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Our top tips for finding student accommodation in Paris

All of us when first interning in Paris have had our fair share of struggles whilst searching for student accommodation in Paris. From unwelcoming landlords to mouldy flats, we’re now more or less experts when it comes to finding somewhere to live in the French capital. Make this intimidating process a lot easier by following our steps on how to find your student accommodation and avoid napping in a sleeping bag under a bridge on the Seine.

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We can dream, but your student accommodation probably won’t look like this. Source: weheartit.com

The first few things to remember are the most important. Make sure you start looking early, ideally a few months in advance. Although you might have an image in your head of a bright, spacious bedroom with tall Parisian windows and a balcony with a view of the Eiffel tower, the harsh reality is that with the pretty expensive prices in Paris, you may have to settle for a 12mstudio on the 5th floor without a lift, but as long as it’s got the essentials and it’s clean and safe, it’s not the end of the world.

On a similar note, have a realistic budget. The average rental price for a studio apartment in Paris is over 750€, and for a 1-bedroom apartment is over 1,000€ a month. Of course, there are cheaper options such as colocations (flat shares), so just make sure you do your research and don’t get ripped off. Also, remember that it’s very competitive, especially to find student accommodation in Paris, so it will take a few attempts before you eventually find and secure somewhere to live.

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Shopping street in the Latin Quarter, the student centre of Paris. Source: Flickr

Before you start searching, it’s important to be aware of what you’re looking for. Make sure you do your research and you know vaguely which arrondissement you want to be located in. Whether you’re moving to Paris for an internship or to study, you’ll want to make sure your commute doesn’t require you getting up an hour earlier and taking 4 different metros to get there. Living in the peripheries may save you money, but you’ll also be further away from student areas such as the Latin Quarter, which is the bustling student centre of Paris, with picturesque streets lined with bars, restaurants and cinemas. Keep this in mind if you’re looking to live in the midst of all the student action.

When you start your search, the internet will be your best friend. There are plenty of Facebook groups and websites such as appartager.com, seloger.com and leboncoin.fr where you can find hundreds of available apartments. A good place to start is looking for a colocation, as these are often cheaper than renting a place entirely to yourself, not to mention it makes settling in a lot easier if you get to move in with other students. Just be extra vigilant if you’re going down this route of online apartment hunting and be 100% sure it isn’t a scam before sending anyone money. The most important thing to remember is you’re looking for a clean and safe place to live, so make this a priority.

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The Latin Quarter, home to Sorbonne University, one of the oldest universities in France. Source: wikimedia commons

If you’re coming to Paris to study, your university might be able to provide you with halls of residence, so always ask. If the social side of student life is important to you, this is a perfect way to surround yourself with other students. Similarly, if you’re starting an internship in Paris, be sure to ask the company you’re working for whether they’re able to help. They know how hard it is to find student accommodation in Paris and they will have had interns in the past who have experienced the same struggle. Your colleagues might even have friends or relatives who can rent a spare room to you.

Another important point of contact is your own friends and relatives. You might end up finding a great deal through your mum’s friend’s daughter’s boyfriend’s auntie, so ask everyone you know. And if you already know people in Paris – great! Contact them straight away; the more contacts you have the more likely you are to be able to find somewhere.

If you’re really stuck, you might want to consider an estate agent to help you find student accommodation in Paris, but they often charge agency fees on top of a hefty deposit (sometimes more than two months’ rent). Another issue is that landlords often prefer French renters, as that makes the guarantor process easier. They require somebody (usually a relative in France) to make payments if, for whatever reason, you fail to pay your rent one month. This means that international students and interns are often less of a priority. That said, it’s more secure than searching online, and estate agents can offer local knowledge, so if you’re persistent and you provide the right documents, you might just get somewhere.

Remember, it might seem intimidating at first, but the hunt for student accommodation in Paris will be well worth it in the end. Just keep mithering people, be persistent and something will pop up.

 

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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

Budget Accommodation in Paris

Credit: Wikipedia; Café des Phares, Place de la Bastille

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

Budget Accommodation in Paris

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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The Latin Quarter : what to see, what to do

Have you heard about a very charming district of Paris full of students and always pleasant ? If so, it was definitely the depiction of the Latin Quarter. Called this way because the language used there was the Latin for a long time, its particular atmosphere with all its monuments, museums, green spaces and narrow lovely streets makes it a must-see of Paris we will tell you everything you should know about.

