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Housing in Reims
About student residences in France
Student residence halls in France are independent organizations from Sciences Po. All student residences are run either by a governmental organization or by private businesses and are open to all university students within the city regardless of the establishment they are attending.
Sciences Po will help to facilitate the initial steps in reserving housing. However, room reservation, room assignments, and all other housing questions must be addressed directly to the residences themselves before arriving and once living in France as they will be the most capable in responding to any and all questions.
Public housing information for international students
If you are an international student (without dual French nationality) the public housing option is organized by the "CROUS"- a city-wide organization dedicated to student housing that works with all Universities in Reims, including Sciences Po. If you are interested in any of the CROUS residences, please do the following:
- Fill out the application form (PDF, 2.4 Mo)* and write-in at the top of the application "Sciences Po Internatinoal Convention" along with the name of your program (Ex. Euro-American, Europe Africa, Exchange)
- *You can leave the INE number blank as it will be attributed to you upon your arrival
- *You will receive more information during the integration week regarding the government co-signer program called Lokaviz –CLE. If you wish to start the process you may this summer, but you will need to be in France
- Send an electronic copy to email@example.com
- The same day that you send an electronic copy, please send copy via the post to the residence address that you wish to apply for (addresses are listed below along with the description of each CROUS residences
- The CROUS will send you an "attestation de reservation de logement" that you may use as temporary proof of residence to open a French bank account and for your visa application until you are able to sign your official contract
CROUS, "Teilhard de Chardin" Residence
Address: 9 rue des Crayères (bus 3 and 11, stop IUT)
This residence is about 20mn walk from the campus & has a partnership with Sciences Po. It offers 9m² rooms (270€ per month) or 18m² studios (370€ per month). Price includes water, electricity and heat
Rooms include a bed, a bathroom, a fridge & access to a common kitchen and dining area on each floor. Studios include a kitchenette. For 4€ per month, you can have your linen, comforter, and pillowcase included. Internet is included (you must provide your own Ethernet RJ 45 cable)
The recently renovated residence is 5mn walk from a university restaurant open from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. In the residence itself, you have access to a laundry room and a work-out room (membership required).
CROUS, "Gérard Philipe" Residence
Address : 2 rue Gérard Philipe (bus 11: stop Vasnier).
This residence is about 10mn walk from the campus & has a partnership with Sciences Po. It offers 316 rooms that measure 9m² with rent at 244 € per month. Price includes water, electricity and heat.
Rooms include a bed, a bathroom, a fridge & access to a common kitchen and dining area on each floor. For 4€ per month, you can have your linen, comforter, and pillowcase included. Internet is included (you must provide your own Ethernet RJ 45 cable)
In the residence itself, you have access to a laundry room.
CROUS, "Évariste Galois" Residence
Address : 4 Chemin des Rouliers (bus 3 et 11, stop IUT).
This residence with 304 rooms is about 25mn walk from the campus & has a partnership with Sciences Po. It offers 9m² single rooms (244€ per month) or double rooms (2 x 180 = 360€ per month). Price includes water, electricity and heat.
Rooms include a bed, a bathroom, a fridge & access to a common kitchen and dining area on each floor. Studios include a kitchenette. For 4€ per month, you can have your linen, comforter, and pillowcase included. Internet is included (you must provide your own Ethernet RJ 45 cable).
The recently built residence has a university restaurant open from 7 :30 am to 3 :00 pm. In the residence itself, you have access to a laundry room.
Les Estudines Drouet d'Erlon
Address: 6 rue de Courcelles 51100 Reims
This residence is very central (located just behind the central train station) and offers 160 studios (17 to 24m²). Rent includes linens, internet, water, heat and electricity.
Bus line n°9 will take you directly from the residence to Sciences Po campus (15 min).
MGEL, "Quai 207 Cathédrale" Residence (full for Fall 2016)
Address: 1-3 boulevard docteur Henri Henrot (very close to the City center & the cathedral).
The apartments range from studios (20m² to two bedrooms (61m²). Rent is from 397€-603€. Signing up to have a roommate is possible.
Price includes water, electricity, and heat.
It is 10 minute walk from campus, and is a modern building.
Services: Work-out room, cafeteria (buffet breakfast included every day from Monday to Friday, except on holidays), TV room, Internet, laundry room, in-house concierge, bike parking, video security. Underground parking area (to be paid as a supplement)
For housing, please contact MGEL by Email
MGEL, "Laudine" Residence
Address: 7 rue de la Procession (bus 3, stop Crayères)
In a quiet residential area, the Laudine residence consists of 128 furnished apartments from 16 to 29m². Rent ranges from 425€ to 536€. All inclusive. 15 minutes walking to the campus and to the city center.
For short staying periods (less than 12-months), booking process is as simple as hotels reservation (choice of arrival and leaving dates, no required guarantors).
SERGIC "Residium" Residence
Address: 90 rue des moulins (bus 4, 5, 6, and 9, stop Saint Maurice)
Residence situated 5 minutes walk from the campus. This residence has 18-20m² studios at 485€ or 28-36m² one-bedroom apartments at 620€. Heat, water, internet, is included (electricity not included).
- Amenities (included in rent): Work-out room, cafeteria, breakfast included Monday-Friday, cleaning service, linen service, in-house concierge, video surveillance.
- Amenities (not included in rent): underground parking lot, laundry room
Sciences Po has created a web page dedicated to student housing offers: student housing ads on Sciences Po Logement (in French).
You can find quite a few important tips as to how to find accommodation and renting procedure on the Sciences Po's website, category accomodation.
For more information, please send an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Housing Aid : you can ask for a State Housing Aid from the Caisse d'Allocations Familiales (CAF) (the national Housing Aid allowance Office). Registration documents need to be filled in French online but a "know how" documents on how to fill in the CAF is available on the CAF website in English.
Help & Advice from our students : you can contact our students and get all details and 'in situ' experience through the main student association (BDE). For more informations, please contact the BDE.
You can create an offer for lodging yourself on the Sciences Po Logement site. Consultation of offers is stricly reserved to Sciences Po students. This service is free but creating an account is required to put an advertisement on the site.
For more information, please contact Sciences Po Housing Service by email or by phone at 01 45 49 51 24.
Homestay with Welcome2France
Welcome2France offers a "Bed and Breakfast" accommodation for 355 € per month.
The purpose of this association is to provide intercultural housing to foreign students in private households in Reims, close to campus (15'' by feet).
Welcome2France will find a host family for you, do the paperwork (they will send you proof of accommodation and the parties will sign an accommodation agreement) and will provide support for the duration of the stay.
If you would like to reserve temporary housing while you are waiting for responses on permanent housing, or because you are planning to arrive in France before your residence opens there are few popular options available.
- Youth Hostel: CIS de Champagne is located about 25 minutes walking from campus (tram and bus nearby):
- Long Stay Hotels:
French Housing Tax
This is an annual residence tax imposed on the occupier of a property in which they were resident on 1st January of each year.
Students residing in an individual flat or house or private residence are required to pay the housing tax if they are registered tenants in the property on 1st January of each year, event if you have since moved from that apartment (exempted students: those lodged in the Crous or with a family). This is calculated on the type of accommodation (its surface and location). It is sometimes included in the rent (please check when you sign your rental contract).