7 SECRETS FOR SAVING MONEY IN PARIS

COST OF LIVING IN PARIS : 7 SECRETS FOR SAVING 

The cost of living in Paris can be high especially for students. But Paris is also a city of culture, parties, and fashion.

So here’s how to reduce the cost of living in Paris and to enjoy everything the capital has offers even on a student budget!

1. Groupon

I used to use it A LOT when I was a student. Restaurants, activities, shopping… There’s loads of services and products with huge discounts. A massage for €30, a spa for €15 or 10 dancing classes for €20…

The process? You pay by credit card on the website and receive a confirmation email. If it’s a voucher for a service, you print it. If it’s a product, it will be delivered to your door. With these websites your cost of living in Paris will drastically reduce.

Advice

If you want to buy a service, call the branch before to make sure they have availability that suits you. Sometimes, there is a calendar that shows the availability on the website.

According to the French law, you can cancel the deal until 14 days after its purchase.

2. La Fourchette

Food is amazing in Paris…the best in the world! La Fourchette is a specialized website to save money on restaurants.

Advice

Be sure to read all the terms and conditions regarding the discount before making a reservation (eg: not including drinks, only if you order a starter + main course or dessert + main course).

3. Heetch

With Heetch, reduce your cost of living in Paris on your night out. Cheaper than a cab, this application puts you in touch with individual drivers. Available only during the night, from 8pm to 6am, a driver comes to pick you up at an address and drive you to your destination. You pay by credit card through the app (enter your credit card number just once at the first use) or by cash. Before you pay, you are informed about the price and the waiting time.

Get €5 free on your first travel with the promo code : PERLE185614

4. Uber

Cheaper than a cab but more expensive than Heetch, this app works 24/7 and the driver is not an individual but a licensed professional. You only can pay by credit card through the app (you enter your credit card number just once at the first use). Before you pay, you are informed about the price and the waiting time.

Advice

The cheapest option is the option UberPool but, like Heetch, it works only the night from 8pm to 6am and the number of people is limited to 2. The driver has the right to stop to pick up other people.

If you are between 4 and 7 people you can order a UberVan. Don’t hesitate to share the price of the trip with other friends who also have the Uber app, through an option available on screen.

Get €20 free on your first travel with the promo code : m9vf2547ue

5. Vente Privée/Bazar Chic/Showroomprivé : buy online

These are my favourite applications/websites offering big discounts up to 70% off high quality brands. Save money on EVERYTHING (food, hygiene product, electronic product, clothes…).

Specialized in clothes, but they also offer a lot of more. Dress like a parisian at an affordable price and reduce your cost of living in Paris !

Moreover, my friend has created The Cut with nice prices if you want a hairdresser to come to your place to do brushing, styling, cut or color. You can plan a day between friends as well and ask for several hairdressers to come for you. Benefit from 5% thanks to the Feel Parisien code. Write your phone number and email address on the home page below “Je réserve”, she will call you back and she speaks English.

This is the new tendency in Paris ! Be beautiful and well dressed without moving from your cozy little flat.

6. Vestiaire Collective

Only for clothes and accessories, Vestiaire Collective puts you in touch with individuals who sell items from famous brands.

7. Orange Cineday

Another way to reduce your cost of living in Paris is on your movie’s tickets. The French mobile phone operator “Orange”. Buy one ticket and get one for free every Tuesday.

How it works ? If you have this operator, send a text message with the word « cine » to the number 20 000. You will receive the code to give to the desk at the cinema to get your discount.

What to know

If you don’t have Orange, ask a friend who’s not using  to give you his promo code (valuable only once each Tuesday). The offer can also be combined with the reduced prices for students.

8. ISIC

There is a website dedicated to all the students at an international level. ISIC card proof your student status worldwide, help you to enjoy over 45 000 ISIC dicounts int the whole world and join a community of 5 millions students.

How it works ? If you have this card, you can wonder around the website and see all the student discount you are entitled to.

