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Sciences Po does not have its own student residence so you need to find your own accommodation.
To give yourself the best possible chance of finding the room or apartment of your dreams, make sure you arrive in your campus’ city a few days (or a few weeks, for Paris) before the semester starts. That way you’ll be able to visit several places and get a better idea of what’s available on the market.
We have prepared some advice sheets to make the process easier. Please read them before you start looking:
- Prepare your housing search
- Find out about student residences
- Guide to sharing an apartment
- Advice for parents of newly admitted undergraduates
Depending on your situation (income, type of housing, etc.), you may be entitled to housing benefits.
Crous student housing
Who can apply?
- Priority is given to students receiving needs-based financial aid. There are few possibilities in Paris.
- International students with scholarships from the French government or a foreign government (managed by Crous) can apply for housing but again, there are very few rooms available.
- Students with disabilities are entitled to housing from their first undergraduate year, even if they are not scholarship holders.
How to apply
To apply for housing you must complete a Student Social File (fr.) ("Dossier Social Etudiant") between 15 January and 31 May each year. Average rent: between €350 and €400.
Social housing agencies
You can only submit an application to a social housing agency if you receive CROUS financial aid and are registered on the social housing waiting list with the Paris City Council (request the numéro départemental from the council of your arrondissement if you live in Paris, or 6 rue Agrippa d’Aubigné, 75004 Paris, metro Sully Morland if you live in another département). This process can take several months if you can’t go to the office in person.
Apartments, shared housing
There plenty of websites that allow you to search for all types of apartments: studios, shared apartments, rooms in private households, etc.
Housing reserved for our students
Sciences Po accommodation listings
Sciences Po runs a housing website where you can find listings for all types of accommodation: studio apartments, rooms, shared apartments, homestays, rooms in a student residence, etc.
Only Sciences Po students have access to this site. Newly admitted students need to complete their administrative registration online before they can view listings.
Apartment-sharing with Comforts of Home (Paris only)
Comforts of Home guarantees a minimum of 70 places per semester for Sciences Po students.
Comforts of Home offers shared accommodation in double rooms and single rooms in apartments located within Paris city limits.
- Double room: €800 rent, all inclusive (service charges, electricity, internet, insurance, maintenance, monthly cleaning).
- Single room: €1,450 rent, all inclusive (service charges, electricity, internet, insurance, maintenance, monthly cleaning).
- No application fee. Eligible for housing benefit.
Contact: Alexia Petty
Sites for students
On the Le Havre campus, the association AHLOET helps students find accommodation. It puts tenants into contact with owners and indicates when apartments have been visited and checked beforehand. For more information, contact Mme Gwenaëlle Gallo, ph. 02 35 19 74 70.
Real estate professionals
Please note: Agent letting fees generally amount to 10% of the annual rent.
- SeLoger (fr.)
- Lodgis (in partnership with Sciences Po, discounted letting fees) (fr.)
- Paris Attitude
- A part of Paris
On the Paris campus:
- France accomodation & culture
- Séjours France Famille
- Homestay in Paris
- Student Homestay Europe
On the Dijon campus: Séjours France Famille (by request)
On the Reims campus: the association Welcome2France offers a "Bed and Breakfast" housing solution for €355 per month. It works to promote intercultural housing in Reims and finds foreign students accommodation in private households. Welcome2France offers to find you a host family, take care of your administrative procedures (sending an attestaton de logement as proof of address, signing a housing contract between the two parties, etc.), and support you throughout your stay. More information and contact details (PDF in English, 587 KB).
Student residences and hostels
Student residence halls are independent from Sciences Po. All student residences in France are run either by a governmental agency or private businesses and are open to all students, whatever their university.
Student residences are made up of furnished apartments, (mainly studios), and offer a range of services: laundry, gym, general supervision, etc.
Hostels offer furnished individual or shared rooms. They are often for women only. Reservations must be made very early in the year.
Sciences Po can inform you about the residences available and help you decide what might suit you best. However, both before you arrive in France and once you are here, you should contact the residences themselves if you have questions about applying for rooms, how the rooms are assigned, etc. as they are the best placed to give you detailed answers.
Contact the housing service
9 rue de la Chaise - 75007 Paris - garden level
Opening hours (no appointment necessary):
- Monday to Wednesday, 9.30am to 12 noon and 1.30pm to 4pm
- Friday, 9.30am to 12 noon
From May to October:
- Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 4pm
- Friday, 9.30am to 12 noon
Our office will be closed from Tuesday 20th December 2017 to Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
More about Students
Looking for accommodation near one of our campuses?
Property owners: do you have an apartment to rent?
Post a housing listing on the Sciences Po Housing website (access is strictly reserved for our students).
This is a free service but you must set up an account: