Life in Nancy-Metz
• Financial Assistance
Any foreign student who has a European nationality or a French long-stay visa has the right to apply for government housing assistance. In order to qualify, you need to meet certain requirements.
This type of financial assistance is coordinated and distributed by the CAF (Caisse d’Allocations Familiales). You should apply promptly upon arrival. This type of financial assistance takes at least one month to obtain after receiving your residence permit. You will thus have to pay for at least the entire first month’s rent by yourself. It is important to apply for financial housing assistance as soon as possible after arrival in Nancy (the student association Globe and Co will help you with this procedure).
Keep in mind that if you should leave your apartment on the 15th of a given month, the !nancial housing assistance will not apply for that month’s rent. The people at the information stand at the Pôle Universitaire Européen de Nancy (European Studies Center) can help answer your questions about financial housing assistance and help you fill out the necessary forms. Globe and Co can also assist you with this.
French fiscal law declares that any person residing in France as of January 1st is responsible for housing tax (rates estimated to be approximately a month and half of rent). Payment of this tax is required by the French government a few months after your departure.