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Best Location for Budget Accommodation in Paris for School Trips

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it is a great place to visit with students, but as you’ve probably already noticed, it can be very expensive. Fortunately, ParisByM understands this and has put together a list of the best places for budget accommodation in Paris to help you make the most of your trip without breaking the bank.

So, where can I stay in Paris with a budget?

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It’s important to understand you don’t have to miss out on a great location when staying in budget accommodation in Paris.  The public transport in the city makes it so that wherever you are, you can get to where you need to be quickly. With that in mind, make sure you book a hostel near a metro station! This can be the key to a good location!

The Marais Area in the 3rd and 4th Arrondissement

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You may not have a vast knowledge of the Marais area, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to visit and stay. The Marais is centrally located, with the Hôtel de Ville and Le Centre Pompidou, two great attractions, just within its boundary as well as being only a 15-minute walk from the Île de la Cité where you will find Notre Dame Cathedral and much more.  Since the 1980’s the Marais has also been the center of LGBT culture, and it has become an extremely fashionable district with a lot of trendy bars and restaurants all over so it is a great place to stay with student groups.

Hostels in this area usually average between €60-150 a night for two people, making it a good place to find budget accommodation in Paris without sacrificing on location.

The Bastille Area in the 11th Arrondissement

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When looking for budget accommodation in Paris for students, Bastille may just be the perfect area for you.  Located in the 11th Arrondissement, the Bastille area is a stone’s throw away from the Marais.  With that in mind, much like the Marais, you are close to the center of Paris; only about a 30-minute walk from Notre Dame, and still surrounded by other attractions.  With Opera Bastille and Place de Bastille located in it, Bastille is a great area of culture and art.  It is also packed with lively places, with Rue de la Roquette stretching through the middle containing countless great restaurants and bars.

The area can provide budget accommodation in Paris as well, with prices ranging from €20-60 for a hostel for two people per night.

The Latin Quarter in the 5th Arrondissement

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Credit: Wikipedia, Night life in the Latin Quarter, Paris 1 July 2017

The Latin Quarter, which is just across the river from the Île de la Cité and a short walk from the Luxembourg Gardens is a great place to stay with students.  It is centrally located and has an abundance of lively restaurants, bars, and shops stretching through the entire district giving it an atmosphere like no where else in Paris.

You may find it harder to find as many hostels here, but the prices usually range from between €30-70 per night for two people so if you can, it could be the perfect place for you and your student group.

So, What do I do now?

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When looking for a place to stay with your group, it’s important you consider proximity to a metro station as well as your more general location.  To get budget accommodation in Paris, you may have to head a little further out but this can be perfectly fine as long as you’re close to public transport.

Choosing the best area for your group to stay in Paris can be a difficult and overwhelming task.  That’s why we recommend speaking with a travel agent about what might work for you.  We hope this list has started you on the right path.  Check out our website here for information or help booking group trips or excursions.

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What to Consider When Booking a Youth Hostel in Paris for a School Trip

Paris is a great city to visit with a group of students.  The sites and the history make it a city like no other. When booking a youth hostel in Paris for a school trip, it can be difficult to know where to begin, that’s why we have put together a list of things to consider when doing so.

1. Choose the Right Location

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It is really important to consider where a hostel is before booking it.  Being in the wrong location can have a dramatic effect on your trip overall.  That’s why before booking you have to think about these three things in regards to what part of the city your hostel is.

  • Attractions – Before searching for a youth hostel in Paris, you should think about what you want your group of students to see. Being near these things can make a huge difference to your trip because you will avoid unnecessary traveling.
  • Public Transport – Paris is a huge city and you want to see as much of it as you can with as little distress as possible. It can really benefit your group to stay somewhere close to one or more public transport line.
  • Safety – Staying in a youth hostel in Paris with a group of young students you need to be aware of the surrounding areas. Students often want to go out exploring on their own, sometimes at night.


2. Check Cleanliness and Safety

Youth Hostel in Paris

People often hear youth hostel and immediately think of the worst, but the reality is not like this.  A Youth Hostel in Paris could be the perfect place for a group of students to stay.  As with anywhere though, it is important that you do your research into them to ensure they are clean and safe spaces.

  • Read Comments – It’s important to get a real sense of the place you are considering staying. If you don’t know the place, reading comments and seeing photos can really give you an idea of the environment provided.
  • Room Type – Before booking a youth hostel in Paris for your student group, you need to consider whether they will be staying in shared or individual rooms as these vary from place to place.
  • Lockers – Many hostels have places for you to store your belongings when you leave for the day. This can provide you with much more of a sense safety and security when staying in Paris, so you may want to check these facilities before arrival.


3. Beware of the Hostels Rules

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When choosing a place to stay, please be sure to find out any special rules the hostel has. You really don’t want to have any surprises upon arrival.

  • Check in/out time – This differs from place to place and can have a huge impact on your arrival and departure days.
  • Breakfast – Decide before booking if you plan to eat breakfast in the facility you’re staying or if you want to find somewhere in the city as this may affect where you choose to stay.
  • Communal Spaces – You want to consider whether you want a hostel with a space where the students on your trip can socialize with one another and with other travelers.
  • Curfew – Some hostels have curfew times for guests so make sure you know what these are before arrival as this can have an impact on your groups plans.
  • Age Restrictions – There are many hostels with an age minimum for guests, even when traveling with adults. Make sure you don’t get caught out by these rules.


A school trip to Paris is definitely worthwhile and a youth hostel in Paris can be the perfect place to stay.  It is important though to know how to find the best place to make the most of your trip which is why it can be helpful to speak with a travel agent before booking.  We hope this list of consideration helps you prepare for your upcoming trip.

If you are interested in group tours or excursions, check out our website here to learn more about how we can help!


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