As it is not easy to rent an accommodation in France for an international student, EDHEC developed close collaborations with local housing actors.
Indeed most of the Real Estate agencies, student residences and private owners require a French guarantor.
Different options are available in Lille & in Nice (student residences, private flats, rooms at private landlords’, shared housing…).
To rent an accommodation in France, it is required to pay a deposit before arrival - usually equivalent to one month rent (2 months maximum). The money of the deposit will be kept by the landlord during your contract.
A part of the deposit can be used by the owner if he notices damages in the accommodation at the checkout appointment.
According to the French law the owner has two months to return the deposit onto the student’s bank account.
As soon as your booking is confirmed, you have to organize a check-in appointment with the student residence Manager or your landlord.
The day you will get the key, you will do a check-in inventory with the landlord or residence manager in order to report existing defects (marks on the wall, broken tiles, heater out of order, leaks...).
After the check-in inventory, you still have 7 days to inform the landlord in case you notice any further defects that had not been reported in the inventory.
You must notice the landlord about your departure date at least a month before leaving. This notice has to be sent by registered mail.
A check-out appointment will have to be organized the very last day of your stay to return the key.
During this check-out appointment the landlord will compare the state of the accommodation with the check-in inventory document.
When booking an accommodation online by yourself:
The day you enter your accommodation, to get the key, you must hand in a home insurance contract.
The insurance company has to be French. The basic coverage includes water damages and fire. You can choose a coverage including more options. It is possible to apply online before your arrival through ADH
It is recommended to take at least the policy number 5 & the option “bureautique” to cover your computer.
Students coming to France can be eligible to a housing allowance. It is paid by a branch of the government (CAF) to people with low income.
Application can only be done once in France after the check-in appointment.
Conditions to be eligible: