As it is not easy for an international student to rent accommodation in France, as most property direct from real estate agencies and landlords require a French guarantor, EDHEC ISO works in close collaboration with local housing actors so that you do not need a French guarantor in order to secure accommodation.
Different options are available in Lille & in Nice, including student residences, studio appartments and flat shares.
To rent an accommodation in France, you must pay a deposit before moving in - usually equivalent to one month's rent (two months maximum). This deposit will be kept by the landlord during your rental period and part of it may be used in case of any damage to the property, noted during the check-out inventory.
According to the French law, the owner has up to two months maximum to give the deposit back to the student.
The day you get your key and move in, you must have a copy of home insurance contract to hand.
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
Policy number 3 & the option “bureautique” is recommended if you wish to cover your laptop.
As soon as your booking is confirmed, you have to organize a check-in appointment with the student residence manager or 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 in the property (e.g. marks on the wall, broken tiles, heater out of order and leaks).
After the check-in inventory, you still have 7 days to notify the landlord of any further defects that had not been noted 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 CAF, a French Government institution.
These benefits are calculated according to many criteria, such as your income, the condition of housing and the monthly rent.
You can only apply once you have moved into 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 know the amount you can get or how CAF calculates it. We advise everyone to apply, but please bear in mind that not everybody is eligible- it remains CAF's decision if you are eligible for the housing benefits or not.
It takes some time to the CAF to process applications and each case is unique. Even if you don't get your benefits straight away, don't worry as they are retroactive. CAF considers the day you move into your accommodation as the starting date for the benefits.
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 approximately one month's rent. You will usually receive a notice of payment for this tax in November e.g. If you rent a flat from August in your first year, you will have to pay the housing tax in November of your second year. As long as you are renting and it covers January 1st, you will have to pay the tax.
This tax has to be paid to the council once a year as they organize waste collection and disposal once a week.
It is calculated on a pro-rata basis according to the length of your stay (for example: if you stay nine months in your 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 on your behalf.
This tax is applied if you are required to pay the housing tax AND if there is a television, or any similar broadcasting device in your accommodation.
More information about taxes here