The districts to be privileged:

1- Le Marais – Historic and trendy neighborhood with its narrow streets, old buildings and trendy boutiques. Average price for a studio: 900€ – 1200€.

2- Saint-Germain-des-Prés – Lively neighborhood with many cafés, luxury boutiques, art galleries and bookstores. Average price for a studio: 1000€ – 1400€.

3- Montmartre – Bohemian neighborhood with an artistic atmosphere, cobblestone streets and quaint cafés. Average price for a studio: 800€ – 1100€.

4- Batignolles – A neighborhood in full transformation with a village atmosphere and a dynamic neighborhood life. Average price for a studio: 700€ – 1000€.

5- Belleville – Multicultural and dynamic neighborhood, known for its art scene and lively nightlife. Average price for a studio: 600€ – 900€.

Please note that prices may vary considerably depending on the exact location, size of the apartment and available amenities. These prices are an approximate indication and may vary depending on specific circumstances. It is therefore advisable to do your research carefully and take into account your own needs and preferences before choosing a neighborhood for your Paris accommodation.

Neighborhoods to avoid:

1- Châtelet-Les Halles – Located in the 1st arrondissement, Châtelet-Les Halles is a very busy area with a high presence of tourists. It is also a major transportation area with metro and train stations, which can make traffic difficult. Housing prices are also high.

2- La Chapelle – Located in the 18th arrondissement, La Chapelle is known for being a neighborhood where many immigrants reside. Although there is a strong multicultural presence in the area, parts of the neighborhood can lack security at night.

3- Stalingrad – Located in the 19th arrondissement, Stalingrad is a neighborhood that can be avoided at night due to the presence of groups of people selling illegal substances. There may be security issues in some parts of the neighborhood.

4- Les Quatre-Chemins – Located in the 93rd department on the northeastern edge of Paris, Les Quatre-Chemins is a neighborhood outside of Paris that can be avoided due to the presence of drug dealers. The area is also considered dangerous at night.

5- Barbes – Located in the 18th arrondissement, Barbes is a densely populated neighborhood that is known for its lively nightlife. However, parts of the neighborhood may lack security due to the presence of people selling illegal substances.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and that some neighborhoods may be avoided due to specific factors such as crime, safety or housing costs. It is therefore important to do thorough research before choosing a neighborhood for housing in Paris.

In order to find an affordable and easy to find accommodation, you should try to do it as soon as possible, after having received the final acceptance from your host university, your internship, your civic service… Most of the accommodation offers are in the private sector in France, for the rental of a studio, a furnished or unfurnished apartment, or even a shared apartment.

There are many types of offers available for all budgets and lifestyles. It is important to know the location of your host campus in order to find housing close to transportation, or directly near the university.

To check if it is easy to get to your campus from a given neighborhood, you can use the RATP website or app:

Once you have chosen an area, you can proceed to look for an apartment. There are different types of offers in Paris:

A room in the home, which allows you to pay an inexpensive rent, in exchange for services rendered. This type of housing allows you to have access to a room in a local’s home. This type of accommodation, in addition to being financially interesting, brings a real human dimension to your stay.

Useful websites :

Private housing allows you to have an apartment alone or in a shared apartment, in a place that you will have chosen, and you will be completely independent. To find a private apartment, you can use private ads or go through a rental agency.

Useful websites:


Le boncoin: lists ads placed by individuals and pros. To find an accommodation through this site, connect to the site then “apartment”, city: “Paris”, it is also possible to refine your search with “furnished apartment” and a district of the city and not the whole city

Se Loger : same principle as the “Leboncoin” :

Jinka: the advantage of this site is that it shows you all the ads of all the sites according to your search criteria;

La carte des colocs: this site proposes several roommate offers in Paris, with a map that will help you to locate the position of the apartment in relation to your university;

The different Facebook groups: “Colocation Paris | La Carte des Colocs” ; “Colocation meublée à Paris” ; “Paris : colocation, location, sous-location, appart” ; “Paris : Chambre, colocation, location, sous-location, appartement”.

Accommodation in private or public student residences. Private student residences offer furnished studios and many services. Public student residences offer rooms or studios on or near campuses. However, the demand is very high for the proposed offer. It is therefore necessary to apply for this type of housing early.

