This is an activity that is meant for more advanced students but can be paired up with a housing unit or even just used if you have a day to kill. It's also a great last minute sub plan.
Students read this article (http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/viens-chez-moi-j-habite-dans-un-conteneur_915764.html) about Le Havre making student housing out of old train car containers.
What you are doing is downloading the questions that go along with the article as well as a newscast on youtube about the conteneurs.
This also works well for Junior/Senior students who are about to go off to college. It is a great cultural comparison to what they would have here.