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The advantages of furnished flatshares for young workers

Flatsharing is becoming more and more popular in some of the biggest European cities, this is due to the many benefits not just for students, but also for young workers. Shared accommodation solutions present both economic and social advantages. As the leader in furnished flatshares in France for students and young workers, Chez Nestor offers fully equipped and furnished rooms in the heart of the biggest French cities. Learn more about the benefits of this way of life for young workers in this blog.


Flatshares for young workers : an ever evolving phenomenon


Flatsharing involves renting an accommodation with other tenants. It can be a flat or a house, furnished or not, where several people live together. All the tenants have to sign a contract with the landlord before integrating the flatshare. This lease can be individual or common. In all the cases, the co-tenants within the same flatshare have the same rights and duties towards the landlord.

At Chez Nestor, we work on an individual lease basis, which means that each tenant is responsible of their own rent and bills only. Therefore, their individual rent is not affected in the event of the departure of a roommate, i.e you do not have to personally look for people to replace you. Flat sharing solution also offers great housing at a reduced cost, thus resulting in it being the housing of choice amongst students, but also increasingly amongst young workers. Indeed, the barometer of flatsharing in the first quarter of 2017 revealed that 45% of flatshares are occupied by workers. For young professionals, shared accommodation is also a way to integrate into a new environment socially, whilst saving money at the same time.


Benefits of flatsharing for young workers


Economic advantages of flatshares for young workers

The ability to save money on not only rental costs but also setting up contracts, and bills, are some of the major advantages of flat sharing. Shared accommodation is the solution to avoid paying astronomical rental prices for the small choice of housing on offer in metropolitan areas. As it enables you to benefit from both affordable housing in the heart of urban centres or near a metro station. The average price of shared accommodation in big cities such as Paris is between 800€ in 2018, compared to 1500 euros for a traditional rental. Moreover, flatshares are almost always fully furnished and equipped, making them a lot easier to move into for the tenants. Roommates do not have to buy furniture or equipment, they just need to pop down their suitcases to enjoy their new place. In addition, bills, invoices, rental expenses, are divided between the co-tenants, which makes flat sharing an even cheaper solution.

What is more, at Chez Nestor, we take charge of the contracts (water, gas, electricity, internet, insurance…), so that you can avoid all that lengthy administrative processes!

Flatshares for young workers: Social advantages

The advantages of furnished flatshares for young workers are not only economic. Shared accommodation also offers the opportunity to meet people, live in a community and exchange and share experiences with others. Indeed, the roommates can be friends before living together, but sometimes you can start the journey as complete strangers. In the era of networking, co-renting for young workers is also a way to expand their circle of contacts and integrate easily.

Similarly, co-renting offers young workers the opportunity to settle in urban centres, which are the main sources of employment and socio-professional opportunities. Thanks to its more flexible conditions, flatsharing simplifies moving around from one place to the next should you even be offered a job elsewhere. Finally, it is important to know that as a tenant in France, you are entitled to CAF housing assistance (financial aid from the government).

Flatshares for young workers in the biggest French cities

Paris, Lyon, Montpellier, Toulouse and other major cities in France have not remained on the sidelines regarding the trend of flatsharing. At Chez Nestor, we offer furnished and equipped flatshares for young workers across all of these main French cities. Through our online platform, we list hundreds of colocation offers – so you’ll be sure to find your ideal place no matter where life takes you! Chez Nestor’s flatshares for young workers are completely renovated and equipped to guarantee you a pleasant and friendly living environment in the heart of the city centres. The offer even includes free technical assistance during the stay.

Find and rent in less than 10 minutes, your flatshare on our website. All of our shared accommodations are located in the heart of the largest cities in France and Spain.

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Chez Nestor launches its line of Premium flatshares

Are you dreaming about flat-sharing in a spacious Parisian apartment? There’s some news at Chez Nestor Paris! Chez Nestor is launching its PREMIUM line of accommodation suitable for young workers who want share good times in stylish fully furnished and equipped apartments! Discover the new features and advantages of this new way of life in our luxury premium flatshares in the heart of Paris city centre!

According to a study by Appartager.com, 46% of their clients who are looking for flatshares are young workers. The co-living or co-renting trend for young workers is already well established in some of European countries, such as Belgium, England or Luxembourg… and It’s gradually becoming more popular in France. This is why Chez Nestor is interested in this phenomenon : luxury shared accommodation in the city center of Paris. Our new line offers large common areas, high-quality facilities and of course shared rent in individual lease : discover everything there is to know on our latest launch in this article.


