I'm Portuguese and as such i don't have Visa problems since I'm a member of the EU.
I could help out with the housing, point you to the right websites look somestuff up for you guys, but honestly even if i do live here, Stephanie as a whole lot of experience dealing with this kind of procedures, so just hang in there and I'm sure she will help you out.
I don't know how much you guys know of stephanie but I met her all ready 3 or 4 times and she is an amazing person she as been an incredible helper, it is always very nice to meet and to talk to her. The first time I showed uo at ESCF i had no apointment no nothing I even showed up with some Cordon Bleu papers in my hand ahaha, but she was very welcoming, talked to me, showed me around as a prospective student for the february course. I dind't get to enroll in february as intended but when i was finally able to enroll for the september program i again showed up unannounced and she remembered me and again was very very welcoming.
I delivered my papers and the 150€ check and 3 days later i had a reply, amazing.
I all ready told you guys I'm working in a bistro so as to get some money and to re-learn french and it's going amazing, it's not a place where i'm learning a lot but it definetly is a place where i am working A LOT so i'm getting some nice kitchen introduction ahaha !!
I learned French in high school for about 3 years, i never paid much attention to it, but it helped a lot getting into it and know i don't embarass myself that often :)
Even so i'm thinking about doing some course as i would like to re-learn how to wright it properly, and if you are considering some french course you have AF which is very expensive then you have the sorborne it's definitly the best and also the "mairies" give french courses.
@shopgirl yes, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
and @ericka1584 who is very bored at work ahahaha my skype is zemariasadabagomes
I'm going to Ferrandi next tuesday so if you need anything just ask !!!