Housing Assignments for all programs
Students will live with French hosts or in a residence hall. There are trade-offs with both options. In the residence hall, you have the advantages of a private room, complete independence, and the additional assets of community living, including the proximity of friends. You also have the restrictions associated with dormitory living, and the drawbacks of not living in an exclusively French-language environment. With French hosts, you will have your own room and will be in a French-speaking environment, which can be an enriching experience. You must respect the lifestyle of the hosts and adapt to their personal characteristics. We will try to meet your first choice in housing but we have a very limited number of dormitory spaces each year. Placement is based on the information you provide on the Housing Questionnaire that you received with your acceptance packet. We cannot overemphasize the necessity of submitting your housing questionnaire as soon as possible. Every effort is made to place you in an environment corresponding to your interests and preferences. However, we cannot guarantee your first choice, and some flexibility is required of all students.
French host families vary in size, age, and lifestyle. Some are middle-aged couples with children; others, widows; still others, single mothers, and so on. We do not place you with French hosts with the expectation that you will become a family member. Rather, we place you there to facilitate your language acquisition and to integrate you into French society and culture. You will have your own room with access to the kitchen. One meal per week is included. You will have a lot of autonomy and the amount of contact with your French hosts will depend, in large part, on your own effort. All are metro-accessible within Paris or the near suburbs. Remember that although you will be a paying guest, it is best not to think of the living situation as a hotel. Instead, think of yourself as a guest and a boarder. Keep your room neat, make your bed, clean up the bathroom and kitchen after each use. These may seem like obvious points, but they do mean a great deal to the people with whom you will be living.
Student Residence Hall: La Fondation des Etats-Unis
The Fondation des Etats-Unis is nested in the 14th arrondissement, a neighborhood in the southern part of Paris. This student residence hall is extremely accessible by public transportation with a Métro station conveniently located within a two-minute walk across the street from the building. The Fondation is part of an international complex known as the Cité Universitaire with each building corresponding to a different country.
The Fondation des Etats-Unis is, first and foremost, a French residence hall. It has many positive points such as big, single rooms with an individual sink, closet, desk, phone, voicemail and mini-fridge. Linens are provided and changed every 2 weeks. There is also the advantage of living with other students although a large majority are Americans. The Fondation provides common-area services, including laundry, computing facilities, Wifi, vending machines, kitchens (a kitchen supply kit from BU Paris will be included) and a library.
The Fondation, however, offers less of an immersion into the French language, as the American residents tend to speak English to one another. It is a vintage building, and not all of the rooms have been renovated to modern American dorm standards. Heating, shower, and cooking facilities may not compare to what you have on your home campus.
Overnight guests must be signed in 48 hours prior to their arrival. It costs 5€ per night without a bed, 10€ per night with a bed (minimum 3 nights, maximum 10 nights) and a 10€ key deposit (returned upon departure.)
The are no overnight guests allowed in the summer months.
Fondation des Etats-Unis website: http://www.feusa.org
La Cité Internationale
The Fondation is part of the Cité Universitaire complex, which includes services such as different national houses and their dining rooms, a post office, a bank, a student cafeteria, a theatre and a park.
Cité International website: http://www.ciup.fr
At the Cité Internationale:
Open Monday through Friday from 11h45 to 14h15 & from 18h15 to 21h.
It offers a full meal at a very low price, go to: http://www.ciup.fr/restaurant/
Open Monday through Friday from 8h to 19h, the weekend from 9h30 to 19h. Each day the cafeteria offers breakfast, lunch & snacks. This is ideal for a coffee or a quick sandwich or salad. http://www.ciup.fr/restaurant/cafeteria/
Bistrot 32 32 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris
Carla’s 1 rue Cité Universitaire, 75014 Paris
Take the Tram T3 to Porte D’Orleans, where there are many restaurants and food vendors (for example crêpes, and former students say that “Planet Food” has great kebabs and fries).
The program does not rent apartments for students and students cannot rent apartments on their own.