Appart

Finding an apartment is ridiculously hard in France. David and I have been searching for a few months now and everything is either too expensive, too small or too far away from public transportation. He only has a CDD (short-term work contract) and I’m unemployed. We were approved for Loca-Pass, but some landlords won’t accept it because they prefer a human co-signer (preferably a family member) instead of a business. Most apartments are rented through agencies instead of directly through the landlords, and they charge a few hundred euros for their “services.” We have a few friends who want to leave their apartments, but the problem is that they need to find new apartments too before they can move.

France has a problem with housing (not just affordable housing, but housing in general). I heard a few months ago on the news that there is a shortage of one million housing units. This does not mean that one million people are looking for housing. This means that there is no housing for one million families or couples or anyone else who could live together in an apartment or house.

The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment where I live runs more than 650 € ($873) a month, with no or few utilities included. I have no idea how single people survive here. That’s about the same price as my friend’s one-bedroom apartment in LA. In comparison, my one-bedroom apartment in Michigan was only $500 a month (372 €).

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  • DestinationMetz

    Best of luck. Something will turn up, think positive. xx

  • DestinationMetz

    Best of luck. Something will turn up, think positive. xx

  • The Franco Fille

    I hear you. I’m staying in Europe this summer and the prices are ridiculous! Good luck!

  • The Franco Fille

    I hear you. I’m staying in Europe this summer and the prices are ridiculous! Good luck!

  • Felipe Alonso

    Hello Jennie!! I’m so pleased to have the chance to write you, directly, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for having this site for such a long time, and it’s free!! I have seen through these years the changes your webpage has experienced, and how it has grown. Maybe you’re not aware of it, but let me tell you that I have learnt a lot by reading your tutorials, and the tutorials that others have given to you, and I’m sure that many people have learnt a lot, as well. :) I hope you’re very fine and if you want to practise your Spanish, just take a look at mi site. ;) ¡Chao y un abrazo desde Chile!

  • Felipe Alonso

    Hello Jennie!! I’m so pleased to have the chance to write you, directly, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for having this site for such a long time, and it’s free!!
    I have seen through these years the changes your webpage has experienced, and how it has grown.
    Maybe you’re not aware of it, but let me tell you that I have learnt a lot by reading your tutorials, and the tutorials that others have given to you, and I’m sure that many people have learnt a lot, as well. :)

    I hope you’re very fine and if you want to practise your Spanish, just take a look at mi site. ;)

    ¡Chao y un abrazo desde Chile!

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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