For information and useful websites about renting and finding a room in a private home.
Renting a room in a private home: how does it work?
You will have a room in the home of a private individual, and you will share the kitchen and bathroom with them and their family. The conditions will vary depending on the landlord: some also share the communal living spaces, while others prefer not to.
What are the benefits?
• the rent is usually lower;
• you won't have to pay council tax or the TV licence;
• you are eligible for CAF housing benefits.
Generally speaking, you will pay a fixed sum covering utilities (electricity, gas and water).
Before signing a rental agreement, make sure the conditions provided suit your needs. Read through the rental agreement carefully to make sure all the services and clauses are mentioned.
Finding a room in a private home
To find a room in a private home, you can consult the following websites:
• To swap your room with another student: swapandstudy and troctachambre
• for classified ads of rooms for rent: Roomlala
There are associations which can also help you find a room with a “host family”, taking into account your needs:
• Moving to the Toulouse area: it costs €150 to be put in touch with a host family.