Paris offers a rich and exciting college experience and has no shortage of students. Whether you love art, history, food, or shopping, you are sure to fall in love with this city. Here is our list of the top things for students to do in Paris.
Things for Students to do in Paris
Explore Paris’ world-class museums
The Centre Pompidou opened in 1977 and houses the biggest modern and contemporary art collection in Europe. Its exhibitions have an international outlook and you can also enjoy shows and concerts at the Centre. Practical information about your visit can be found here.
The Louvre museum was created in 1793 during the French Revolution. While you may know it as the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, it houses so much more (Don’t forget to grab a map of the 5 levels and 3 interconnected wings!). If you are looking to spend only a few hours in the Louvre, I recommend visiting the Denon Wing for a mixture of sculptures, antiquities, and paintings (including the Mona Lisa).
The Musée d’Orsay is my personal favorite museum in Paris…Don’t miss it! It used to be a railroad station and houses a famous clock facing the seine (Some say it’s the best photo spot in Pairs, so don’t forget to snap a photo). You can find an amazing collection of impressionist paintings and sculptures in this museum, including the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Degas.
Dance the night away
When someone says “Paris,” you probably imagine sipping wine and drinking coffee on outdoor terraces. However, Paris also has a vibrant, fun nightlife culture. I’m going to share two of my favorite places to go if you want to let loose and dance off your third croissant of the day.
Le Cavern, located in the 6th arrondissement, is a great, relaxed dance club and bar for those in their 20s and early 30s. I recommend trying the wines and beers, rather than the liquors. You should expect live French or American music or an electronic DJ. The best part? Locals actually go here.
Supersonic, located in the 12th arrondissement, offers free live gigs in a two-floor loft space. Alcohol is relatively cheap and they offer some quick tapas and fast-food bites. Come here to dance, drink, and hangout in a cool, rock environment.
Try local cuisine
La Becane A Gaston won the 2018 Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence and is ranked in the top 50 restaurants in Paris. We recommend trying this restaurant for its familial ambiance (it is owned by 2 sisters after all) and its fresh, local dishes. Expect to spend between 15 and 30 euros for a delicious pasta, meat, or seafood dish. To avoid disappointment, be sure to book your table in advance. It’ll be worth it, trust us!
Le Vaudésir is located in the 14e arrondisement at 14 rue Dareau. It won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017-2018, and we recommend it for locals and tourists alike. Expect to spend between 5 and 20 euros for simple, traditional, and fresh French cuisine. It is a true hidden gem with amazing food and service and a welcoming atmosphere and owner.
Enjoy Paris’ natural beauty
Located in the north-eastern 19th arrondissement of Paris, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is one of the largest green spaces in Paris. It offers stunning views of Montmartre and contains a suspension bridge, caves, and a mini river. Whether you want to curl up with a book, have a picnic, or play soccer, this park offers you a peaceful and bright refuge in a bustling city.
The Jardin des Tuileries separate the Louvre from the Place de la Concord in the 1st arrondissement. If you come in the summer, you can enjoy the fun fair or the Ferris wheel. If you want to relax after a long day of walking, come by and take a stroll or sit and admire the intricate landscaping.
Jardin des Plantes, located in the 5th arrondissement, has been open to the public for almost 400 years. It is the main botanical garden in France, meaning that its plants are grown for public display and scientific study. It contains archives, libraries, greenhouses, artwork, and a zoo. The entire garden is as a French national historical landmark.
As you can see after looking at our list of things for students to do in Paris, there is a good reason that it is such a popular study abroad destination. If you are interested in booking weekend trips throughout France during your semester, contact us at ParisByM. We’d love to help you out!