Marché La courneuve




I am not really one of the people that makes a whole research of the places they go to.

I just go see it for myself and come to my own conclusions of the place.


Paris was no exception.


It is not a surprise that everyone wants to live in the heart of Paris, or at the very least, in one of the Arrondissements, but the truth is that living in the suburbs is much cheaper and, against all odds, more peaceful.


As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t do much planning before moving here.

I met some people and asked around how they found a place for rent that wasn’t as big as a rabbit cage, and they recommended me to look on the many groups available on Facebook. You can pretty much type where you’re from and then ‘’in Paris’’, et voilá. For example, I found my lovely place in a group called Latinos en París, and it so happens to be a place in La Courneuve, the suburbs on the NorthEast.


It is probably a good idea to look for a place to live in the suburbs because the rent isn’t so high, and the rooms are more spacious than trying to fit all your life in a tiny studio closer to Paris. I think it is an ideal place to live for people that enjoy being surrounded by different cultures. Here you have everything you need: supermarkets, affordable and pretty decent restaurants (don’t be expecting anything fancy though), bakeries, clothing stores… you name it. Even very exotic goods from countries like India, Bangladesh, China and countries in Africa, among others. However, the best thing about living here is the Farmer’s Market. Buy everything you need to cook, fresh and at a very good price. You’re going to hear people shouting ‘’ONE EURO’’ at you plenty of times, and if you have a more vegetarian diet, it’s THE perfect place to shop from. It happens on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from sometime in the morning (not sure if it starts at 8:00) until 14:00.


This area is quite big and there are plenty of things to see, like art galleries and parks. My favourite park of all the gorgeous parks in Paris, is in La Courneuve. It is called Parc Départemental Georges Valbon and it is huge. It has a small lake, plenty of space for picnics and to practice sports, etc. There are festivals going on here as well, and various activities if you care to find out for yourself because people are not so good at advertising them.

Check out La Courneuve

Fact: La Courneuve is on the 93 department and at the beginning of the Metro line 7.

Metro line 7 is basically one of THE longest Metro lines in Paris. It is very convenient for me since it doesn’t take me longer than 10 minutes to get to my university, but if you live here, you must know that wherever else you want to go is probably going to take you from 30-50 min (BY Metro) to reach. Specially if you want to go out partying, it is a long way back home! It is also not the prettiest nor cleanest lines available. However, it is quite complete, and you can always reach many places without having to switch metros. So that’s a plus! And! Paris is constantly on strikes and so public transportation is the first to suffer the consequences; however, over the year that I’ve lived here, I have never experienced important delays while using line 7.

There are also plenty of busses around here in case there is a problem with the Metro, and the Tram T1 goes though here as well. Isn’t that great? Also, if you want to reach the Charles de Gaulle Airport, it is convenient to live here because you can take the RER B, and since it’s closer, the ride isn’t long and most of the time you can find a place to sit. Downside is if you have to go to Orly Airport… this is self-explanatory.


There are many tails going on about the life in the suburbs. I’ve heard plenty of times that my area is like a ‘’hot spot’’ for danger. I’ve been living here by myself and hardly ever felt unsafe. Of course, I am speaking as a Latin woman (keep in mind that probably what is known as‘’dangerous neighbourhood’’ around Paris doesn’t compare to what how dangerous a neighbourhood in South America really is), so you learn a few things to keep you from ever being in a troublesome situation. For example: I never ever walk on the main road because aside form being very dirty, it is very crowded, and I’ve seen people drinking more there than in any other areas, therefore I found an alternative way to get home, that maybe isn’t as fast, but is much cleaner, prettier and of course safer. Also, don’t exit the metro where you see people are drinking outside of… that’s never a great idea, specially if you’re a girl and you’re alone.


Okay, okay… I am making it seems scarier than it is (not scary at all). Bottom line is that it is a very peaceful place where you rarely hear any ambulances, and all those stories of it being dangerous are much exaggerated. This coming from a girl that likes to be out at night a lot and must go back home alone in the middle of the night and on high heels. Just always watch out for yourself and everything will go fine.


