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Living in Paris / Laval

For more information, please download our Fact Sheet 2017-2018. You will find some key points below:

Student VISA

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: 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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



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 has partnered with 2 accommodation search platforms.

If you are a foreign student here for one semester, a Master or another reason on one of our campuses, ESTACA provides 2 platforms to help you prepare your arrival.

ImmoJeune can be used to find short-term rental accommodation with private landlords, agencies or student residences near one of our 2 campuses. 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: and after your Admission, contact our Incoming Coordinator, Virginia Fockedey for the ESTACA access code.

You may also consult and rent accommodation from our students who are living abroad for a semester of study, exchange, Erasmus or internship. They publish their room or rental accommodation for the duration of their absence on the international exchange website

Medical Care

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:

European Students

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 Students

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.

Contact: Virginia FOCKEDEY - Incoming Study Abroad Coordinator (SQY Campus) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: +33 (0)1 76 52 11 76


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).

WEST Campus

Parc universitaire Laval-Changé
Georges Charpak Street -BP 76121
53061 Laval Cedex 9

Paris-Saclay Campus

12 Paul-Delouvrier Street
CS 20749 Montigny
78066 Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

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