How to live at the MEC?

The MEC offers you a unique experience in the heart of the City of Light. Its strategic location, as well as its proximity to the other Houses allows you to meet new people, discover new cultures, build connections, and create wonderful memories.

What we offer

The MEC welcomes two types of residents who are studying :

  • Student residents
  • Intern residents

If some spots are still available following the admission of graduate students, then applications from undergraduate students at Canadian universities who are participating in exchange programs in Paris will be considered.

In any case you must fulfill the admission criteria to be accepted.


The MEC also admits other types of residents who are studying : 

  • Canadian researchers;
  • Canadian artists in training or in residence;
  • Students of other nationalities who are transferred (brassage) from other houses of the Cité internationale universitaire.

Conditions :

  • Be at least 20 years-old when you arrive at the MEC.
  • Have a postsecondary degree from a Canadian educational institution.
  • Study in a Canadian postsecondary educational institution.
  • Provide proof of admission for university studies, a research program, or an internship in an institution of higher learning, a research laboratory or a business (through an internship) in Île-de-France (greater Paris region).


    Be accepted at a French institution of higher learning in Île-de-France.


    Demonstrate with a letter from a graduate director in Canada, that a period of research in Paris is necessary to obtain the candidate’s postgraduate degree.

Admission Committee : 

The directors of the MEC are the admission committee. The committee meets several times a year, according to needs and availabilities, to accept applications.

  • Les dossiers de doThe files of doctoral and master’s students are prioritized and reviewed as soon as they are received.
  • Other requests (student exchanges, internships, etc.) are processed at the beginning of June for admission in the fall, and in October for admission in the winter.
  • The MEC is committed to supporting diversity with regard  to fields of study and the university of origin.

Short visits

The directors of the MEC are the admission committee. The committee meets several times a year, according to needs and availabilities, to accept applications.

Summer period (July 1 – August 31)

During the summer months and the academic year (depending on availability), the MEC also welcomes guests for short, non-academic visits.

Application deadlines

The application process for the current academic year begins in May and ends once the Maison has achieved full occupancy.

Requests can be made all year long. The review of files for  second term admission begins in September.

Rates 2020/2021

Resident students and academic interns accepted by the Admissions Committee Resident students and academic interns accepted by the Admissions Committee
Sept-June July-August
Individual room (standard), per month 515,00 € 615,00 €
Individual room (large), per month 610,00 € 710,00 €
Studio with attic, occupied by 1 person, per month 940,00 € 1 040,00 €
Studio with attic, occupied by 2 people, per month 1 040,00 € 1 040,00 €
Standard studio (single storey and mezzanine), per month 1 150,00 € 1 150,00 €

Application rules

The monthly rates for residents accepted by the admissions committee are for the first day to the last day of the calendar month.

The half-month rate may apply at the beginning and the end of your stay (for an arrival after the 16th of the month, or a departure before the 15th of the month).

Possibility of an additional night :

  • 60 € for a standard room
  • 70 € for a large room
  • 90 € for a studio with an attic
  • 100 € for a studio with a mezzanine

The summer rate (+ 50 ) applies from July 1st to August 31 only for these students.

For early departures, notification is required one month in advance. Without notification, a fee equal to 50% of a month’s rent will be requested to compensate the House for this broken commitment.

Services which are included

  • Internet (Wi-Fi and wired)
  • Cleaning once a week
  • Bedding : duvet, pillow, pillow case, duvet cover set, flat sheet and mattress protector (sheets are washed every two weeks)
  • Towels are supplied in the studios and apartments

Effective as of September 1, 2021.

Summer fees

  • From July 1 to August 31, only for these students.

Housing assistance :

  • Housing assistance may be provided by the Caisse d’Allocations Familiales (CAF) each month to help you pay your rent, if you have a low income.
  • For more information: :
  • Vous pourrez faire votre demande une fois installé à la Maison. Il vous suffira de créer votre compte en ligne, d’imprimer votre « Attestation de résidence en foyer » et de l’apporter à la réception afin qu’elle soit signée par la MEC.You can make your request once you have settled in at the House. All you have to do is create an online account, print your « Attestation de résidence en foyer » and bring it to reception so it can be signed by the MEC.


You’d like to experience Paris while living at the MEC ?

Apply by completing the following steps : 




  • An automatic notification will be sent to you by e-mail. It will tell you that your file will be processed by the Maison des étudiants canadiens.


  • Complete your application.
  • Pay the administration fees of 80 € (non-refundable) for the processing of your file by clicking on this link: APPLICATION FEE PAYMENT

Your application will be submitted to the Admission Committee after having completed these 4 steps.

For further information, don’t hesitate to contact the person responsible for admissions, Mme Estelle Mathien:

Submit your application

Create your file and submit your candidacy!