Student accommodation in Bordeaux

Finding student accommodation in Bordeaux

Over the last week there have been a huge number of posts on all the Bordeaux facebook pages and groups about finding accommodation. With the help of Vibhor Jajoo, a student from India in his 3rd year and 5th apartment in Bordeaux, here’s a brief rundown of what’s out there. If you have any more suggestions, I’m all ears!

WARNINGDirecte Location near Pey Berland tram stop (also in Bordeaux Bastide and Talence), is an agency that will charge you a colossal amount of cash for a ‘list’ of available properties and NO GUARANTEE of finding anything…

Student residences and services

CROUS is one of the cheapest options for student accommodation. Apartments usually consist of single rooms or studios with shared/en suite bathrooms. They manage a number of residences across the city - applications for the academic year (Sept-Aug) end in April though so if you’re reading this, you’ve probably already missed it. Try applying for the waiting list for next year via the following links -

studyoresidences - these are privately-run student residences located near universities that offer a range of additional services – they sometimes have last-minute availability

Campuséa – another site with student residences to check out

All Suites Pessac – a brand new student residence block next to Châtaigneraie tram stop with 190 apartments to rent or buy – opening soon…

Once you are in Bordeaux, you can look for accommodation at - you need student INE (ID) number to create an account (you could try looking without one and see if  it works).

Bordeaux university students can also write to international office at who will give you all you necessary details for flat hunting. They generally help you out if you are in dire straights and desperately need a place to stay…

Other accommodation agencies and websites

Adele - a student accommodation site that has been around since 1997

Domofrance – nationwide housing association, which also offers has a range of student residences located near universities

Erasmusu - a site aimed at Erasmus students

Immojeune - apartments, flat-sharing, studios and residences around Bordeaux

Location Etudiante - a site with a range of useful info and links to available residences

Locservice - apartments without agency fees

myroom offer furnished apartments and have an office in Bordeaux (06 72 35 86 87) 

Roomster - a useful accommodation search app you can download...

Studéa - student residences run by the Nexity real estate group

Studylease - a list of 22 student residences

Teneo is an agency that provides housing which typically consists of studios, i.e. 20m² with an attached bathroom and kitchenette. They're almost always available, but are a slightly more expensive option. 


appartager is a house/flat-sharing website where you can get info from the host on the property before you stay – spare rooms and flatshares (as well as B&Bs) for short, medium and long-term stay

la Carte Des Colocs – is a nationwide site showing many of the available flatshares in Bordeaux…

There's also a new startup in Bordeaux called meltycasa, and their facebook page

Classified websites

General classified sites such as leboncoin, Se Loger and PAP etc. often have places suitable for students - be careful with the adverts and make sure they are genuine before ever handing over any cash!

AirBnB – if you’re really stuck, you can contact people offering places on AirBnB and see if you can negotiate a longer-term rental

Facebook pages and groups to try…

BORDEAUX: Location appartement, Colocation, Sous-location – A French page for people searching for private rentals

Location Appartement Bordeaux – same as the above but a group page

Plan appart Bordeaux - a flat-hunting group

Colocation Bordeaux – a Bordeaux flat-sharing site

Wanted Community Bordeaux - A Bordeaux community for people that want things...

Etudiants de Bordeaux – A general student's page in French but also features adverts for flatshares etc. from time to time.

You can also find more recent pages, as well as estate agents by simply typing Bordeaux Apartment into Facebook..!

Jennifer Dombrowski's article is also well worth a read for getting tips on how to navigate the French admin system when looking for accommodation.

For tips in French - read this one from L'étudiant Bordelais...

If you finally manage to find a place to stay and are looking for a heads-up on meeting other expats and international students as well as various language exchanges and networking groups – check out this article from Bordeaux Expats

Good luck and please let me know if I’ve missed anything out or made any mistakes…!

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