If you’re only staying in France for a few months or just need a place to stay until you find a place you want to rent long-term, many options for short-term housing are available, including homestays with host families.

Short-term accommodation

Student dormitories managed in each city by CROUS (the regional student service organizations that manage university dormitories in France, among other services) sometimes offer short-term room rentals during the summer. To find out if this is possible, contact the CROUS in the city where you intend to live. Similarly, many private student buildings offer short-term rentals.

The websites in the list of city-by-city housing resources offer contact information for numerous hostels, hotels and other housing providers for students and travelers on a budget.

If you plan to take a course in the French language before the beginning of the academic year, you should know that almost all centers for French language teaching provide housing services and can offer you various options for the duration of the course.

 

Living with a host family

Renting a furnished room with a host family is ideal for short stays — and is often possible for longer stays as well. This option is popular with students taking a French language course or summer program. It gives you the opportunity to share in family life and quickly adapt to French culture while sharpening your language skills — a perfect way to start your studies in France.

Many French language teaching centers have contacts with nearby host families who are interested in hosting students who enroll in the center’s courses.

Specialized agencies such as Séjour France Famille can put you in touch with potential host families. Other addresses are listed on CampusFrance’s housing resource.

The weekly cost of a room with a host family in Paris ranges from €200 (with breakfast) to €300 (breakfast and dinner). Average costs are lower outside Paris.