PRACTICAL INFORMATION


Accommodation

We can help you to find an accommodation during your studies in Limoges and we can act as a guarantor (Many private landlords require a third party to act as a guarantor for the rent payments before they’ll agree to let a property to a student).

Once you’ve confirmed your arrival date, 3iL will help you book an accommodation.

Accommodation are assigned by order of confirmation (to 3iL) and after confirming your arrival date.

Before moving to your new accommodation, you must contact 3iL, to notify us of your arrival. (email: international@3il.fr )

The rent will have to be paid on a regular-basis, in conformity with the rules and regulations imposed by the landlord. Given that we act as guarantor, any delay or cessation of payment will lead to a postponing of all administrative treatment from 3iL until you pay the rents.

For those who want to stay in student residences, they will have to sign a one-year lease agreement. Before your arrival, if you ask us to book a room for you, you will have to pay in advance the deposit, plus the first-month rent (you will get back the deposit after the departure inventory). You will also have to pay an insurance for the accommodation.

You can also choose your accommodation by yourself.

For more information about university halls, check out the CROUS website : http://www.crous-limoges.fr/

On the CRIJ website, you can also find offers for accommodation: http://www.crijlimousin.org/se-loger/nos-offres-de-logement.html


Housing assistance

In France, students of all nationalities may apply for government housing assistance. Assistance amounts are computed case by case, based on the rental amount and the student’s resources.

The Caisse d’Allocation Familiale de la Haute-Vienne (CAF) deals with these requests within 1 or 2 months.

If you intend to apply for student housing assistance, make sure you meet the following conditions:

You must be in possession of your lodgings and can provide your address and the amount of your rent.

You must be enrolled in the mandatory student health insurance plan.

You must have a bank account in France, as housing assistance is deposited directly into beneficiaries’ bank accounts.

You must have your residency permit.

You’ll receive the housing assistance from the 1st month following your arrival in Limoges. You have to take care of your own request and must contact the CAF as soon as you arrive in Limoges. For your information, the first month won’t be taken into account in the housing assistance. For more information about housing assistance, please visit the CAF website: http://www.caf.fr/


Banks

To open a bank account, you must provide to the bank of your choice:
–  Your passport
– A proof of address in Limoges
– Your 3iL student’s card or the certificate which confirms your registration at 3iL
Many banks are located in the city center of Limoges. Usual opening hours : Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Saturday morning. 9:00-noon / 130-5:30pm


Driving license

You can drive in France using a foreign driving license, but after a certain time some nationalities need to exchange it for a French driving license. To do so, you’ll have to go to the Prefecture of Haute-Vienne with your foreign driving license, its translation into French and your residency permit. This step must be completed during the year of normal residency in France, which corresponds to the effective date of the establishment of the first residency permit.

After this delay, the driving license cannot be exchanged and will become invalid: you will not be able to drive a vehicle in France with your foreign license after one year of residency.


Health and Social Cover

Social Security
All French citizens have to pay social security contributions to have their medical costs reimbursed. It’s the same for foreign students who would like to benefit from the French students social security. For your information, in 2016-2017, the subscription fees were around 215€ (for students). Nonetheless, depending on your age and your home country, you can be exempted from this compulsory insurance coverage. Directly contact the CPAM (Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie) to know more about your situation and the procedure you may have to follow: http://www.ameli.fr/assures/votre-caisse-haute-vienne/index_haute-vienne.php

What is a health insurance (mutuelle) ?
The subscription to a health insurance (mutuelle) is optional but highly recommended. The student social security only reimburses around 70 per cent of the cost of most routine treatments and sometimes much less for certain medications and services. Therefore, it is recommended to top up your health cover with additional private health insurance to help cover the fees that are not cover by the state.

Public liability insurance
Students who plan to do an internship during the academic year must have a « Public liability insurance » (proposed by students’ health insurances (mutuelles) or private insurance companies). If the document is delivered in your country, remember to ask for a European Health Insurance Card to have your medical costs reimbursed.

European Health Insurance Card
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a free card that gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in a European Economic Area country or Switzerland. The EHIC is issued by your national health insurance provider. You must apply for it before leaving your country. For more information about the EHIC, please consult this website: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=559

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