Graduate School and Research Center In communication systems

Housing

EURECOM does not have on-campus residences but our service helps its future students secure accommodation by providing them contacts from various housing options. Students are responsible for their choice of accommodation and should be aware of all the conditions before signing a housing contract. In any case, students should not pay for lists of accomodation offers sent by private estate companies, since these offers are often non valid. 

Students are strongly advised to refer to us for any doubt or questions before signing a contract, we are at your disposal to guide you in your accomodation search.

Please find an example of housing contract.

GENERAL DOCUMENTATION ABOUT HOUSING IN FRANCE

 

To be more familiar with the French accomodation field, we advise you to read the housing guides published by CAMPUSFRANCE on such topics as “Public/Private university residences”, “steps to follow in a private renting”, “flat sharing…”. Access to the link.

LOCATIONS

 

EURECOM is located in the commune of BIOT at the heart of Sophia Antipolis, EUROPE’s largest technology park, northwest of ANTIBES (8km) and CANNES (15km) and southwest of NICE (22km). Sophia Antipolis falls within the communes of Valbonne, Mougins, Biot, Vallauris and Antibes.

Other towns such as Vallauris, Grasse or Mougins are only accessible with a car.

 

ANTIBES / JUAN LES PINS

The majority of EURECOM’ students live in ANTIBES/JUAN LES PINS, pleasant city by the seashore and major touristic spot of the French Rivieria, well distributed with public buses. 

http://www.antibesjuanlespins.com/en

35- 50 min  by bus from EURECOM
BIOT / VALBONNE

The second biggest group of students live in BIOT and VALBONNE. The communes are located in the hills and close to EURECOM. They provide less social activities than Antibes but enjoy a very calm and safe environment for studies.

http://www.visit-biot.com/

http://www.tourisme-valbonne.com/

15-30 min by bus from  EURECOM
NICE

A minority of students choose to live in NICE.

Nice is the biggest city of the French Riviera and provides many cultural activities and the location of France’ second international airport. There are frequent buses from Nice to EURECOM but traffic jams can be heavy.

http://www.nicetourisme.com/

45min to 1h00 by bus from

 

TYPES OF HOUSING

Students have the choice between several housing options. Half of EURECOM' students live in residences (both private or public) and the other half in private rentals.

  • Private residence halls

    Private residences usually offer fully furnished and comfortable one-room apartments. Electricity and water may be sometimes included in the rent.

    Residences require at least one month rent as a deposit. Some offer the possibility of short-term contracts (from one to several months).

    Price: from 400 to 600€/month depending on the surface.

    Private residences usually require non refundable registration fees (from 120€ to 200€).

  • Some residences are also subject to local tax (like hotels), which costs around 1€/day.

Check the updated list of residences nearby EURECOM.

 

  • Individual rental offers from private landlords

    EURECOM has long-term relations with private landlords. Each new student is provided with a list of updated private rental offers: fully furnished studio, apartments for two or more people in various locations. Some students choose to live in shared villas (4 to 6 people usually). Sharing flats may a more affordable option.

    Price: from 400 to 700€/month depending on the surface and equippment. Prices may not include rental charges (usually 50-60€/month). Before renting with a private landlord, make sure you are fully aware of the all the costs (rental charges, electricity, water, WIFI access...).

Please contact tadmission [at] eurecom [dot] fr (subject: accomodation%20EURECOM) (he Admission Office) for more information.

 

Admitted students receive full information regarding accomodation by mail once they confirm their admission.

COLLABORATIVE RESOURCES

       Our current students run a website with descriptions of their accomodation to guide future students in their search  "BDE HOUSING". Link to the website.

Each new admitted student will be provided with a password to access the site.

New students will also be invited on a dedicated facebook group with the current students to share information.

 

OTHER USEFUL LINKS

Flat-sharing websites:

 

 

 

COnTACT

admission [at] eurecom [dot] fr (subject: Accomodation) (Social Affairs Office)

 

GUARANTOR

An recurrent word may come up in your housing search in France: the GUARANTOR. Some student residences and private landlords may require a guarantor living in France or in nearby EU countries.

A guarantor is a person or organization who may guarantee the payment of the rent and any bills in case of default on the tenant. Their financial resources must correspond to three times the amount of the rent.

In case the student does not have a guarantor, he can obtain a bank guarantee which is worth 3 times the amount of the rent. To obtain this guarantee, the student needs to open a bank account in France.

 

HOUSING ALLOWANCE

International students can be eligible for the housing allowance, provided by the French public institutions CAF  (Caisse d'Allocations Familiales). They need to apply online and send documents to the CAF office in Nice.

  • Don’t forget to mention your CAF number (sent by the CAF offices) on your letters, and keep a copy of all your correspondence.
  • Housing allowance can only be paid on a French bank account.
  • Housing allowance can only be paid once all the procedures with the resident permit are validated (in January) but it will cover the previous months spent in France.
  • Private landlords and student residences may directly receive the housing subsidy from CAF and thus decrease your monthly rent.
  • There is no housing subsidy for September. Payment will start in November for the previous month of October.

 

HOUSING INSURANCE

You will have to subscrire to a housing insurance covering your flat during your stay in France. It costs around 65€/year and can be done by French banks when you open your bank account. You will need to have it changed when you move out to another place because it is linked to a particular address.