Type and Cost of Accommodation Offered by Efrei to International Students

In Paris, there is a general shortage of accommodation for students. Most universities do not have on-campus housing and state-funded student halls are in such high demand that it is very difficult for international students to secure a room.

However, international Efrei students can benefit from the housing service provided by the school if they officially request it.

Efrei has developed relations with several non-governmental residence halls belonging to non-profit organizations that are located either in Paris or in the suburbs within reasonable distance from the school.  The placement of our students in these residence halls is based on mutual trust, understanding and respect of a certain number of criteria:

Age: Most of these residences do not accept residents over the age of 24.
Diversity: In order to promote diversity, the residences in which our students are placed welcome a diverse population (students, young workers and interns). They insist on mixing nationalities, genders and status.
Availability: These residences cannot guarantee availability of a specific type of room until one week prior to arrival.


Depending on the residence and on availability, students may be provided with:

  • a single furnished room (approx. 12m²  to 15m²) with a sink
  • a single furnished room with bathroom, shower and sink
  • a double shared room
  • a furnished studio apartment (approx. 25m²) for one or two persons with bathroom, shower and kitchenette
  • a room in a shared apartment


Warning: Efrei cannot guarantee housing services to students sending late documents and payments. the reservation of any specific type of room.  

A single room in a “foyer” costs approximately €450 to €640. These amounts often include a meal plan.

On average students pay no more than €350 per month for housing if they have been awarded the state-funded accommodation allowance (APL/ALS).

In case of an insufficient enough number of rooms in the non-governmental residence halls, Efrei could offer you an accommodation in houses or private apartments next to the school. In the event of an intervention of a real estate agency, you will be billed a commission equivalent to one-half month's rent.


Housing Rules

In order to benefit from Efrei’s housing service, international students must agree to respect the following rules:

1.   Application Deadline: Efrei cannot guarantee housing service to students sending late documents and payments.
2.   Confirmation by Efrei of the Student’s Date of Arrival: Efrei will inform students of housing availability and confirm an appropriate arrival date.
Note: students not respecting the arrival date given by Efrei will be responsible for finding another form of accommodation between the effective date of their arrival and the date confirmed by Efrei.
3.   Pick-up Service: Availability of pick-up service will be confirmed by Efrei’s volunteer students.
4.   Cancellation Policy: The €400 Efrei security deposit will be not refunded if the students cancel their request for housing less than a month prior to arrival.
5.   Minimum Length of Stay According to the residences’ rules, students placed by Efrei must stay in the residence for a minimum of 3 months.
6.   Monthly Rent: Monthly rents are due on the first day of the month. Students must pay a full month’s rent even if the length of their stay in the first or last month amounts to less than one month.
7.   Residence Registration and Administration Fees: Costs vary depending on the residence and are non-refundable.
8.   Residence Refundable Deposit: Students must pay, in advance or upon arrival, a deposit equivalent to approximately one month of rent.  (This fee is different from the €400 Efrei refundable security deposit requested below).
9.   Housing Insurance and Personal Liability: Both of these insurances are mandatory and must be purchased in France upon arrival.
10. Residence Rules: International students placed by Efrei must comply strictly with the residence’s rules 
11. Maintenance of the room: Students are expected to keep rooms, as well as collective facilities (kitchen, bathrooms) tidy and clean.  The tenants must, upon request, facilitate the access of their room to the residence’s staff. The residences reserve the right to inspect tenants' rooms on a regular basis.
12. Changing Accommodation: Students are allowed to move to another accommodation as long as they respect the minimum length of stay and give notice to Efrei and to the residence within acknowledged deadlines. Efrei cannot be held responsible for finding another type of accommodation for students wishing to move.
13. Notice of Departure: Students MUST systematically inform Efrei’s International Department of their departure date before informing the residence and at least one month in advance.
14. Extension of Stay:

If students wish to extend their reservation, they should inform Efrei’s International Department ahead of time.  Efrei is granted a limited number of rooms available per year in each residence. Therefore you must keep Efrei informed of departure dates and possible extensions of stay in order to guarantee housing for future students.


Reserving Accommodation via Efrei

To reserve accommodation via Efrei, students should read carefully the housing information sheet and send the following items 3 months prior to the beginning of their academic period at Efrei:

•    A completed Housing Application Form
•    A signed Housing Agreement Form
•    €400 Efrei Security Deposit
         o      To be paid via a bank transfer to Efrei (not including bank transfer fees to be paid by students to their banks). This security deposit made to Efrei is different from the security deposit made to the residences.
         o    This security deposit will not be refunded if students cancel their request for housing less than a month prior to arrival.
•    Proof of payment (to be sent by post or by email to Efrei, Engineering Institute)


State-Funded Accommodation Allowance

•     All our partner residences have an agreement with the state-funded CAF (Caisse d’Allocations Familiales) which allows international students (in most cases of a 6-month minimum stay) to apply for an accommodation allowance (APL/ALS) and to get a monthly refund on their rent.

•    The amount of the allowance varies according to the amount of rent paid and personal income (it may cover up to 50% of the rent). For non-European students, the allowance will be granted after the delivery of the residence permit.

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