Life in Nancy-Metz
There are 4 main housing categories :
- A furnished studio in a private student residence hall (Totem or Pythagore or Bergamote or Espérance),
- A furnished studio in a private residence (Les Estudines, Appart’City Cap Affaires),
- A furnished room in a state-owned university residence (CROUS),
- Private housing (apartment, roommates).
Both the International Office and the student association Globe and Co are available to advise and help you in your accommodation search.
You should plan your arrival for a weekday (Monday to Friday) and before 6pm. You should advise the rental office in advance of your intended arrival, as well as Globe and Co association if you need a pick up service at Nancy train station.
Keep in mind that residences ask for the payment of a guarantee corresponding to a security deposit which will be reimbursed to you at the end of the contract if there is no damage to the property. Certain residences also ask for a non-reimbursable agency fee for administrative purposes. You should also take out a comprehensive “multi risk” property and contents insurance policy (in case of theft, !re, accident, etc.) with a French company (insurance company, bank or MGEL, student’s insurance agency). If, during your stay, you would like to have a bank account with the French Bank “BNP”, this insurance policy will be offered to you free of charge. Again, Globe and Co will help you with this. Renting a studio in France entitles you to a !nancial grant, called “Aide Personnalisée au Logement” (see the section on “Financial Assistance” section).
In order to get the keys to your studio, you will need four things : a completed application form, a check for the security deposit, proof of insurance and your appointment for the studio inventory.
Studio inventory and damage inspection
An inventory and damage inspection of the studio will be carried out upon your arrival and again when you leave. You should thus plan your arrival for a weekday (Monday to Friday) and before 6pm. You should advise the rental of!ce in advance of your intended departure. The studio inventory and damage inspections are required. Students who do not respect this rule risk losing their security deposits.
The leasing contracts are drawn up on the basis of a traditional leasing arrangement, which student occupants can cancel ONLY upon 3 months notice at the Totem and Pythagore Residence. For example, if you wish to leave your apartment/studio on June 15th, you must send a letter indicating your intention to cancel your leasing contract dated no later than March 15th. The lease cancellation at Les Estudines, Residhome & Cap Affaires is 1-month written notice and 15 days for the Crous residences. The International Relations Of!ce can give you sample of the resiliation letter.