You might not think it at first, but “housing” may be the most exciting and rewarding part of your AUP experience. But housing encompasses much more than where you’ll sleep and shower. It includes the shops and cafes you’ll frequent, the parks you’ll walk in, the metro stop you’ll use, and the neighbors you’ll get to know. In short, this is the part where you live like a Parisian.
When you first arrive in Paris, you’ll spend your first week at a large hostel called the FIAP together with all of the other incoming students. While you’re there, a counselor from the housing office will work with you to find accommodation that fits your needs and budget.
The options include:
- Campuséa Residence Hall. The new residence hall, Campuséa, offers single rooms in a variety of sizes, a fitness room, and a common area. It’s a good choice if you want a more “traditional” American residence hall experience. But the number of rooms is limited.
- Independent Rooms. These are small, furnished rooms—formerly servant’s quarters—on the top floors of classic French apartment buildings. They’re among the most affordable options and a great choice for students who want to live on their own.
- Home Stays. Many French people like to rent out rooms in their apartment to students—and often make the students part of their families. If you want to thoroughly immerse yourself in French language and culture, this is the way to go.
- Private Apartments. Once they’ve grown accustomed to life in Paris, many returning students choose to rent larger apartments with their friends, sharing living and cooking spaces, as well as expenses.
Contact the housing office
In addition to helping you find a place to live when you first arrive at AUP, the staff in the housing office are available to help you deal with any problems that might arise. They also maintain a list of housing resources that will help you make the most of your experience living in Paris. Contact the housing office today with your questions about housing at AUP.