book your room. It can be refunded if you cancel your booking.
I hope that this article helped you! If you need more information about finding housing in Paris, you can check out our 40-PAGE free guide that will guide in you in the process of finding accommodation in Paris!