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Common Housing Questions

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We have helped more than two thousand study abroad students find housing in Paris and inevitably the same questions continue to come up.  Please take a minute to read over the questions we hear quite frequently.  If yours isn't on the the list then please feel free to shoot us an email!

Once notified of my housing placement, am I obligated to accept my housing placement?

No, you are under no obligation to accept the housing placement.  However, there is no guarantee that you will be offered another placement in the event you reject the original assignment.

    Do I have to pay the last month’s rent in full if I depart before the end of the month?

    In occupancies involving multiple monthly rent payments, all rent in the last month of your stay, at the sole discretion of the property owner, is payable in full, regardless of your actual move-out date.

    What is the security deposit for?

    The security deposit (caution, in French) is not to be construed as payment for any portion of the rent, even for the last month. Your deposit will be refunded by mail following your departure.  Utility bills (gas, electric and/or telephone, Internet, etc), cleaning as well as costs due to any damage or loss to items in the lodging are deducted from the security deposit before it gets refunded.  It is strongly recommended that, before leaving Paris, you provide your landlord/landlady with your permanent address so that your security deposit is mailed to the correct address.

How do I confirm my acceptance of the housing assignment?

Your Housing Placement Notice will contain instructions on how to remit a Housing Reservation Advance.  The Housing Reservation Advance is a non-refundable deposit that must be remitted before the deadline indicated in your Housing Placement Notice in order to reserve your housing placement.

Is Tenant Insurance necessary?

Yes.  Tenant Insurance is MANDATORY under French law.  Information about Insurance can be found in your Housing Placement Notice.

Will I be living near my classmates?

    Proximity to other program students will vary.  American academics are residing throughout the Paris area; in a variety of neighborhoods. There are many faces to the urban landscape, but few cities in Europe can match the diversity that Paris offers. "Les quartiers parisiens" continue to evoke village-like pride and an abiding sense of attachment to place, two elements that go a long way in defining la culture française.

    Are sheets, towels, pillows, blankets, kitchenware, pots and pans provided?

    Unless otherwise specified, all properties come provided with towels, sheets, pillows, blankets, pots, pans, silverware, plates and cutlery.  As a matter of personal preference, however, you may choose to bring your own towels and sheets with you or purchase them in Paris.   You are required to leave all towels and sheets, etc. washed and folded upon leaving the lodging.

    Are overnight guests allowed?

    In general, if you plan to live a maid's room, studio or an apartment, overnight guests (defined as three or four days) are permitted. A small number of landlords strictly prohibit guests while others may allow this for an extra fee. Check with your landlord regarding overnight visitors.


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