Housing in France: General Information

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Online Paris apartment rentals (a few recommended sites, as there are many more on the web):

  • Val and Paul's Furnished Central Paris apartments
  • aparishomes.com
  • Paris-Sejour-Reservation
  • Apartments-in-Paris.com
  • Paris Attitude
  • A Parisian Home
  • Widmu
  • Fondation des Etats-Unis: a dormitory where each American student/scholar has his/her own room with facilities down the hallway. The Cité Université campus has several large cafeterias and breakfast rooms. The Fondation also has laundry room, library, TV and recreation room, lobby, etc. It costs about $25 a day. More favorable prices are also available for stays of more than one month. Write to M. le Directeur.
  • Location is not ideal: 10 minutes to the nearest epicerie or boulangerie; about 30 min to the AN or BN (combination of RER and walking or RER and a change) and 10 min to libraries/archives in the Latin Quarter.


    Wayne Hanley suggests:
    During the summer of 1996, I lived in a studio apartment at the Hotel Residence Montrouge (located at 16, place Jean-Jaures, Montrouge 92120). The staff is friendly, the neighborhood is pleasant, the location convenient, and the facilities recently upgraded.

    Location: southern suburb of Montrouge, 2 Metro lines (13 and 4), #63 bus.

    Rates vary according to the length of one's stay and the size of one's apartment (small or large studio or 2-pièce apartement). You can contact the Hotel Residence Montrouge by telephone at 01-40-92-98-18, or by fax at 01-44-59-23-23.


    France-USA Contacts (FUSAC)
    26, rue Bénard, 75014 Paris

    Hôtel-Résidence des Halles

    Metro Chatelet sortie Sainte Opportune, a ten minute walk on foot to the Archives Nationales
    Studios with tv, telephone, bathroom, and a small unit for cooking and a fridge, and a big table for working. Room rates are reduced for longer stays according to season.
    Manager: Mme Francoise Mauro,
    4 rue des Halles,
    75001 Paris,
    tel (33) 01 40 13 85 80
    and fax (33) 01 40 13 85 78.



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    From Eric Jennings:

    Although I cannot recommend a room to rent by the day or by the week, I hope that the following list of Aix accomodations will prove useful.

    At the Universite d'Aix-en-Provence, rooms are rarely available for visiting scholars. The "residence Cuques" in particular, seldom has openings. However, other researchers at the Archives d'Outre-mer had better luck at the smaller and lesser known "Residence Abram." You should specify that you are a researcher at the Archives.

    A higher cost option is the hotel chain "Les Citadines" which rents rooms by the week or by the month. The first one listed bellow is less conveniently located in the suburbs, and hence slightly cheaper:

    Les Citadines, Jas de Bouffan 442 33 05 05
    Les Citadines, Aix: 442 33 61 61.
    Other possibilities include the youth hostel (442 20 15 99), the Hotel Sully or Hotel des Arts, centrally located and under 200F a night (442 38 11 77), or the many leads provided by bulletin board at the Syndicat d'Intitiative d'Aix-en-Provence, on the Place du General de Gaulle. This tourist office makes an excellent starting point for any accomodations search. Their phone is 442 161 161 and their fax 442 161 162.


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    The obvious place to stay in Chantilly is:
    Centre Culturel Les Fontaines
    B.P. 219
    60631 Chantilly
    The Centre has excellent library of 600,000 volumes. Many scholars stay there in the summer months.
    Thomas Worcester


    I have had several research stints in Lille. Most trips, I stayed with a family, but I stayed at an apartment hotel the last time I was there. It was a Citadines (which is a chain), and you can rent a studio or a one-bedroom apartment. The hotel in Lille is well located, close to the train station and the metro, which makes the archives easily accessible. It is also close to the TGV, grocery store and the old quarter. It is, however, not cheap, but at least you can cook for yourself. Nonetheless, it is very comfortable. I have not had much success finding an alternative to it.
    Lynne Taylor