As with every city popular with students, finding rooms for rent in Strasbourg can be difficult. However, there are several tips that can help make the process a bit easier.
As you begin to search for student housing in Strasbourg, know that a lot of landlords will want a French guarantor. In other words, a person living in France will agree to pay your rent if you find that you are unable to do so. Additionally, you may also be able to use a program offered by French banks, if you meet one of the requirements below.
You are a student from a non-European country, and you are under the age of 28, plus you paid for the French student social security (211€) when you came to the university. You can then work with LMDE, the social security center, who works with banks to offer a French guarantor to students. If you choose to open a bank account with the Banque Populaire, and you pay for the LMDE services upon your arrival in Strasbourg, the bank can then become your guarantor.
If the first scenario doesn’t apply, then a Banque Populaire can be your guarantor if you choose to open an account with them. You must then provide them with your’s and your parent’s passports, three of the last pay stubs from your parents’ employment, the previous year’s tax returns, an electric bill from your parents and a French or English letter from your parents stating they will pay your rent plus 30%, should you not pay it yourself. Opening the account and using this service will cost €75 initially, along with €13 each month.
You can expect rent to run between €300 and €600, depending on the location and the amenities.
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If you are staying in France as a student for at least three months, then you may be able to take advantage of housing subsidies, which is eligible on most of the housing options in Strasbourg. This program is called CAF, otherwise known as Caisse d’allocations Familiales. For eligibility, you can be either a European citizen or a non-European citizen, but your visa will require you go through the steps of the OFII immigration procedure. You can find out if this is necessary through your local French Embassy.
If you meet the requirements, then the CAF housing subsidy may cover a portion of your rent payments. The amount of assistance that you may receive will depend on your financial situation and other stipulations. However, keep in mind that it typically may take several months before you receive your first payment. It’s best to apply early and be sure to have a financial plan until the payments arrive. It usually takes several months to start getting the payments, so be sure to begin the process early on.
This historic area is home to several monuments, primarily from the Roman era to the 19th century, including the Tanner’s House, the Covered Bridges and the Vauban Dam.
Most of the residents are young people and families with children, with a large portion being students. There are quiet areas, but also a vibrancy that comes along with having a younger population.
But be prepared for more crowds. This is one of the most popular districts with tourists.
This area is packed full of the things that have made Strasbourg famous for its culture and deep historic roots.
The main square of Strasbourg, called the Place Kleber, is situated downtown. It has a wide selection of restaurants and bars, along with many small residential houses. Its unique shops in the Aubette Shopping Center are popular with both residents and tourist alike. There’s also the Gayot Marketplace, known as the PMG, which is well-liked by the locals and is near Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.
La Petite France is considered by many to be the most picturesque area of Strasbourg. This is also the district where millers, fishermen and tanners once worked.
This area is also full of half-timbered houses, which are most easily noticed by their untreated wood and their wooden beams. These mostly Alsatian houses are usually from the 16th and 17th centuries, making this historic neighborhood a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This also makes the district a popular one with families and romantics. History lovers also like the neighborhood for its German fortifications and architecture.
The Krutenau region is a short walk from both the Rohn Palace and the rail station. You’ll also find a variety of museums, hotels and bars. The restaurants serve all sorts of international cuisine, as well as local French dishes.
Even though the medieval streets may make you feel as if you’ve gone back in time, it’s a generally vibrant and festive place. However, you can expect some of the most expensive prices for rent in Strasbourg.
Situated close to the German border, Strasbourg is a well-known European city, playing host to many European institutions, and they are all located right here.
You can expect to find the Head of the European Council, the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Court of Human Rights. A short walk away are also the European Palace, Expositions Parc and the Parc of the Orangery.
To get in and out of this district, you can hop on Trams C and E or Bus 6, 33 and 72. You can also get to the main station in about 25 minutes, and if you’re up to walking, it’ll only take about 45 minutes.
In Strasbourg, you’ll quickly find that the speed in which apartments are snapped up can almost be unbelievable. As soon as an apartment is listed, try to contact the landlord as soon as possible, as that many will reach out to students on a first-come/first-served basis. If at all possible, also avoid going to open houses with long lines, where the prospective renters are interviewed. It’s not the best way to utilize your time. Instead, if you are going to be living in Strasbourg, check out trusted rental platforms like Housing Anywhere. You can set your preferences, and even be alerted when something is listed that meets them.
Agencies can be an extremely expensive option. In fact, they may even request fees that equal up to one or two months worth of rent, which isn’t great when you’re on a student’s budget.
The French people seem to really love forms and contracts, almost as much as they love supporting documents. If you visit an apartment or a room, be sure to bring your passport and/or visa, your last three pay stubs or a contract that states your wages, or a letter that is signed by a guarantor, plus one of their pay stubs.
French landlords typically will require that you have a French guarantor, ready to pay your rent if you fall behind. If you have friends who live in France, that can be the easiest way. If you have an employer, they may also be willing to sign for you. Plus, there’s also the program offered by some banks in France. Thankfully, remember that the landlords that can be found on Housing Anywhere are typically easy to work with.