Living in Paris / Laval
For more information, please download our Fact Sheet 2017-2018. You will find some key points below:
If you are a citizen of a Non-European Union country, and if you are in France for your studies for more than 3 months, you will be required French long-term visa to study in Paris or Laval. All students should follow Campus France procedures to apply for a study visa: www.campusfrance.org. Campus France will assist you step by step. Please note that the process may take a while, therefore your early action is encouraged. You will need to apply for the visa at the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in your city to get your visa before arriving in France.
The necessary documents required to apply for the visa may differ from one country to another. However, your passport and the official invitation letter from the school are always among the required documents.
- If you are a citizen of a European Union country, you normally do not need a visa to study in France for 6 months unless you hold a special status of citizenship or residency in your home country. In case of a doubt, please contact Campus France, the nearest French Embassy or the French Consulate in your city to obtain information on whether a visa is required for you. It is your responsibility to obtain this visa before your arrival in France.
- If you are a citizen from a non-European country but you live in one of the European Union countries, you need to apply for a visa if you come to France for more than 3 months! Please contact Campus France, the nearest French Embassy or the French Consulate in your city to obtain information on whether a visa is required for you. It is your responsibility to obtain this visa before your arrival in France.
- Masters & visiting students only: Your acceptance letter required for the visa will be sent as soon as you have paid your Registration deposit into the program. This letter provides proof that you are indeed registered in the program and it specifies the dates you will physically need to be in Paris.
There are four types of Student Visa, depending on the duration of studies in France, as indicated in the letter of enrolment.
Short term Visa
3 months / non-renewable
Long term visa
(if your visa says “carte de séjour à solliciter dès l’arrivée”)
over 6 months / residency
Long term visa
(if your visa says “CESEDA R311-6° Autorise Travail Limite 60% durée légale")
over 6 months / residency
Temporary long-term visa
(If your visa says “dispense temporaire de carte de séjour”)
for 3-6 months / non-renewable
PARIS-SACLAY campus in SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES and West campus in LAVAL
Comfortable housing close to the school will be a key success factor for your study abroad. We strongly recommend that you arrange housing prior to your arrival in France.
The International Department will assist you if necessary, with the help of the students from the International Student Union (BDEI).
ESTACA is a partner of HousingAnywhere.com, the international student-to-student housing platform. Students who are coming from abroad to Paris can find & book a student room on www.HousingAnywhere.com. The rooms on this platform are offered by our students that go abroad for a study abroad semester, exchange, Erasmus or internship. Using the platform itself is completely free for you as a student; when you make a concrete booking an administrative fee will be charged as a part of Housing Anywhere’s secure booking system.
ESTACA offers students a complete student housing platform to find accommodation near its campus: ImmoJeune
ESTACA students benefit from a free, secured and exclusive access to ImmoJeune solution. It is a social and collaborative platform to find more easily all the student housing offers around the school, but also anywhere in France and in the world.
The platform offers a wide range of short, medium and long-term housing, to meet all needs, both for one-time stays, or for the duration of your studies.
You will find offers of public and private student residences, youth hostel offers, real estate agencies, exclusive offers from private homeowners or rooms with moderate rents for services rendered.
A social wall dedicated to students of the ESTACA also allows to create colocations, to exchange furniture, or to organize car-pools.
Free helping guides will answer all your questions about renting, housing help, colocation, rental guarantees, in addition to other tips and tricks.
To see all offers, go to: https://estaca.immojeune.com/ and after your Admission, contact our Incoming Coordinator for the ESTACA access code.
If you need a doctor, a dentist or for any sickness or medical matter, you will find a list of English speaking doctors and specialists in Paris below: http://www.intransit-international.com/life_paris_english_doctors.html
Students from the European Union, who already have their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), do not need to fill in any extra form because they avail of the extended cover from their home country.
Non-European full-time students need to register with the French Social Security after their arrival at ESTACA. The subscription rate was 215€ for 2015-2016. An official birth certificate translated into French (with the apostille) is necessary. We advise you do it before coming to France.
ESTACA is a school approved by the Social Security System, which means that all students under 28 years of age are qualified for the student social security cover. Students from Quebec do not have to subscribe to the French Social Security but need to have the SE 401 Q 106 form.
In Paris, you will discover the life of the city, with its diversity and wonderful monuments: Le Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel tour… But thanks to the students from the BDEI and to your ‘buddies’, you will also probably enjoy “Paris by night” and many other opportunities to have fun. There are also many activities to be discovered in Laval. Information is available from the Tourism Office, and also from the BDEI (Students’ Union).