Finding accommodation in France can be difficult, especially on a small budget, and even more when you are a foreigner. It is difficult but far from impossible: it is all about being organized!
It is important that you anticipate your stay in advance and not wait to be in France to look for housing. Caen is a busy University town with many students (about 25% of its global population!), and it can be quite challenging to find suitable housing at the last minute.
Finding student housing
Depending on the length of your stay, your budget and your expectations, several types of accommodation are available to you. We have listed a number of them to guide you in your search: .
To facilitate your search for accommodation, UNICAEN has set up partnerships with the CROUS and the private platform STUDAPART.
In 2023/2024, due to a high number of lower income French applicants, the Crous will be unable to allocate a very limited number of accommodation to international students prior to their arrival in France. Therefore, you must look for other types of accommodation.
The Crous Normandie, a partner of the University of Caen Normandie, offers a wide range of university housing options on the different campuses in Caen (single rooms, studios, T1…).
In partnership with Studapart, access hundreds of exclusive offers for periods of 1 to 24 months near your campus but also throughout France during your search for internship: studios, flatshares, rooms in private homes … and benefit from a personalized support throughout your rental!
From the rental file to the reservation of the accommodation, all the steps are done online. The rental file is simplified and in 100% digital format. Studapart stands by you during the whole duration of your stay !
- Exclusive offers for students of University of Caen Normandie
- Verified ads and secured payment
- Simplified rental file & 100% online procedures
- Studapart guarantee for students who don’t have a guarantor living in France
- Multilingual support team
To get started, click on the tenant space and create an account on the platform!
Studapart offers housing, in student residences or private rentals.
Even though these campuses are all attached to UNICAEN, they don’t all provide CROUS housing options.
Each site offers many off-campus options, some of which being approved by the CROUS.
- Accommodation in Cherbourg
- Accommodation in Saint-Lô
- Accommodation in Alençon
- Accommodation in Lisieux
- Accommodation in Vire
Get in touch with the local university correspondents (such as the Maison de l’étudiant in Cherbourg) who are familiar with the local environment and will provide you with many housing tips.
If you already have family in France who can help you before your arrival, you can look for accommodation using other websites that list rental ads in the private rental sector such as :
- Le Bon Coin
- Ouest France Immobilier
- Se Loger
- Appartager (spécial colocation)
- La Carte des Colocs (spécial colocation)
Shared housing with the elederly
Are you looking for reasonably priced housing? Have you thought about living with an elderly person? The Association LIEN – Logement Intergénération En Normandie proposes cohabitations between young people and seniors to participate in bringing generations together in a spirit of mutual aid and solidarity.
It is not a simple cohabitation: in exchange for a reduced rent, you will have to participate in breaking the social isolation of the person who is hosting you. To take part in this scheme, you must therefore have a social fibre, i.e. the desire to help someone.
This friendly system also allows the student to feel less alone, less isolated in a country in which he has just arrived.
When you arrive at UNICAEN, you may need temporary accommodation until you move into your permanent home. There are many platforms that offer hotel rooms or temporary rentals with local people, among which:
To access housing rental in France, you will need to provide a rental guarantee. This is, for the landlords, the only way to guarantee that the monthly rents will keep on being paid if the occupants can’t afford to pay them anymore
You have several options:
In France, your student status gives you access to specific social benefits, including the CAF housing financial aid (Caisse d’Allocations Familiales). Financial aid is given directly to the landlords and deducted from your monthly rent.
Once you have signed your rental agreement, you must create your personal CAF account on the CAF website.
At the beginning of the academic year, most university residences assist students with their CAF online application..
As an example, for a basic CROUS room in Caen with a monthly rent of €254, CAF financial aid is approximately €85/month. However, the amount may differ according to your specific situation (rent, city of residence, housing type and size, etc.).
No matter the type of accommodation you will choose, you will have to subscribe to two mandatory insurance policies:
- Housing insurance
- third-party liability
Housing insurance covers damages made to your habitation and goods, in case for instance of a fire, water damages or robbery.
Third-party liability covers physical and/or psychological injuries you may cause to a third person should you be held responsible, for instance, of a fire or water damage in your place of residence.
A proof of housing insurance with third-party liability will be required when siging your rental agreement. Failure to present such document is a reason for termination of your lease, even for Crous housing
Most insurance companies provide housing insurance with third-party liability coverage for approximately €60 per year.
Find the home insurance that fits your needs by using online comparators:
En France, renting a home is regulated by law, with a set of rules that apply to the renter, the owner, and, if applicable, the guarantor (also called the “caution“)