Monuments and Religion

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Let’s start with the most famous monument of the Quarter: the Pantheon. First built as a church in the 18th century under the reign of Louis XV as a tribute to Sainte-Geneviève, the Pantheon became lay during the French Revolution, although it knew some periods of religiousness afterwards. But since 1885, it is the place which houses the graves of “The Great Men of the Homeland”, be they writers such as Victor Hugo or Rousseau, scientists like Marie Curie, or supporters of the Resistance and “Justes de France” like Jean Moulin.

Latin QuarterAs for religious monuments, you can find different kinds: there is the beautiful church Saint-Etienne du Mont located just behind the Pantheon, but you shouldn’t miss either the Great Mosque of Paris, whose green-white colours and peacefulness will amaze you !

 

 

The Students’ District

Sorbonne university, Quartier Latin, self-guided walking tour, Latin Quarter

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The Latin Quarter is also famous because you can find there a lot of renown schools, and the streets and gardens are crowded with students. Don’t miss the amazing Sorbonne and its square from which you’ll be able to admire its chapel, having a drink in the outside. The Sorbonne is surrounded by the most brilliant high schools of France, Henri IV and Louis Le Grand, but also by the “Collège de France”, which is a prestigious monument dedicated to education and research. Thus, you won’t escape the lively but peaceful atmosphere the students give to this quarter, especially in the Luxembourg’s garden.

 

Green Spaces

Free Things to Do in Paris, Latin Quarter

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As we just said, the Luxembourg’s garden is one of the most famous in Paris. It was created with its Palace at the request of Marie de Médicis in 1612, and they both belong to the Senate today. It is divided into a French and an English-styled part, and there are many activities you can do there to relax, such as contemplating the fountains and statues or renting a remotely controlled boat for the kids.

Further, next to the Great Mosque, you can find the Jardin des Plantes, made of greenhouses, specialized gardens, and even a small zoo. The variety of activities it offers will undoubtedly enable you to get your fill of nature !

 

Museums

Appended to the Jardin des Plantes stands the National Museum of Natural History, in which you should go especially if you want to discover the evolution of species and wander among life-size representations of them. If you are fond of nature, animals and biology, you shouldn’t miss this museum !

Hotel de Cluny, Latin QuarterIn a very different category, you can visit the Musée de Cluny, dedicated to the Middle Age, as suggested by its physical appearance. You’ll be stunned by the place itself, composed of the Gallo-Roman thermal baths of Lutèce and the hotel of Cluny, which will immediately dive you into another time. The vestiges you will find there are also very varied : there are paintings, daily items, goldsmithery, sculptures… and many other treasures!

Finally, there is the remarkable Institut du Monde Arabe, along the River Seine. Retracing the story and the evolution of the Arabic world through many items such as jewels, ceramics, clothes and others… If you go there, don’t miss the rooftop’s view over the Notre-Dame Cathedral and l’Ile de la Cité which will leave you delighted.

 

Streets and Places

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Saint Michel Fountain. Phot credit: ParisByM

There are two boulevards you shouldn’t miss : the Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Boulevard Saint-Germain. The first one begins at the Square Saint-Michel, where you can find a very beautiful fountain, and reaches the Port Royal intersection throughout the main sights, like the Pantheon, the Museum of Cluny, or the Odeon Theatre. The second one is headed to the National Assembly, and will provide you a pleasant walk with its restaurants, luxurious boutiques and numerous furniture trading names, without forgetting the beautiful Church Saint-Germain des Prés.

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The Latin Quarter is also made of pretty and lively streets. The Rue Mouffetard, one of the oldest streets of Paris, is famous for its restaurants and cafés, while the Rue Vaugirard, the largest of Paris, is known for its shops. It goes from the Sorbonne Square to Versailles, through Odeon, the Senate, and the Luxembourg. What a pretty walk, isn’t it ?

 

Along with these main sights, the Latin Quarter is composed of many bridges and fountains, combined with a joyful atmosphere which will make you fall under its spell…

 

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