Paris, the city of romance and the city of the beautiful “Tour Eiffel” is a wonderful place to study for international as well as local students. The demand for student dorms is high, but supply is scarce. Therefore to find cheap accommodation in Paris is not as easy as it might see. While American universities often offer student housing on their campus, when studying abroad, in Paris especially, you will need to rely on off-campus student housing.
Be aware that renting a room through an agent can be very expensive. The language barrier is also something to think about. If you do not speak French very well, you might run into misunderstandings with agents or regular landlords. Contracts in France can vary from short term to long term contracts. Even though verbal agreements are recognized by law, to be on the safe side, you should always go for written agreements and rental receipts, also called ‘quittance de loyer’.
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The most famous area to students is historically the Latin Quarter (“Quartier Latin”), which used to be called the ‘student neighborhood’ of Paris, due to the large amount of universities and colleges in this area. Universities such as Paris-Sorbonne University, Pantheon-Sorbonne University and Paris Descartes University are to be found here and even though, the neighborhood nowadays lacks some of its former intellectual spirit, it is still considered the place to be for students. This neighborhood also hosts the Cafe ‘Le Papillon’, which is considered to be one of the nicest restaurants in France, let alone Paris. Nowadays though, due to the area’s gentrification, it has become difficult to find affordable apartments there, but you can still find small student rooms to rent under the roofs of Paris. They are small but the location makes up for it!
Montparnasse used to host artists and intellectuals. This is where the movement “l’École de Paris” came to life, and the “Café du Dôme” used to attract many philosophers and writers. It is one of the most interesting neighborhoods in Paris. Its beauty is present in the architecture of buildings, cafes and restaurants. The Montparnasse tower is worth the visit for a bird’s eye view of the city. If you want to rent a room in Paris, Montparnasse is usually cheaper than in the Latin Quarter, and as a student in need for inspiration, this district will provide you with lots of it. Be prepared to fall in love with the loveliness of Montparnasse.
The districts Beaubourg & Les Halles are famous for various reasons: Centre Pompidou, famous food markets and marketplaces dating back centuries. Beaubourg and Les Halles are perfect for students who like to shop, you can find one of the biggest shopping center there, recently renovated. Be aware that this district does not only attracts students, but also professionals. Therefore make sure to respect the classy dress code when trying to get into clubs. Apartments here are usually more expensive than in other neighborhoods.
Bastille, packed with theaters, bars, galleries, restaurants and shopping opportunities is worth a visit solely based on these above mentioned attractions. However it is known for lots of other things. Bastille stands for ‘La place de la Bastille’, where the former Bastille coercive medieval castle dominated the surroundings, and which is an important part of French history. The conquest and breakdown of the castle of Bastille is the main symbol of the French Revolution. If you are a student interested in history, this is the place to visit and live. Rent prices can vary in this neighborhood, but on Nestpick.com, you should be able to find affordable locations.
These areas are generally cheaper than in the rest of Paris, because they used to be the poorer neighborhoods of the capital. Because of this, they now attract a lot of students and are bursting with new bars, cafes and art galleries, while remaining very authentic. Around Batignolles, you will find the Chinese quarter, with a lot of cheap restaurants and small supermarkets. The north-east of Paris in general is a good area to look for a flat if you are on a budget, and are looking to avoid the touristy areas and live a real Parisian lifestyle in a multicultural environment.