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.
There are numerous options on offer, ranging from living with resident landlords, private studio flats, halls of residence or shared flats. Not only do we have partnerships with private halls of residence and connections with specialised student accommodation agencies in Paris, but we can also act as guarantor for students enrolled on ULIP programmes to help them secure accommodation with private landlords. All students can also apply to receive housing benefit (CAF) from the French government.
All of our students receive a comprehensive list of resources to assist them with their search and our dedicated Student Services team is there to provide advice and guidance every step of the way.
We have set up a partnership with Immojeune, an agency dedicated to student accommodation. Current students and prospective students with an accepted offer to study at ULIP will receive a password giving them access to housing offers on our private Immojeune platform: https://ulip.immojeune.com/en/
Generally, the cost of living in Paris vary depending on the accommodation location and type. On average, our students pay in the region of 700 euros per month for their accommodation, but some students do not pay any rent at all as they work in exchange for free accommodation, while others pay 1200 euros per month to live in an exclusive area. Click here to have an overview of accommodation options and cost ranges.
Where to live
Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements (corresponding to the last two digits of the postcode – for example 75007 is the seventh arrondissement). Like any city, some areas are more expensive than others.
Researching online or asking current students on our Facebook group for advice on specific areas of Paris is a good way to decide where you would like to live. It is also sensible to check out local transport links (nearest Métro or RER station or bus route), to make sure that travelling to ULIP will be convenient and that you can explore the city easily and safely.
The French Government grants housing benefit, administered by the Caisse d’allocations familiales (CAF), to students who pay rent (including for a room in a Hall of residence, a hostel, in a family home or flat-share).
Students may find the application process off-putting but “CAF” is well worth applying for as most students are eligible for between 118€ and 212€ per month depending on the type of accommodation and the area. You cannot get housing benefit for the first month’s rent and payments will not be backdated to the start of the lease if you apply late so make sure you apply promptly after the start of your contract. The Student Services team will provide detailed guidelines to students during Induction week to help them with the application process.
Please see our Accommodation Guide for more information, including:
- Useful resources when looking for accommodation
- An explanation of how leases, deposits and service charges work in France
- How ULIP can act as guarantor
Please see our Accommodation Guide for more information.