Long-term accommodation

When your stay at the Faculty Club is nearing completion, you will need to find long-term housing. The Welcome Center can help you to achieve this goal.

Understanding the real estate sector in France

To understand the basics, FNAK has drafted a housing guide for researchers and PhD students who come to France and wish to rent/buy.

 Most landlords and real estate agencies require a guarantor to pay the rent if the tenant fails to meet their obligations. Without a guarantor, your application will not be given preference. In some cases, such as doctoral students, a student rent guarantee, the CLÉ, allows the State to act as a guarantor to facilitate access to housing.

For people who have a French employment contract and who are under 30 years of age, or newly hired employees Visale can act as a guarantor in order to simplify the process of obtaining housing.

A short guide to finding accommodation:
• Generally, landlords ask for a deposit at the beginning of the lease, which will be returned at the end of the lease if the premises have not been damaged. This allows the owner to be compensated for any damage caused if the tenant does not return the property in the same condition as it was at the start of the contract. Consider this for your budget.
• You should ask what is included in any additional charges. Often, only cold water and maintenance of the building (for example, the elevator) are included. It is important to check before you have any nasty surprises!
• When renting through a real estate agency, the agent usually charges an additional management fee. The amount varies depending on the property and the agency, and must be taken into account for your budget. It is possible to find accommodation without going through a real estate agency, but you must check the search criteria on the internet and select the "private" offers.

Finally, you must not forget to enroll in home insurance, which is compulsory in France to cover potential damage to the property. For more details, see our "Insurance" section.

We can also suggest websites to help with your accommodation search; please do not hesitate to ask us.


Warning! Some offers may prove to be scams, so be aware and do not:
• Communicate all of your personal information
• Continue the process if the interviewee is currently abroad.