We want to make your experience of living and studying in Paris as rewarding and positive as possible. Our friendly academic and professional staff are readily available to offer help and support.

Our Student and Academic Services team is responsible for all administrative aspects of your time with us – this includes giving you practical advice on accommodation, healthcare, funding, visa applications and welfare support. 

Finding accommodation

Although ULIP does not have its own university accommodation, our welcoming Student Services team is here to advise and guide you along your path to finding accommodation in Paris to help you settle into this vibrant city, and make Paris your new home. We provide comprehensive information about the housing options available for students in Paris. These include private student halls of residence, lodging with a Parisian family, renting your own studio flat, or flat-sharing with other students. We have recently started acting as guarantors for our students, to help you secure accommodation from private landlords. You can also join our Facebook group to contact graduating students for advice on where to live in Paris, taking over their accommodation after they leave, or tips on what to consider when looking for property.

Our students are also eligible for housing benefit (CAF) from the French government and on average receive between €118 and €212 a month. The exact amount depends on the type of accommodation, any income you receive from part-time employment, and the location of your property.

Please see our Accommodation Guide for more information.

Healthcare

As a student at ULIP, you will have access to French national health cover, the Sécurité sociale, either through the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), or by registering to the Sécurité sociale directly (we can help you with this). Successful applicants receive detailed information in early summer on the basic level of health cover provided by the Sécurité sociale, as well as information on subscribing to additional health cover. Our team in Student and Academic Services operate an open-door policy to offer advice and guidance to any student facing a practical difficulty during their time in France, so if you have any issues there is always someone to talk to.

Personal adviser

You will be assigned a personal adviser, a supportive and approachable member of the teaching staff, who is there to help you with any problems or concerns you may have, whether you are homesick or are struggling with an assignment. The Personal Adviser’s role is to provide you with advice and support and to maintain an overview of your academic progress and achievements. Any matter, whether trivial or traumatic, academic, social, financial, medical, or to do with home, may be brought to your Personal Adviser’s attention. In addition to their formal duties, your adviser can also offer advice on learning strategies, career development, or general difficulties you may encounter in managing your life in Paris. They will refer you for specialist advice to other members of academic or administrative staff.

Educational support for students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties 

We work closely with the Queen Mary University of London's Disability and Dyslexia Service advisers to provide assistance to students who may need extra support to enable them to manage their own educational and personal progression.

Students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties are encouraged to maintain close contact with their Personal Advisor and Student Services. In collaboration with QMUL’s Disability and Dyslexia Service, our students can access the following types of support: 

  • Special examination arrangements 
  •  Assistance around the Institute and in lectures, such as note-takers and personal helpers. 
  •  Assistance for students in applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowance which provides financial help on top of the standard student package to fund specialist software, one-to-one study skills tuition or mentoring support  

In order that the Institute may provide the most appropriate support possible to students with specific learning needs, it requires all students who request special adaptations or auxiliary support to provide full documentation of their condition and their support needs from an appropriate professional. 

Head of Student, Academic and External services helping a student at the University of London Institute in Paris

It is essential that you discuss your needs with our Student Services team as early as possible, even before you enroll.

Claire Miller
Head of Student, Academic and External Services
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