Premium flatshares = moments spent together


One of the biggest advantages of flatsharing is spending time with other people: sharing meals, watching sports, playing video games, having friends over, learning new languages with your roommates from across the globe! Living in flatshares means you can socialise with your flatmates or chill out in your room when you need some me-time. It’s more than just a financial benefit, sharing accommodation is a good way to relate to others and open up. Usually favoured for short-term housing, furnished flatshare is the accommodation solution of choice by students moving away for studies,  but also by expats and young workers. What could be better when arriving in a new city, than meeting friends within your own home?

So that you can have these great moments together, Chez Nestor has designed large common areas within their new premium fully equipped flatshares: a large living room / dining room with furniture thought for your greatest comfort (large sofa, armchairs, flat screen TV…)


Premium flatshares = even more comfort and equipment


If all our flatshares are renovated, furnished and equipped, this new range of flats offers you a luxurious experience of a furnished flatshare.

#1 Ultra-equipped common areas

We have taken the premium to the next level by offering you top-of-the-range appliances and trendy decoration.

In the kitchen, you’ll find high end appliances: dishwasher, washing machine, kitchen utensils, there is now a tumble dryer and a coffee machine. The living room is also at the forefront of luxury as tenants will be able to enjoy:

 

  • A dining area big enough for flatmates and guest!
  • A large and very comfortable sofa and armchairs to share moments with friends.
  • Storage furniture
  • An ultra HD TV
  • A sound system

#2 Comfortable bedrooms

  • When you share a flat, your bedroom should be your own private space, so it is important that you feel comfortable there. For even greater comfort, Chez Nestor relies on premium decoration and equipment:

    • A king size bed (160x200cm) for more space with a custom headboard.
    • A memory foam mattress for a good night’s sleep.
    • Bedding worthy of a 4* hotel for an ever softer bed. (High end selection of bedding)  
    • A large dressing room to store all your clothes and accessories.

Premium flatshares = high end renovations


In order to offer the best to our tenants, our teams renovate the apartments to the finest detail. First, all the rooms in the apartment that do not meet the standards are completely redone. Then, each room of the apartment is studied and decorated by our design team. They choose furniture, layout and colours carefully. The decoration is well crafted, without being too overpowering to allow our tenants to also add their own personal touches too. Each room has its own identity and atmosphere. The colour of paint is chosen to match the stylish interior decor, so that all elements of your premium flatshare works in harmony.

The icing on the cake: for our premium flatshares, we only choose apartments with “charming” features to add even more character. For example, our first premium flatshare, located in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, a few metres from the “Jacques Bonsergent” metro station (line 5), has a long balcony overlooking the Parisian rooftops. Inside you’ll find beautiful ceiling features and a pretty fireplace for added style.

If you are interested in this adventure, visit our website to discover all our shared apartments in Paris!

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How to make the most of your apartment space

Your apartment is a little small but you don’t intend on moving? Don’t worry: here’s some tips to help you optimize your apartment space. Whether you decide to fully renovate or you simply want to re-decorate, Chez Nestor’s experts in renovated and furnished shared apartments have some top advice to help you make the most of your interior, whilst improving your comfort.

Chez Nestor’s quality and design experts rethink, optimize and reinvent the spaces inside our flatshares every day. Indeed, all our shared accommodations are completely renovated and decorated to provide the best levels of comfort for our tenants. Here are our specialists’ tips on how to reproduce their work in your own home:


Optimize space with intelligent storage


If you live in a studio, you may not have enough space to store your things. This results in a disorderly space or an accumulation of objects that makes your small space look even smaller. To break out of this vicious cycle, you can opt for a functional and practical layout. Select storage spaces that will allow you to make the most of every corner of your home. Place high shelves on your walls or swap your large cupboards for an integrated sliding storage space, which can easily be fitted with drawers, boxes and folding rods. In the bathroom, the under basin units can be used to provide additional storage space for clean towels or cosmetics.


Decorate to make the room look bigger


If you’re not a natural handyman, or you want to avoid undertaking too much work in your rented accommodation, then you can choose the decoration and an adapted layout to make your rooms look bigger! Place wall mirrors facing the windows to increase the brightness and give an impression of greater volume. For paints, choose light shades such as white or beige. You can paint the skirting boards too to give the impression of higher ceilings.


