Flat & house-sharing
While not as common in France as in some other countries, house-sharing is also an option. Students agree on division of rent & household tasks. this can be a good way to save money & enjoy your student experience.
Renting in France
Rent: Rent depends a lot on the location of the property, size and its quality. As a general rule in Arles rent for an empty rental property is approximately 10 euros per square metre. This means that if you rent a house with 70 square metres expect to pay about 700 euros. Fully furnished rentals tend to be a little more expensive.
Landlords will usually ask for at least one month rent in advance when you move in.
Student leases typically last around 8 months. In order to benefit from government housing benefit you must make sure that your landlord is declaring your rent to the appropriate services (the CAF). If you wish to keep your accommodation during the summer holiday break you should make sure to negotiate this with your landlord.
Security deposit: Landlords will generally ask for one month’s rent as a security deposit against possible damage. This amount will be given back to you after you leave the property. Careful attention must be taken to leave the house in clean and proper condition after you
leave to avoid issues with landlords.
Guarantor: Students will need a guarantor who lives in France. This is a security reassurance for landlords in case you can not or do not pay your rent. The guarantor signs an official document promising to honour the rent. The guarantor must provide pay slips and/or tax documents proving they have enough resources to make this promise (generally they must earn three times the rent per month).
Crous & APL
Once you’ve found accommodation, you can apply to receive the APL- Aide Personalisée au
Logement (accommodation financial assistance) and/or financial aid for social or student
(CROUS) housing (the housing benefit known as the ALS- Allocation Logement à Caractère
All students studying in France have the right to apply.
For more information:
Caisse d’Allocation Familiale
www.caf.fr LE CROUS Aix-Marseille
Please note that the CAF is very slow in responding so you should try to organise your contact with them as soon as possible.
See: LOVAKIZ for ads for apartments, student rentals and flat sharing
Le Bon Coin– a privately run website with ads for accommodation
The site Campus France also has useful information.