Reims is the largest city in the Champagne region. Nicknamed the "city of kings", it is the city where King Clovis was baptized and converted to Catholicism. Its heritage includes the famous cathedral of Reims, the Palais du Tau and the Basilica of Saint-Remi. As a cultural center, it has been designated "City of Art and History". Reims is also an important student city. It is home to many institutions, such as NEOMA Business School, the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne and Sciences Po Reims.
Finding accommodation in Reims as an international student can be tough! Many websites offer various types of housing: apartments, studios, shared flats, or even student residences. Whether you are looking for accommodation in the center of Reims, in the area around the city or near your school (Sciences Po, NEOMA Business School), Livinfrance is here to help you review the different offers, fix the best budget and find the right fit for your stay in Reims!
You can also browse housing offers in Reims on livin-france.com and securely book accommodation online, without needing to provide a French guarantor!
How to find student accommodation in Reims, France
Reims is the largest student city in the Champagne region. Each year, 31 000 students are looking for accommodation in the city, including 2 800 international students.
Top websites to find the best budget accommodation in Reims
The usual first step is to look up on the Internet what your housing options are. You will easily find a wide range of websites offering student housing in Reims on Google, or any other search engine. This way, you will be able to consult available offers and get in touch with landlords online. You might also ask them for further information on the offers and schedule visits.
Still, you need to be very careful what websites you look for accommodation on, and who you get in touch with. Indeed, international students are a prime target for scammers, and you might loose money in the process. Here are the best websites to look for accommodation on:
Estate agencies' websites: Each agency has its website on which you can find verified offers. Just type on Google "agence immobilière your city" and you will find their websites. Choice is often limited tho.
What is the average price for accommodation in Reims?
The average rent for a studio in Reims is €396 per month. For a shared flat, the average rent is €356. Depending on your lease contract, you might need to pay a bit more every month for electricity, water, wifi and other charges. Learn more about the rental expenses in France >
Find accommodation in the center of Reims
As a student, you might be wishing to live in the city center of Reims. This has many advantages: being closer to the shops, bars, and restaurants, using public transport easily, and more. However, if you want to find accommodation in the center of Reims, your rent will most likely be more expensive. Here are the best areas to live in Reims' city center:
Reims' hypercentre: around the Cathedral, Place du Forum, cours d'Erlon and cours Langle.
Laon area: close to the center, with good facilities and transport. It is cheaper and quieter than the city center.
Find accommodation near Reims
If you are on a budget, or you want to live in a quiet area, you can look for accommodation around Reims! Depending on your school, you should be able to find cheap accommodation, but still be close to your campus.
Tinqueux: if you are going to NEOMA Business School or Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Tinqueux can be a good city for you to find accommodation in! Indeed, it is less than 20 minutes away from the campus on foot, and 30 minutes away from the city center on public transportation.
Cormonteuil: if you are going to Sciences Po Reims, Cormonteuil is an interesting option. It is 30 minutes away from the campus on foot, and 30 minutes away from the city center on public transportation.
4 tips to book an apartment in Reims as an international student
Choose the type of accommodation you want to live in
As a student, there are various type of accommodation you can live in during your stay in Reims:
Studio: in French real estate, a studio is a type of accommodation with only 1 room, including a bathroom and a small kitchen, which is usually integrated in the main room. It can be located in a regular building or in a residence. The average rent for a studio in Reims is €392.
T1 apartment: a "T1 apartment" is quite similar to a studio, except the kitchen is in a separate room. For a T1 apartment in Reims, students usually spend around €419 per month.
Shared flat: a flat you live in with other people. You will have your own room, but share the common areas with the other tenants (from 2 tenants to 10+). Living in a shared flat in Reims allows you to enjoy a bigger flat and pay a less expensive rent. The average rent for a room in a shared flat in Reims is €356.
Room in a private house: when someone owning a house has a spare room, they can choose to rent it out. The rent for a room in a private house is usually less expensive than for a studio or an apartment, but you might not enjoy private amenities such as a kitchen or a bathroom.
Pick the area of Reims, Champagne you want to accommodate in
As mentioned earlier, accommodation offers and rent prices can differ depending on the area in Reims you want to live in. It is essential to define precisely the areas where you want to find a home in order to define your search criteria: surface area, rent, etc. Rent is almost always higher in the city center, and lower in the outskirts of Reims.
Fix your budget for student housing according to your criteria
Once you have decided the type of accommodation you are looking for, the area, the minimum surface and the required amenities, you will be able to determine the "fair market value". You can determine it by browsing properties meeting and calculating the average rent. If the average rent is way over your budget, you should consider either increasing it or lowering your standards.
Prepare your rental file with the required documents
There are some documents almost every landlord will require you to provide to rent accommodation in Reims.
Proof of identity: can be either an identity card, a passport, a driving license or a card of residence.
Proof of your current residence: receipts of rent, electricity invoice, certificate of home insurance. If your current residence is registered under the name of your parents, you will need to provide a sworn statement indicating that they are hosting you. Find an example in our toolbox >
Proof of student status or professional activity: work contract, student card, certificate of schooling
Proof of resources: your or your guarantor's last 3 payslips, student scholarship certificate, or any document attesting the required amount of resources.
Additional tip: If you book accommodation with Livinfrance, you only need to provide 2 documents in order to get your lease: a proof of identity and a proof of student status! No guarantor is required.