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How to find accommodation in France?

How to find accommodation in Lyon? How to find accommodation in Paris?

You must have realized this, but it is very difficult to find accommodation in France... Find a guarantor, prepare your rental file... Spiky has listed for you the different types of solutions and websites to visit to find your accommodation and feel at home!


1.Renting a studio or apartment


If you are looking for apartments offered by real estate agencies (with agency fees), you can consult the following sites:


If you prefer to rent an apartment from an individual, without going through an agency, you can consult these sites:


💸Real estate market prices: count at least 800 euros in Paris for a studio and 400 euros in the regions.

💡You can benefit from "APL", housing aid from CAF : more info



2. Living in a shared apartment


Colocation allows you to rent larger apartments and meet other people. This also makes it possible to share the rent, the costs of electricity, gas and internet subscription. Here is a list of websites where you can search for a shared room:


💡You can benefit from "APL", housing aid from CAF : more info




3. Living in a student residence


For a reservation request for accommodation in a CROUS university residence (public service), international students must go directly through this platform.


💡Good to know:

  • For students on exchange programs (Erasmus+): the host university or school makes the request for you.

  • For scholarship holders managed by Campus France: Campus France makes the request.

Developed by the CROUS, Lokaviz is a search engine allowing students to find, anywhere in France, independent accommodation or homestay, shared accommodation or rental against services.


There are also private student residences that offer rooms. Here is the list of websites to know:



4. New original housing solutions


Intergenerational housing : associations connect students looking for accommodation and seniors who have a room available in their accommodation in return for a reassuring presence. The rents are low, even free.


Stay with a French family for free in exchange for service (petsitting, babysitting, cleaning, etc.)




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