The Student Housing Space in Montpellier.
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Students, you haven't found accommodation in Montpellier (Hérault)?
We're not going to lie to each other, you are (very) late.
“Each year, there are between 15,000 and 18,000 new students arriving in Montpellier in search of new accommodation, notably young people from the former Languedoc-Roussillon, from other regions of France, but also foreign students. », Says Stéphane Darmon, organizer of the Student Housing Space, available until September 11 at the town hall.
“This year, due to the Covid-19 epidemic, they are a little less present, notes the specialist.
On the other hand, the crisis has caused young people to go about it much, much earlier, from the deconfinement, to look for housing.
“So, in the middle of summer, already, studios were a rare commodity in Montpellier.
But do not panic.
There are still some great deals to be had.
Head for the seaside
First, for students who have a vehicle, there is the seaside, underlines Stéphane Darmon.
“For students whose schools are located in the South, in the Millennium or even in Richter, you should not be afraid to do research in Pérols, Carnon and Palavas-les-Flots.
There are quite a few studios, rented out at 600 euros per week in summer, which fall between 400 and 450 euros per month at the start of the school year.
Everything included, with water, electricity, heating, Internet… And it's less than 15 minutes from Montpellier.
Another avenue, do not hesitate to move away from schools, where everything is often packed.
But by staying on the route of the tram or a bus.
“You take your school, you look at which public transport line it is served.
Then you look for accommodations, from the beginning to the end of that line.
Don't be afraid to go to Castelnau-le-Lez, or to Saint-Jean-de-Védas.
You will find cheaper, larger apartments there with direct access, without change, to your school.
»There are still a few places, north of Montpellier.
At Les Escholiers, in particular, on avenue de Lodève, with studios for less than 400 euros.
Hunt the big apartments
Another tip: forget studios and one-room apartments, and hunt for large apartments, which are perfect for a shared apartment.
“There are still quite a few large apartments in Montpellier, which are often in the old, and neglected by families who prefer to turn to large residential complexes, explains the student housing specialist.
But these are great apartments for students.
On the Crous side, on the other hand, during this period, everything is full, or almost, in Montpellier.
And the few housing units still available will, of course, be given priority to scholarship students.
But there is a little trick: during the year, students sometimes leave their accommodation.
The CROUS therefore advises to find out, from November, whether studios have not been released.
For struggling students, specialists from the Student Housing Space are available all year round at 04.48.190.190.
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