If you are coming to Sciences Po, your first concern will probably be finding a place to live. Sciences Po's housing information service is there to guide you. Sciences Po even offers a listing service of apartments currently available in Paris. 

N.B. Sciences Po is not a real estate agency and does not search for housing for you.  This listing service is self-service; however, the lasndlords on this listing service have been pre-screened by Sciences Po and are generally trustworthy.  They are often frequent users of this service, so they are used to our students.  Old listings are automatically removed from this service, so listings remain fresh and active.

Important:  Sciences Po takes no responsibility for any interaction between potential landlords found through this service.  Students are encouraged to use caution at all times.  For more detailed advice, make an appointment with the Housing information service.

As a general rule, it's a lot easier and less expensive to find a place to live in a regional city than in Paris, but having said that everyone eventually gets a pad in the French capital, too. It just might cost you some nervous energy.

Housing assistance

Be aware that you may be able to receive financial aid for housing from the CAF (Caisse d'Allocations Familiales). This benefit is for French and international students, renters of an empty or furnished apartment, boarders, a student residence or a foyer. However, if you plan to sublet, the owner must give their written agreement in order for you to receive this benefit.

For more information on housing assistance and to make your first request, visit the CAF website.

Housing in your city

See here for more information about housing in each of the cities where our campuses are located, plus contacts who can answer your questions:

Advice: you will have a better chance of getting the place of your dreams if you plan ahead and arrive in the city several days before classes start (or several weeks in the case of Paris). This will not only allow you to make visits in person but also give you a better idea of what is available.

Attention: beware of agencies which ask you to pay money to get a list of "available apartment".

Housing in Paris

Sciences Po's housing information service is there to guide you, advise you and put you in touch with organisations and individuals who can help you.

The Sciences Po housing service and the Bureau des Elèves (BDE) also run a housing advertisements website for Sciences Po students.

Email : info.logement@sciences-po.fr

Practical websites

Temporary accommodation

While you look for a permanent solution, you can always rent a room for a day, a week, or monthly at a youth hostel. This will cost you less than a standard hotel room.

Housing for exchange students in Paris

Rooms at the CIUP

Sciences Po has a special agreement with the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, located in the 14th arrondissement, and is able to offer 40 individual rooms to international exchange students who will be attending Sciences Po in the Fall.

Students will be housed in one of the "maisons" at the CIUP. All rooms have a telephone. Phone calls are not included and must be paid by prepayment. All rooms have a fridge and an Internet connection. Room price includes cleaning and laundry costs. Rooms are cleaned once a week and sheets are changed every two weeks.

These rooms are available for a period of five weeks from Thursday 20th August until Monday 28th September 2015. Students must find alternative accommodation after this date as it is not possible to extend your stay at the CIUP.

Prices are given below and cover 39 nights accommodation:

Comfort room – 1138 Euros (29 € per night)
Room with shower, washbasin and toilet Shared kitchens (kitchens are equipped with hotplates, a microwave and a mini oven; tableware is not included)

Booking and payment

You can reserve and pay for a room through your Sciences Po online area.

For further information : How to reserve a room at the CIUP and pay.

Registration for a room at the CIUP is carried out on a first come, first served basis. Please note that the number is limited and that we cannot guarantee a room to everyone.

Please note that your registration for a room cannot be confirmed if we have not received payment. The room must necessarily be paid no later the 5 June 2015.

In the event of late payment, any amount unpaid will result in an automatically cancellation of the booking.

Note that if you choose to pay by cheque in your Sciences Po online area, you will not be able to make an online payment.

Important: For further information on others means of payment (cheque or bank transfer), please contact The Student Exchanges team.

Once payment confirmed by Sciences Po, participants will be notified by email of their exact house mid-July. Please do not contact the CIUP.

Refund conditions

In case of cancellation before the beginning of your stay:

  • more than 40 days, Sciences Po will retain 5% of the rental amount;
  • less than 40 days, Sciences Po will retain 25% of the rental amount.

No refunds will be considered for an early departure during your stay at the CIUP.

All refunds will be made in Euros, from the month of October, by cheque, in cash or by bank transfer. We kindly thank you specify this choice according to your situation at following address: candidature.echange@sciencespo.fr.

Safety rules and obligations within the CIUP's residences

Please read carefully the following documents: