The problem of the guarantor

WARNING : The problem of the guarantor

In France when somebody rents an apartment (or any other kind of student housing) to you they will ask you to have a guarantor (you can find informations here) which is a French person that agree to pay at your place any kind of expenses in case you escape (to your country or elsewhere) without paying the rent or damage to the apartment.
It is a very strong demand, and rarely people accept to be guarantor. Typically, French student ask their parents to be.

Also CROUS ask you for a guarantor.

The typical problem is that if you are a foreign student, then you do not know anybody in France. For this reason, there exists a web site HERE that solves exactly this kind of problems. If I understand correctly, they provide you a guarantor (I do not know whether this represent a cost for you). Another possibility is the following site https://www.visale.fr/ .