- If you’re studying, check out student halls with the CNOUS
- If you’re looking to rent independently, check out De particulier à particulier
- If you’re looking to share, check out Craig’s List, Appartager.com, with LeBonCoin.fr
- Don’t forget to look into home insurance, too, for your stay.
- You could also benefit from financial help with the CAF (see below) so make sure you do your homework!
Should you live in Halls of Residence or a shared student flat?
Here are Arthur's thoughts: "I thought that by staying in University accommodation I would meet absolutely loads of people and get involved a lot more with uni life as a result. Don’t get me wrong, I do really like the accommodation I am in, and have met lots of really lovely people, it’s just that the jealousy really did kick in on Monday night. My friend Peter is a German who speaks pretty good French, but he is living in a perfectly situated apartment with large rooms, fully equipped kitchen, beautiful views, and two lovely French flatmates. Just THINK how good his French will be in a month, let alone 5! All of this has cost Peter far less than Uni accommodation would have. Perhaps it is just luck of the draw, but it seems to me that Peter and Mimi have both struck gold through living in shared apartments. (It doesn’t worry me a great deal though, it will only make me more keen to get out there and meet more French people.)"
The CAF is confusing.