Published on: 14 January 2020
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How to search for your accommodation efficiently?
Searching for accommodation is time-consuming and may raise several questions and concerns. No worries! Studapart is here to assist in your search.
Finding accommodation can prove quite the pickle
A long and complex process
Searching for accommodation takes time. You have to be clear with your criteria, browse dozens of ads, avoid scams and get in touch with landlords. All of this on different sites. This requires time and investment and what’s more, you will also have to organize your move-in and other time-consuming procedures.
Finding accommodation on websites for individuals
The most common platforms: LeBonCoin, SeLoger
A French tenant’s first impulse when looking for an apartment in the private sector without paying agency fees is to turn to classifieds sites such as leboncoin.fr, where you can find all types of offers between private individuals. LeBonCoin is a lot like Craiglist for the Americans, Avito for the Russians, Baixing for the Chinese or Subito for Italians.
On these platforms, tenants mainly access ads owned by individual landlords. But there are plenty of ads, which can make the search difficult. Tenants can sort dwellings according to his criteria. He or she can also make a request for accommodation. In this case, he is contacted by a landlord if he is interested in the application.
For international tenants who don’t speak french, it’s virtually impossible to find accommodation on such websites because of the language barrier: the offers are drafted entirely in french and aren’t translated. Landlords expect to interact in french, with potential tenants who have french guarantors. You also find a lot of fraudulent offers on LeBonCoin and transactions aren’t always secure.
Finding accommodation in private residences
How to get in contact with student residences?
Accommodation in student residences are a good option for the young. Among all types of student housing, it offers the most comfort. To find housing in student residences, some choose to search directly through the residence’s website, like Nexity or the Estudines.
But procedures for booking in a student residence are very different than for other kinds of renters. Unlike classified ads sites, you will be in contact with a residence manager and not an individual landlord. Residence managers deal with hundreds of requests in the entire residence, much more than private owners. The process can be long, and you should be familiar with their expectations. This way!
Searching on social networks
Searching on Facebook
Social networks, Facebook in particular, are an alternative to classified ad sites. More and more people are using Facebook to find their accommodation.
There are Facebook groups bringing landlords and tenants together. These groups are usually organized by city.
People are used to using Facebook, which explains why they are more at ease with searching accommodation on Facebook. It’s also easier to interact with landlords. On both sides, everyone can access information about the person they are talking to. For the landlord, it is a way of identifying potential party-goers or unconscientious tenants. The tenant can detect fraudulent advertisements more easily, which is not always easy on traditional platforms such as Leboncoin or Seloger. But there is no such thing as zero risk!
You can be tempted to look for your accommodation on Facebook. There are french Facebook groups dedicated to student housing, but once more, you won’t understand a thing they’re saying and no one will be there to guide you through. Besides, the offers aren’t always relevant nor truthful, and they’re not verified. Still, if you want to go and have a look on Facebook, it’s better to turn to your school’s Facebook groups instead.
How to spot scams?
Too good to be true
Les arnaques à la location se multiplient d’année en année. Le nombre de victimes a progressé de 30% sur les trois dernières années.
There are more and more scams in rentals each years. The number of victims has increased by 30% in the last three years. Considering the number of online offers, you might run into one or two scams during your search! Here are a few tips on how to recognize them.
If an offer seems to good to be true, it certainly is. If you’ve already started to search for an accommodation, you probably already have a good idea of the price range depending on the area and the condition of the apartment. So if you come across a beautiful, well located apartment, and that the rent is derisory, there’s probably something fishy!
Suspicious behaviour on part of the owner
A perfect apartment for a low rent is not the only danger. Landlords can sometimes act suspiciously. If you get in touch with the owner of that kind of offer and he tells you he’s abroad and can’t plan a visit for you, it’s probably best to give up. Refusing visits may be sign of a scam.
If you’re asked to send money in the form of mandate cash (like Western Union or MoneyGram), run away! You might be brought to believe it’s an advance on your rental deposit, to buy time and secure your reservation. But it’s pretty much impossible to track that kind of money transfer, so there’s no point hoping you might retrieve the money if it’s a scam.
Finding accommodation with Studapart
Studapart is the most convenient offer
As an international, you will probably have a number of grey areas waiting to be clarified, and it would be much more convenient for you to use a service who actually helps you through your search. At Studapart, we provide a personalized platform for each of our partner schools, making a simplified research tool available to you if you study in one of our partner establishments. With this tool, you can easily get a global view of the housing offer around your area.
All kinds of dwellings are on Studapart
Each year, our platform puts more than 120,000 units online, available for rent for rent. Shared flats, rooms in private homes or in private residences, apartments of private owners: it is very easy to find what you are looking for.
Searching made more serene...
100% of Studapart ads are verified by our team of experts. There is therefore no risk of scamming. International tenants can benefit from the Studapart Certification to reassure landlords. Everything is done to establish a relationship of trust between tenant and lessor.
… and more efficient!
Finding accommodation takes a lot of time if you do it by yourself. Studapart acts as an intermediary between landlords and tenants. By helping out with your search for accommodation, Studapart makes the process more fluid and speeds up the process to save time.
The partnership we develop with our partner residences simplifies communication. This saves tenants precious time.