Redistribution of space


Renovating your home is another way to gain space, especially if you take the time to rethink the organization of the rooms. A diagnosis will help you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your home before a renovation. For example, if your kitchen takes up a lot of space leaving you with a little living room, you can call in a professional to remove the walls for an open plan living-kitchen space. Is your family getting bigger or do you have relatives coming to visit? Creating a mezzanine to add a bed is an excellent alternative! You can also transform certain zones by giving them a new functionality. For example, your corridor can be turned into a study, or you can turn an alcove into a desk space. You can do the work yourself, but it is often advisable to use professionals for certain projects. It is even possible to obtain quick and free advice thanks to online work-estimation platforms. “Renovation Man”, for example, provides free and detailed estimates to help you plan the costs of your projects.


Folding furniture: the multifunctional storage solution


Renovating or changing your furniture is another way to save space. In a studio, the installation of a wall bed or sofa bed is a wise choice that will allow you to modify the functionality of the area: living room during the day and bedroom at night. Foldable tables and stackable chairs are ideal for entertaining your friends and will be forgotten once the party is over.

Chez Nestor’s shared apartments are completely renovated, furnished and decorated for your comfort! Compare hundreds of offers, in the heart of the largest cities in France and Spain, and book the room of your dreams in just 10 minutes on our secure site.

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Internship in France: the five most attractive cities

Are you looking for an internship in France? Why not plan this professional experience in one of France’s largest cities? Chez Nestor, a short term flat-sharing specialist for students and fresh graduates, presents you the five most attractive cities in the country.

Doing an internship in France is often more rewarding than in other countries, for a few reasons:

  • A strict regulation compels your host company to provide you with a salary after two months,
  • An internship agreement has to be signed in order to protect the intern,
  • The internship culture is generally speaking well spread, thus you will find many opportunities available on the internet.

With that being said, your destination city plays an important role in the success of your experience. Here is a top 5 of the most attractive cities to do your internship in France according to Stamps Internships, the specialist of internships in France and abroad.


Lyon : the perfect city for an internship in France #1


The third largest city in France is known especially for its gastronomy and so-called “Fête des Lumières”. Lyon is one of the cultural hubs in the country, but it is also a strategic economic position between northern and southern Europe. Doing an internship in Lyon will be particularly relevant for you if you are studying Chemistry or Mechanical Engineering, two key industries in the city.


Montpellier : a student city #2


Farther in the West, Montpellier is one of the fastest growing metropolis in France. Located between Marseille and Toulouse, the Cévennes scenery and the Mediterranean sea, Montpellier is an economic hub in the middle of a sublime environment. Information Technology, media and Biotechnology are the most striving sectors in Montpellier. Global companies such as IBM and Dell have their offices in the city.


An internship in the “Pink City”


According to the FNAIM association (Real Estate specialist in France), Toulouse was still in 2018 the most affordable large city in France. You can rent an apartment at about 11€ per square meter, far from the average of 18€40 in Paris; an important aspect to consider when you are a student! Like Montpellier, Toulouse represents one of the driving forces of the population growth in France, and job opportunities are consequently numerous. The aeronautic industry is one of the assets of the pink city with the presence of Airbus and the space center.


Being an intern in Lille #4


At the other side of France, Lille is located at the heart of Europe – between London, Paris, and Brussels. Lille is known for its yearly great sell-off market: the feel for retail has shaped the city since the middle ages, and this culture remains active. Lille is therefore particularly adapted to students in international trade or sales. The administration is also a dynamic industry in the metropole.


Big opportunities in Paris #5


Let’s not forget the French capital for this selection of the most attractive cities to do an internship in France. The rents are by far the highest in the country, but the salary of interns is often adapted to this reality. And the experience is worth it: to work in Paris is to contemplate centuries of History while wandering around famous monuments. Besides, most internship opportunities in France are located in Paris. The range of industries covered is wide: startups and corporates, hospitality, tourism, marketing… although mostly involved in the services sector.

Whatever city you choose to do your internship in France, the relevance of the tasks assigned and coherence with your career should prevail. Every place has its own assets and charm. Don’t hesitate to look for an internship in France and abroad on Stamps Internships!

With Chez Nestor, you’ll easily and safely find accommodation for your internship in France. We propose furnished and equipped rooms in shared apartments, in the biggest cities in France, bookable in less than 10 on our website! 

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How to borrow without a contribution for your rental investment?

