Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to commonly asked questions
What is happy flat?
HappyFlat is an all-inclusive, high-end form of student accommodation with the particularity of being aimed at international students. In addition to fully equipped accommodation with large common areas, services and events are offered. The watchword is community. Just like an American-style fraternity, we export this concept and adapt it to Europe for any student going to live in a new country during his or her schooling so that he or she can have the best possible experience.
Who can take part in the community?
The majority of our members are students from all over the world, between 18 and 28 years old (on average). Whether you are an exchange student, an intern or a graduate student, you can join HappyFlat. Of course, we do not exclude people from the host country as long as you have a sharing and international mindset.
What are the shared spaces?
Each room is designed to be as comfortable as possible. You will always find a fully equipped kitchen, a large living room, a dining room, a laundry room and a bathroom. Most of our homes also have a garden (with its own BBQ).
What is in my room?
Our rooms have everything you need, they have at least a large bed (with pillows and blankets), a bedside table, a desk and chair, a wardrobe, lights, and curtain.
Can I lock my room?
In order to maintain a minimum of privacy and security, each room can be locked.
Are there events organized?
Thanks to our partnerships, we try to create a maximum of events. These can be a pub crawl, yoga classes, a poker tournament, a giant barbecue and much more.
Is there a laundry room?
Yes, every house has a laundry room with a washing machine and dryer.
What is the lease process?
Select your accommodation on our website and fill in your information. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible with more information. Once all the details are settled, you will just have to send us all the necessary documents, sign and move in.
How long is my lease?
The minimum lease is 1 month, and you can leave at any time with a 1-month notice.
Can I bring my pet?
As cute as they are, animals are not accepted for reasons of hygiene and allergies.
How can I visit the house?
We make sure that all our accommodations have the best pictures on the website. Once you have contacted a member of our team, we can take you on a virtual tour to get a better look.
What does the price include?
Everything is included:
- Rent Charges (water, electricity, heater)
- Very fast Wi-Fi
- Weekly cleaning of common spaces
- Netflix, beer pong table…
- Monthly events
- A community
How do we select tenants?
We wish for the best possible compatibility between the roommates. We try to find out as much as possible about each other's personalities to see if you can be a match with the other HappyFlat members.
Do I need a “garant"?
NO! We know how much of a problem it can be to have a guarantor, especially for an international student, so you won't need one. You’ll just need to apply for “Garantie Visale” and will help you through the process.
Are you eligible for APL?
Yes, all our homes are eligible for APL. The request must be made on the caf.fr website after the lease has taken effect.
What do I have to pay?
- A security deposit corresponding to 2 months' rent (excluding charges), to be paid directly by credit card at the time of the booking.
- Admin fees of only 60€
What documents do I need to provide in order to book?
- A valid ID (or passport)
- A student certificate
- Bank statement
Who’s keeping the house in good condition?
We have a cleaning service coming to clean the common areas once a week. However, out of respect for these people, please keep your home in a proper state and wash your dishes. For houses with a garden, tools are at your disposal so that you can take care of it from time to time.
Can I invite family and friends at home?
As long as you tell your housemates and they’re cool with it, of course you can! But only up to 4 days a month.
Can I smoke?
Our HappyFlat are non-smoking areas. However, you are allowed to smoke in the garden or on the terrace.
Can I party?
As a student and part of the HappyFlat community, parties are part of the experience ! However, they have to be held with all due respect to your housemates and neighbors and respect quiet hours.