Before arriving

Obtaining a visa, a residency permit, finding a housing… all practical information you need to prepare your stay at ENS Paris-Saclay in France.

Obtaining a Visa

If you are from a member state of the European Economic Area, you do not need a visa to study at ENS Paris-Saclay.

If you are not from a member state of the European Economic Area, you must follow the appropriate steps :

  • If you must first pass a competitive exam at ENS Paris-Saclay, you can request a competitive exam student visa at the office of the french consulate in your home country.
  • If you are accepted to our school, go to you local French consulate with the acceptance letter. This will enable you to obtain a long-stay visa equivalent to a residency permit (VLS-TS).

You do not need to go through the French consulate if you are from one of the countries (List in International students guide). Instead, apply through the Espace Campus France’s center for studies in France (CEF) in your home country.

Residency permit

If you are from a member state of the European Economic Area, you do not need a residency permit (also known as a residency visa) to study at ENS.

If you are not from a member state of the European Economic Area, but your have a VLS-TS visa, you must validate your visa at ENS’s Education and Student Life Office (DSVE) within the first days of your arrival.

If you are not from a member state of the European Economic Area, but your have a visa other than the VLS-TS visa, you must put in a request for a residency permit from ENS’s Education and Student Life Office (DSVE) within the first days of your arrival.

Housing in Cachan

  • If you were recently accepted as “normalien élève” or “normalien étudiant” (normalien inten or student), you will be given priority for on-campus housing if you put in a request.To do so, contact the Education and Student Life Office (DSVE). Our website features all the information you will need.
     
  • If you’ve been accepted as part of a student exchange program or a scholarship (see “Funding and grants” section), you must apply for accommodation through the International Relations Office (RI) at ri [at] ens-paris-saclay.fr. You will be offered on campus housing depending on availability.
    Note that the rent payment may be made by bank transfer or credit card.
    On campus, our accomodations do not include sheets, bedspreads, pillows and ustensils.

There are two types of residences :

  • The Regional Academic and University Facilities Centre (CROUS) has furnished studios, T1 bis or small studios with a bathroom and kitchenette included.

         Rental costs (2015 rates) vary between :
         €290 and €420/month, €75 and €115/week, €15 and €21/night

         A security deposit is required, as well as housing insurance. Check-in ends on hour before the CROUS closes.

  • The Pavillon des Jardins rents furnished student rooms with a shared bathroom and kitchen for €325/ month or €44/night. No surety or guarantor is needed. A fee of €10 is added for stays lasting less than 3 nights (2015 rates).

In Cachan, ARPEJ operates Volti Residence, which offers students appartments for €405.38 to €745/month (2015 rates). You will be required to provide a non-refundable deposit of €150.
 

You may also want to consider :
•    Sharing an apartment : visit www.koloc.org or www.colocationfrance.fr
•    Homestay accomodations: visit the Atome website at sejourfrancefamille.fr
•    Intergenerational cohabitation: find out more by visiting leparisolidaire.fr, ensemble2generations.fr or logement-solidaire.org as well.

Other topics

Before leaving, check the following

  • 2016-2017 school year: Each department and each program organizes its own beginning-of-year activities. Contact your department for more information.
  • ENS has put in place a special program for students with physical disabilities. For more information, please see the International students guide “Students with physical disabilities section”.
  • Money: Be sure to have enough cash or a way to access funds from a bank machine, to pay for your initial costs, such as transportation, housing, food, apartment amenities, etc…
  • Communication: Ensure you can use your mobile phone or have sufficient means to purchase calling credits in France. Also, check if your phone is compatible with French SIM cards.
  • Housing: Students enrolled in the program managed by the International Relations Office (Erasmus, Paris-SAclay, ENS, Fullbright,…) will be greeted upon their arrival and can access their apartment as soon they present proof of housing insurance.
  • ID photos: Avoid having you ID photos taken in your home country. In France, there are specific guidelines for ID photos so you should have them done when you get there.
  • Birth certificate: You will need to provide a French translation of your birth certificate to the French Immigration and Integration Bureau (OFII). Make sure to have it translated before you arrive.
  • European Health Insurance Card: With this card, all citizens of the European Union are covered by their home country’s health insurance. Make sure to request and obtain one before leaving for France (see the Getting health insurance section).