How to Find an Apartment in France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Finding an apartment in France online can be a bit tricky as there are tons of options. Having spent a lot of time in France, I’ll show you below the best resources for searching for an apartment in this country (no matter if you live in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Lille, Bordeaux, Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg, Grenoble, or anywhere else in France!

France Apartment Search Engines

When I’m looking for an apartment abroad, I normally like to start with the country-specific apartment search engines and portals. Here are the most popular ones.

  • PapPap is the website that is most often the first website recommendation when I ask my French friends to recommend a site for finding an apartment.
  • Leboncoin: This site should be your second stop on the France apartment search. They have lots of long term apartment options. Be careful though as not all apartment listings are legit. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Nevertheless, definitely check out this site as you can often find some good deals that you will not find on some of the big international apartment search sites like Airbnb and VRBO.
  • Go With OhGo With Oh is a decent site if you are looking for vacation rental options.
  • House TripThis site is another vacation rental site like Go With Oh.

Classifieds and Real Estate Agents

You can often find some hidden gems if you dig through the classifieds and real estate agent listings.

  • Craigslist: Pioneers in the internet classifieds space. These guys have tons of France apartment options that are updated daily. Craigslist is the first place I would check after testing out the France-specific search engines.
  • Le Figaro: This big France newspaper has apartment listings.
  • SeLoger: One of the upsides of SeLoger is the ability to search for apartments in France from your phone.
  • Haven in Paris: Haven in Paris is a good site if you have some cash to spend. They specialize in luxury apartment listings.

General Apartment and Housing Search Engines

If you have already exhausted your options above, check out the general apartment and housing search engines below.

  • Trip Advisor: Trip Advisor is a great destination for vacation rentals. Search around this site to see what you come up with.
  • VRBO.comAnother vacation rental site. I like how the site is broken into different categories by city and neighborhood.
  • HomeAway.comA giant in the vacation rental space with properties featured in countries around the world.
  • AirbnbAirbnb has properties displayed for over 185 countries. You can often get some pretty good deals.

Useful Articles and Blog Posts

Check out the useful articles and blog posts below for more information to help you with your apartment search.

  • Anglo Info: Check out this article from Anglo Info that has pretty much anything you need to know about renting in France, including lease agreements, rental jargon, and tax information.
  • The Local: The Local presents “Ten Tips for Finding a Flat in Paris.”
  • OhHappyDay.com: A good blog post about “Housing in France.”
  • Transitions Abroad: Transitions Abroad tells you what to look out for when apartment hunting in France.
  • Just Landed: This site has useful links to short term accommodation options, including residence hotels, short term apartments, and youth hostels. If you search around the site, you will also find a lot of other information on leases agreements and other France apartment-related information.

There you have it. The best places for finding an apartment in France. If you are interested in working in this country, be sure to check out my article on how to find a job in France as a foreigner. If you are single and are looking to spice up your dating life, check out my reviews of the best dating sites in France. Enjoy your stay!

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