 

9. Museums

When you are under 26 and from any country of the European Union, you are entitled to free pass in many museums in Paris :

Musée de l’Armée – Hôtel National des Invalides, 129 rue de Grenelle 75007 PARIS, RER : Invalides, tel : 08 10 11 33 99, www.invalides.org

Musée national des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, 6 place d’Iéna / entrée du musée 19, avenue d’Iéna / entrée du Panthéon bouddhique 75116 PARIS, M° : Iéna, RER : Pont de l’Alma, Tél. : 01 56 52 53 00, www.museeguimet.fr

Musée du Louvre, Principal entry from the Pyramide 75001 PARIS, M° : Palais Royal Musée du Louvre, tel : 01 40 20 53 17, www.louvre.fr

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Palais de Chaillot, 1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre 75116 PARIS, M° : Trocadéro, tel : 01 58 51 52 00, www.citechaillot.fr

Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 avenue Daumesnil 75012 PARIS, M° : Porte Dorée, tel : 01 53 59 58 60, www.histoire-immigration.fr

Musée du Quai Branly, 37 quai Branly Portail Debilly 75007 PARIS, M° : Iéna / Alma Marceau, tel : 01 56 61 70 00,www.quaibranly.fr

Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries 75001 PARIS, tel : 01 44 77 80 07, M° : Concorde, www.musee-orangerie.fr

Musée d’Orsay, 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur 75007 PARIS, M° : Solférino, tel : 01 40 49 48 14, www.musee-orsay.fr

Musée Picasso, Hôtel Salé 5, rue de Thorigny 75003 PARIS, M° : Saint Paul, tel : 01 42 71 25 21, www.musee-picasso.fr

Musée Rodin, 79 rue de Varenne 75007 PARIS, M° : Varenne, tel : 01 44 18 61 10, www.musee-rodin.fr

Musée Jean-Jacques Henner, 43 avenue de Villiers 75017 PARIS, M° : Malesherbes, tel : 01 47 63 42 73, www.rmn.fr

Musée Eugène Delacroix, 6 rue de Furstenberg 75006 PARIS, M° : Saint Germain des Prés, tel : 01 44 41 86 50,www.musee-delacroix.fr

Musée du Moyen Âge – Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny, 6 place Paul Painlevé 75005 PARIS, M° : Cluny La Sorbonne, tel : 01 53 73 78 00, www.musee-moyenage.fr

Musée Gustave Morea, 14 rue de la Rochefoucauld 75009 PARIS, M° : Trinité, tel : 01 48 74 38 50, www.musee-moreau.fr

Musée des Plans-Reliefs, 129 rue de Grenelle 75007 PARIS, M° : La Tour- Maubourg, tel : 01 45 51 95 05, www.museedesplansreliefs.culture.fr

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GOING OUT IN PARIS

PLACES TO GO IN PARIS 

There are so many places to go in Paris, but, they often change names, locations or become old fashioned. For this reason, I’m only going to give you some names of districts and I invite you to walk into the streets, discover it by yourself and find your favorite places to go in Paris ! That’s the best way to fully enjoy the city.

The touristic places to go in Paris : 

Montmarte, Rue de l’Appe, les Champs Elysées, Saint Michel

The dynamic places to go in Paris : 

Le Marrais, République, Montogeuil, Pigalle, Parmentier

The elegant places to go in Paris :

Trocadéro, Tour Eiffel, Champs de Mars, Esplanade des Invalides

The cultural places to go in Paris :

Le Louvres, Notre Dame, Opéra, Madeleine

Where are the places to go in Paris for a drink?

Well…everywhere! During the evening, I suggest for students: Saint Germain, Oberkampf, rue Montorgueil, rue de Lappe (Bastille) and during the summer all along the Quai de Seines.

A few famous addresses

La Brasserie de Barbes (chic bar in a popular district), you can drink everywhere in this private mansion, even in the bath at Le Pavillon des Canaux (along the Quai de la Loire, in the 19th district), Chez Jeanette, La Perle (Marrais) is a typical French café and it’s the place where Galliano get fired (very close from the pizzeria Pink Flamingo – see bellow), Place Sainte Catherine (a quiet little place in le Marrais, very close from La Mangerie to eat – see bellow), Le Fourbis in the 7th & Maria Magdalena in Pigalle (both cocktails bars with dimmed lighting).

If you go to famous modern exposition center Beaubourg, take a drink on the cheapest bar of this touristic district : Les fontaines

Where are the places to go in Paris to eat?

La Mangerie (a bit expensive but delicious food to share in le Marrais), Little Cantine (Burger place near la Sorbonne), the cute pizzeria in a cute street of Le Marrais, Pink Flamingo, the design restaurant Mama Shelter (pizza and french food – also an hotel).

Where are the places to go in Paris to snack?

