Housing options

Book a room / get a residence certificate

To allow you to request a visa, you need to produce a “residence certificate” to show during your visa application. That’s why you need to book a room in France beforehand .

University Jean Monnet offers a variety of housing options, at both public and private student residences. You can of course decide to rent a flat by your own to a private landlord, before or upon arrival. Note that in this case you’ll have to deal with the administrative process alone and we won’t be able to support you in concluding a contract nor dealing with potential issues arising from this contract.

Residence booking have to be done for at least a semester. Be careful because you cannot change residence after a week upon arrival (you would loose your deposit and 1 month advance notification is needed).

IMPORTANT: although we will do our best to help you communicate and book a room, the contract relationship with those private service providers and hence the final responsibility lies with the student. You need to contact the residence and make sure your room is actually book, irrespective of the certificate of residence you might received from the International Office.

If you wish to have a look to option before commuting yourself, it can be a good idea to go first in an hotel / residence for the first few days or your stay.

Options are (rent mentioned applied for the 2016/2017 academic year and is indicative only, they might be slightly revised in July 2016):

Residence “des arts – Maison internationale”
Residence “Les Estudines Jules Ferry
Residence “Le Littre”Residence “La Cotonne”

RAMI hébergement bilingue

ESTUDINES hébergement bilingueAnnée

LITTRE hébergement bilingue

COTONNE hébergement bilingue

In a nutshell

Best service, best location, the most expensiveGood value for moneyGood alternative optionThe cheapest option but not very convenient location. Only 5/7 rooms available.


– 15’ by tramay from CIMET / COSI teaching venue

– 10’ by trammay from CILEC / International Office
– 15’ by tramway from CIMET / COSI teaching venue

– 10’ by foot from CILEC / International Office
– 15’ by tramway from CIMET / COSI teaching venue

– 5’ walk away from the CILEC / International Office
– 30’ by foot/tramway from CIMET / COSI teaching venue

-15’ walk away from the CILEC / International Office


– from 19 m2

– Bed, desk, kitchen, private bathroom, wifi access, tv

-Additional renting options: bed line, housekeeping

– pictures
– from 19 m2

– fridge , high and low cupboard, Kitchenette with sink and 2 hotplates, bathroom with tub and toilet,Electric Heating installation Bed linen, towels,  crockery, microwave oven

– Badge access, Internet access networks in the housing, cold water consumption range

– Not included in the rate but available: TV36 cm Rental , Laundry with washing machine and dryer
– from 19 m2

– bed, desk, table, 2  chairs, fridge, high and low cupboard, kitchenette with sink and 2 hotplates, bathroom with tub and toilet, badge access

– additional renting options: Bed linen, kitchenware, microwave, TV, laundry

– pictures
– from 9m2

– bed, desk, fridge, microwave oven, water (toilets-shower). Kitchen shared with others on each floor, electric Heating installation. No bed linen

– additional renting options: Bed linen ( 10 € / month)

– pictures


Monthly expenses
– € 520 / month + € 8,50 / month internet access (including hot water and heating)
– housing allowance (to be deducted from the rent) )  = € 180 / month
– Indicative monthly net rent = € 348
– Any month started shall be due in full
Yearly expenses
– deposit (refundable) = € 259 upon arrival
– home insurance = € 60 / year
– no guarantor needed
Complete, sign and send back to residencedesarts at crous-lyon.fr this form copy Ms Isabelle Levai-Daudel (isabelle.levai.daudel@univ-st-etienne.fr)DO NOT SEND BANKING INFORMATION BY EMAIL Documents to be provided upon arrival:
– passport
– certificate of admission (sent by the Consortium)
– You’ll have to sign a leasing agreement, review the state of the apartment and record any defects or damage in a written report and subscribe an housing and liability insurance. Access codes will be sent by the residence a week before planned arrival.
Payment upon arrival:
€ 520 (rent of september)

Monthly expenses
– € 400 / month payment  (as of 01/007/2015) (monthly payment by cash or credit card or wire transfer) +around €40 per month
– indicative housing allowance (to be deducted from the rent)  = € 180 / month
– Any month started shall be due in full
Yearly expenses:
– deposit (refundable) = € 840 / upon arrival (first rent + deposit + management fees)
– home insurance = €60 / year
– housing tax = (around one month rent)
– no guarantor needed
– Send back this form to saintetienne.ferry [at] estudines.fr copy Ms Isabelle Levai-Daudel (isabelle.levai.daudel@univ-st-etienne.fr). See translation here.
– documents needed for registration: Passport,
IBAN, certificate of admission or registration (provided by the Consortium)
– Possible to pay upon arrival only, but online booking prior to arrival is recommended.
Monthly expenses
– € 340 / month (monthly payment by cash, credit card or bank transfer) as of 01/07/2016 + around € 40 / month (electricity)
– indicative housing allowance (to be deducted from the rent)  = € 180 / month
– Any month started shall be due in full

