The following page will help you through the process of finding a new chez toi and moving in.
Tips for renting in Paris
• Paris’ private rental housing market is very fast-paced. Properties are generally advertised a maximum of one or two months before they become available to move into
• Adverts for accommodation can be found on the following websites
• Student areas in Paris include
The 5th arrondissement (The Latin Quarter)
République-Bastille – the 11th arrondissement
• It’s essential that you view the accommodation before you pay any money to make sure you like it and the offer is genuine.
• Scam warning signs include unusually low rent and payment before viewing
• When viewing a property, look out for signs of mould, pest infestation and anything that is broken. Get any promise to repair or replace something before you move in in writing. If you have the opportunity, speaking to the current tenants can be helpful
• When visiting a property, it is important to think about where the nearest bus stops and metro stations are, what shops are nearby and whether you feel safe in the area
• Be prepared to show your documents during property viewings (bring photocopies of your passport and visa for example)
• If you decide to go through a letting agency, make sure you are aware of their fees which should be clearly communicated (and not hidden)
• Read the contract thoroughly and don’t be pressured into signing straight away. Look out for misleading terms.
• Upfront costs include a security deposit. This should be no more than two months’ rent if the apartment is furnished and no more than one months’ rent if the apartment is unfurnished.
• You may be asked to pay rent in advance (3 or 6 months for example) if you do not have a guarantor living in France. Never pay 12 months’ rent in advance – the risks are too high!
• Always get a receipt from the landlord or letting agency if you pay a deposit
• Landlords may include bills (electricity, Internet, housing insurance etc) in your rent, this does not mean that it will be cheaper than if you set up the contracts yourself
• Not sure whether to live alone or flat-share? Here are some things to think about: flat-sharing is good for meeting new people and is often the cheaper option but living alone gives you greater privacy (no sharing of bathrooms or kitchens)
• Homestay accommodation is a good option for those who want to learn French and sometimes meals are included in the rent
• Remember to sort out the following when you move in: inventory, bills for gas, electricity and water, Internet, insurance, smoke alarm
• If there is a problem in the apartment (boiler stopped working for example), report it to your landlord and always make sure that there is written evidence of this (email for example)