studying in paris

6 benefits from choosing Feel Parisien

Studying in Paris with the help of Feel Parisien

1. ACCOMMODATION IN PARIS

Accommodations in Paris can be hard to find, especially last minute. Accommodations have to be booked far in advance because they fill up fast, which happens at the beginning of each new school year. Students live a real nightmare from their first day in Paris when they realize that the demand outstrips supply. They often find themselves fighting for a small studio, which can be too expensive. But booking in advance can also be difficult without knowing where to ask and who to trust when you’re not in the country.

That’s why Feel Parisien is THE solution. We have partners specialized in hosting international students with a wide range of different accommodations for all students. We have 15 different affordable student residence options, and different host families to choose from. If you are looking for a private or shared apartment, we can point you in the right direction to a trustworthy agency.  We will send you offers according to your request and we will book your accommodation in advance before everything is gone.

But before you make your decision on accommodations, get informed about all the options and their pros and cons.

Student Residences: The monthly rates can range from €750 and up if you book accommodations directly through the student residences websites. With Feel Parisien, you can save money by letting us secure your accommodations as we can offer discounted rates, as low as €650/month. We will help you through the whole process of applying, paying and securing insurance, all the way through the day you move in.

Host families: Staying with a host family is a great way to integrate yourself into French culture and to even improve your French language skills. But often host families are more expensive than other options. This is because everything is included and you get some extra services included in the rate, such as breakfast and your linens changed.

Apartments:  The biggest mistake a student can make is to wait to arrive in Paris, stay in a hotel and expect to find an apartment within the first week of being in the city. There won’t be anything left, believe me! Like I said before, everything is usually booked by September. If you choose to look for an apartment rather than our student residences, we can refer you to agencies like Paris Attitude and Logis, companies that deal with international students often. Some pros are that these companies do not require a native guarantor for you to sign a lease and they will only start charging you when you actually arrive in Paris, whereas some companies may start to charge months before. The biggest issues are that our students do not have exclusive access to these agencies’ holdings since they are not our partners. Therefore prices will be higher and a lot of listings will be full.

 

2. A BANK

Feel Parisien helps you to open an account at the French bank CIC in advance. You will receive your RIB (bank details) two weeks after opening your account, allowing you to transfer money when you’re still in your country.

When you arrive in Paris, you can go to your previously- booked appointment at the closest bank to your residence or school. You will receive your credit or debit card (VISA or Mastercard) there. A checkbook can be offered on demand. You will also receive your phone SIM card- see the next section for more details.

3. THE CHEAPEST PHONE SUBSCRIPTION

Finding an affordable phone plan can be difficult for international students because they don’t know what the main phone operators are and the standard prices of subscriptions. Even if they find companies such as “Orange”, “SFR” or “Bouygues Telecom”, all the websites are in French and difficult to understand. It is better to understand what you are buying before typing your credit card number into these websites!

Feel Parisien offers the best price on the market (unlimited calls and text messages + 10 GB of Internet 4G for €15.99/month) through Bouyges. This service is included in the bank service and the SIM card can be picked up at your appointment at the bank.

4. A FOREIGNER CAN’T APPLY FOR THE CAF WITHOUT HELP

The CAF stands for “Caisse des Allocations Familiales”, a government agency that provides assistance to young people and families in need. Applying for aid from the CAF can greatly help with your accommodation fees so we highly recommend you apply if you fit the criteria listed below. However, looking at the list of the required documents to apply even make us want to quit. So imagine if you don’t speak French!

The CAF says “We are in France, we only have information and forms in French”. Yes, but international students are allowed to get this assistance and no law forces them to speak French when they come to study in France… Arg French administration! Therefore, Feel Parisien offers, from the first days of your arrival, personal assistance to help you to create an account and apply for it online.

