There are different ways to find accommodation…
- The Montpellier CROUS offers several options for student accommodation within university dorms and residences or private housing. To apply for this type of accommodation, you must submit a Student Social Record (in French: DSE or “dossier social étudiant” which is an accommodation request to the CROUS) between the 15th of January and the 31st of May, before your acceptance to the IUT. Accommodation is assigned based on social criteria.
The closest to the IUT are located within the student dorms (cité Universitaire): Cité Universitaire Triolet, Cité Universitaire La Colombière. The university residences are the following: Résidence Occitanie, Alain Savary I and II, La lyre, Minerve, Le Triolet.
Head to the CROUS website in order to create your Student Social Record and get an online tour of the accommodation.
- Renting from a private landlord or through an estate agent. In these cases, as a rule, you have to a month’s rent as a deposit, along with agency fees that also amount to about a month’s rent. Once they have signed a contract, all students are entitled to grants from the Family Allowance Fund (in French: Caisse d’Allocations Familiales or CAF) depending on the type of accommodation and the tenant’s income (Social Housing Allowance or Personal Housing Assistance, in French: ALS or APL). You can calculate the amount you are likely to be eligible for on the C.A.F website.
- The Visale guarantee. The aim with Visale is for the Crous to become a “Guarantor” for the tenant whilst they are constituting their rental application. It pays the rent (all bills included) if the tenant cannot pay. You can find the eligibility criteria for grants such as the Loca Pass along with all the information regarding the Visale guarantee on this page. Furthermore, the Action logement scheme has implemented the Mobili-Jeune financial support system which is valid regardless of your rent contract and is a grant aimed at students under 3à taking part in work-study programmes in the private sector. Moreover, it is important to note that the Visale guarantee is not housing insurance, which is mandatory for any form of accommodation in France.
Accommodation in Sète: apart from in the summertime, finding accommodation in the Quilles district (near the IUT) or in the centre of town is easy. The University’s reception can provide a list of estate agents and private adverts.
TOP TIP: Espace Logement Etudiant, a single space where you can sort everything: from looking for accommodation to moving in. At the Montpellier CORUM, from the 5th of July to the 15th of September or on the Internet.