Finding student housing in Paris can be challenging. However, whether you’re visiting for a few days or several months, there are a wide range of housing solutions available. In any case, it’s best to start looking as soon as possible.
Housing within a university residence is available to international students and students enrolled in the Erasmus+ exchange program. Paris Descartes University has a very limited number of CROUS rooms. Students interested in a CROUS room should submit a request to the International Exchange and Partnership Center as soon as they receive their acceptance letter. Paris Descartes University cannot provide all students with a room in these residences and is not responsible for their quality of service. Any complaints should be submitted to the international department for CROUS residences.
The housing.parisdescartes.fr platform
This platform is run by Paris Descartes University in partnership with Studapart. It lists thousands of housing solutions provided by private owners, residences, and real estate agents that are available and located near the university’s buildings. Visit http://housing.parisdescartes.fr
All you have to do is create an account to access offers, which are verified and updated in real time, to get information on:
- temporary rooms
To sign up, use your personal email address and your activation code, which will be emailed to you.
LoKaviZ, a student housing exchange
Created by 2010 by the French Ministry and CROUS, LoKaviZ is a website that connects students and home owners and helps students find certified housing. Over 23,000 housing solutions are available. You can sign up for LoKaviZ through the MesServices Portal using your NSI number (National Student Identification number – mandatory).
To help you get settled in Paris and provide you with financial aid during your studies, various organizations offer solutions. Some options include:
- Aid from CAF (French family allocations office) to cover a portion of your rent (ALS/APL housing assistance programs)
- Co-sign assistance on your rental agreement: Visale
- Guarantee in the event of unpaid rent: the Loca-pass guarantee
- Loan to pay a deposit: the Loca-pass advance
- Aid from the City of Paris to move to a private housing solution: A.I.L.E