All and all, I give the place a thumbs up! I think it is an acceptable area outside of Paris, that has more good things than bad. Don’t let people who are way too impressionable keep you from coming here, because they probably don’t know the place themselves.


I’m looking forward to two more years of discovering this place.


Over and out.


María Helena Calderón

Fashion Design Student at IFA PARIS.


Friends Students Paris

Your Story n°3 : “Making friends before your arrival”

Using the community tab…

Feel Parisien has helped me and many other students transition into life in Paris  seamlessly. A huge part of that for me was the new communication tab they have added to the platform. The communication tab allows you to get to know people who are also studying in Paris, which really put my mind at ease when moving here. Obviously moving to a new country and/or starting at a new school can be very nerve racking but having friends before you even arrive, makes this transition so much easier.

To get to know other students

In my personal experience with the tab I was messaged by a girl on instagram, who is now one of my closest friends here in paris. She had gotten my name from the platform and looked me up. From there I did the same thing finding more and more people to talk to. Soon we had a group chat of girls all sharing our excitement and making plans to explore our new home together. In just a few days we even had a group chat with all of the first year students at my school. It has been a good resource for many to ask questions, voice concerns and ask each other for advice. Many of the students have also used it to arranged meet ups with each other and made lasting friendships. It was especially helpful in my friends situation when her flight got in too late to check into her apartment and she was able to ask me to get her keys for her. It’s very comforting knowing that there are people in your new city looking out for you and helping you every step of the way. I would definitely recommend using this tab to anyone on the platform because having people to explore the city with makes it so much better!

Sydney Petrie


French visa interview

4 rules to succeed your French visa interview at the embassy

You registered on Etudes en France and finally gathered all your paperwork, it’s time for your visa interview at the embassy. And here you are making an appointment for the interview to the French embassy from where you depend. Feel Parisien gives you four advices to nail your French visa interview.

Be frank and honest in your response, make your answer clear. 

Be clear on the purpose of your journey which is studying by mentioning the program and your motivations for it. The agreement or not of your French visa will depend on supplied information and your capacity to answer the questions of the consular agent. Thus there is no answer-type to see attributing or not a visa.


Show that you go to bring in (and that you will leave).

If you ask for a French visa of temporary stay, it is important to show your links with your country of origin. The consular agent who proceeds to the interview wants to make sure that you will not exceed the duration travel and that the latter pursues a precise objective.

Take with you proofs of your family ties (photocopy of the family book) or of your estate properties, all which can weigh this way.


Give precise answers at your french visa interview.

Whatever is the case, it is a question of being precise, of giving details of the purpose of your journey in France. If you received any help in your visa application by an agent in your country or by Feel Parisien, don’t mention it.


Do not forget to prove what you say.

Supporting documents are essential to any French case of visa application. Sometimes, they are compulsory as sponsor’s letter of an employer, sometimes they will only serve to prove what you say. Don’t forget to bring copies of all the documents on the checklist. And if you have even the slightest doubt on documents that you should bring just take them in case the interviewer asks for it.


If you have done your visa preparation with us don’t mention us as you are suppose to do all the paperwork on your own.


Feel Parisien advises and examples to avoid scams

How to spot scams for accommodations in Paris or France or anywhere!

After spending times looking for accommodation you might be tired, desperate and come across nice and attractive … SCAMS !

Be careful, to avoid scams here are some tips to hep identify them :

– The way they are written. The posts which look like they’ve been copy/pasted, contain lots of capitalisation, contain random phrases or poor written English tend to be SCAMS.

– They are often Too good to be true : Huge Bedroom, amazing photo and location for 450 € : Not Happening.

– They miss some details: the post is vague with regards to the Area/arrondissement, Photos or Description of the apartment.

– They ask for money in advance : Pay before you visit, Pay before we submit your file, Pay without seing anything, find a friend to meet and visit the apartment/landlord!!!!!  Or just ask us to (link).

