The property market in Paris is very pressurized, and rents are accordingly high. This is especially true inside the boundaries of the city itself (Paris intra-muros). Living outside the city limits (en banlieue) is not ideal either, as you can expect to spend a lot of time commuting. This article will concentrate on getting the best of both worlds: finding (relatively) cheap accommodation inside Paris.

However you intend to find accommodation, it is better to try several options at once not to wait too much (you can start searching in May or June). In any case, expect to pay at least 500 € for the rent.

The best way is to know someone who already lives there. Don’t hesitate to ask friends (or to post a message of the ELS facebook group) if they know someone who has rooms to rent.

Apartment-sharing is quite rare in Paris, especially among strangers.