You are eligible if:

  • you’re a student in France
  • you have a French bank account.
  •  the lease is in your name
  • you did not work last year or you earned less than €10,000

Receiving CAF can reduce your rent by €206/month if you are living in a studio, or €118/month if you are living in a shared apartment. We have to admit: when we look at the price of the rents, we gladly accept the little financial help to reduce it!

5. INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT

Paris is an amazing city, France is a beautiful country and Europe is a huge continent. To fully enjoy everything, to know what should be known, and to not miss out on what should be seen, you should be advised by a “godmother” who will make your stay unforgettable.

6. ONLY ONE AGENCY FOR EVERYTHING

Feel Parisien has various partners to ensure a service of quality.
But students have only one contact for everything: Feel Parisien.
That’s why Feel Parisien is THE quick and easy solution to your arrival and stay in Paris.

CONTACT US RIGHT NOW TO START ORGANIZING YOUR STUDYING IN PARIS

Email: perle@feelparisien.com

Whatsapp : +33 6 51 57 63 12

Fill in our contact form on our website

Send us a message on Facebook: Feel Parisien

paris street market

Paris Street Markets : The Top 8!

Looking for some fresh French food? Read this guide!

The BIO Paris street market: Marché Raspail

This elegant market showcases the higher quality food that Paris is known for so the products are a bit expensive. But the big bonus is that only natural products with no GMO or pesticides and no animal testing are accepted in this street market.

Marché bio Raspail
Boulevard Raspail
Sundays from 9 to 2pm

Flower & birds market at Île de la Cité

What a beautiful name .. this street market specializes in birds (rare ones too) and flowers. You also can find small animals to provide company in your Parisian flat. Located at Ile de la cité, which is in a beautiful district, surrounded by the Seine.

Marché aux Fleurs de l’Île de la Cité
Place Louis Lépine et Quai de la Corse – 4e
Flowers: every day from 8 to19h30
Birds: Sunday from 8 to 19h

Market on the Water

The concept of this market is that the food is brought by boat to la Rotonde, in Paris. You can find fresh and local products, from Tuesday to Saturday, at place de la Rotonde. You can apply to the association to enjoy special prices.

Marché sur l’Eau
Distribution on the terrace of the Rotonde de la Villette
Tuesday from 18h to 20h only for subscribers
Saturday from 11h30 to 13h30 for everyone

Old book market at Georges Brassens

For book lovers and collectors… The smell of old paper is everywhere. This market is a must-see, beautiful place full of books.
Marché du livre ancien et d’occasion George Brassens
104, rue Brancion – 14e
Saturday & Sunday from 9h to 18h

Enfants Rouges Market

The oldest covered street market in Paris, dating back to 400 years ago! This market offers a wide variety of food, from Italian to African. You can both eat prepared meals or buy ingredients at this market.

Le marché des Enfants Rouges
39, rue de Bretagne – 3rd District

The Cheapest Paris Street Market: Berthier

The cheapest Paris street market: le marché Berthier! At this market you can buy fruits & vegetable from just one euro for a kilogram. These prices are only at the end of the market at 13h30 the Wednesday and at 2pm the Saturday.

Marché Berthier
Boulevard de Reims – 17e

Puces de Saint-Ouen

This is a very famous Paris street market. You can go for a walk in this area during the weekends to find a special object you will keep in your cozy flat: baubles, vintage furniture, music instrument… You can find everything.

Puces de Saint-Ouen

Between the porte de Saint-Ouen and the Porte de Clignancourt
From Saturday to Monday from 9h to 18h (11h on Monday)

Aligre Market

This Paris street market has a very nice atmosphere. The traders here are willing to haggle and will offer you tastings of their wares.

2 markets : one covered and the other one on the street.

Marché d’Aligre

Place d’Aligre – 12e
From Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 to 13h, 16h to 19h30 (Sunday until13h30)

sorbonne

The Sorbonne university

The Sorbonne university is the most famous university in Paris.

Public university in France are the cheapest way to the education. Find here the price (max €500 for la Sorbonne) and keep in mind a private school price its around €7000 per year.