L’As du Falafel (Marrais), Big Fernand (chain of burger places), Candeleria (mexican food and secret bar).

What to know

You can find a lot of more ideas on MylittleParis, le Bonbon or Merci Aflred, but these websites are only in French and there are so many addresses even we don’t know where to go anymore!

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37 USEFULL APPLICATIONS FOR PARIS

PARIS MOBILE : USEFUL APPLICATIONS

PARIS MOBILE

First, if you need a French mobile, we can get you €150 off if you open a French bank account with us.

TRAVEL INTO PARIS

1. Citymapper

This Paris mobile app will find you the best & fastest way to get from A to B, utilizing all the public transport and also walking and cycling. You can save your home and work addresses in advance, to find your way back from every location you are. Maps of the public transport network and Paris are available, as well as traffic alerts.

2. RATP

Write the name of the bus or the metro station you’re at and where your desired destination is, the French application will find you the best and fastest way. This app gives you a map of the public transport network, traffic alerts and a map of Paris with the locations of the metro and bus stations.

3. Velib

For the fanatics of Velib’, this free Paris mobile app gives you access to the status and the location of all the Velib’ stations (availabilities of the bikes, of the parking…) Also you will find some Parisian activities such as museums or libraries, with a mini navigator to direct you!

4. PMobile

This free application is for everyone with a car in Paris. You can buy your visitor parking ticket through your smartphone, without going to the parking meter. You can save your credit card number just once and then pay your tickets every time from everywhere. Be careful, this app doesn’t work for the residence permit.

Advice

Make sure to write the right district number by double-checking on the sticker “PMobil” affixed on the parking meter.

5. Uber

Uber is your professional private driver cheaper than a cab, available day and night. Be careful, an increase can be added to the price during the rush hour times and the price can become expensive. The price and the waiting time are indicated before the purchase.

Get €20 free on your first travel with the promo code : m9vf2547ue

6. Heetch 

Simliar system as Uber, however, it is cheaper because the drivers are private individuals. This service is only available during the night, from 8pm to 6am.

Get €5 free on your first travel with the promo code : PERLE185614

 

TO EAT

All these Paris mobile apps bellow are to order food delivered to your place.

7. Alloresto 

8. Optimiam

9. Hello FOOD

SHOP CHEAPER

All these Paris mobile apps bellow give you access to famous brands, to buy everything, but especially clothes, reduced by about -70%.

10. Bazarchic 

11. Vente privee

12. Showroomprivé

BE BEAUTIFUL AT HOME

All theses phone apps bellow offer you professionals of beauty and well being who come to your home to various services

13. Pop My Day

14. Simone

15. Booboo

GOOD PLAN

All these Paris mobile apps bellow offer you activities and good plans for Paris.

16. Mylittleparis

17. Le Bonbon

18. Time Out Paris

19. Secrets de Paris

20. Balumpa

FIND A PARTNER

All these Paris mobile apps for meeting other beautiful single people.

21. Once

22. Tinder

23. Happn

STAY IN CONTACT

All these phone applications give you a way to call, text or send pictures abroad for free, through the Internet. The unique condition is the recipient needs to have the same app on their phone to receive the message.

24. Skype

25. Whatsapp

26. Snapchat

27. Viber


STAY INFORMED

These Paris mobile apps bellow are ones of the main media in France to stay in touch with the current affairs of the country.

28. Bfmtv

29. Le Figaro

30. Le Monde

31. 20 Minutes

32. iTele

33. Le Parisien

34. France info

TO HAVE FUN

35. Shazam

You are listening an awesome song ? Find the title and the artist thanks to this phone app.

36. Allocine

All the movies and their sessions are available in this Paris mobile app.

37. Spotify

Listen millions of titles thanks to this music streaming app.

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13 TIPS TO FIND A STUDENT JOB

JOB IN PARIS : 12 TIPS TO FIND ONE

Looking for a summer job in Paris? Or a part time job for english speaker ?

First you should know that a student long term visa holders (OFII) allows you to have a job in Paris, or anywhere in France as a student.

Nevertheless, here are a few guidelines:

  • The amount of hours of your job in Paris shall not exceed 20.5 hours per week.
  • The job duration must be no longer than 52 weeks.
  • Short term visa holders have to ask for permission to have a job in Paris to the DIRECCTE.
  • EU nationals don’t have a limited amount of work.

