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Hi everyone! I recently learned that I have been admitted to HEC MSc in Management program. Now I am thinking about the accommodation matters and I would like to share a room with a roommate, but want to know beforehand who I am going to live with!!!! So anyone (female) searching for a roommate, I am waiting for your replies!
Other than the MBA dorms, I'm not sure whether there is currently an option for a single room equipped with its own private bathroom. And by "bathroom," I mean toilet. Every room has its own sink area, but usually two people will share the shower. The housing office almost always matches the people of the same gender to share the shower (shower mates are male-male or female-female). But, again, there were a few guys and girls sharing the showers.
However, you may be in luck. The school was constructing new buildings and had some extra dorms near the construction site. Those might have full private bathrooms, but I don't know for sure.
In the very beginning of either semester, complimentary buses will be provided for students to go to IKEA. You must go to this store no matter what! Buy a floor mat for the shower area and the usual toiletries, a clothes rack for drying clothes (there are washer and dryers on campus, but just in case), towels, and a mini-heater. The stuff is pretty cheap. And definitely purchase an electric kettle. This is what saved me. You can also get a fridge, but this is excessive in my opinion. Don't worry about bowls, plates, cups, or utensils. Everyone "acquires" them from the campus restaurant. Just slip them in your school bag or purse. The best time to do this is during breakfast. Breakfast, by the way, is horrible. It's free, but you only have access to bad bread, jams, and a coffee machine. Save yourself the hassle and time by using the kettle for preparing oatmeal in your room, or whatever kind of simple breakfast that you can prepare in your room. For me, it was oatmeal with raisens and almonds with milk. The milk is UHT milk, so it doesn't have to be stored unless you open it. And even then, it will be cold enough outside, so you can leave it on your balcony. The balcony is actually a very good size!
Living without a kitchen is tricky at first, but you will adapt. Whatever you do, don't simply freeze up about it and do nothing. That's what I did at first, unfortunately. Be proactive early! Buy whatever you need at IKEA as soon as possible and make sure to get everything on that day. There's a grocery about 15 minutes away from the school. The walk is nice (except in winter, so take the bus then) and the grocery has enough stuff. The cafeteria provides food, but it usually isn't that good. But you will get used to it.
My educational experience comes from the economics and finance departments, which are quite different from the management section. This makes it somewhat difficult to provide a meaningful response, since I had absolutely nothing to do with management. But I did know a few management students, and it seemed that they liked the program overall and weren't too stressed out from the workload. But things are not always as the seem, are they?
Though I can't room with you, as a recent HEC graduate I can provide some general information on this matter.
One thing that I can say is that getting those two room "apartments" is competitive. Usually, second or third year students who know eachother apply for them. Family members (twins or siblings) also apply. Complete strangers are less successfull. If, on the other hand, you want to share a single-room with somebody, then this will almost certainly not be possible. If price is a concern, you can apply for living assistance at school in the very beginning of the year. The paper work is burdensome, but it will reduce your rent by about half.
Overall, the accomodation situation at HEC is awful (the MBA dormitory is modern and decent, however). The double-room that you want has a kitchen area, but that's probably the only advantage that those rooms have over the standard one-room options. Plus, each program tends to group its students into the same building or very near eachother to help the "bonding" or network building process in business school. You might miss out on some of that if you're in a different building. If you do still want the double-room, try to contact some MSc Management students first. Finding a random stranger might not offer the highest chance of success in the your application. You can probably get the emails from the Management department.
This is somewhat random, but another issue is the doors. I might be wrong here, but sometimes only one door would work for the double-rooms (I am aware of two instances of this). In other words, there will be somebody walking through your room to get to the other side, or vice-versa. And one side has the bathroom, while the other contains the kitchen. Again, same problem. In terms of studying, this might become a minor annoyance. But for late night social activity, you will need to coordinate.
Another option is to find an apartment off campus, but there are not that many available in Jouy en Josas (the town of HEC). You could also look into living arrangements in nearby Versailles.
There is probably more info that I could put, but the stuff above is what first popped in my mind.
Here is some contact information for the Residence Office that I found on some papers from 2010. Some of it may be outdated, so also try to contact the accueil (reception) office for information. People there are pretty helpful. Also, it would be convenient if you or somebody you know can speak French for any discussion over the phone.
Reservations, Arrivals and Departure: Email: ??? (this guy no longer works at HEC) Tel: 01.39.67.71.39
If you contact anyone via email, make sure to capitalize the entire last name (e.g. Charles SMITH). If you don't know the name, just type "Dear Sir or Madam." Be very polite and humble, but not too wordy.
Thank u very much for your reply! For me the first choice will certainly be single room but with separate bathroom (this is really a must for me). I just thought that living without kitchen gonna be a lil bit difficult. How did you arrange this? Always in th cafeteria that is there on campus? How was it, if so? And also, as a HEC graduate, what can you say about the quality of teaching, their methods, etc? Are you stisfied with our studies?
I'm probably headed for HEC too, but in the finance department. Had the same concerns about accommodation. How is accommodation organized? Do you fill out a form with your preference and then wait for them to assign it? And is there a contact number for the housing department (I only found different numbers for the different residences)? I'd like to found out some more about what they offer, but I don't think they send more information about housing until June.
And seeing as you were in the finance department as well. How did it work out for you?
From what I remember, you will get a form asking for your preferences and security deposit. Your choices are for a single room or a double (apartment). I don't recall them asking which building you would like, though (building G or E, for instance). After you send them the document (and money), they will eventually provide a document with your room number.
While I was there, the finance, financial economics, and sustainable development students were almost entirely placed in building F. Some were also in building G.
As for contact info, the main office for accomodation is in building C (contact information for the other buildings will probably not help you). I might have the number or email somewhere, so I'll look for it soon.
The MSc Finance program is one of the hardest degrees at HEC, so be prepared for lots of hard work and no sleep. Most students, however, felt that it was a very good program. And many also placed in good internships or jobs.
I am also admitted at the MSc in Management and I would also like to find someone interested in sharing appartment.. I'm a male student, so looking for male students. If anyone interested send me a message..
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