Finding accommodation in Paris can be a tricky process but once you have secured a place in such a beautiful city it makes it all seem worth it!
Below is a list of websites that are extremely helpful when looking for a place:
You can also find a place for a few weeks in Youth hostels, Airbnbs, or look for a room in Private Students’ Residences.
RENTING AN APARTMENT ON YOUR OWN
What you need to know:
1st step: Prepare your application with the necessary documents proving that you are able to pay your rent (bank affiliation, ID photocopy…)
We advise you to prepare your application before coming to France.
2nd step: Find a guarantor (« caution solidaire »): French landlords will ask you for someone to agree to pay your rent if you fail to do so. It may be your parents or a family member. You must be able to provide proof of their income: a letter, a bank statement, pay slips…
3rd step: Check the ads and make an appointment for a visit. Bring along your file so that if the place suits you, you will be able to apply right away.
Things to look out for (when you’re visiting potential flats):
You will find more information in our welcome package for Les Petits Bilingues Teachers.
Click here to read an article explaining your rights as a renter.
France is a member of the European Union and has the Euro € currency.
Travelex currency exchange can be found in airports, the centre of Paris and most large cities. They are open later than banks, and 7 days a week.
Banks are generally open from 9:30am to 4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday and closed on Sunday and Monday.
OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT
In addition to completing the application form – called a mandat – you may (not always, depending on the bank) need to provide additional information as follows:
• Reference from your current bank
• Copy of your passport
• Signature witnessed by a solicitor (non-residents)
• Evidence of residency status (utility bill or copy of house purchase agreement, e.g. Compromis de Vente, if your purchase has not gone through).
You will also need to deposit a small sum to open the account.
Before your departure: check if your current bank shares any agreements with French institutions and if they allow ATM withdrawals or international money transfers free of charge.
You can also inquire whether these major French banks (BNP Paribas, Société Générale, CIC and Crédit Agricole) offer special packages for expatriates (checking account, credit card, home insurance). For a complete list of English-speaking banks in Paris, visit AngloInfo’s page here.
A French bank account will simplify making necessary expenses for a long-term furnished rental, such as the security deposit (depôt de garantie), the first month’s rent, and the agency fee. You will also be provided with a RIB (Relevé d’Identité Bancaire), an essential document, displaying your account details. The RIB authorises direct debits and is required for mobile phone plans, Internet, electricity, most contracts and subscriptions.
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