You want to buy your first property but don’t have a contribution? Contrary to popular belief, it is quite possible to invest without being able to present capital in order to convince a bank. Chez Nestor, a specialist in furnished flatshares, will explain how to proceed!


Our advice to build a perfect file


Negotiating a loan can be complicated but not impossible since everything depends on your file. If you are, for example, a young worker, a bank is perfectly able to understand that you may not have had the opportunity to build up your savings yet. It is, therefore, necessary to plan the expenses of your daily life but also those related to your credit (interest, guarantees…). The difference between the charges you have to bear before and after the loan is called the ” charge jump “. You must be able to prove that you can handle it, so it is wise to plan the right amount of borrowing and not to be too greedy.
 
The biggest difficulty will be to reassure your bank or broker, who will give as much attention as possible to studying your file. However, you can gain credibility if you can prove that you have a stable professional situation, in particular by demonstrating that you are on permanent contract or a civil servant. Being part of a large group or a company that has been renowned or present for several years will also give your bank confidence.
To gain confidence, do not hesitate to complete your file with your latest pay slips and bank and savings statements. A fixed salary combined with a bank account without overdrafts or incidents inspires confidence.
Finally, presenting a signed sales agreement or a written sales agreement from the owner and possibly your rental project will be the essential element to prove that your project is more than thoughtful and that you have taken certain steps.


Compare the offers of different organizations


A well-known reflex for everyone is to consult only your own bank to apply for a loan. We imagine that this establishment knows us and that it will be easier to win. Don’t be fooled, because other banks could also trust you, sometimes even at much better rates! So take the time to consult several banks, and review their rates but also the guarantees in the contracts.
If you are not comfortable with this approach, you have the opportunity to contact a real estate broker like Pretto. Its role is to support you from the creation of the file until you obtain your credit. It will be able to provide you with expert advice and tell you the best way to complete your file according to your profile. It also acts as an intermediary between the banks and you: you no longer have to deal with the administrative procedures and agree on sometimes endless appointments with terms that are totally unknown to you!
The broker is also aware of the current rates and will know which institution to contact according to your project, in addition to benefiting from particularly attractive rates! He will also have the reflex to anticipate a flexible rate that takes into account the hazards of life such as weight loss, accident, disability…
From the banks’ point of view, it is particularly interesting to use a broker since he is able to bring them a new clientele, a good argument for offering advantageous rates. This last point is, therefore, an argument that can be particularly advantageous for you!


Learn more about assisted loans and different insurances!


The State promotes home ownership, as do local authorities, for example by offering loans at zero interest rates. They can be combined with the main loan, and therefore take the value of personal savings. This is particularly the case for the 0% Paris housing loan, which can be combined with the ZIL (Zero Interest Loan – PTZ in French ). You can also contact the municipalities to find out about any possible assistance.

To make your property purchase as secure as possible, it is important and mandatory to contract a loan insurance. Most banks will offer you a classic plan but take the time to review all the guarantees that are included. The purpose of insurance is to protect you if you are partially or totally unable to work, temporarily or permanently. Since 2010 in France, thanks to the Lagarde law, you are not obliged to take out this insurance with the bank that grants you the loan. You are therefore free to subscribe to it with the organization of your choice.

You should also know that the Hamon law, which exists since 2016, allows you to change your insurance contract during the first year of your loan at no cost! The perfect solution if you come across a more interesting offer depending on your situation!

You are dreaming of one day buying your own property, but for the moment your budget does not allow you to do so and you are rather looking for a shared accommodation? Chez Nestor offers furnished and equipped rooms in the biggest cities of France and Spain!

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6 Steps to make your stay in Lyon a success

Moving to a different country can be daunting. Even more, when you are moving to a vibrant and dynamic city like Lyon. On top of the cultural adjustment, finding a new address that you can call your second home is not an easy task. In this article,Chez Nestor, the specialist in accommodation for young nomades,  shares 6 steps on finding that home, sweet, home and succeed in your integration in Lyon. Read on!


Prepare your rental file and be patient #1


At the beginning of your search for accommodation, you may see a lot of options but in reality, there’s not that many available on the market. The locals even have the same struggle and have to wait several months before they can actually move into a new house or apartment. But worry not, with the right papers and a lot of patience, it’s not an impossible feat.

First up is to participate in a viewing or open house with about 20 other applicants through an agence immobilière or real estate agency. Once you’ve seen a house you like, you need to prepare the required documents and create your rental file for the landlord.  With a little luck and a good preparation, your profile may be the most appealing to the landlord and you’ll finally get that house! Note that most of the accommodation you’ll find on the market are unfurnished, not so easy when you just arrived in the city…

Be careful Like any other high-competition market, scams exist so it’s ideal to get help from friends or networks. Also, you cannot go wrong by going to a professional company like Chez Nestor.


Apply for a French bank account #2


You’ll need a French bank account to pay the rent, bills, water, and to get paid by your employer, to name just a few. But it’s complicated: to open a French bank account, you need a proof of address… But to rent an apartment, you need a bank account!  ​It’s a kind of bad joke.

To open a French bank account, you have to do 3 things:

 

  1. Set up an appointment with a bank adviser and ask for the list of requirements;
  2. Gather your documents;
  3. Show up to the appointment with the requirements.

Get a French mobile number #3


To not miss out on any opportunity, it’s ideal that you get a French SIM card as soon as you arrive.  The majority of newcomers in Lyon choose prepaid plans or SIM cards because you can get connected easily without being tied to formal and long-term contracts. But in France, mobile plans are very cheaper than in some other countries. You can easily find a contract with no obligation for €10 per month. It will contain :  

  • Illimited call phone in France (and if you’re lucky in Europe)
  • SMS and MMS illimited in France (and once again, maybe in Europe , depends on the operator.
  • 50Go for internet on your mobile, so you can use WhatsApp or messenger to join your friends and family even if you don’t have wifi!

Get your transport card (Técély) #4


How can you enjoy your new city when you cannot get a ride? The Técély/TCL card is a pay-per-month card that enables you to ride on any of Lyon’s public transport (Tram-Metro-Bus) and is rechargeable every month.

The monthly subscription is valid until the last day of the month. So, it’s better to charge your card at the beginning of the month to maximize your credit (for example, you charged your TCL card on the 15th of January, your credit will only go on until the 31st of January). The annual pass costs €64 per month for non-students while it’s €28.80 per month for students.

There’s a high demand for the card and you will need a passport-size photo when you apply for the card. If you don’t have any, you can always take advantage of the photo booth in the TCL agency but make sure to use a fiver! You can also recharge or “top-up” your card in the TCL agency or any of the metro stations.


Apply for a health insurance #5


You will be able to establish residency after residing in France for three months. At this time, you are now eligible for the French national health coverage.

Here is the few steps you’ll have to pass :

  • Fill out the health benefits application form (or formulaires 736 Demande d’ouverture des droits à l’assurance maladie).
  • Request your Carte Vitale (green card), as it is not always automatically issued. As the Carte Vitale can –  sometimes – take a long time to process, it is recommended to ask for a temporary French health insurance card.

Remind: you will need your Carte Vitale at every health appointment (doctor, hospital, pharmacy) to be reimbursed on your bank account.


Make your life easier with Sojoourn ! #6


We understand that all these steps look overwhelming but no need to worry! We want you to focus more on enjoying the beautiful city of Lyon and leave the rest to us. Lucky for you, Sojoourn is an all-around expat services company in Lyon who can help you:

  • Book an appointment with an English-speaking bank consultant who offers affordable solutions to ALL expats of all nationalities. No commitment required means you can change banks anytime you wish! In 20 minutes, you will have your French Bank account with a credit card and a RIB (French IBAN).
  • Get a SIM card with affordable international and national call rates and activates the SIM for you! Again, no commitments. You will be able to change to a different telco provider whenever you want!
  • Find everything in one place through the Lyon Welcome Box! It’s a kit full of essentials to help you start your new life on the right foot in Lyon hassle-free!
  • Connect with an international community to meet fellow expats but also French people while sharing your experience in Lyon.

 

Sojoourn it’s also a community that provides a wide variety of fun events. Discover more information on Sojoourn’s website!

To make sure you’ll find a furnished and equipped flat avoiding scams, you should see Chez Nestor’s shared accommodation on our website. You’ll be able to compare dozens offers on Lyon and book the flat share of your dreams online in 5 minutes, safely and easily.  

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Practical guide: finding accommodation in France

Looking for accommodation in France is not always an easy task, especially when you come from another country. To help you in your research, Chez Nestor, a specialist in furnished and equipped shared accommodation in France, has some top tips. Find out how to organize your research with these steps.

If you’ve been here before, you know that finding the accommodation of your dreams doesn’t happen overnight. Between reviewing dozens of sites, lowering your standards or comparing the different types of housing, we admit, it’s difficult to find your perfect place!

