As it is not easy to rent an accommodation in France for an international student, the EDHEC ISO has 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 for the whole duration of your lease.
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 up to two months to give the deposit back to the student.
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.
As soon as your booking is confirmed, you have to organize a check-in appointment with the student residence manager or the landlord.
The day you get the key, you 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 notify the landlord of any further defects that had not been reported in the inventory.
You have to notify 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 has to be organized on the very last day of your stay to return the key.
During this check-out appointment the landlord compares the state of the accommodation with the check-in inventory document.
When booking an accommodation online by yourself:
Students in France can apply for housing benefits provided by the CAF, a French Government institution.
Those benefits will be calculated according to your income, the condition of housing, the monthly rent and many other criteria.
You can only apply once you have entered your flat. The application can be done online www.caf.fr.
If you have already worked in France, you must declare it to the CAF.
To get benefits until the end of your stay, you must pay your rent until the very last day of the month.
The EDHEC ISO does not how it is calculated nor the amount you can get.
It takes some time to the CAF to process some files and you might not get your benefits straight away, but those benefits are retroactive. Therefore, the most important is to apply as they consider the date you apply as a starting date for benefits - as long as you have entered the flat before or on that same date.
The local residence tax called “taxe d’habitation” is a yearly government tax anyone occupying a flat on the 1st of January has to pay.
The amount to be paid corresponds to about one-month's rent. Usually, you receive a notice of payment after departure, in your home country in November - e.g. If you rent a flat from August in year 1, you will have to pay the tax in November of year 2. As long as your lease covers January 1st, you have to pay the tax.
This tax has to be paid to the council once a year as they organise waste collection and disposal once a week.
It is calculated on a pro-rata basis according to the length of stay (for example: if you stay nine months in the accommodation, you will only pay 9/12 of the tax).
If you live in a student residence you will be charged before your departure by the real estate agency who will pay the council back.
This tax is due if you are eligible to the housing tax AND if there is a television in your accommodation or any similar broadcasting device.
More information about taxes, click here