Note : Dauphine is another famous university in Paris but more expensive, find the price here to compare.

If an international student comes to la Sorbonne without an exchange program (Erasmus…) or without having a international agrrement, he is called an “Individual student”.

He has to apply at the Bureau des Validations de Diplomes Etrangers (and not at the Relations Internationales).

He has to pass a french level test and get level B2 for Licence program (Bachelor) and C1 for master (except Master Etudes Italiennes, level B2) before applying on E-Candidat.

  1. If you are from Europe

Or

  • From Switzerland
  • a political refugee
  • stateless
  • Child of a diplomate with a position in France
  • French government grant holder or foreigner

You want to apply to the first year of Licence (bachelor program):

You have passed your high school diploma in a European country the year before the application to la Sorbonne:

  • You have to apply at the Admission Post Bac (APB), on the website from 20 January to 20 of March 2016.
  • Only for European or people from Switzerland.

You have passed your high school diploma NOT in a European country or you have a international high school diploma:

  • You have to apply from 4 April 2016 to 13 June 2016 online

If you want to apply to 2 nd , 3rd year of LICENCE or in a MASTER program :

(You only can apply in your major course area). 

  • You have to apply from 4 April 2016 to 13 June 2016 online

For an application in L2, L3 and Master LEA : 

You have to prove that your studied two foreign languages, Law, Economy and Management.

For an application to L1 of Music and Musicology you have to pass a practical test before

French level required : B2

For an application to a Doctorat :

You have to contact La Maison de la Recherche

2. If you are from a CEF country 

You have to contact the branch Campus France indoor country.

3. If you are NOT from a CEF country

If you want to apply to the first year of LICENCE :

You have to download the application form (DAP Blanche) from the 15 November 2015 and the 22 of January 2016 on the website of the Service Culturel de l’Ambassade de France of you country.

  • If you are living in France  :

You have to download the application form (DAP Blanche) from the 15 November 2015 and the 22 of January 2016 on the website of the Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur. 

If you want to apply to 2nd and 3rd year of LICENCE or MASTER:

(You only can apply in your major course area). 

You have to apply to Campus France from 15 November 2015 to 30 March 2016 

  • If you are NOT from a CEF country or if you’re on the French territory :

You have to apply online from 4th April 2016 to 13 of June 2016

 

healthcare in france

Healthcare in France for international students

Worried your french isn’t good enough to get healthcare in France?

Did you know there are lists of English speaking doctors, dentists and other medical providers for your healthcare in France on the websites of the Australian Embassy, the Canadian Embassy and the US Embassy, especially for international students in Paris ?

Australian Embassy List: http://www.france.embassy.gov.au/pari/Engdoc.html
American Embassy List: http://photos.state.gov/…/f…/45994/acs/usc_paris-medical.pdf
Canadian Embassy List: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/…/consul…/medical.aspx…

You can also double-check on https://www.doctolib.fr/ if your doctor is “conventionné” and at what level : sector 1 = 100% reimbursable but sector 2 = the extra is only reimbursable is you have a healthcare mutual.

Some things worth being aware of:

– For many years it was illegal here for medical providers to advertise or for people to recommend them online, so other than the embassy websites the recommendations available can be limited.

– If you want to get money back from securité sociale the doctor needs to be “conventionné”, so make sure to ask that when you speak to the receptionist when making your booking.

– make sure you declare your main doctor as your “medecin traitant” so you get the maximum refund returned.

– SOS medecins come to your house if you are too ill to go to a doctor, and not ill enough to go to a hospital: call +33 1 47 07 77 77 . You can ask them to send you a doctor that speaks English if possible

– in an emergency, you can call 112 for a doctor. This works throughout the European Union

– you can also call 18 in the case of fire, explosion, gas leak, accident (car, plane, train), people who collapse or are injured in a public place, etc

More info about the healthcare in France, in my free book here : bit.ly/feelparisien