We will show you that you can reduce your search time by asking yourself the right questions – Shared flat or apartment? Furnished or empty? Charges included or rent only? –  from the very beginning! Take the time, and get organized – that way you will get an idea of your needs to find your ideal home. After all, it will be your future place to live!


The steps of the accommodation search in France


Finding accommodation is divided into 5 main steps:

Choose a type of accommodation #1

Considering your needs, personality and situation, it is important to define the type of housing you want to live in. You can choose between:

  • A house: perfect if you are moving with your family.
  • An apartment: you want to live alone and you can afford a bigger place than a studio, then this is the best option!
  • A studio: you REALLY want to live alone, even if for the moment you can’t afford to live in a larger apartment. A studio is a good alternative to living in shared accommodation or an apartment.
  • A flat share: shared accommodation is the most economical and social housing solution available to you, especially if you are still a student or young worker. You can find the advantages of flat sharing in this article.

 

To give you an idea, here are the types of accommodation most sought after by french people at the end of 2018 according to LocService.fr.

Establish your budget #2

 

Once you have chosen the type of accommodation you are dreaming of, it is important to set your budget, taking into account the hidden costs and charges:

  • opening contracts,
  • taxes on household waste,
  • condominium charges,
  • home insurance,
  • nameplate on the intercom…

Set up your rental file #3

Whether you use an agency or not, you will probably have to prepare a rental file to apply for the properties you are interested in. It is always advisable to prepare it in advance, in order not to be caught off guard when the time comes to apply

Be careful, there are some documents that you should not attach to your rental file, even if the landlord asks for them::

  • A photo ID
  • A bank statement
  • A marriage contract
  • A medical file
  • A criminal record

Once you have completed those steps, you are finally ready to visit as many places as possible, so that you can find the one that meet your requirements and finally move into your new “home”.


Chez Nestor: an easier way to find accommodation in France


You are looking for a room in a shared accommodation but you don’t have the time or the desire to start incessant administrative procedures? Simplify your life with Chez Nestor: a specialist in furnished, equipped and easily accessible shared accommodation in France.

With Chez Nestor, you can easily compare hundreds of furnished and equipped flatshares in the largest French cities: Lyon, Paris, Lille, Montpellier, Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse! To make your accommodation search even faster, you can book directly on our website in less than 5 minutes in complete security!

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It’s not always that easy to find a flat. You’ll find here advices and tips from Chez Nestor, to help you find the apartment of your dreams.

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Address : 15 rue Jean Bourgey, 69100 Villeurbanne, France
Phone number : +33 (0) 972 323 102
Mail : hello[@]chez-nestor.com
Website : www.chez-nestor.com
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Top 10 of the most beautiful Chez Nestor's rooms in 2018

Each year, Chez Nestor teams renovate, decorate and rent hundreds of rooms in the cities of Toulouse, Paris, Lyon, Montpellier and Lille. New year means a review: let’s look back at our ten most beautiful rooms in 2018.


FLAT-SHARE BY CHEZ NESTOR


Leader in colocation in the city centre, Chez Nestor works on a daily basis to improve the housing conditions of nomads in France. In 2018, no less than 300 new rooms were fully furnished, equipped and decorated by our teams.

Between the renovation work, the improvements, and the maintenance, let me tell you that our “operation department” does not have time to be bored. The high standard of our apartments is increasing a little more every day, and if you believe the popularity of our shared apartments, you won’t tell us the opposite. We have selected for you, the 10 rooms that seem to be doing well: discover the photos of our favorite apartments.  


CONQUERING LILLE #1


In the heart of the “République – Beaux Arts” district, this charming 20m² room opens the doors to the city centre of Lille. Bright and spacious, you can be seduced by its large “living-room” area, a major asset in shared accommodation!


A SMALL READING AREA #2


With a surface area of 22m², the room in this apartment in the third arrondissement of Lyon looks like a cosy hotel room. How can you not fall in love with this magnificent relaxation area under the window?


A COLORFUL ROOM #3


Only a few minutes from the Gare Part Dieu in Lyon, this 18m² room opens onto an inner courtyard for even more tranquility. Its vintage, geometric and colourful wallpaper contrasts with the immaculate whiteness of the walls.


UNDER THE ATTIC OF TOULOUSE #4


This 26m² room under the roofs of Toulouse is one of the largest in our entire real estate portfolio. Everything is based on the exposed beams, highlighted by a magnificent parquet floor and the luminosity, giving this space a pretty depth.


