The different kinds of lessors
Depending on the kind of accommodation you choose, the person or organization renting you the place (your lessor) may run things in a different way. Here, we’ll speak about their specific expectations and motivations.
When you applied to your school in France, they may (or may not) have told you about the CROUS residences to help you find an accommodation. For one thing, this acronym probably sounds a bit far fetched to you. CROUS stands for Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires, which roughly translates to “regional center of academic charity”. In a nutshell, it’s a public organization, present within 220 french cities and towns. They offer services aiming to simplify student life, such as housing in residences, student canteens with very affordable meals, scholarships...
On the housing side, they simply are the cheapest student residences, so CROUS housing is generally the first alternative students turn to. But bear in mind only 7% of students who requested an accommodation in a CROUS facility actually obtain one, and you will have to make your request at the very least 6 months in advance. You will also receive their response tardily, which can slow you down in planning your stay.
Private residences are an alternative to public CROUS residences. They’re a bit more pricey, but they’re far better equipped and comfortable to stay in. These residences offer a range of services that can really help as a newcomer to France. Generally, they’re also more accustomed to accommodating international students, and allow you to book your room in shorter delays than the CROUS. You can book an accommodation in a student residence directly through the Studapart platform.
Real estate agencies
Real estate agencies manage multiple properties and are a third party in your interactions with the landlord. Because of administrative matters, they generally aren’t prone to renting to foreigners. But you can still book a place managed by an agency through Studapart: they trust our guarantee.
Last but not least, we have landlords managing their property themselves. In France, private owners tend to be cautious towards their tenants. They aim to find the ideal tenant, who will respect the apartment and won’t be reluctant to paying rent. In this attempt, they compare candidates in regard of their application folder, their profile and income. They’re even more careful with students, as they usually don’t have a solid source of income. They also think you’re more likely to damage the place and disturb the neighborhood by painting the town red! It gets all the more tricky convincing the landlord when you don’t have a french guarantor.
They can’t be blamed! Purchasing property is a life’s investment and no one would take that lightly. Most french landlords have only one apartment to rent besides from their own home, so it is important to them.
Studapart was born in light of these struggles: we really wanted exchanges between landlords and student tenants to happen in goodwill. If both lessors and tenants make an effort on understanding and respecting each other, things can get a lot easier on both sides! And the warranty brought by Studapart is there to raise the aloofness the landlord might have and encourage mutual trust.