What is the difference between private and university student residence?

When the time for studying arrives, some students are forced to find accommodation outside of the family home due to lack of space or more often because the young student changes cities for their studies. The search for housing can be a real headache because it is easy to get confused between university halls, private or university residences. Studapart has gathered together everything you need to know about all the student accommodation available to help you choose the one that best meets your criteria and profile.


A University Hall of Residence

A Hall of Residence is a place where students who have established an application file for a grant can be housed. This file is the DSE (Student Social File). The cost is usually quite low and offers accommodation for 200 euros per month. Students live in communities and do not have many services provided to them. On the other hand, university halls of residence allow students from modest backgrounds to be accommodated. Selection criteria are based on financial means and family environment.


University Residence are managed by the CROUS organization which sometimes has difficulty organizing the renovation of infrastructure. It is a public housing system managed by the Ministry of Higher Education.


A room in a university residence costs less than an apartment in a student residence. They are a good way to help the most financially disadvantaged families find accommodation for their children who are studying, especially when the place of study is not the same as their family home.


A University Residence

A University Residence is a residence usually located near the college campus of a city and offers studio or small apartment type housing. These accommodations are furnished.


The major advantage of university residences is all the types of ancillary services provided to students. Tenants have access to internet connectivity, a laundry room for doing laundry, sometimes to fitness rooms or even catering services. University residence allows the student to be more autonomous and gain independence. It is also a housing support system for students. An application file must be assembled in order to access this type of housing.


The price to pay is higher than that of university halls, but the tenant is eligible for personalized housing aid (APL).

What is a Student Residence or Private Residence?


A Student Residence


Student residences are large housing complexes that have been vastly multiplied in the 2000s to meet the shortage of student housing. The buildings offer spacious 20 square meter studio apartments as well as two-room and, sometimes, three-room apartments. The real advantage with student residences is all of the services available to tenants. Often, residents can have access to: 


  • A gym
  • Laundry facilities
  • Common living rooms
  • Parking spaces and bike garages 
  • Internet access.


Sometimes, access to all of these services is included in the rent.
Student dormitories usually have the advantage of being located near university campuses and schools in the city.
In the case of student dormitories, the cost of rent is higher than offers from university housing. It costs about 500 euros per month on average. However, students are eligible for housing assistance (APL).



A Private Residence


Private student residences are residences managed by private organizations and offer a relatively higher standard than the other residences mentioned above in the article. The average budget is between 500 and 700 euros per month depending on the cities, but students are still eligible for housing assistance (APL).


These residences are also located near universities and university campuses. The accommodations offered are furnished apartments of type T1, T2 and sometimes even T3. The service of these universities is quite high end with catering services, laundry, sports rooms and common rooms to enjoy the student dynamics. Unlike other student housing options, they do not require the creation of a student social file. This housing option is rather geared towards students with higher incomes.


Since the 1990s, the number of students has increased significantly. All these student housing options have developed with the aim of accommodating all students and contributing to their successful studies.


If you want to know more about housing in student residence, Studapart summarized in this article the main information to help you in your choice.



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