Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical documents required to sign a lease are a valid passport and resident permit (Carte de Sejour).

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 2-3 months’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after lease termination, completion of inspection, cleaning, and payment for final utilities.

Rental Commission

Should you utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually collect rental commission equal to 1 months’ rent.

Payment of Rental Commission

The agent’s rental commission is typically paid by the tenant.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer, check, and cash are acceptable methods of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

Typical school fees include:

• Registration fee – typically around 500 USD
• Tuition fees – paid yearly
• Admission fees

Accepted Method of Payment

Bank Transfer and cash are the preferred methods of payment.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s license include:

• Notarized copy of both sides of a current driver’s license
• Copy of residency permit
• Two passport photos

Additional Notes

It is recommend to start the process of obtaining a driver’s license upon arrival. International driver’s licenses are translated to French at the Ministry of Transportation. This can take 6 – 12 months. In the meantime, a temporary driver’s license is issued. Foreign driver’s licenses need to be authenticated by the Embassy

Please note that an International Driver’s License is issued in the country of origin.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Valid passport
• Work permit
• Proof of address

Time Required

It may take up to 1 week for your account opening to be complete.