Paris is divided into 20 numbered districts called arrondissements. Our program office and classes are in the 4th arrondissement, at the Centre Malher, 9 rue Malher, near the Saint-Paul stop on metro line #1.
USD does not offer campus housing in Paris, however our on-site Administrative Director can help you find an apartment. We recommend postponing housing arrangements until you arrive. USD has screened a number of apartments and negotiated reduced security deposits. Some were rented by our students in prior years. Our program office posts a city map showing locations and size of available rentals. Students are put in contact with owners to view the premises and make their own rental arrangements. It is best to arrive on the Thursday before classes begin as there are no weekend USD program office hours or apartment viewings.
Apartments in the 3rd or 4th arrondissements are within walking distance of classes, as are some locations in the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 11th and 12th. The best choice for more distant housing is along the metro line #1. USD has located all sizes of accommodation, from studios to larger apartments for sharing. Cooking utensils and linens are furnished, but most Paris apartments do not have air conditioning, full laundry equipment, or internet service. Instead of an apartment, students may rent a room with a Paris family, or stay in a hostel, dormitory or hotel (the most costly option). Be aware of security issues in hostels as it may be difficult to safeguard possessions.
Housing prices are quoted in Euros. If you are renting your own apartment before arriving in Paris, landlords typically require the deposit amount you have negotiated to be sent by wire transfer in Euros. The full rent also may be demanded in advance. You are unlikely to get a refund if you change your mind or do not like the apartment after seeing it. Do not send money without verifying that the landlord is a reputable estate agent or has the right to rent to you. Retain a copy of all records.
- Hostelworld: Some of the least expensive housing; may be in multi-share rooms.
- TripAdvisor: Paris apartments of higher quality and price are offered.
- Lonely Planet: Within Paris, see Hotels and Hostels for choices in various price ranges.
- Rental France: Offers high quality apartments direct from owners.
Alerts and Warnings
- Living in a Paris suburb is not recommended. You will see little of Paris and commutes are long and costly.
- Do not arrive without a room reservation for at least the first night in Paris.
- Print out a map of the neighborhood and directions for reaching your housing location by public transportation from the airport (taxis are easy but costly).
- Take copies of all communications and receipts regarding your housing arrangements.