How to earn a bit of money and find a job in Paris as an international student ?

Of course, You can apply as a waitress or a seller, for a student job in Paris one or two days per week.

Here are some ideas of restaurants where you can apply:

  • The restaurant chain “Indiana” recruits overseas people who speak a bit of French.
  • The café Oz, the Frog Pub or The Mazet bar at Odeon, are some of the bars for foreign people with a foreign staff.

Otherwise, you can apply at clothes shops’ chain such as Jonak, André, Zara or H&M but you have to speak fluent French and it’s a tiring job.

In this article, we suggest you other jobs in Paris, original and more fun, for students who don’t especially speak French.

 

1. Yestudent : the AirBNB for students (request permission from your landlord)

Around 25€/day

You welcome other young people in your flat for one day or more. You only need to have a sofa, an extra mattress or an empty room because your roommate is not here for the weekend. You welcome the guest, share a drink and a meal with him and you even can give him the best tips of the town. It’s a profitable friendly moment to share!

2. GuideLikeYou : Become a guide

Around €25/person or €15/hour

Do you know Paris by heart? Get a guide job in Paris and help the tourists discover Paris!

You know some of the most secret corners in Paris? The best bars or monuments in town? Become a SmartGuide by picking the tour you want to do with the tourists and help them discover the city in your way!

3. Speakid : Become an english teacher for kids

Speakid is a language school specialised in teaching English to babies and children.
They think that learning a language should be fun so your aim will be to animate workshops in English through entertaining activities. They are growing fast and hiring new talents to join their great teaching teams from 2 hours per week to a lot more!

4. Mobypark: Rent your parking space (request for permission to your landlord)

€25/day

Do you have a parking space at your flat but you don’t use it? Rent it! A lot of people are looking for parking in Paris. Post your ad on the website and wait to be contacted!

Make sure you ask your landlord’s permission.

5. Drivy: Rent your car

Around €30/day

Do you have a car but you don’t use it all the time? Rent it safely. The rental of the car is covered by insurance.

6. Dogbuddy: Host a dog

Dogbuddy is an online community putting dogs’ owners and dogs’ lovers together. The service offers hosting during the weekend, holidays and bank holidays. That’s a very cute job in Paris.

7. Websites

StudentJob : if you don’t speak French, write the key word “English” to only have access to the offers in English

Thelocal.fr : an online newspaper for English speaking people in France which offers English-language jobs in France

8. Baby sitting or language classes

You are a foreign student so you have the quality to speak another language than French. Use it to earn some money! Put some ads in the bakeries, mini-markets, sport and animation centres for kids, in your district. Some people are specifically looking for a foreign baby sitter for their children to teach or improve a foreign language through daily conversations.

Here is a good website to become a nanny in France.

9. Embassy

You can contact your country’s embassy in Paris to offer them your service of baby-sitting or help for homework. Definitely worth a try however, some staff may look for someone who speaks their native language to help their children.

10. Learning support

Acadomia : min. Bac+3

Cours Legendre : min. Bac+ 4

Complétude : min. Bac+3

Home School : min. Bac+3

Cours particuliers entre particuliers : min Bac, à négocier

11. Learning support online

Private classes through webcam

Révisions bac

Hellomentor

12. Baby-sitting in English

  • Be My Nounou is a Childcare Agency based in Paris who hires native and bilingual speaking babysitters to babysit and teach English to French children in Paris and suburbs. They carefully recruit and train babysitters to be a part of their team as they highly value the work being done in each family and the relationship between each babysitter and family.
  • Eveil Bilingue : English native speakers only, for part-time, babysitting and teaching positions. The agency is specialized in early language acquisition for 3 -12 years old in the Paris area. To be considered, you need to be available at least 2 days per week from 4.30 pm and / or a full Wednesday.
  • Baby-speaking : Part-time job for native English speakers, for babysitting or linguistic workshop in French family.
  • Speaking agency:  Baby-sitting services in foreign language (English, German, Spanish, Chinese …), but also language classes for children and teenagers.
  • O2 : Baby-sitting service by French and foreign students.
  • Babylangues :  Teaching of foreign language (especially English) through an innovative and ludic method.

13. OuiStock : Rent your cellar or you useless room (request permission from your landlord)

Between €30 to 300 per month

Do you have an useless cellar or room? Rent it to other people who need to space to store their stuff in it.

