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Looking for a studio/flat

If you have not been admitted to a students’ residence, you will have to rent a studio or a flat. Looking for a flat in Paris can be time-consuming and difficult. Here is some information on Paris housing.

What type of housing?

“Studettes” (small studios): often called “chambres de bonne” (attic rooms), “studettes” are located on the top floor of buildings. Generally, they are furnished and toilets are on the landing and must be shared with a few neighbors.
Area: approximately 9 to 17 m2
Rent: from 500 to 800 euros

Studios: studios have a main room and a bathroom. Note that “studettes” are sometimes called “studios” by their owners. Don’t forget to check accommodation and area.
Area: approximately 18 to 35 m2
Rent: from 650 to 900 euros

Apartments: renting a flat in Paris is rather expensive for a student’s budget. You can nevertheless rent a flat with roommates and share the rent (flat-sharing or "collocation").

Where can you consult housing ads?
 

Real estate agencies charge fees that they will ask you to pay for (once or twice the rent). You’d better use other means such as:
PAP (“de Particulier à Particulier”): you should consult it regularly. There is a magazine published every Thursday and almost ads are published at the same time on the website: www.pap.fr
“La centrale du logement étudiant”: it is free of charge. These offers are reserved for students. To see the owner’s phone number, you have to register (for free) and provide your student’s number: www.lokaviz.fr

Public students’ residences

CROUS

The Paris CROUS (Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires) runs 50 students’ residences in Paris. About 20% of the rooms are reserved for foreign students. The rent for a CROUS residence is in average of 360 euros per month. 

More information (french website)

 

FAC-HABITAT

FAC-HABITATis a non-profit association under the Law of 1901, created in 1985 to provide housing in residences for students and young people of less than 30 years old. FAC-HABITAT manages more than 7000 housing units, distributed over 62 residences located in several university towns. 
Within its partnership with HEAD, FAC-HABITAT, proposes new housing for 1 or 2 people, within its new residence in Paris. The Résidence PALATINO, is ideally located in the 13th district, nearby the Tram (T3), Subway (Line7), direct line to the school. This very alive district offers a big cultural wealth, many students, restaurants, shops, cinemas…

For more information and demand for housing : http://www.fac-habitat.com/en/

 

French expressions to know to find an accommodation in Paris

 

In order to rent a studio or a flat in Paris, you’d better with a certain number of French expressions. You will find here an explanation of the main terms and the different steps of the renting process.

Visiting an apartment

The documents to prepare for the owner:

  • Photocopy of both sides of your identity card and that of your “garant” (surety)
  • Photocopy of the last three pay rolls of your “garant” (or yours if you work) and/or scholarship certificate
  • Your garant’s proof of residence
  • Particulars of your bank account (“RIB”)

We advise you to prepare your file before coming to France. 
The “garant”, also called “engagement de caution solidaire” (= the surety): the “garant” is the person who will pay for your rent if you are no longer able to do it yourself. We advise you to chose someone who lives in France if it is possible. Many owners require your surety’s income to be at least equal to three times the amount of your rent. You should know that according to the law, an owner cannot refuse the surety presented under the pretense that he is from a foreign nationality (except for furnished flats).

Moving in

  • Le “loyer” et les “charges” (the rent and expenses): rental expenses (“charges”) add to the amount of the rent. They are used to pay for the maintenance of the building and garbage collection. The rent and expenses are paid every month by “chèque” to the owner or the real estate agency.
  • Le “contrat de bail” (the lease contract): before moving in, you have to sign the “contrat de bail”. It specifies the amount of the rent, the duration of the lease (rental duration), the conditions of payment of the rent, etc…
  • La “caution”, also called “dépôt de garantie” (the safety deposit): at the moment of signing the contract and before giving you the keys, the owner will certainly ask you to pay a safety deposit amounting to one-month rent. This sum will be given back to you when you leave once the owner has checked the place is in good repair. At the same time, as the deposit, you will have to pay for the first month of rent.
  • “L’état des lieux d’entrée” (inventory of entrance): before moving in, the owner (or real estate agent) will make an inventory of fixtures with you.
  • “L’assurance habitation” (householder comprehensive insurance policy): you must give your owner a householder insurance certificate. Students Health Insurance Companies (LMDE and SMEREP) offer insurance policies at very interesting prices.
  • Telephone and electricity: generally, when you move into a flat, electricity and telephone are not immediately available. At your arrival, you must ask EDF (or another company) to put the electricity meter in operation and France Telecom (or another company) to open your phone line. Check with the owner.

 

Departure

  •  Le “préavis de départ” (advance notice): before leaving your housing, you must give your owner at least three months notice and inform him of your departure by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt. This is called le “préavis de départ”. If your housing is furnished, the departure notice is limited to one month.
  • “L’état des lieux de sortie” (inventory at the moment of departure) and “caution” (refunding of the deposit): before leaving, your owner and yourself must take an inventory of fixtures. The owner will compare the inventory at entrance and the inventory when you leave. If the housing has not been damaged, he must refund you the deposit paid when you signed the lease. This must be done within two months after the restitution of the keys. 

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