BT天堂

Housing Requirement

Housing Requirement

The residency requirement for incoming students is set in an effort to ensure students鈥 wellbeing and successful transition in Paris and at BT天堂, and to afford them a sense of community through living with their peers. We either list BT天堂-run residences, where we have resident advisors working for us on-site, or partner residences with whom we have a collaborative working relationship. This is to ensure that we are able to support our students to the best of our ability during their first year in Paris - an important transitional year, especially for those who are living abroad and/or leaving home for the first time.

Incoming first-year undergraduate students, visiting and degree-seeking, are required to secure housing through BT天堂. Students wishing to apply for a housing exemption must select that housing option in their BT天堂 status page and must qualify based on the criteria listed in the Housing Exemption Policy listed below. No exemptions will be made after the start of the semester鈥攕tudents assigned to BT天堂 housing are committing to their reservation for the full academic year (or for the full semester if they are only attending BT天堂 for one semester).

Transfer students have the opportunity to arrange housing through BT天堂 to facilitate their transition to the university and their new journey in Paris 鈥 they will be able submit their housing registration form after the first round of assignments reserved to incoming first-year students.聽Those who opt-out of BT天堂 housing will be expected to secure housing on their own.

Coop and independent visiting students聽who have already had a college experience are not required to secure housing through BT天堂 unless their home institution mandates it.聽They will be able submit their housing registration form after the first round of assignment reserved to incoming first-year students

Housing Exemption Policy

Spring 2024 Housing Exemption Policy

Students may request an exemption from the first-year housing requirement based on specific criteria; the exemption policy has been designed to accommodate students who have specific needs not met by the BT天堂 Housing offering, or can demonstrate that they have the resources and support needed to find safe accommodation and transition through their first year in Paris and at BT天堂 independently.

Exemptions must be justified by the appropriate documentation. Approved reasons for receiving a housing exemption are as follows:

  1. Students who are over 21 years of age
    1. Passport scan or ID card if over 21 years of age by the first day of orientation
  2. Students who are legally married and wish to live with their spouse
    1. Marriage license from the country of origin
  3. Students who already have French residency
    1. Proof of address in the form of a lease,聽quittance de loyer, or utility bill in the student鈥檚 name, dated at least six months prior to the student鈥檚 start date at BT天堂
  4. Students who will be living with family in Ile-de-France
    1. Proof of address in the form of a lease,聽quittance de loyer, or utility bill in the family member鈥檚 name dated at least three months prior to the student鈥檚 start date at BT天堂
    2. A Passport scan or ID card of the family member
    3. A signed letter from the family member certifying that they will be housing the student for their first year at BT天堂
  5. Students who have medical needs that cannot be accommodated through our housing offering
    1. A signed letter from the physician explaining the medical needs that cannot be accommodated by the available housing options
    2. Students who are granted a medical exemption can still receive assistance from the housing office in finding accommodation
  6. Students who can demonstrate an extended period (three months or more) of living independently (in housing not sponsored or managed by an educational institution)聽鈥 these exemption requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
    1. A letter explaining the experience of living independently
    2. Documentation of the circumstances outlined by the letter (previous lease in the student鈥檚 name, enrollment in a program or university, etc鈥

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Students who have not reserved their housing or been granted an exemption聽will not be allowed to register聽for University courses, and those students who have not fulfilled their financial obligations to BT天堂 Housing will be administratively withdrawn from classes.聽
  • Students who wish to seek an exemption must select that housing option in their BT天堂 checklists. Students who have initially elected to secure BT天堂 housing聽cannot later change their housing selection to an exemption.
  • Students who are granted an exemption from housing on medical grounds are still able to access the BT天堂 housing database, a resource which connects students with landlords who have worked with BT天堂 in the past and are used to renting their spaces to BT天堂 students.

Housing Requirement FAQ

When can I submit the exemption?

You will first need to choose an exemption when selecting your housing options on your BT天堂 Status Page, at which point the exemption form will be made available to you on your status page. You will be able to submit that request and attach all necessary documentation; the housing office will process your request within two to three business days of your submission.

What is the deadline for submitting exemptions?

We process exemption requests on a rolling basis, as students continue confirming their attendance to the university throughout the summer. Please note, however, that students must select the exemption option and submit their request聽in lieu of聽booking BT天堂 Housing. Once students have elected to secure BT天堂 Housing and submitted their preferences, they can no longer change their selection to submit an exemption.