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Housing subsidies for students

If you are looking for financial support for your accommodation in France, you might already have heard for "CAF" at your University International Office or in some article on Internet. It means « Caisse d’Allocations Familiales », which is the French Family Benefit Fund ( It provides some financial support to students to pay their accomodation rent as well.


What kind of help can I get from the CAF?

CAF can help you financially to pay your rent. 

CAF won’t find you any accommodation. You have to look for housing solution in Paris all by yourself. 

For students, CAF housing subsidy can be made through the CAF website or at CAF offices. Here is a link to a document that might help you to fill the CAF Form :


Who can apply to CAF Housing subsidy?

All students' regardless of their nationality.
Please, make sure to check the official conditions on CAF website. If you’re a CROUS resident, you can also benefit from this fund.
You are certainly entitled to a CAF housing subsidy if you rent, co-rent or sub-rent a housing with a surface of at least 9m² (16m² if 2 persons share the place).

If you share a flat, each roommate must make an application, mentioning his/her share of rent. Each roommate must sign the lease.

You don’t need to produce a residence permit to apply for CAF housing subsidy if you are a student from the European Union or European Economic Space (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungaria, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Rumania, United Kingdom, Slovaquia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland). 

To get the CAF housing subsidy if you are not a citizen from a European Union country or EEA you must hold a valid residence permit. 


When to apply to CAF housing subsidy?

You must apply for CAF housing allowance as soon as you have moved into your flat.

List of CAF offices :

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