How to find your student accommodation?

So that’s it, you have completed your university enrolment? It’s time to fly the nest and to find your new place!

Unfortunately, finding your dream home is not that easy. To help you, we have created a complete guide with the best websites for your search while detailing the traps to avoid. We will give you our best advice along the way.

Summary

  1. The best websites out there
    a. student accommodation websites
    b. house-sharing websites
    c. accommodation websites of all kinds
  2. How to avoid fake ads?
  3. MondoPal's best advice

1. The best websites out there 🔍

a. student accommodation websites 👩‍🎓

Studapart.com

What is it? A university platform for private accommodation offering personalized support
Types of accommodation: rooms, studios, apartments, shared apartments
Types of advertisers: private owners, student residences and real estate agencies
Little extra: verification of ads, digitization process on the platform, search by map
Languages ​​available: French, English, Chinese

Adele.org

What is it? A platform for finding student or university accommodation in France
Types of accommodation: studios, apartments
Types of advertisers: student residences
Little extra: the large number of student accommodation offers, the simplicity of the platform, the search by map
Drawback: few ads in Rouen
Languages ​​available: French, English, Spanish

Immojeune.com

What is it? A housing solution for students and young graduates
Types of accommodation: rooms, studios, apartments, shared apartments
Types of advertisers: private owners, student residences and real estate agencies
Little extra: the simplicity of the platform
Drawback: the absence of the search by map
Languages ​​available: French, English

Location-etudiant.fr

What is it? A real estate ads platform for students and young graduates
Types of accommodation: rooms, studios, apartments, shared apartments
Types of advertisers: private owners, student residences and real estate agencies
Little extra: the simplicity of the platform, the search by map, the verification of ads
Drawback: very incomplete translations
Languages ​​available: French, English, Spanish

Housinganywhere.com

What is it? Housing ads platform for students and young graduates
Types of accommodation: rooms, studios, apartments, shared apartments
Types of advertisers: private owners
Little extra: the simplicity of the platform, the search by map
Drawback: few ads available in Rouen and the presence of fakes ads
Languages ​​available: French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese

Lokaviz.fr

What is it? A site managed by the CROUS, listing student accommodation in private homes
Types of accommodation: rooms, studios, apartments
Types of advertisers: private owners
Little extra: the verification of ads and map search
Drawback: few ads available in Rouen
Languages ​​available: French only

Trouverunlogement.lescrous.fr

What is it? A service that manages CROUS university residences in Normandy, each student can benefit from their service depending on the availability
Types of accommodation: rooms, studios, apartments
Types of advertisers: CROUS university residences
Little extra: very affordable prices, the verification of ads and map search
Drawback: few ads available, reserved primarily for scholarship students, housing requests are made at the same time as the scholarship application from January to March
Languages ​​available: French, English and German

b. house-sharing websites 🧑‍🤝‍🧑

Lacartedescolocs.fr

What is it? Independent house-sharing website in France
Types of accommodation: shared apartments
Types of advertisers: private owners
Little extra: the simplicity of the platform, the verification of ads and the search by map
Languages ​​available: French only

Appartager.com

What is it? House-sharing platform in France
Types of accommodation: shared apartments
Types of advertisers: private owners
Little extra: the simplicity of the platform and the search by map
Drawback: the necessity to create an account to view the ads and to buy a premium pass to access all of them
Languages ​​available: French only

c. accommodation websites of all kinds 🏘️

Leboncoin.fr

What is it? The 1st French website for classifieds ads, widely used for finding accommodation
Types of accommodation: rooms, studios, apartments, shared apartments
Types of advertisers: private owners, student residences and real estate agencies
Little extra: the very large number of ads
Drawback: lack of search criteria, the absence of the search by map and the presence of fakes ads
Languages ​​available: French only

Pap.fr

What is it? The number 1 platform for real estate ads
Types of accommodation: rooms, studios, apartments, shared apartments
Types of advertisers: private owners
Little extra: the verification of ads, the large number of ads
Drawback: the absence of the search by map
Languages ​​available: French only

Bienici.com

What is it? A new generation housing search platform that takes into account the housing itself but also its surroundings, with neighborhood life
Types of accommodation: rooms, studios, apartments, shared apartments
Types of advertisers: private owners
Little extra: the large number of ads, the simplicity of the platform and the search by map
Little drawback: the presence of fakes ads
Languages ​​available: French only

Toitchezmoi.com

What is it? An alternative type of rental allowing an owner to make all or part of its accommodation available for free in return for services such as cleaning, gardening or babysitting
Types of accommodation: rooms, studios and apartments
Types of advertisers: private owners
Little extra: no rent, the simplicity of the platform, the verification of ads and the search by map
Drawback: few ads available in Rouen, the necessity of a premium pass to have acess to all the website features
Languages ​​available: French, English and German

2. How to avoid fake ads? 🚨

Here are the things that will help you spot and avoid fake ads at first glance:

  • low rent compared to the market
  • rent plus a request for all kinds of services
  • no pictures of the accommodation
  • pictures unrelated to the location of the accommodation
  • pictures of a splendid accommodation, too good to be true
  • errors in the ad showing that the owner does not know the area
  • the absence of a phone number, false number or unreachable owner
  • the owner only communicates by email or instant messaging, it is difficult, if not impossible, to arrange an appointment to visit the accommodation
  • a request to send official documents (e.g. your ID, your driving license, your bank details, your payslip, etc.)
    ⚠️ The owner cannot ask you to send these documents before the visit!
  • a request to send money for the reservation (e.g. urgent cash mandate via La Poste, Western Union, etc.)
    ⚠️ You should never pay money before having visited the accommodation and signed the lease!

Once you have visited, and in the case you want to proceed further, here are the documents that you must send to the owner. Mandatory documents are:

  • a photocopy of your ID card or passport
  • proof of address (electricity bill, residence tax notice, etc.) for you and your guarantor
  • proof of income for you and your guarantor (or a proof of your student status if you have no income)

Optional documents are:

  • a tax notice (from you or your guarantor)
  • a photocopy of your guarantor’s ID card or passport
  • a residence permit if you do not have the French nationality
  • the photocopy of the APL simulation that you were able to perform on the CAF website showing your eligibility

The owner cannot ask for confidential documents such as:

  • a photo of yourself
  • a  carte VITALE
  • a bank statement
  • a certificate of absence of credit
  • a marriage contract or a cohabitation certificate
  • a personal medical record
  • an extract of a criminal record

3. MondoPal's best advice 💡

In every city, some areas are better suited to your style than others and it is important to know as much as possible before you decide where you want to live. Don’t hesitate to find out about the different neighborhoods in your city by visiting forums or blogs dedicated to your future town, talk to people who have been living there for a while.

To discover and understand your new city, you can, for example, check out the maps on the city's tourist office website. We advise you in particular the city map and the bus & subway map.

The price of housing varies a lot depending on the neighborhood, the size of the accommodation, whether it is furnished or not, etc. Our advice is to compare the ads to check the market price. Often the best option is to opt for a student accommodation that is already furnished, perfect for small budgets.

And finally, focus on finding an accommodation near your university. Do not hesitate to estimate your travel time between your home and uni.

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