I've been working as a language assistant at two schools in the Bordeaux area for the past month, but I'm still trying to find a place to live. All the paperwork involved with renting in France is just crazy, and I admit I'm very lost. I figured out there aren't many agencies I can use because I don't have a guarantor (because I don't know any French people well enough!). Living on friend's couches is really awkward and inconvenient, and hostels and hotels get expensive quickly.
So far I've mostly been using Leboncoin.fr, which has helped me get six apartment viewings so far, but no one has called me back because of the limited duration of my visa. It seems like the landlords have all the power in France and can pick exactly whom they want.
Does anyone know of a place I could rent from now until next summer?