THE TRANQUILITY OF PARIS #5


High ceilings, parquet flooring, retro atmosphere, marble fireplace, and two large windows overlooking a rarely visited inner courtyard… There is no doubt that this 22m² room, only 300m from the Place de la Nation, has everything to make us forget the noisy streets of the Parisian city centre.  


A pied à terre in Issy-Les-Moulineaux #6


It is in the heart of Issy-les-Moulineaux, on the South-Western border of the Parisian capital, that this pretty 17m² room is set in simplicity. Immaculate white walls and a beautiful entrance of light accentuate the sobriety and elegance of this little corner of softness.  


When Chez Nestor creates spaces #7


Small but above all very well exploited, this room in Lyon, which was optimised in 2018, is proof of the work of Chez Nestor’s furniture teams. Special mention for this mezzanine bed and its built-in desk that make us feel like children again.


The charm of a Parisian room #8


A few meters from the Montparnasse Tower, this 15m² long space and its pretty balcony have retained all the charm of the old Parisian apartments. Some colorful touch are enough to galvanize the room.


AN APPARTEMENT SPRUCED UP BY CHEZ NESTOR #9&10


Recently renovated, the rooms of this apartment in the 3th arrondissement of Lyon reflect the upscaling of our apartments over time. It is therefore quite naturally that we melt for, not one, but two bedrooms of this apartment.

On one hand, under the attic of this 5-storey building, you can be carried away in a warm and comfortable setting, accentuated by the few stone walls and the yellow reminders here and there.

On the other hand, it is a completely different atmosphere, a very bright and sober room whose vintage wallpaper transports us back to the 90s. This apartment started 2019 with a new look.

Want to change your mind? Find the right room for you in one of the biggest cities in France! If you are a young active person or a student, with Chez Nestor you are sure to find a completely renovated, equipped and furnished room, a few minutes from the city centre. Try the Chez Nestor’s experience.

It’s not always that easy to find a flat. You’ll find here advices and tips from Chez Nestor, to help you find the apartment of your dreams.

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Address : 15 rue Jean Bourgey, 69100 Villeurbanne, France
Phone number : +33 (0) 972 323 102
Mail : hello[@]chez-nestor.com
Website : www.chez-nestor.com
Schedules : Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm

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An internship in France

As a foreign or French student, you may have to do a final internship to validate your year. However, finding an internship is not that easy, whether in France or elsewhere! Here is some information and advices to help you in your research.


The end-of-study internship: how does it work?


In many schools and universities, you will have to do an internship at the end of each year. For their final year, most of French students must complete a end-of-study internship, which will allow them to put into practice the theory they learned in previous years. It will provide them with experience which, with a little luck, will help them to enter the world of work more easily.

 

Foreign students are no exception to this rule. For students who are not members of the European Union, you will need to obtain a Temporary Work Permit (TWA) from the Departmental Directorate of Work and Employment. The university provides internship agreements that must be signed by the host organization, the university, and sometimes an internship supervisor. Internships generally last between 2 and 6 months, and are paid as soon as the trainee completes more than 2 months.

 

The minimum pay in 2018 is 577 euros per month. Please note that the companies hosting you as an intern are obliged to pay half of your transport costs: petrol if you take the car, public transport, etc.


How to find an internship ? 


Finding an internship is not easy, either for French or foreign students! The sectors that require the most trainees in general are finance, commerce, and marketing.

Speaking English is highly valued in these types of companies. Finding an internship in the language, literature or arts sector is a little more complicated.
For a foreign student, you will often be asked to master French well, so be sure of your language skills before committing yourself! Your university can help you find an internship or you can consult these few sites that offer many internship opportunities.


The advantages and disadvantages of an internship in France


An internship is the best way to get your first experience in the world of work. Jobs, especially in France, are increasingly difficult to find, and having an internship in a particular field can open doors for you more easily and perhaps lead to a fixed-term contract.

Pay is both an advantage and a disadvantage: as a student, it is always nice to receive a salary at the end of the month, but the 577 euros monthly does not allow many outings… There are often rumours that the trainee is given only ungrateful and uninteresting tasks to do, but this is no longer really relevant, quite the contrary! Trainees are given more and more responsibilities and enrich their culture and knowledge through the internship.

Review your resumes and cover letters, and start looking for the perfect internship!