Yearly expenses:
– deposit (refundable) = € 340
– management fees (not refundable) = € 200
– home insurance = € 60 / year
– housing-tax = around € 330 / year
– no guarantor needed
TO DO BEFORE ARRIVAL: (deadline: 24th of July 2016)
To book your room, you must:
– Pay € 860 (= € 340 rent for September + € 340 deposit + € 180) by wire transfer (see here IBAN of the residence).
– Send back to l.chaugne@le-littre.fr  this form, completed and signed (guidelines / translation), along with confirmation of payment (proof of bank transfer), copy Ms Isabelle Levai-Daudel (isabelle.levai.daudel@univ-st-etienne.fr).
Documents to be provided upon arrival:
– passport
– certificate of admission (sent by the Consortium)
Monthly expenses
€ 267 / month  + € 15 / month ( water / electricity) by cash or credit card) if you have a guarantor
– payment for 3 months at once upon arrival and each 3 months if no guarantor
– housing allowance (to be deducted from the rent)  =  vary from 50 to 80 € / month
– Any month started shall be due in full

Yearly expenses:
– deposit (refundable) = € 250 upon arrival
– registration fees (not refunded) € 10
– 10 days before arrival : 100€ of registration fees
– home insurance = € 60 / year
– guarantor (EU citizen) required OR payment of 3 months in advance upon arrival. If you have a guarantor living in the EU, contact your administrative coordinator before arrival.
TO DO BEFORE ARRIVAL:Gather supporting documents of you guarantor (EU resident) and send it to Ms Isabelle Levai-Daudel (isabelle.levai.daudel@univ-st-etienne.fr)
Commitment of the guarantor (completed and signed by your guarantor). See here for guidelines / translation.
– copy of passport / ID of the guarantor
– residence certificate of the guarantor (in the EU) (e.g. electricity invoice)
– salary slip (no older than 3 months) of the guarantor or other evidence of financial resources
– guarantor IBAN (banking info)
Payment upon arrival:
– IF you have a guarantor: € 504 ( = € 264 rent – + € 230 deposit + € 10 fees)
– IF you don’t have a guarantor: € 1032 ( = € 267 * 3 rents + € 250 deposit + € 10 fees)
Documents to be provided upon arrival:
– passport
– certificate of admission (sent by the Consortium)
– this form (guidelines / translation)
commitment form (guidelines / translation)
– If you have a guarantor, see bellow
Opening hours
– welcome desk on Monday to Friday

– from 11.0 am to 07.00 pm
 – welcome desk open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays  from 09:00 am to 03:30 pm

– desk closed on week-ends
– welcome desk open on Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 07:00 am to 12:00 am / from 01:11 pm to 8:30 pm

– and on Saturdays and Sundays open from 11:00 am to 02:00 pm and from 05:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Contact 11 rue Gambetta
residencedesarts [at] crous-lyon.fr
19, rue Chevreul
Tel: +33 (0)4 77 81 89 40
saintetienne.ferry [at] estudines.fr
32 Rue Emile Littré
06 52 44 35 06
l.chaugne [at] le-littre.fr
17 BD Raoul-Duval

N.B.1. As an international student enrolled in a Higher Education Institution in France, you are eligible to the student housing allowance called “APL”, generally around 160€ for a studio and 100€ for a room (actual amount depends on each particular situation). Therefore exact monthly rent to be paid, once the housing allowance is deducted, cannot not be planned precisely.
The APL is calculated from the date of deposit of your application at the CAF (“Caisse Allocations Familiales”) and paid monthly on your French bank account.
A translated and certified copy of your birth certificate (in French) will be required to deposit your student housing benefit application. This can be done in France upon arrival.

N.B.2 Considering expenses to be made upon arrival (deposit, registration fees, home insurance, installation costs, …) it is advised to students to plan at least 1000 € of housing expenses the first week of arrival. It is also advise not to arrive on a Sunday (no help desk) and considering you will probably have to do shopping before settling down (no bed linen in some residence). Shops are closed on Sundays in France.

N.B.3 The home insurance can be contracted from our banking partner upon arrival in France.

[last updated = 11/05/2016]