Documents for renting an Apartment in France
- Identity card.
- Residency permit (e.g., VLS-TS) if you are in France on a nonresident visa.
- Student card and proof of enrollment in the University for the current year.
- A letter from your guarantor and proof of the guarantor’s identity.
Tips on renting a Students Accommodation in France
- Don't wait until you arrive in France looking for accommodation. Send your requests remotely, whether it is for a room in a CROUS building, a hostel, or a private home. Plan your accommodation well in advance.
- Beware of rents appearing too good to be true. In Paris, count on 400 euros each month to spend on a room in a CROUS building and at least 800 euros for a private market studio. You can divide those figures in half for other cities, on average. In most situations, you will be able to receive some support in paying your rent from the CAF (France's family assistance fund).
- Be sure you read the contract carefully when planning shared accommodation or your own accommodation, to see what's included and not included.
- Look for furnished apartments. You’ll save on move-in expenses.
- Remember that you're going to have to pay for your own bills including electricity and the internet, so make this a factor in your budget.