Finding housing around Paris and Saclay
Looking for housing around Paris and Saclay? The sooner you start, the better. Below are instructions and recommendations from the International Office for exploring both temporary and permanent housing options.
Finding housing around Paris and Saclay
The best option is to find permanent housing before your arrival in France. However, you can always go for a temporary housing option until you find the type of accommodation your were looking for.
Real Estate prices in & around Paris
To give you an idea of the Real Estate market, here are the average prices in Paris and in 3 cities near Saclay (Orsay, Bures-sur-Yvette and Gif-sur-Yvette):
- Apartment rentals: average monthly rent for a 20m² (215ft²) apartment is €600 in Paris, €380 in Orsay, €400 in Bures-sur-Yvette, €360 in Gif-sur-Yvette.
- Apartments for sale: average price is €798/ft² in Paris, €349/ft² in Orsay, €351/ft² in Bures-sur-Yvette, €350/ft² in Gif-sur-Yvette.
- Houses for sale: average price is €318/ft² in Orsay, €336/ft² in Bures-sur-Yvette, €331/ft² in Gif-sur-Yvette.
An interactive map of Real Estates prices is available on LaCoteImmo.com.
- Science Accueil helps foreign scientists, doctorate students and interns find accommodation. Science Accueil housing services offer more than 3,000 accommodations around Saclay. Landlords are used to dealing with Science Accueil and do not demand a guarantor.
- Héberjeunes provides housing services for students. It is located on the Paris-Sud university campus. You will have to pay for a €5 subscription.
Main search options
Here are a few options to find permanent housing in and around Paris and Saclay:
- classified ads in shops and local newspapers, such as "De Particulier à Particulier",
- Real Estate Agencies such as the Fnaim (in French),
- websites providing Real Estate agencies ads, such as locservice.fr. Please note that you may have to pay to have access to the list of ads,
- websites gathering rental by owner ads, such as PAP or seloger.com
- long-stay hotels, such as Le Coupières in Gif-sur-Yvette, only 10 minutes from CEA Saclay by bus.
Accomodation for students and young workers in Paris
If you are a young adult and would like to live in Paris, here are a few options for you:
- The Cité internationale universitaire de Paris hosts students, researchers and artists from around the world in 40 houses located on a campus South of Paris.
- Youth centers and social residences for young workers are open to all young people aged 18 to 25 years.
- Intergenerational accomodation in Paris is a system that allows a senior citizen to provide a spare room to a young adult. In exchange, the young adult provides a financial contribution or small services. It is a great way to share an apartment in a friendly way, and also a goo opportunity to practise your French! For more information, you may contact the relevant associations: PariSolidaire IDF, Ensemble2Générations et Logement-Intergénération (websites in French only).
Find more information on housing in Paris in the "Se loger à Paris" guide (in French).
You may need a short-term place when you arrive in Saclay before you settle down in a permanent accommodation.
There are several options:
- Hotels around Saclay:
- Long-stay hotels:
- Temporary accomodation for young workers: ALFI offers individual, furnished studios which entitles you to the Aide Personnalisée au Logement (APL) rent allowance program.
- Youth hostels - the cheapest short-term accommodation you can find (from €6/night up to €20/night in Paris). Sheets and breakfast are not usually included and you will be sharing a dormitory with other people.
- Home and apartment rental by owner.
Unless you contact a rental by owner agency, you do not have to pay before visiting the apartment and signing the lease. Be wary of fake housing ads. Do not hesitate to contact Science Accueil for housing solutions. Their services are free of charge.
Understanding classified ads
The indicated number of rooms ("pièces") in a French advert excludes the kitchen, hallways and bathrooms. 5 pièces could be, for instance, three bedrooms, a living room and dining room. A studio is usually a one-room apartment with a kitchen area.
Apartments are also often classified as follows:
- T1 or F1 (studio): one-room apartment
- T1 bis or F1 bis: a large T1
- T2 or F2: two-room apartment
- T3 or F3: three-room apartment
To know more about the abbreviations used in classified ads, please check our glossary of terms.
Visiting and applying for accommodation
Schedule an appointment as soon as possible, especially in Paris. The longer you wait, the greater the chance that the apartment will be rented before you visit it. If you do not speak French, try to go with someone who can translate for you.
The demand for housing around Paris and Saclay is very high, especially in September and October. Due to high demand, being first in line does not guarantee you will get the flat. You must be convincing and give a lot of information about yourself: be prepared for questions about your job, your financial situation, etc.
If you are willing to rent the flat, the landlord or Real Estate agent will ask for an application ("dossier"), so make sure you bring the following documents (and copies):
- your passport and visa or residence permit,
- a proof of income (3 most recent pay slips, certificate of employment, or your parents’ pay slips if you are a student),
- your last income tax declaration,
- a letter from a guarantor such as a friend or relative who ensures payment if you fail to pay.
Please note that the landlord or the Real Estate agent may ask for further documents. Contact the landlord or the Real Estate agent in advance in order to know exactly what documents are demanded.
If you do not have these documents with you, you can bring your work contract or a CEA certificate.
What you will have to pay for housing on your arrival
- Agency fees.
- The first month of rent.
- The security deposit (the maximum authorized amount equals two month of rent).
- Utilities (electricity and gas bills, phone bill).
- House insurance (compulsory).
- Keep in mind that you need to plan your budget before coming to France. For example, for a 20m² studio, you may have to pay up to €2,500 on your arrival.
- You will have to sign the lease and do the initial inventory as well.
For more information
For further information on housing in France, please check the Euraxess housing guide below. You may also go through the Paris housing guide "Se loger à Paris" (in French).