Housing aid if you are an international student
Good news: As an international student, with YouFirst Campus, you are entitled to ALS, a monthly housing aid paid by the French government.
To qualify, you must meet four conditions:
- You must have a residence permit of at least four months that is valid for the current year
- Your main residence must be accommodation in France with a lease
- You must be enrolled in the student social security scheme
- You must submit an income tax return, even if you did not earn any income in France
Have you registered with the French student social security scheme yet?
If not, register now via the dedicated website: https://etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr/#/
You will need to provide a number of documents for this too:
- Your national identity card or passport
- Your residence permit
- Your proof of education for the current year
- A parental consent certificate if you are under 16 years of age
- Your IBAN (bank details) for your reimbursements
- A civil registration document, such as a full copy of your birth certificate, a short-form copy of your birth certificate with parentage details, family record book or marriage certificate
A few practical tips to wrap things up
In France, administrative processes can take a while. A long while. So, send your APL or ALS housing aid application at the beginning of the lease, even if you are missing a document.
You can complete your CAF file later, but you will have started the process.
Finally, if you already receive housing aid, remember to notify your CAF centre if you move house in the future. This will allow them to transfer your file and save you time.
See you very soon at your YouFirst Campus residence.