– They have wrong way of doing thing, they send an ID but its out of date, they ask you to pay so quickly.

– They have sometimes weird way of transfers via Western Union or Mandat Cash etc but be careful sometimes it can also be a regular bank.


Example of scams encountered this summer by two of our students

From: tripe rognon <>

“Je vous remercie pour l’intérêt accordé à mon appartement situé sur Paris (AVENUE DU GENERAL LECLERC3 pièces de 2 chambreS  et Un séjour
Le loyer est de 520 EUROS charges comprises pour chaque chambre. Cet appartement est  très propre et  les charges  renferment Le gaz, l’électricité et l’eau.
Bonjour, Votre situation me convient et les 2 chambres sont encore disponibles pour la location.

Voici la condition :*Apres réception de tout le dossier au complet une date commune sera trouvé afin qu’on puisse faire la visite rapidement.Je vous établirai un contrat de location dûment signé que je vous enverrai dans un premier temps si les conditions vous conviennent  et si les termes et clauses du contrat vous conviennent, vous le signer et vous me le renvoyer. Donc chacun aura alors une copie du contrat signé.

*Garantie de caution: (550 euros) a déposer obligatoirement par virement bancaire je vous enverrai le RIB afin de déposer la garantie de caution.

*C’est suite à la réception du dossier complet de location inclus le reçu de l’ordre de virement comme tout les autres candidats que la visite sera faite.Je vis à Avignon donc je ne voudrai pas me déplacer inutilement.

Visite possible possible les mercredi, vendredi et dimanche de 17h à 20h.
NB : N’insistez pas je ne donnerai pas suite au dossier non complet.”

This is only the first mail and here are the mistakes we can already see:
– The offer is too good to be true (everything is included even gaz and electricity for 520 €.
– He asks everyone to pay before he has reserved the spot for anyone! Which means if 100 people liked the appartment he is going to receive 100 000 € and then give back the money to each of you who he didn’t take for the bedroom ? Sure ? SCAMS ALERT.
Avoid scams

Safety in Paris – Do/ Don’t and Where to stay?

Safety in Paris – Do/ Don’t and Where to stay?

This article is to give you an overview on safety in Paris with also a few tips on how to avoid pickpockets or the best places to stay in Paris. It is based on researches done by L’observatoire national de la délinquance  for example and on our own experience at Feel Parisien. For us Paris is safe, as we never had one single problem. But we know tourists don’t see the city with our eyes and are often robbed.

SafeAround  state that Paris is a very safe city with a safety index of 68% “Although the police force is highly effective in making Paris a safe place, tourists may nevertheless be a target for pickpockets and crooks on the city’s streets.” You can wander in almost every district with a very low risk of mugging if you take precautions as explained below in this article. However, some areas are safer than others.

Let’s take a look at a few neighbourhood in Particular, where is it safe to stay in Paris?

The center of Paris and mains area including the touristy one’s (Le Marais, the Latin quarter, the Louvre area….) are very safe, as it’s a vibrant area either at day or night.

Les Halles is a huge meeting place with metro and RER connecting from a lot of places. Therefore, it can be a bit crowded during the day and might be a place for pickpockets to take advantage of tourists. It can be a bit scary at night as it’s a spot for drug dealers to exchange but it’s getting better and more surveillance by police. Beware of large teenager’s groups during the weekends; they are often gangs from the suburbs who come to Paris looking for trouble.

Montmartre is a safe neighbourhood. Down the hill it’s Pigalle which is the equivalent of the Red-Light district, but as it is very touristy during day and night you should not have any problems. Don’t stay too long on the boulevard because the downside of being very touristy and lively is that there can be large groups of people drunks and some deal of drugs as well… (be especially cautious if you are a female).

The North of Paris is controverted. It’s not safe in every street and you should be careful Around both Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, you should always keep an eye on your wallet. If you want to explore La Goutte d’Or, which is a quite poor district, you should go there only during the daytime. For example, you would find some cheaper apartments around Chateau Rouge, the main boulevard is safe but I would not rent apartments in Rue doudeauville and la goutte d’or as a Woman.