There are many private residences in Paris, here are the 2 most useful websites to help you find your accommodation:

In France, the CROUS manages all the student residences, which are public. For the CROUS residences (also called Cités U), the capacity is limited (even very limited) depending on the period requested. To be able to access this type of university residence, you must first specify it on the online application form on the CROUS website

With the high demand for housing, especially for student housing, scammers operating via real estate offers are proliferating. Targeting a young and international audience, they trick housing applicants with misleading ads and
with misleading ads and underhanded techniques. Here are some techniques
to recognize different types of scams:
– False ads: these are the most complicated to recognize, the scammers collect several photos of properties on the Internet and rebroadcast them by adding his phone number and adding a very attractive price. The scammer will then proceed to ask you for a sum of money by bank transfer, paypal, checks, cash, or even with other unconventional means under the pretext of booking.
– High prices: In this case, the owners target international students and take advantage of their lack of knowledge of real estate prices. The landlords take advantage of this to set rents well above the average and even above the
even higher than the maximum allowed by the law. You can check this link to verify.

– Additional variable fees: This type of scam is difficult to recognize before the contracts are signed. In this case, the landlord will ask you to pay for housing insurance, pay for additional deposits, or even refuse to return your deposit without
even refuse to return your deposit without providing you with invoices with the corresponding repair amounts. The landlord has no right to ask you to pay for insurance directly. You must make this payment to the approved organizations, not to the landlord.

– Unhealthy or poorly approved housing: in some cases, landlords may rent out apartments without
can rent apartments without any control or even without a convention. These apartments can fall under several categories, some offer garages or boxes by proposing them as studios or rooms in the inhabitant’s home, these
These apartments are therefore unconventional and are not intended or built to
tenants. These landlords will often not sign a rental contract with you, under different circumstances, and will ask you to pay the rent in cash.

Keep in mind when you find your accommodation that there will often be additional costs, mainly electricity, home insurance, hot water, agency fees, deposit and internet.

Reservation fees

Some landlords will charge you a fee to reserve your accommodation. The CROUS will ask you to pay an advance on the fees in order to put aside your future home. This amount is an advance on the first month’s rent of a fixed amount of 100 € in 2020. It is refundable provided that you initiate a cancellation before the admission date.

Electricity contract
To subscribe to an EDF contract, contact 0969321515 or 3004. To open an
an EDF account, it is necessary to have all the information listed below:
the precise address of your home
your bank details
the meter reading at the time of taking the accommodation

A meter reading can be done by your landlord when you enter and leave the apartment. When you leave the apartment, your landlord may ask you for your electricity contract for the period during which you occupied the apartment.


Most rental fees in university residences are TCC, which means “all charges included”. This means that they are included in the rent. However, some residences and individuals offer HC rents, i.e. excluding charges. You will therefore have to find out the amount of the charges in addition to the rent. These are generally water, electricity and heating. The charges can go from 50 € to 70 € per month.

The security deposit
This is the amount paid when taking possession of the apartment, representing one or two months’ rent including charges, used in case of unpaid rent. The landlord also reserves the right to keep part or all of it in case of damage to the apartment. The security deposit is returned to the tenant at the end of the lease, if no damage has been done. The normal wear and tear of the rented property should not in any case justify a non-refund of the security deposit. Except in the case of major damage or unpaid rent, the security deposit will be totally or partially reimbursed once you leave the apartment, at the latest 2 months after the keys are handed over.

The guarantor
The guarantor (also known as the guarantor) is a person (natural or legal) who undertakes to pay your tenant’s rental debts if he or she defaults. The tenant’s guarantor can be simple or joint. In all cases, a deed of guarantee must be signed by the parties involved. The guarantor undertakes to pay your tenant’s rental debts, such as unpaid rent (including charges), any interest owed by your tenant for late payment of his rental debts, or any costs of repairing the damaged property.
The tenant’s guarantor is obliged to pay any rental debts until the end of the rental contract, unless the deed of guarantee specifies a specific duration.
Home insurance
Any person entering a public or private dwelling is required to take out home insurance. There are companies that offer formulas adapted to students and young graduates. The prices of these contracts vary according to the location of the apartment, its living space, but also the different services you choose to add to your contract (fire, water damage, breakdown service, theft, vandalism, glass breakage). We therefore advise you to do your research and use comparison sites to find what suits you.


