Flourish in Paris

Challenge yourself in a French learning environment for the semester or academic year and return home a Parisian

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Your living arrangements are the gateway to a truly immersive experience in Paris! Discovering firsthand everyday life in France and enriching your knowledge of the French language and customs are one of the best ways to understand this new culture. APA provides three housing options to choose from during your stay in Paris.


Students often claim that their homestay is the highlight of their time in Paris! The APA staff takes seriously their job of pairing students with the best possible host family. Students move in with their host families three days after their arrival in Paris in order to allow the APA staff to confirm the best match has been made.

Each French host is carefully interviewed by our staff who evaluates their background, location, accommodations as well as their willingness to welcome and integrate a foreign student into their daily lives. Only one student is paired with each host to ensure an authentic and high-quality French living experience.

Continue to customize your stay in Paris with your housing meal plan. All homestays offer students a private bedroom and daily breakfast. Meal plans do not cover school holidays and breaks.

Homestay Option 1: Includes daily breakfast and five dinners per week

Homestay Option 2: Includes daily breakfast and three dinners per week

Student Residence

For a different way to discover French culture, students have the option of living in a French student residence or foyer. French and a small contingent of international university students and young professionals age 25 and younger all call foyers home.

Foyers provide furnished dorm-style bedrooms with access to one or more common areaa and communal kitchen. Some include private bathrooms. Meal plans and social activity calendars provide an excellent way to meet your neighbors!

Student residence housing fees fluctuate depending on availability, single- or double-occupancy rooms, and location. Once enrolled, students will receive further details regarding the available foyers (first come, first served) and the associated fees for the upcoming term. Some of our foyer partners include:

  • Foyer Didot: A five-minute walk from the APA center, Didot provides all residents with an individual bedroom and private bathroom. Benefit from the rooftop terrace, stay active with the fitness room, or take advantage of the park across the street.
    • Daily breakfast and dinners five days per week are included.
  • Foyer La Vigie: This is an all-female residence with single or double occupancy rooms. Located on the Ile Saint-Louis, La Vigie’s central location makes it a popular choice! Study in the courtyard garden, prepare meals  in the beautiful communal kitchen which often plays host to cooking classes or take part in the foyer’s active social calendar.
    • Daily breakfast and dinners five days per week are included.
  • Fondation des États-Unis (FEU) at Cité Universitaire: FEU is one of the 40 international residences on the American-style “campus” of Cité Universitaire. With a strong cultural center, FEU has plenty of events scheduled throughout the semester and is well-known for promoting Franco-American relations. APA students can choose to stay in a Comfort (bedroom with attached bathroom) or Classic room (shared hall bathroom). Each floor has their own kitchen and there are plenty of common spaces to meet your neighbors: resident’s lounge, library, computer room, community garden.
    • With a student ID, lunches and dinners cost only a few euros in the campus restaurant.

Independent Living

For this independent living option, the student is responsible for finding housing and paying rent to the landlord. APA can recommend locations during the search process however, it is ultimately the student’s full responsibility to find accommodations, meet all financial commitments, and to provide his or her own meals.

It is important that students choosing this option do thorough research when settling on an apartment. Since Paris is a large metropolitan area, rent can be expensive, may require an in-country guarantor, or may not provide amenities such as WiFi.

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