Learn French with Atelier 9

With Atelier 9, you can learn French through their Intensive, Extensive French or Evening programs depending on your need. All in the heart of Paris!

Moreover, the courses are for a maximum of 9 students, so the lessons can really be tailored to you and your level. This is not a textbook kind of courses but the teacher focus on a conversation based method. Teachers are using teaching material such as songs, articles or videos… 

For individual students:

For any of these weekly programs (Intensive French Course, 21,5 hours per week) or more : 10% off when you say you are from Feel Parisien. 

  • 4 weeks (86 hours): 990 euros. 
  • 3 weeks (64,5 hours): 855 euros.
  • 2 weeks (43 hours): 585 euros. 
  • 1 week (21,5 hours) depending on availabilities: 320 euros. 
  • 6 weeks: 1450 euros, 8 weeks: 1910 euros, 12 weeks: 2830 euros.

For any program with 12 lessons weekly (Semi-Intensive French Course, 11,5 hours per week) : 8% off when you say you are from Feel Parisien. 

  • 4 weeks (46 hours): 610 euros.
  • Three-month package (12 consecutive weeks): 1710 euros.

For any programme with less than 4 lessons weekly (Extensive Evening courses, 3 hours per week) and for all other program (private one-one one lessons) : 8%off on listed price when you say you are from Feel Parisien.

  • 4 week package: 190 euros.
  • 12 week package: 490 euros.

Comments and feedback from previous students on their Facebook page:

 

“It’s my fourth week and just one more week left but definitely will continue to learn french in this amazing school that became like a second home with the best team I’ve ever met/experienced.

French is hard and Paris is cold but L’ATELIER 9 really creates an amazing kind, friendly yet professional experience” –  Amir 

 

“I had a 2 week intensive course and I loved it. Small groups, friendly atmosphere and good teachers.” – Anar

Ready to get started? For more informations, check their website!

 

Why you should learn French?

1. Speaking French, will make your integration easier

Not everybody speaks English in France, even in Paris it is not so common. With no French at all in your vocabulary, your daily life is going to be a bit more complicated. Make your life easier by having some basic vocabulary for your everyday life, even if it’s just to ask for a baguette in a bakery.

2. To speak French, allow you to pursue studies in famous universities

If you speak French it will enable you to join famous schools such as La Sorbonne, Pierre and Marie Curie University or in the grandes écoles (HEC, Polytechnic, ESSEC). Students who are proficient in French may also, under certain conditions, benefit from French government scholarships to pursue a third cycle of study in France in all disciplines and obtain an internationally recognized diploma.

 

3. With French, you can travel in a lot of countries

Once you are in France, you might want to discover the countries nearby… They speak French in Belgium and Switzerland! But French is also spoken in North America in the province of Quebec or the bilingual province of New Brunswick. You can even visit more numerous French-speaking countries in Africa where they speak the same language.

4. A language to learn other languages

Learning French helps to learn other languages, especially Latin languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or Romanian) but also English since French has provided more than 50% of current English vocabulary. French will open doors to you to others european languages while you are staying in France and visiting nearby countries.

5. The language of international relations

French is both a working language and one of the two official languages at the UN, UNESCO, NATO, the European Union, the International Olympic Committee and the International Red Cross. Fluency in French is essential for anyone considering a career in international organizations.

6. French: the language of culture

French is the international language of fashion, literature, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. Having a knowledge of French offer you access to great works in the original French, as well as movies and songs.

Got a crazy bill this month? Here’s a few tips to reduce your next one

You might not be aware of it but your home and your daily habits are extremely energy intensive. Not to mention the environmental concerns, those habits can have a significant impact on your electricity bill.

This article aims to give you some tips to reduce you electricity consumption and understand why you might receive a bill for regularization.

What is the regularization bill?

Your bill is calculated on an estimate of your consumption. During the year, your consumption is evaluated so that your electricity supplier can bill you your actual consumption over the year: through the regularization bill.

For example

Your annual bill will be between € 31 and € 50 per square meter. For a studio of 20m ², you will have to pay a bill spread between 620 € and 1 000 €, depending on you energy supplier.

