Private residence and university residence: the particularities

Engaging in higher education is an important step and an asset that further facilitates a student's professional integration. During the course of his or her university studies, one of the factors that motivate the student and ensure or not his or her academic success is the choice of accommodation adapted to his or her needs. Whether it is for temporary mobility (for a period of internship for example) or for an entire course, finding suitable accommodation is essential. Choosing one, in addition to getting closer to the targeted University, allows more independence or autonomy, to get away from the family cocoon, to adapt, to build a new lifestyle and to immerse oneself in university life. In this case, one of the best options to achieve this is to choose a private or university residence.


University residences or public residences are student housing managed by Regional Centres for School and University Works or CROUS. These residences are mainly intended for students who are far away from their families or in a weak financial situation. The rent for these university residences is low with minimal comfort (rooms from 10 to 30 m²). For these students, housing assistance can also be granted. However, given the increasing number of applications for university residence housing and the limited number of these, the selection of applications will be made according to the family situation and that of the student himself if he is on a scholarship or not, if he is working or without resources .


Private residences are also student housing, but can be much more spacious (studios, T1 and T2 apartments, etc.). The apartments are already equipped and furnished and can offer more privacy and freedom. In these residences, many services are offered, such as access to a car park, garage or internet connection. Other services such as cleaning and laundry are also offered as well as the availability of a gym and a common room for the tenants. Students will also be able to have a steward if they wish. Services are already included in the rent or may be optional.


Although university residences offer a very attractive rent, private residences offer more services, comfort and a wider choice. The choice between these two types of accommodation is up to the student. These residences are usually located close to the target university. The choice will then depend on the situation of the student and his/her relatives such as the income of the parents or if the student already has a job or a spouse who can support him/her or if he/she is on a scholarship or financed.
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