Finding a room in Paris can be very challenging, especially for short periods. But don’t worry! Here are a few tips and information that can be useful for your research.
Types of accommodation
– “Studio”: a one room apartment with a little kitchen, bed and bathroom (consider that some studios may have shared toilets and/or showers). The price for a studio can go from 500€ per month.
– “Colocation”: a room in a flat shared with other people. Usually, you share kitchen and bathroom, but if you want a cheaper solution, you can also share the room. Prices for a single room can go from 400€ per month. If possible, try to meet your flat mates before, or at least to get information about them.
-“Chez l’habitant”: to live with a host family. Normally you will have a room and, if included in the price, some meals. It can be a nice chance to get to know better French culture, but consider that you may be asked to respect some rules. This kind of accommodations can go from 500€ per month.
-“Residence”: a room in a building shared with other students, where you usually have bathroom and kitchen in common. Interns may also be accepted under specific conditions. This is the cheapest solution, it can cost from 300€ per month. Keep in mind that places are limited, and the bureaucratic procedures are long and complicated.
Steps to find the right accommodation
1) Start to look in advance: the demand is very high in Paris, so the sooner, the better.
2) Landlords want to make sure that you will pay your rent: prepare a folder with ID, your last three payrolls, your previous landlord’s statement where he/she declares that you always paid your rent. If you don’t have these documents, ask a member of your family to be your guarantor.
3) If possible, go to Paris. It is always better to meet the landlord in person, to check the condition of the accommodation and to make sure you are making a good deal. If you can’t and if you know someone in Paris, ask him/her to go on your behalf. If you don’t know anyone and you want to be sure about your accommodation, contact a real estate agency, they will help you find an accommodation (under the payment of a fee).
4) Once you’ve found your appartement, you will sign a contract (not always if you are in subrent) and pay a deposit. Never transfer your money until you’ve seen the apartment and you’ve met the landlord. It is very common to find scams. Also, beware of very cheap accommodations in fancy neighborhoods: they might not be real.
Where to stay
The Parisian region is composed of Paris Centre and the suburb. We suggest you look for an accommodation in the city center, possibly avoiding the 18th and 19th arrondissements and the train station areas. They may be fine during the day, but at night they are not completely safe.
If you want to live in an animated neighborhood, look for an accomodation in the Latin Quarter (5th and 6th arrondissements),in the Marais (3rd and 4th arrondissement), in the 13th, in the 15th or in the 11th arrondissements. If you prefer a more chic or residential area, try Saint-Germain-de-Près (6th arrondissement), the 8th, the 14th and the 16th arrondissements (where we are).
Useful Websites to start your research
• Websites with colocation and studio postings: Appartager, La carte de colocs, Erasmusu, Pap.fR.
• Agencies: Paris Attitude, Lodgis, Paris Housing, Airbnb.
• Facebook Groups: PARIS a LOUER – bouche a oreilles, PARIS: Location Appartement, Colocation, Sous-Location chambre à louer. If you are a foreigner, we suggest to look for your community’s Facebook group and ask if anyone is renting his/her room or studio.
• Residences: CROUS, Melon District.