Accommodation in Paris
What options for finding accommodation outside of university?
Several solutions allow students to find accommodation outside of university residences. For instance you can use the Locaviz service, which will allow you to find student accommodation offered by private lessors. The Lokaviz solution is an interesting service for international students who want to discover Paris in ideal conditions, especially when its their first stay in the French capital.
Indeed, the accommodation available through Lokaviz offers solid guarantees in terms of legal criteria – surfaces, security, decency etc. – and energy performance of the buildings. Rents are in accordance with market prices, Lokaviz insisting on the respect of good practices between tenants and landlords. Apartments you will find with Lokaviz also offer good location, being most often located not far from universities or places frequented by Parisian students.
Shared accommodation has always been a popular choice among students: a cheap solution, it also allows students to live in a friendly environment. For international students, shared accommodation is not only a guarantee of social ties, but can also promote the learning of French if one or more tenants are francophones!
Dynamic places in Paris
As an international student, your stay in Paris will be much more pleasant if you choose to settle in the heart of a lively district frequented by students. Beyond learning French, a good geographical location will allow you to discover the culture and way of life of the country, thanks to the many encounters that await you there!
Between the 5th and 6th arrondissements, the Qartier Latin is known to house several schools and institutions such as the Beaux-Arts, the Sorbonne and the CCFS, thus being a “historically student” district. But its attractiveness is also due to the presence of numerous cinemas, shops, restaurants and lively bars. Rue Mouffetard, rue des Canettes or rue de la Harpe are particularly appreciated by young people for their atmosphere both day and night. However due to its central position in Paris, the Quartier Latin is quite expensive when it comes to rents…
In the very dynamic 11th arrondissement, Oberkampf is another ideal place for international students who wish to live in an area suitable for meeting people and relaxing. Oberkampf is very appreciated by music lovers who can enjoy places such as L’Alimentation Générale, Le Chat Noir or the Nouveau Casino which organize many concerts throughout the year. Rue Oberkampf will not fail to surprise international students who choose to settle there, both for its entertainment and its various picturesque places typical of “old Paris”.
A trendy district par excellence, the Marais is located in the 4th arrondissement of the capital and remains famous for its many bars and restaurants. Unsurprisingly, it is a place particularly frequented by students and young people in general. Right in the center of Paris, the Marais offers a unique quality of life thanks to its shops, boutiques, gardens and cultural venues. International students will also appreciate the historic alleys that make Paris so charming. However, like the Quartier Latin, rents in the Marais are particularly high
SoPi (South of Pigalle)
SoPi is the fashionable term for the south of Pigalle which is now one of the trendiest areas of the capital. Known for its many music stores, Pigalle is also famous thanks to the presence of many cocktail bars, festive spaces and clubs such as the Paladium. Conducive to student life, SoPi is also an area to consider if you want to live in a lively Parisian district, not far from Montmartre!