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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Housing support

As a French or foreign student, you are entitled to receive housing assistance from the Caisse des Allocations Familiales française (French family allowance fund — CAF), which is used to contribute to your rent.

With YouFirst Campus, you are eligible for aide au logement social (social housing assistance — ALS). The conditions for obtaining this are specified on the CAF website.

What are the conditions?

In order to receive ALS, your place of residence must be the primary residence for which the allowance is requested, and you must hold the lease (the lease must be in your name, rather than that of your parents or a friend.)

What is the allowance amount?

The allowance varies depending on the city where your student residence is located, the amount of your rent, your resources (scholarships, salaries, pensions, etc.) and your family situation. Other CAF criteria are taken into account to determine the amount of housing assistance. To find out more about student housing assistance, please visit the CAF website.

Ensure you meet the deadlines

Make sure you obtain the documents needed to complete your file and submit your application if you meet all the conditions in good time, since the lead times for payment of the first allowance may be long.

Good to know: No housing allowance will be paid if it is less than €15, but it may still entitle you to the relocation allowance.

Manage your budget

What with rent, charges, your student job, and outings, it is not always easy to predict your monthly expenses to manage your budget... How much to pay, who to, and when to do so: there so many essential things you need to know, to manage your budget with peace of mind.

Paying your rent on time

Each rental payment must be made in advance at the beginning of the month. Why not set a direct debit that saves you from making a bank transfer or sending a check every month?

Planning a budget for your move

Once your lease is signed, you must pay:

  • a guarantee deposit equal to one month's rent inclusive of charges;
  • the processing and arrangement fees for your file;
  • a proportion of the first month's rent to cover the number of days till the end of the month.

Don't forget extra expenses

In addition to the rent, do take into account any extra expenses:

  • activation of your electricity account, subscription and power used;
  • French housing tax (taxe d'habitation).
  • You must take out rental insurance when you move in. To help you do this, we have teamed up with the insurance firm MAE. Click HERE to check out their offers, the guarantee conditions they provide, and their financial conditions.

Monitoring your budget

To manage your budget properly, it's a good idea to assess all your day-to-day needs. Here are some tips to help you balance your accounts with peace of mind.

  • Draw up a table of your usual expenses and loans, with your electricity, recurring expenses (cleaning, laundry, etc.) on one side, and your income or loans on the other.
  • In your expenses, list all the activities related to your studies (supplies, equipment, library subscriptions, etc.).
  • Assess your extra-curricular expenses: eating out, transport, health insurance, subscriptions, sports, airline tickets and so on.
  • Make a safety net: if possible, set some money aside in a "rainy day" account, which even if it is small, can stop you from worrying in case of emergency.
  • Compare, then adjust.

Financial assistance from banks

Student loans for your school, interest-free loans to finance your driver's license, etc. There are various schemes intended for young adults who are about to enter working life. To find out the specific terms and conditions, get in touch with your bank.

Money-saving tips for students

Culture and leisure

Your student card gives you access to a number of discounted rates for events, movies, the theater, etc. In France your student card provides free access to all national museums and monuments. Since YouFirst Campus student Residences are located close to cultural centers, galleries and other cultural monuments, you can make the most of what your card has to offer!

Transport

Major French cities offer young people between 12 and 25 transport passes at very attractive rates, with up to 50% off.

Getting ready for working life

To get ready for your working life, you need to anticipate and prepare. Take advantage of your time as a student to test and hone your skills, so you can thrive in your future career.

Student jobs

It's possible to work where you study! Under the French law of August 10, 2007 (and its implementing decree of April 26, 2009), university deans and directors in France can recruit any student enrolled on a course of initial education at a public higher education institution. Such contracts may be applied inside or outside the institutions. For instance, you could get a job that provides assistance and support for students with disabilities, tutoring, library work, IT support, cultural and sporting events and so on.

Has that sparked your imagination? If so, then ask your teachers and the Professional Integration Assistance Office (BAIP) at your institution. Just like the dedicated school services at private institutions, it can also help you to make the right career choices.