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.



  • 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 in fraudulent ads - fake landlords and offers. We recommend you to transfer money to 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 have to make sure the landlord provides 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



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
If you have already worked in France, you must declare it to the CAF.

  • European students can apply for the house allowance with an ID card or a passport
  • Non-European students who still have not validated their visa with the OFII office can send their application file to the CAF and update it later on by sending a copy of their OFII stamp. They will be required to provide a birth certificate translated into French by a sworn translator.
  • Non-European students exempted from having a “Resident Permit” will not be allowed to apply for the house allowance. This exemption is mentioned on your French visa.
  • There is usually a one month delay to get this grant. Therefore if you send your file in September you will get the first allowance in October.

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

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