Housing Information for Degree Students

Housing at IAU

IAU has different housing options available to both undergraduate and graduate students, including a homestay with a French host family, residence halls, or apartments/independent housing. IAU encourages students to live with a host family for at least one semester of their time at IAU.  All undergraduate students must live with a host family during their first year of study. After their first year, they are able to live in Residence Halls or find independent housing. IAU has an on-site housing coordinator in Aix who acts as the main contact and support for students with respect to their housing and living situations. 

Please see below for details regarding each different housing option. If you have any questions please contact IAU's Housing Coordinator at housing@iaufrance.org.

Housing costs may be found on the Tuition & Fees page.


All undergraduate students are required to live in a homestay during their first year of study, and all MAFS and MAIR graduate students are required to live in a homestay during their first semester of study.

Living in a French home is considered the best form of housing because it provides an immediate introduction to life in this new place. It is an incomparable opportunity for those who seek knowledge that is neither superficial nor second hand. It provides an introduction into the community and is a great incentive to learning the language. IAU’s hosts come from a cross section of society; they belong to no particular professional or social milieu, but all are carefully chosen and many have hosted American students for several years.

Most of the rooms available with the hosts are approximately a 15 to 35 minute walk from classes. Accommodations a bit farther from the Center may be more spacious. Students should consult with the housing coordinator should any questions arise regarding the homestay arrangement.

Housing coordinators make periodic visits to the hosts to be sure that the cleanliness and comfort meet the Institute's standards. With very few exceptions, IAU alumni feel that living in a French home is far preferable to living independently. Some universal observations on homestays: 

  • French comprehension and speaking ability improve dramatically
  • Awareness of current events, political outlook, and cultural customs enrich their lives immeasurably
  • The food may be a delightful education in itself, and dinnertime may provide a gracious and lively event each day
Students must be flexible and accepting within their French household, and will in all likelihood find the attitude rewarded.

When living in French homes, students are on a demi-pension “plan.” This includes daily breakfast and six dinners per week. Visiting parents or friends should make prior hotel reservations. No arrangements can be made for lodging other persons or pets. If your arrival time at the beginning of the semester is delayed, please telephone IAU as we must keep your host informed. Please do not plan to arrive after 8 pm. Linen, pillow, and blankets are provided and the room is cleaned weekly. Each host will generally provide one machine load of wash per week.

Residence Halls

Private Residence Halls are also available to IAU students.  The private sector has been strongly developed in the past few years to compensate for the lack of housing for university students, making residence halls a good option for students in Aix-en-Provence. Most of them are located in the center of town, a 15-minute walk from IAU campuses.

Students who choose to live in Residence Halls will generally have roommates: 2 students per room, 2-5 students per apartment.

Please note: when staying in residence halls, students are responsible for their own meals which will add additional expense.

Cost: 400-700 € per month (utilities included) , per person, for a standard size apartment.

Apartments/Independent Housing

Most apartments available in Aix are one-room apartments (studios) or two-room apartments (a bedroom and a living room). All apartments have a bathroom and a kitchen.

Cost of living:

  • Rented room: 400-450 € per month
  • Studio (one person): 500-600 € per month plus utilities
  • More than one bedroom: 750€ per month and more

Important items to consider:

  • Living with another student or a roommate (“Co-loc” or "colocotaire" in French) might help you to integrate into the French way of living more easily, and it is a way to lower all the standing expenses, such as electricity, heating, telephone, local taxes.
  • Internet: you will have the possibility to order internet for approximately 40 Euros per month.
  • Rent prices tend to be less expensive near Aix/Marseille University (outside of the city center) compared to living in the historical part of Aix.
  • Most apartments do not have a washing machine. It is almost impossible to find a student apartment with a dryer. However, the apartment will most probably have a drying rack. If your apartment doesn’t have a washing machine, see where the closest laundromat is located.
  • Students choosing to live in an apartment should be aware that, in France, landlords take little responsibility for daily maintenance
  • A deposit and guarantee letter from a person who resides in France are often requested.
  • You may bring your own linens or buy them in Aix.

IAU's housing coordinator can help students locate apartments/leases in Aix-en-Provence.

For any questions regarding housing arrangments, students may consult with IAU’s housing coordinator.