The School in France has contacts with about 70 host families in the greater Paris metro area. We also have agreements with 6 student residence halls or foyers. All of the housing options have been evaluated and reviewed by former students, the Student Life Assistant, and/or our housing placement agency. One of the unique aspects of Middlebury's housing system is that we offer students a wide choice of options from which they can choose according to each student's background, expectations, and special needs, if any.
For those who choose to live with a French family, several options are offered:
1) room + breakfast
2) room + breakfast + 1-3 shared meals per week
3) room + breakfast + 4-5 shared meals per week
It is important to note that students living with a family in Paris will be asked to pay for their housing for the entirety of the semester up front. While these seems like a large sum to pay all at once, the advantage is that students or their families don't have to pay an international wire transfer every month, which can add to the overall housing cost.
Undergraduate students complete an on-line housing questionnaire a few months prior to departure which provides the staff in Paris with valuable information concerning each student's background and expectations. Based on students' responses, the Student Life Assistant or the housing agency tries to match each student with a foyer or family, respectively, that fits perfectly with their needs. After the match has been made, students will be sent descriptions and contact information to learn more about their family or foyer.
Once you have thought about your preferences, you should communicate them to the housing coordinator by completing a questionnaire (the online questionnaire can be found in each student's account after being accepted to the program). All students studying abroad for the year or semester must complete this form during the semester prior to study abroad.