France Housing Information
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Absolutely Essential Information
As a participant on an Arcadia University program, you are guaranteed housing. Arcadia University’s priority is to accommodate you in a place that will support your studies and enable you to experience the local culture. Accommodation is selected by Arcadia University based on these factors, in addition to considering safety, security and cost. For these reasons, Arcadia reserves the right to alter or change accommodation options at any time.
To indicate your housing preferences, submit them using your Arcadia Passport. Before completing this form, you should review the information below as well as the Arcadia University Housing Policy located in the Student Handbook. Students are welcome to submit one roommate request; however, requests must be mutual and in writing. While we will work to honor your housing preferences and roommate requests, specific assignments cannot be guaranteed.
In order to consider your preferences, Arcadia must receive your Housing Preferences by the housing deadline. If they are not received before the housing deadline, you will automatically be assigned to available program accommodation.
- Fall semester: April 20
- Spring semester: October 15
- Summer session: March 31
If you require accommodations for any special needs—including dietary, medical or physical—you should indicate this in your Housing Preferences. Any information will be treated as confidential and will only be shared with those individuals involved in your housing placement.
Arcadia in Paris
The American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) and the Alliance Française are located in the 6th Arrondissement near the Luxembourg Gardens, the Latin Quarter and Montparnasse. Students will be housed throughout the greater Paris area, should expect a commute to campus on public transportation and will be responsible for all associated costs.
Fully furnished residence rooms are located in a residential neighborhood just outside the boundary marking the old walls of central Paris. This option is ideal for students who prefer the independence of apartment living and prefer to cook their own meals. Standard residence rooms are shared; students housed in single rooms will be charged an additional fee. All rooms are equipped with a kitchenette (microwave and built-in two burner stove for cooking), basic cooking utensils, and a private bathroom and shower. Internet is generally available in the residences. In most cases, wireless is available in the lobby, and rooms have access via a cable (one per room). Restaurants, a grocery store and various other shops are all within walking distance. Like most Parisians, you will rely on the metro to get around the city and commute to classes.
All students are encouraged to consider seriously the homestay option in order to be fully immersed in French culture. Students who participate in a homestay will receive breakfast and dinner daily, and are encouraged to engage in discussions with their family over meals as a way to improve French language skills and knowledge of French culture. All rooms are singles, and students should be prepared to use public phones and computer facilities, as access to internet and phone lines within the French family households is limited if available. Students placed in the homestay option will be charged an additional fee to cover the cost of meals provided by the family.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR SEMESTER AND ACADEMIC-YEAR STUDENTS: Due to changes in the visa application process, students are now required to show proof of accommodation (including the exact address of that accommodation) when applying for a student visa. Students considering opting out of Arcadia housing, therefore, must be able to secure accommodation for the semester or year 2-3 months prior to their arrival in Paris. Students who choose Arcadia housing (either residence or homestay) will be issued this proof once housing assignments are made. Student visas are not required for U.S. citizens on the summer program.
Although housing is guaranteed for students participating on Arcadia programs in France, you have the option to decline this service and find your own independent accommodation. If you decide to opt out of Arcadia-arranged program housing, please notify your program manager. You will also need to indicate this in your Housing Preferences. In fairness to other applicants, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible in writing so that any designated accommodation can be reallocated. If Arcadia does not receive notification before the appropriate housing deadline listed above, you will be subject to penalty fees in accordance with the Arcadia University Housing Policy. All students, including those who opt out of Arcadia housing, are expected to stay with the group at the orientation hotel for the first two nights.
Very Important Additional Points
- Every room is different and unique and, while Arcadia ensures that all rooms satisfy general standards, there is no way to guarantee uniformity of apartment and room sizes, distance from your university, furnishings or facilities.
- France is an environmentally friendly country and air-conditioning is not standard in a typical residence. If your housing does not feature this amenity, remember that it will take some time to adjust to the climate.
- Internet access will vary depending upon your housing venue. Regardless, internet access is available through Arcadia’s study center, public parks and internet cafés.
- Students in homestays should be prepared to use public phones and computer facilities, as access to internet and phone lines within French family households is limited.
- Housing between semesters is not included. Academic year students who plan to stay in Paris over the winter holiday should contact their Program Manager.
- Arcadia reserves the right to alter or change accommodation options at any time should circumstances warrant.