How to Find a Place to Live in Paris?
With your student visa, you have a right to a state subsidy called APL, which will help pay a small part of your rent. You must have a minimum of nine square meters per person or sixteen square meters for two people.
The housing subsidy is given each year to about 500,000 young people and students, French and foreign, regardless of their housing (room in a residence, dormitory, apartment, etc.). The amount of the subsidy varies from 90 euros to 150 euros per month, depending upon your income, the amount of rent and the size of the apartment. To obtain the APL subsidy, you must go the "Centre de Gestion des Allocations Familiales (CAF)" in the neighborhood where you live and fill out a form.
A list of CAF centers in Paris
- Centre de Gestion for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th districts:
18 rue Viala 75015 Paris
Tel.: 01 45 75 62 47
Subway station: Dupleix
- Centre de Gestion for the 9th, 10th, 17th, 18th et 19th districts:
67 avenue Jean Jaurès 75019 Paris
Tel.: 01 44 84 74 98
Subway station: Jaurès
- Centre de Gestion for the 5th, 11th, 12th, 13th et 20th districts:
101 rue Nationale 75013 Paris
Tel.: 01 40 77 58 00
Subway station: Nationale or Tolbiac
Documents to be Provided
- A copy of your rental agreement
- Proof of your rental payment
- A copy of your electrical bill
- A copy of your student visa
- A copy of your passport results of a medical visit showing you're in good health
- A birth certificate translated into French (consult your Embassy)
- Proof of a bank account
- Copy of your tax return filed in France (proof of revenues)
CROUS provides various housing services for students in private residences.
For information, call 01 40 51 35 77