Leader in furnished shared accommodation in France, Chez Nestor is a fast-growing start-up. Discover our teams, our daily life and the world of real estate by completing your 6-month internship with our company. We are looking for trainees in several fields and in several cities of France!

It’s not always that easy to find a flat. You’ll find here advices and tips from Chez Nestor, to help you find the apartment of your dreams.

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Address : 15 rue Jean Bourgey, 69100 Villeurbanne, France
Phone number : +33 (0) 972 323 102
Mail : hello[@]chez-nestor.com
Website : www.chez-nestor.com
Schedules : Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm

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Christmas in France

If you can’t go home for Christmas, don’t worry! France, as many countries in the world, is very happy to celebrate Christmas and you can see decorations in the street all through December (even before sometimes). Learn more about French traditions during these holidays :

 


ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS


I think every people who celebrate Christmas know the origins of the feast, but it doesn’t hurt to explain again the roots of this international tradition.

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. However, we actually don’t know when Jesus was born (some texts even prove that it was probably not during the winter) but December 25th was chosen by Christians to replace pagan celebration such as winter solstice.

Even if Christmas comes from Christian origins(and is the second most important celebration in the Christian calendar), almost everyone, independently of their religion, beliefs or country, celebrates what we called in French “Noël”. In France, December 25th is a public holiday.

 


TRADITIONS


There are several traditions that have to be respected for Christmas: some are Christian traditions and others are becoming more and more present with the consumer society.

  • Advent

Advent is a period including the 4 Sundays before Christmas representing the light conquering darkness. Christians light a candle every Sunday and put them in a wreath. The wreath is now put on doors (without the candles of course!) and this tradition is behind the Advent Calendar. In the beginning, it was created to have children wait for Christmas and they would open it every morning to get little holy pictures. Nowadays, the pictures have been replaced by chocolate or toys, and even grown-ups enjoy them!

 

  • Nativity scene

Usually, French families install little crèches representing the Nativity scene. Jesus is between Joseph and Mary, there are the Three Wise Men and some animals (they can vary but usually, there are an ox, a donkey, and some sheep).

 

  • Christmas Tree

The first Christmas tree appears in Alsace during the 16th century and symbolized eternal life and hope, as its leaves do not fall. This is one of the most popular traditions of Christmas and people love to decorate their “sapin de Noël” as we called it in French. The pine tree is usually decorated with fairy lights, garlands, bulbs, and on top of it, you will mostly find a star or an angel.

 

  • Santa Claus

In France, we called him “Le Père Noël”. The legend is the same all over the world: Santa Claus would come the night before Christmas, and bring gifts to children who have behaved during the previous year. Sorry if I’m breaking your heart, but this is only a legend and it is a very good opportunity for stores to achieve their biggest turnover of the year. But don’t worry, Santa Claus is still a figure very appreciated in France and he is used to decorating most houses and shops. Some children even leave biscuits and a glass of milk near the chimney from where Santa is supposed to come. Nowadays, there is even an address to send a letter to Santa, and “he” answers to every one of them!

 

  • Christmas dinner

As France is very reputed for its food, you have probably guessed that Christmas dinner is something not to miss! For this occasion, we usually eat oysters, smoked salmon and foie gras for a starter, the main course is usually a turkey with green beans and potatoes, and for dessert, you have the famous Yule log (with mandarins sometimes to ease our conscience)!

 

  • Christmas markets

The Chrismas markets in France are very popular and the most famous is probably the Christmas market of Strasbourg, that draws in more than 2 millions of visitors per year! They are usually in the open air, and you can walk through many stalls looking like little chalets that sell gifts, Christmas decoration and winter food and drink, such as mulled wine, gingerbread, hot chestnuts.

Here you go, you know almost everything about Christmas in France! If you want to sing some French Christmas Carols, you can go listen to them and learn the lyrics on this website.

 

Young globetrotter, are you preparing a mobility in France this winter? Find the perfect room in a shared Chez Nestor’s apartment in Paris, Toulouse, Marseille, Lille, Lyon, Montpellier, or Bordeaux.

It’s not always that easy to find a flat. You’ll find here advices and tips from Chez Nestor, to help you find the apartment of your dreams.

Don’t miss your room! In just a few clicks, create a customized reminderto be alerted when the room of your dreams will be available.

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Address : 15 rue Jean Bourgey, 69100 Villeurbanne, France
Phone number : +33 (0) 972 323 102
Mail : hello[@]chez-nestor.com
Website : www.chez-nestor.com
Schedules : Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm

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