Belleville and Menilmontant, both African and North-African areas, have become safer places these last 5 years. They are popular among young “bourgeois-bohèmes” (also know as “bobos”) who have settled here to escape the high rents of other funky areas like Bastille.

Bastille is so vibrant with its many cafés and bars that you may encounter drunk people at night with extravagant behaviour but nothing especially dangerous.

The Champs-Elysées is very lively and not too risky, at least during the day. You should still be careful on this large avenue, especially at night because it’s so crowded that it is the perfect place for pickpockets.  Also, because most of the Parisian night clubs are in this area, you can might encounter drunk people or gangs of young people who just want to cause trouble.  You can have a safe walk on the Champs Elysées but not after midnight.

The western part of the city (17th, 8th and 16th arrondissements) is quite wealthy, it’s mostly residential, there are not a lot of restaurants, bars or animation and that’s why it can get pretty empty when the night comes and become a bit scary but it’s mostly a very safe neighborood.

On the other side of the Seine, the 13th district, Montparnasse, the 6th, 7th and other districts  from the south of Paris are all secured areas to visit.

What neighbourhood to avoid in Paris at night?  What about night time Safety?

Some district and metro stop are less welcoming by night and you should be more carefull when travelling alone after dark from 10:30pm : Chatelet les Halles, Les Halles, Pigalle, Couronnes, Belleville, Place des Fetes, Porte de St Ouen, Porte de Clichy, Gare du Nord, Stalingrad, Jaures, Porte de la Chapelle, Porte de Clignancourt, Porte de la Villette, Aubervilliers-Quatre Chemins. These stations are not dangerous or no go-zone but you would want to take extra care by not travelling alone as a woman for example in the night time.

Birth certificate

How to traduce birth certificate in French?

Getting to France

France is a global country well known for its excellence in arts and sciences. France has many academic institutions that are recognized worldwide, and these institutions admit both local and international students. However, the international students are advised to have their certificates intact so as to prevent them from being disturbed at school.

Certificates are taken with all kind of seriousness and it is important to have certificates that are free from errors. One of the most important certificates in the world is Birth Certificate, it should contain the name if the owner, the place of birth, country of birth, parents name and also the date of birth of the owner. Since a lot of international students are admitted into France, it is important to have your certificates well translated into French language and free from all kind of errors.

Tradition of Birth Certificate can be defined as the translation of the birth certificate from any language into the French language by a Certified Translator. It is important that the translator are experts and not newbies and that they offer the best services at very affordable prices. A lot of translators in France provides Birth Certificates that are acceptable by USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services), state governments, local governments and federal governments.

Traduction of a Birth Certificate is not done to replace the birth certificate, so it is of vital importance that none of the data provided on the original birth certificate is altered or modified. It is important that the format of the original birth certificate is duly followed. This include; the order of data, the date of issuance, placement of signature, placement of stamps etc. The traduction of a certificate has to be done by experts and with logic so as to prevent the rejection of the Birth Certificate. The traduced copy should be done in a somewhat identical way to the original copy (following the arrangements and use of words of the original certificate) because a birth certificate is particular to just a place and not multiple places.

Why translate your certificate?

It is important that the translated birth certificate is accepted by some certain organizations.  The translated certificate format should bear the name of the Translator, signature, address and date of certification. The Translator should certify that he is fluent in the Languages involved and that the certificate was accurately translated. There are many online translator services that offer great traduction services. One can send the original birth certificate through document format, PDF format or image format. The Translator has to be approved by the Cour d’Appel (Court of Appeal) in France.

Feel Parisien recommend to traduce your birth certificate with

What is Feel Parisien?

Feel Parisien offers a number of services to international students in France. They help students who are new to France know their way around their school and around France, they also help students get accommodation. They offer help pertaining to students Visa and can so be available to welcome one into France.

Translating Birth Certificate from a very reliable translator and translators with great expertise will save one a lot of trouble when settling down.