Start looking for an accomodation before arriving in France. Many international students chosse temporary housing short-term and homestay accomodation) for their first few weeks in France. They use that time to find a more permanent arrangement.

Before beginning your search, it is important to decide on the type of housing your looking for. Your financial resources, the length of your stay, and the nature of your program will shape that decision. University housing through the CROUS, private student residences, renting/sharing on the private housing market, online platforms for housing exchange: there are various options available.

The cost of housing varies widely, but international students (staying for more than 6 months in France), like French students, are eligible for housing assistance. 

It is reassuring to make housing arrangements before leaving for France. This is possible if you are able to secure a room in a university residence managed by CROUS, the regional student-service agency (although spaces in CROUS buildings are largely reserved for recipients of French government scholarships and students participating in exchange programs) or if you plan to attend an institution that maintains its own student residences. 

Otherwise searching for housing from outside the country can be difficult. You won't be able to visit properties and make fully informed decisions. It may also be difficult, from a distance, to persuade a property owner to let you sign a rental contract or convince him that you have someone who will guarantee payment of your rent. 

For these reasons, many international students choose to find temporary housing for their first few weeks in France. They use that time to look for a more permanent arrangement.

Below you will find a set of useful (if diverse) links, organized by city. Use them to learn more about the housing market in the area in which you plan to study.

Read our "Adresses Logement (Housing addresses)" directory (downloadable below) to find housing offers sorted depending of your stay location and duration, price and other criteria.

There are also accommodation search engines for international students - which are very helful, such as: