Before renting: The rental guarantee

In order to rent a property in France, it is very often required to have a “garant” or a person who stands as a “caution“. This person undertakes to pay the rent in the event of unpaid charges or rent. This is an additional security for the owner.

However, it is often required that the guarantor has a salary 2 or 3 times higher than the amount of the rent and/or that he or she lives and pays taxes in France.

  • If you do not have a guarantor and you are between 18 and 30 years old:

As soon as you receive your visa, you can apply for the VISALE guarantee online.

Visale is a service created and managed by the Action Logement group that will allow you to benefit from a rental guarantee.

Student Residence Room

From 155 to 500 € depending on the residence (indicative price per month).

Housing requests for foreign students must be submitted online from mid-July to the CROUS.

  • To do this, you must create an account on Mes services etudiants, complete the housing request (DSE: Dossier Social Etudiant) online from mid-July (for housing from September).
  • You will need to send your CFLE pre-registration certificate and a rental guarantee (see above) for your housing request.
  • The file is studied according to the places available and your financial resources.

Important: It is very difficult to obtain a reservation from abroad but it is sometimes possible to obtain a room once you are in France.

Students can get a room in a university residence during summer courses.

Renting to private persons

From 300 to 400 € (indicative prices per month for a room).

Students can consult lists of rooms or studios:

  • at the CRIJ45 Place Charles de Gaulle – 86000 Poitiers – FRANCE;
  • in the newspaper ads;
  • in the estate agencies;
  • on the website of the CNOUS Lokaviz.

Other rental housing

It is also possible to rent other types of accommodation: apartments, houses, etc.

You can find several offers on :

  • select the “Immobilier” category then “Locations” and enter your criteria (price, city, etc.).
  • select the “Louer” tab, then mention the city and your maximum budget.

Flat sharing

Recherche-colocation, are examples of free flat sharing ads websites. You can post an ad there.

Residences with services

Les Estudines

From 368 to 499 € (indicative price per month).

  • Equipped (kitchenette) and furnished studios.
  • Services available a la carte (laundry, vacuum cleaner, etc.).
  • Les Estudines Lamartine – 14, boulevard du Pont Achard – 86000 Poitiers – FRANCE
  • E-mail – Tel: +33 (0) 549 589 638 – Fax: +33 (0) 549 588 979


Le Studel

From 399.30 € (indicative price per month).

  • Equipped apartments (from studio to 5 rooms).
  • Services.
  • Le Studel – 26, rue des Champs Balais – 86000 Poitiers – FRANCE
  • Tel: +33 (0) 549 38 2000

Youth Hostel

From 14.70 € per night, breakfast from 4.40 € extra.

  •  It is a temporary accommodation
  • Auberge de Jeunesse – 17 rue Jeunesse – 86000 Poitiers – FRANCE
  • E-mail– Tel: +33(0) 549 300 970