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Chambre de Bonne

These are very small "studettes" located on the higher floors of bourgeois buildings. The name originates from the colloquial term used for a maid - "bonne à tout faire." Once quarters where maids lived, today they are frequently inhabited by students. They are usually walk-ups with shared bathrooms. The advantage of a chambre de bonne is a significantly lower rent.

Important - Students must pay a security deposit and monthly rent directly to landlord in Euros. Housing charges do not appear on e-bill.


  • Shared bathroom
  • Usually includes a small refrigerator, microwave, and sink

Things to Know

  • Ideal for students who want to live alone and don't mind a small space
  • Most affordable housing option
  • Toilets are usually shared with other tenants, but showers are usually ensuite
  • Security deposit and monthly rent must be paid to landlord in Euros
  • Chambre de Bonne details given upon arrival in Paris


Rent ranges from 450€ to 600€ per month. Utilities are not included. Monthly rent is paid directly to the landlord.

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