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How to find a Residence ?

Finding a house and accommodation for foreign students, especially Iranians, is one of the biggest problems. We suggest that you finalize your housing status before entering to France. Many students just need a temporary (and unfortunately sometimes fake) certificate or attestation to get a visa, which after, a very small number of them may be lucky and find a place to rent soon, but often they have to spend weeks in hotels. It will cost them a fortune, and they will have some administrative problems due to not having a fixed address.

We suggest that you start your search as soon as possible. And be sure to book a place, even temporarily, to have a place to stay and put your belongings upon arrival. Then you have the opportunity to seek a suitable housing for your permanent residence more comfortable.

To find suitable accommodation:
First, contact your university. Some large institutions and universities offer accommodation or places for housing of their students. So, to register for an accommodation, you must contact the CROUS Accommodation Center of the university where you are enrolled. Check also the “Housing” or “International” section of the CROUS website for information on room allocation at your university residence.

You can also get information through the following sites (priority is given to scholarship students):


To take advantage of this, you must complete your “International Residence” file between January 15 and May 31 before the start of your school year.

Cross dormitories are the most popular accommodation for students due to many advantages, such as no charge, no separate water and electricity, and no separate internet, etc. As well as benefits such as low rent (about 400 euros in Paris and an average of 200 euros in other cities) and the possibility of benefiting from the CAF housing allowance.

And if you can not register for the CROUS, consider a private and/or a semi-private accommodation. Private student dormitories are a good choice, with prices slightly higher than CROUS, but have relatively more advantages, including group living, furnished rooms, internet, laundry, gym and …

You may use these sites also to find you desired house:


and this last one can be a temporary solution:

The colocation is also one of the solutions, in which you will be living with a student or other students, which will have a relatively lower rental cost, and if your roommates are from other countries, you will get acquainted with other languages ​​and cultures.

This method also has advantages and disadvantages that I will explain to you in the future.
Some of the best sites for collection:


The next solution is to stay with a French family:
Some international students choose to live with a French family to learn about French culture and language. You will have a room in this system, with all the necessary facilities for a normal life. You will have one or more French speakers and many other benefits. And of course, you have to respect the internal laws of that family such as arrival and departure times, and so on.
There are many sites in this field, one of which we introduce is CoHomly

To book a house, it is better to have the following documents:
These documents can vary depending on the type of residence and the requirements of the owner, but in general, a copy of the following documents is required in most cases:

Identification documents:
Residence card, if you came to France with a visa,
Student card or certificate for the current year,
A letter from your guarantor and his identification documents.

Find a guarantor
In France, people who want to rent an apartment, whether foreign or French, almost always have to have a guarantor. Your guarantor must be French.

If you do not have a guarantor, other solutions are available to you, for example, VISALE, which is a free deposit for renting an apartment or a room in a student dormitory for students of 18 to 30 years old (there are some exception for +30 if you work, see the site for more details). We recommend that you start this process as soon as possible, even before you arrive in France, as you do not need to have an address in France to obtain a VISALE certificate.

If you do not have VISALE conditions or the owner of your accommodation does not know it, you can also use the services of the GarantMe site.

Good luck 🙂

Attestation d’Hébergement

Le modèle d’attestation d’hébergement :

مدل رسمی اتستاسیون مسکن:


Je soussignée PRENOM NOM, née le 1 janvier 1990 à Paris déclare sur l’honneur héberger à mon domicile M. Mme. Prenom NOM née le 1 janvier 1999 à Shiraz depuis le 1 juin 2022 à l’adresse suivante :
6 rue Alf. Hich. Appt B22 75000 Paris

                                                                            Paris, le 17 mai 2022
                                                                            [ Vous signerez ici ]
                                                                               PRENOM NOM

Cost of living in France



Cost of living in France is one of the most crucial aspects to be considered for anyone planning to move to this country. Generally, students are looking to cover their living costs independently. The amount spent on meals, living, and travelling varies mainly between individuals, and cities they are residing in. For instance, Paris can have its rent prices six times of what it would be in smaller towns. 

 Rent and Housing Costs in France

 As mentioned in the article above, the cost of rent varies across the country. On average, the rent prices in France are €659 for a one-bedroom apartment in the City Centre. Meanwhile, the costs come down to around €300 outside the City Centre. For most major cities, it would be beneficial to go house hunting a couple of months before moving in, while a few weeks is enough for smaller towns. September and October is generally a more difficult time to search for houses, as many international students come in for their studies.

Travelling Costs in France

 Public transport costs are cheaper in France when compared to the United States. Local one-way tickets cost €1.6 on an average, while a monthly pass would cost €51. A new car (VW Golf 1.4 or similar) would cost about €20000 in France, that is approximately 13% higher than the USA. But, gasoline prices are considerably low in the USA. One litre would cost you €1.5 in France.

 Cost of Education in France

Public Education flourishes in France. The state pays for every child’s education from 6 to 16 years old. The only issue is that public schools are not bi-lingual. Hence, for parents looking to enroll their children in international schools should account for higher costs in this parameter. Costs vary to a large extent here too. Schools’ fees start from about €2250 per annum. As far as universities are concerned, state universities are very reasonably priced, and reasonable also. Another point to be noted is that international students do not need to pay higher fees, as it is in some countries. A bachelors (or equivalent) would cost €200 at a public university and between €3000 to €10000 at a private university.

 Cost of Healthcare in France

Like education, healthcare also receives a reasonably high amount of subsidization. State health insurance is available to everyone staying in France for more than three months. The French Social Security system duns this insurance (called PUMA). This insurance covers about 70% of the medical costs, and in some cases, even 100% of the costs.

 Cost of Utilities and Groceries in France

 Not going into precise details, the average cost for an 85 square metre apartment is €160 per month. These costs are very reasonable when compared to the rest of Europe. The monthly budget for groceries per person should be €220 to €290.