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.


Check-in appointment

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.


Notice of departure / Check-out appointment

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.


Tips and guidance about your accommodation in France


  • The rent has to be paid between the 1st and the 5th of each month
  • The deposit cannot be used to pay the last month rent.
  • If you break an item or an equipment in the accommodation, try to replace it
  • Be sensible regarding electricity and water uses (no heating on if the window is open, turn the light off when you leave the room…)
  • If you leave in a student residence or a private flat, make sure you ask the landlord which day the garbage is collected (usually once a week).



When booking an accommodation online by yourself:

  • Never send cash money orders to book your accommodation. This mean of payment is not secured and is used for frauds (fake landlords and offers). We recommend you to wire money onto the landlord’s bank account to confirm your booking.
  • Pay attention to the date the offer was published to avoid out-of-date ads.
  • Be aware: if you book your accommodation through websites such as Airbnb, you must make sure that the landlord accepts to provide you with an official housing proof, otherwise:      
  • your visa will not be validated by the immigration office          
  • you will not be able to open a French bank account
  • consequently, you will not be eligible for housing allowance

Home insurance: Mandatory

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.

Housing allowance - Allocation logement - CAF

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.

  • The allowance is not automatic. We neither know how it is calculated nor the allocated amount.
  • It is calculated according to the last two years of the student’s income, monthly rent, size and location of the accommodation and type of visa.

Conditions to be eligible:

  • Hold a rental contract
  • Hold a French bank account
  • Non-EU citizens must hold a Long Stay Visa (validated by the Immigration office (OFII)) or a residence permit


More information about CAF

  • Students are required to provide a birth certificate translated into French by the French embassy or a notarized French translator (Translation less than 3-month old the day you apply)
  • Non EU citizens: application confirmed after long stay visa validation
  • You will not receive CAF allowance for your first month rent
  • A step-by-step document explaining how to apply will be sent to students after the welcome session.


How to apply

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