In many residences, you will have internet included in your rent, but in private apartments or
apartments or studios this is rarely the case. It can be complicated to
It can be complicated to choose your internet provider, so we recommend that you ask your landlord
question to your landlord, ask your neighbors which provider they have and if you find a
If you find an offer that suits you, do not hesitate to call them to try to get a discount. You should also know that the sites comparing
internet providers often offer you deals on
often propose offers on the
rates. So do not hesitate to pass to them
a phone call.

In order to help you to respond to an offer of accommodation, we propose you below a standard email to send to make a request for accommodation.


I am interested in your accommodation offer for the apartment
(address if available, type of apartment if it is a student residence
student residence or offer number if it is an agency). I
would like to occupy the apartment for a period of (number of
months) starting from (your arrival date). Is the apartment still
available during this period?

I am at your disposal for more information, and for a possible visit
a possible visit if it is possible (if you have the possibility to visit)
(if you have the possibility to visit) OR I can be reached at (phone number) or by
or by e-mail (e-mail adress), in order to discuss the equipment of the apartment and the
conditions, as I am not able to move (if you are still in your country and
(if you are still in your country and it is impossible for you to visit).
to make a visit).
Thank you in advance for your answer,

(First and last name)

The preparation of the rental file can also be done
prior to acceptance, especially when you are renting an apartment
in a student residence.
To build your rental file, you will need
need the following documents:
– Photocopy of your identity card or passport
– If you are an employee, your last three pay slips (or only those of your
only those of the guarantor if you are not employed)
– Proof of residence (telephone bill or certificate from the person who
from the person who is hosting you)
The same documents will be requested from the person who will be
guarantor of your accommodation.
In order to enrich your file, you can also provide the following
the following documents:
– Last tax notice of your guarantor
– Student card (or acceptance letter from the host university)
– Rent receipt from the previous rental

There are 2 types of guarantors: physical or moral. The latter can, for example, be
the CLÉ system of the Crous for students, the FASTT (Fonds d’Action Sociale du Travail
for temporary workers or the Visale guarantee, managed by Action Logement.

Several forms of assistance exist to help you finance the security deposit or the guarantee, the two best known are
– L’Avance Loca-Pass: This allows you to finance the security deposit that will be requested by your landlord. This is a loan for the amount of the security deposit, which is intended for young people under 30 years of age who are looking for a job, students with a fixed-term contract, students and trainees for at least 3 months. You then repay this advance without paying interest over a maximum of 25 months, or over the duration
of the lease.

– Visale Guarantee: This guarantee allows you to act as a guarantor for your landlord. It is a rental guarantee granted by Action Logement. It covers the payment of rent and damage to the main residence, in case of default by the tenant. Who can benefit from it ? All students, work-study students and young people under 30 years of age can benefit from the Visale Guarantee. To benefit from Visale, the accommodation can be furnished or unfurnished, must be your main residence, the amount of your rent must not exceed 1500€ per month in Île de France, must be decent and respect the Departmental Health Regulations (RSD) and must be the subject of a lease (rental contract). To obtain it, you just have to apply online on the website

– Studapart guarantee : partnership with Allianz. Studapart = guarantor of the student for the whole duration of the rental. To access this guarantee, you must subscribe to the Guarantee profile. Your profile is then checked by the platform. Afterwards, if your landlord considers that your income is not sufficient, he will be able to send him a reservation proposal which includes this guarantee in the rental fees to be paid. (This guarantee is only accessible if you book your accommodation on their website). Attention: this guarantee is not free, and costs 4% of the rent * the duration of the rental.

– GarantMe : In France, landlords generally require that
your guarantor be employed on a permanent basis, with a net income of more than three
three times the amount of the rent, and preferably resident in France. If you have
have difficulty finding a guarantor, the rental guarantee
GarantMe offers to act as a guarantor for students and young people
who cannot find a guarantor. To benefit from this service, you must fill out a questionnaire
questionnaire and provide a piece of identification, a certificate of schooling (or letter of
admission letter) and proof of income. Your file is then
evaluated and, if accepted, you will receive a certificate of eligibility for
GarantMe. Please note: this guarantee is not free of charge and costs 3.5% of the
of the rent * the duration of the rental.