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Apartment rental + guarantor or French bank help ? (Strasbourg)

Hello everyone!

I am new to the forum. I have been trying to find a place in Strasbourg for a couple of weeks now and I run into the problem that I do not know anyone who has an address in France that can be my guarantor.

I am here for my Masters 2 and it does not start until the 24th. I cannot get a student ID until that day when I am allowed to register with my program and so I cannot open a bank account. The agent for an apartment I like has told me he does not need guarantor if I open a French account and place a hold on 3 months worth of rental rate.

The bank tells me I need a student ID or rental proof before opening an account and the apartment cannot be rented unless I have the bank account.

I am spending lots of money on hotel rentals while I search. I have unsuccessfully contacted every posting on leboncoin Protected content or less with a clean (grime/mold free) bathroom (my top priority).

Any more help/suggestions (especially re: bank) would be much appreciated.

Thank you for any help!

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