GET YOUR KEYS TO A CHEAP ACCOMMODATION IN PARIS
Looking for a cheap accommodation
They are hundreds of websites on Paris accommodation, millions of housing ads for students or professionals in Paris and it’s difficult to go over the flow of information especially if you are on a budget and looking for a cheap accommodation.
It’s really hard to find a cheap accommodation in Paris. You will need a budget of approximately minimum €650pm. Sometimes students have heard on blogs or other channels that they can find accommodation in Paris for 500€… well it’s not accurate or not up to date as of 2019.
Be careful to scams
First thing If it’s too good to be true it’s usually a scam. Anything less than €450 pm sounds like a cheap accommodation but is most likely to be a scam , so please watch out! You can try to get stipend from governments like the CAF or get a job if you need money to cover a Paris rent.
50-something male looking for 20-something female is never a good sign (its a colocation offer, not a lonely hearts ad!), stay internet savvy and don’t meet up with potential colocataires alone, always take a friend with you – likewise when viewing accommodation!
Check out how to avoid scams in this article
Look around Paris.
There is this mythology of living in Paris but now a lot of neighbourhood like Pantin, Bagnolet, Vitry have access to Paris in 10 mn with the metro and give access to way better prices.
Now some recommendations of websites and student residences.
Erasmusu : please only look at verified housing and be careful because there can be a lot of scams on this website. Great website for meeting up with potential colocataires and Erasmus students.
Appartager : Plenty of websites to find potential colocataires good way of meeting new people
Studea Hauts de Seine A student residence from 534€
There is also cheap family homestay solutions. Here are a few examples :
It’s an Intergenerational homestay where you live for free or by paying a small rent with an elderly. They have 3 formulas:
Free housing + regularly presence during evenings and night times (the only fee is a 390€ cotisation renewable each year.
Economic housing + mutual aid, you can share some special moments (theaters, reading, computer help …) and a regular presence + you pay a participation to the monthly expenses of 100 euros + 390 euros cotisation, renewable each year.
Solidarity housing + passive watch. You ensure a passive watch and some spontaneous help in the heart of a benevolent cohabitation.
In Ile de France, you pay an occupancy allowance of 350 to 500 €; from 250 to 350 € for the province + 300 euros cotisation, renewable each year.
Be my Nest is the site of the homestay accommodation!
Its mission: to help you find accommodations as you design it and offer you the moments you dreamed about: new city, new streets, new atmospheres, new smells, new friends, new house … With this objective, students are welcomed by French families, in room for rent of very high quality, everywhere in Paris and in the suburbs.
Prices for a bedroom vary from 450€ outside of Paris to about 1000€ for the most expensive ones in Paris.
The goal of Homerci? To recreate the link between generations, to make young and old participate in the future of the society.
“We connect a senior still active or retired – or a family that has a free room, with a student – apprentice – trainee – young graduate / worker, French or international who seeks housing. The student pays a decent rent whose price varies according to the criteria of the room and is still lower than the market price.”
Prices: 59 € for meeting with homerci, research work of a family or senior host + % deducted according to the monthly rent and the duration of accommodation.
A website that offers flatshares: “Room4Talk gives students the opportunity to use the experience of flatsharing to exchange with foreign students, to practice a foreign language and dramatically improve the quality of their speech.”
You enter the language you want to practice and the city and you will discover all the flatsharing opportunity available.
Prices are cheaper when you share the cost! Count between 500€ and 800€, but be careful and try to avoid scams.
The site is completely free, it offers to find his roommate directly through a map where are located all the ads. Consulting the ads (which are all verified) and contacting your future roommates will always be free and unlimited. Tools like Google Maps and StreetView are used to help you search as efficiently and quickly as possible.
Prices start at 350€.
You can also try reaching out to your country peers in France like Americans in Paris etc, they have sometimes great tips to share.
Good luck in your search!
Here is a testimony from one of our students Summer:
“Yes, finding an apartment was not easy at all and I will share all three experiences I have encountered the past year.
Get your keys to a budget accommodation in Paris