Make sure you ask for your landlord’s permission.

Advices

If you apply online for a student job in Paris, call them one week later to make sure they have received your resume and to show them your interest and availability.

For a waitress or a seller student job in Paris, give your resume directly by hand to the manager of the shop or the restaurant.

You also can do spontaneous applications : send your resume to agencies that don’t particularly offer student job in Paris.

In France we’re strict about punctuality and quality of service. You have to do your student job correctly if you want to keep it. If exceptionally you cannot be present one day, be sure to announce it at least 24hrs in advance.

 

About Us

Feel Parisien is a trilingual agency that welcomes international students in Paris and in France.

We offer a wide range of services to settle down : accommodation, bank account, phone card, VISA, VISA OFII, CAF, home and health insurance, metro card and electricity acting as an agency in Paris for students.
The idea is that we facilitate your administrative path and we secure your arrival while reassuring students and their parents by answering all their questions. We help from undergraduate students to Masters, MBA and PhD students to get settle in Paris and in France.

You get access to :

  • An online platform that facilitates your arrival.
  • Help to get your Visa, and to follow your process for getting your french Visa.
  • Booking options on accommodation in advance (required for the VISA).
  • Benefit from our negotiated prices with our partners.
  • One click services : open a bank account, get a phone sim card, insure your home and do all that before your arrival in France, while you still are in your country.
  • Answers to your questions in English or Spanish.
  • A full range of administrative services : OFII, French Stipend for housing (CAF), Metro card, Health Insurance, Electricity etc.
  • Benefit from a Community where you can talked to others students from your school and nationality but also to the others ones.

Get settled in France hassle-free with our packages.

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WRITING A FRENCH RESUME

French CV

WRITING A FRENCH CV

When applying for a job in a French-speaking country, your resume needs to be in French, which is more than a matter of translation.

The first thing you need to know is that the word resume is a false friend in French and English. Un résume means a summary, whereas a résume refers to a CV (curriculum vitae). When applying for a job with a French company, you need to provide un CV, not a résume.

You must keep your French CV to one page only (A4/single side).

Don’t forget to send your French CV in PDF, to avoid any modification when the receiver opens it!

Step 1

Basic information about yourself has to appear distinctly on top of your French CV:

  • First Name
  • Last name
  • Age (optional)
  • Nationality (optional)
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Driver’s licence/if you have a car

If you are bilingual in any other language you should mention it on top as well.

Still on the top of your French CV, you can add a picture of yourself, but choose something neutral (colour or black & white: it doesn’t really matter).

Also mention the job your are applying to.

Eg : Looking for a position as an event project manager

Step 2

Your French CV will be divided in 4 parts. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

(Expériences professionnelles)

Retrace each experience by chronologic order, from the newest to the oldest one.

Put as many details as possible, such as:

  • Name of the company
  • The country
  • Your position
  • Missions you completed (bullet points)
  • Time and duration

EDUCATION

(Formation)

Once again, list them by chronologic order, from the most recent to the oldest.

  • Diploma
  • School
  • Year
  • Country

SKILLS

(Competences)

In this part, you will list your computer (operating systems/software programs) and language skills.

Language skills:

*Proficient – Lu, écrit, parlé
*Fluent – Courant
*Bilingual – Bilingue
*Native language – Langue maternelle

If you passed some tests you should mention your score. 

INTERESTS

(Centres d’intérêt)

List your hobbies and travels but limit this section to 2 or 3 lines.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The employer will first skim through your French CV, in 30 seconds, to make sure you have the capacities required for the job. To help him, put the main elements in bold: the name of your companies, your different occupations and your schools names.

A clear layout is important. The recurring elements such as the name of cities and the date have to be on the left in front of an experience, or at least at the same place for all of them.

The four parts must appear clearly.

You should use the same font.

Maybe add some colours to attract the employer.

SOME ADVICE

Your French CV has to be concise: make short sentences and show the main ideas. The interview will be the occasion to give more details.

Do not repeat the same info: if you have done similar jobs, try to change your skills gained.

Focus on the important information (don’t put your marital status for example).

If you have too many experiences, forget about the oldest ones and the ones that are not connected to the job offer.

If you have a period of professional inactivity, try to value it with a personal experience instead (travel, formation, humanitarian aid…).

Make sure there are no spelling/syntax mistakes. Make sure another person reviews your French CV.

Now you’re ready to look for a job !

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