Student Accommodation in Paris

With your student visa, you have a right to a state subsidy called APL, which will help pay a small part of your rent. You must have a minimum of nine square meters per person or sixteen square meters for two people. The housing subsidy is given each year to about 500,000 young people and students, French and foreign, regardless of their type of housing (room in a residence, dormitory, apartment, etc.). The amount of the subsidy varies from 90 euros to 180  euros per month, depending upon your income, the amount of rent and the size of the apartment. To obtain the APL subsidy, you must go the “Centre de Gestion des Allocations Familiales (CAF)” in the neighborhood where you live and fill out a form.

CAF Centers in Paris:
•    Centre de Gestion for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th districts:

            18 rue Viala 75015 Paris, Tel: 01 45 75 62 47 Metro: Dupleix


•    Centre de Gestion for the 9th, 10th, 17th, 18th and 19th districts:

             67-69 Av. Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, Tel: 01 44 84 74 98 Metro: Jaurès

•    Centre de Gestion for the 5th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 20th districts:

           101 rue Nationale 75013 Paris, Tel: 01 40 77 58 00 Metro: Nationale or Tolbiac

Documents to be provided:
•    a copy of your rental agreement
•    proof of your rental payment
•    a copy of your electrical bill
•    a copy of your student visa
•    a copy of your passport
•    results of a medical visit showing that you are in good health
•    a birth certificate translated into French (consult your Embassy)
•    proof of a bank account
•    copy of your tax return filed in France (proof of revenues)

CROUS provides various housing services for students in private residences.

Crous Center in Paris:
Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Sociales (CROUS)
39 Avenue Georges Bernanos 75005 Paris (RER: Port-Royal)
Student Information Hours: 9h to 17h.
Reception: 01 40 51 36 00
Housing Department: 01 40 51 37 21

CROUS International Office-Housing Department:
All housing offers are listed and can be consulted between 1:00PM and 5:00PM Monday to Friday upon presentation of your student card. All types of housing are available in Paris and the surrounding suburbs at prices as low as 250 euros for a small room to 350 euros for a studio.
Tel: 01 40 51 37 67

International Student Organizations for Housing
(Centre d'Information et de Documentation Jeunesse --the center for information and documents for young people) 101, Quai Branly 75015 Paris (Subway Station: Bir-Hakeim)
Tel : 01 44 49 12 00, you must consult their listing at the center.

Cité Universitaire Internationale
17 bd Jourdan 75014 Paris (Metro: Cité Universitaire)
Admissions Department, Tel: 01 44 16 64 00 / Fax: 01 44 16 64 03

This organization offers students, under 30 years old and registered in an undergraduate program, housing possibilities in dormitories and other university facilities, either double or single rooms. The rooms are furnished with a shared bathroom and kitchen. The rent varies between 260 euros and 350 euros, charges included, per month for a single room (13 m2), and between 180 euros and 245 euros for a double room (16m2). Cité Universitaire has all the necessary services such as a restaurant (average prices are 2.30 euros per meal and you can buy a book of 10 tickets), washing machines, telephone, and a computer room.

For all this, you must fill out a request either by going directly to the Admissions Department (open Monday to Friday from 8:30AM to 7:00PM) or sending an e-mail to, or registering directly on the site:

Apartment Rental Websites:

Local Newspapers and Magazines: Rental Offerings
Consult the magazine FUSAC, or go to the bulletin board outside the American Church of Paris, or check the listings at W.H. Smith Bookstore on Rue de Rivoli. Also don’t forget the magazine PAP (Particulier à Particulier), which appears every Thursday morning or consult their site