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Student halls of residence – between 150 and 600 EUR/month, including facilities, if the room is private or shared. Around 13% of international students live in student residences.

Rent/share an apartment – between 400 and 700 EUR/month, while in smaller French cities you can rent a small apartment for about 300 EUR/month.

If you will live with your partner and/or child(ren), the price for rent would range from 700 to 1,000 EUR/month, and you could pay higher if you choose an apartment in the city centre. The utility bills (electricity, water, the internet) would be another 200 EUR/month.

Host family – you can find rates that are only 200 EUR/ month to about 800 EUR/month in Paris. However, they all include at least one meal per day.

International students also have access to VISALE, which offers free rent deposit. It allows students to give a guarantee on the payment of rents t and increase their chances to quickly find accommodation.

Renting a private studio apartment will cost around €457-€542. Homestay is another option for international students. This will cost around €200-€800 per month depending on the location. Homestay also includes at least one meal per day provided.

International students will have several choices for accommodation in France. You could live in university accommodation for around €120 per month. The demand for these is very high, however. Selection is based on social criteria and given to exchange or scholarship students. Renting a private studio apartment will cost around €457-€542. Homestay is another option for international students. This will cost around €200-€800 per month depending on the location. Homestay also includes at least one meal per day provided.

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Means-based rental assistance is available to anyone with a valid French visa or Carte de Séjour (residency permit), including non-EU citizens, and are managed by the Caisses d’Allocations Familiales (CAF).

These programs are usually offered through the CAF or the French state assistance fund for families. The most common assistance programs available are the APS program and the APL program. The amount of help that an individual can receive from such a program varies and is dependent upon factors which include the amount of income that you have, the type of housing you are residing in and the amount of rent that you are paying.

International students will have several choices for accommodation in France. You could live in university accommodation for around €120 per month. The demand for these is very high, however.

Student housing assistance (APL or ALS) is very likely to be accessed if the residence is in accordance with the regulations (minimum 9 square meters).

This institution helps to book residence reservations for international students they receive. The rental price is around 250 and 350 euros per month.

Usually this information can be obtained from the school website completely. Your room reservation is usually valid from the time you receive your receipt of confirmation.

Student shelter assistance (APL ou ALS): maybe. Contact CAF (Caisse d’Allocations Familiales).

Housing prices vary greatly, but foreign students can use the same shelter assistance as French students. This assistance is called APL (Aide Personnalisé au Logement) or ALS (Allocations au Logement à caractere Social) which are both managed by CAF (Caisse d’Allocations Familiales).

Renting basics

The monthly rent for a flat is divided into Kaltmiete and Warmmiete. Kaltmiete, or basic rent, is the part of your rent that covers the use of one or several rooms. Adding the costs for waste collection, water, gas, heating and other amenities in the house, the so-called Nebenkosten, or utility costs, gives you the Warmmiete, or total rent. You will also almost always be required to pay a Kaution, or deposit, which usually amounts to three times your monthly basic rent and serves as security for your landlord. The deposit is returned when you move out, if you leave the flat in good condition.

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Option 1

Student residence

Student residences often offer the most affordable accommodation for students. Many university towns have several of them. You live in a house with other students and share certain rooms, such as the bathroom and kitchen. The rent depends on the location, size and amenities. In the student residences run by student services a room costs on average 234 EUR per month. Because these rooms are very popular, it is important to secure your place early on. 37 percent of international students who come to Germany move into a student residence.

How it works:

If you would like to register for a place in a student residence, contact your local student services. Registration deadlines and conditions can be found on the student services’ websites. The International Office can also help.

Option 2

Flatshares

If you don’t want to move into a student residence or don’t manage to get a room there, you can move into a flatshare where several students live together in a privately rented flat. The kitchen, bathroom and sometimes a living room are used communally, but each flatmate has his or her own room. Costs for rent, electricity and Internet are shared. This form of cohabitation is one of the most popular among young people in Germany: over 30 percent of students in Germany live in a flatshare. On average, students pay 280 EUR per month for a room in a shared flat.


How it works:

You can search for flatshares or post your own wanted ad on various online platforms. At higher education institutions, flatshare ads can for example be found on notice boards. You can also place your own ad there.

Option 3

THE CROUS UNIVERSITY RESIDENCE ROOMS

The rooms in the university residences, also called cités U (U-residences), are managed by the CROUS (Regional Centres of University and Academic Services). This is the cheapest type of

student lodging. Contact the international relations department of your institute to find out if they have a specific agreement with the CROUS.

At the same time, check the “accommodation” and “international” sections of your CROUS site to learn about the conditions for assigning a university residence room. To receive one, you must prepare an “international lodging” application and submit it between January 15th and May 31st before the start of the academic year.

In France, a public institution that runs a university dormitory is called CROUS (Centers Régionaux des Œuvres universitaires et Scolaires). Located on campuses or in the middle of the city. These dorms are allocated based on very strict social criteria. CROUS dormitory is a residence that is rented at an economical price, ranging from 120 euros for small rooms to 350 euros for 1 studio room (full room).

Many universities have agreements with CROUS to provide housing for foreign students who participate in exchange or cooperation programs. For example, there are several universities providing rooms for international students who are enrolled in the second year of the Masters or Doctorate. If you are one of them, please find information about it through your university or the institution that manages your scholarship.

Of course it will be more comfortable if you have found a place to live before your departure to France. And proof of the existence of an important residence is also in obtaining a visa. This applies if you rent a room in a CROUS student dormitory (although it has been prepared for recipients of French government scholarships or students involved in exchange programs) or if you are accepted into a school that has its own dormitory.

CROUS university dorms also sometimes have rooms that can be rented during the summer holidays. You can contact CROUS based on the location or place you want to visit. In addition, there are several hostels specifically for students which are alternative choices during a short visit.

This type of residence offers you a choice of places and types of residence that allow you to enjoy fun and entertainment in the city center. To rent this place, students must be sufficiently independent and have mature social skills. Residence rentals can be made directly with the owner or through an agent.