Who we are

The House of Canadian Students opens its doors to students, researchers and artists since its founding in 1926. The Cité internationale universitaire de Paris has been built as a peace project after the First World War.

Thanks to its privileged location, MEC participates in the intellectually stimulant environment and the effervescent cultural environment of Paris, while opening itself to the multicultural wealth found in 39 other student houses and residences. The House offers modern accommodation units in a secure location found in the middle of a green housing division. The warm staff, attentive to the residents’ needs and mindful of their study plans, is entirely dedicated to ensuring a comfortable and unforgettable stay. A residents’ committee takes care of the social and cultural activities of the House residents.


Admission & Stay
Administration & Maintenance


Mrs. France Mainville

The staff of the House of Canadian Students is in charge with managing the House and welcoming residents. The entire team works together to provide the residents a friendly and comfortable environment.


The Reception, managed responsibly by Mrs. Ilham Ismaïli and her team, is open non stop (except 12:30pm to 1:30pm Monday to Friday). A security agent is assigned to monitor the House between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.


Mrs. Estelle Mathien, Executive Assistant, meets with the residents, with or without an appointment, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday from 11 a.m to 1:00 p.m and then from 2:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.

Mrs. Mathien is in charge with processing and following up on the accommodation applications (academic stays or short-term visits).

Contact: Tel +33 (0)1 40 78 68 70
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Refund payments are made by secure online payment. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Contact information: 01 40 78 68 80
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The administrator, Mr. Frédéric Rohart, handles small repairs, so that the House is always at its best. Any incident should be reported to the reception. Repairs are carried out within 48 hours.

A private company is responsible with housecleaning of the accommodation units and the common areas.

The new director of the House of Canadian Students, France Mainville, arrived at MEC in July. Always close to the residents and the team, she arrives with a lot of determination, good humor and positive ideas.
Get to know France Mainville in the video presented by Jean-François Houle, President of the MEC Residents' Committee.