For a 50 square meter flat, it will be between 23,5 to 36,2 € per square meter per year.

A schedule is established for the first eleven months of invoicing but in the 12th month, regularization may be necessary, depending on your consumption. If you consumed more than expected your electricity supplier will ask you to pay the difference, if you consumed less than the estimate, they will refund you.

How to save some electricity and some money at the same time ?

1) Unplug the devices in standby

TV, computers or microwaves in standby continue to consume electricity. It may seem convenient at first to have them plug at all time, but it will cause you a significant loss of money each year.  We therefore encourage you to unplug them to reduce your electricity consumption.

2) Use a power strip

Using a power strip to turn all devices off at once is easier then to unplug all your devices one by one. It will also help you reduce your electricity bill. So, think about buying one next time.

 

3) Find the ideal temperature

Heating is often the first energy consumption item in a house, temperatures vary from one room to another but they should be around:
• 19 ° C in the living rooms and 17° C in the bedrooms

Therefore, don’t overheat your home and make sure you have this numbers in mind next time. Sometimes, wearing an extra sweatshirt at home will actually help you reduce your electricity bill.
Lowering your heating by one degree will make you 7% of energy! Which means 7% of your bill! Save euros €€€€€

4) Take advantage of the off-peak hours rates

Off-peak hours are hours where electricity is 30 % cheaper. It will vary a bit depending on your city or district in Paris but it will generally be around 11pm until 7am.

Use this hours if possible, if you have to run your dishwasher or other devices.

You can find other useful tips here

 

 

 

How to find a guarantor in France ?

A guarantor is a third party, such as a parent or close relative. He will be the one to pay your rent if you can not do it. In France, a guarantor is required to rent an apartment.

Finding a guarantor to rent an accommodation when you are a student, can be a challenge.

We are going to introduce you the requirements needed to have a guarantor in France and others options that exist now if you don’t have one, for you to find the solution that fits you best.

1. The traditional guarantor in France

The first option is to have a “traditional” guarantor which in the case of renting an apartment in France is a French guarantor. A guarantor allows you to pay your apartment monthly with just one month deposit. In some cases, like with the student residence Estudines, International guarantors are also accepted.

In France, your guarantor needs to meet certain criteria:

  • Agencies accept a guarantor who earn 4 times one month’s rent each month
  • If your guarantor doesn’t earn enough, you can have a second one and they both need to earn at least around €2000/months

If you don’t have a guarantor you will have to pay your rents in advance in most cases, sometimes 3 to 6 months’ rents in advance, every 6 months and in other cases the whole stay!

However, other solutions exist now to help you rent a student accommodation and find a guarantor.

2. Garantme

GarantMe act as your guarantor during your stay in France. To check if your are eligible and can subscribe to their service, you have to compiled their file online, they analyse it in 24 hours, certify the documents and issue a deposit that will protect the lessor’s income, up to 36 000 €, for the duration of the lease and its renewals

Finding an apartment with Garantme is simple because they work with real estate professionals that trust them:

  • Student residences: 15 networks including 3 market leaders, CROUS, Nexity Studéa and Les Estudines
  • Real estate agencies: 300 branches and now two large networks Foncia and Orpi
  • Research platforms: Adele, Immojeune, Location-Student, Loc-Services now use Garantme

Who is your guarantor?

A strong insurance company well-known by landlords : GALIAN . Rents, charges and occupance allowances are guaranteed for the duration of the lease and its renewals up to € 36,000 by GALIAN.

How does it work?

  • To be eligible, you need to have enough revenues or financial resources to pay your rent or find a sponsor who has enough revenues or financial resources. Resources can be abroad and they can be savings.
  • You pay 3.5% of your rent for the rental period as the Garantme fee

Ex : for a rent of 500 € and a term lease of 12 months
The annual price is 500 * 12* 3,5%= 210 € (17,5€ per month)

More information available on https://www.garantme.fr/

 

3. Garantie Visale

Garantie Visale is a 100% free solution that will open doors for you.
VISALE is a deposit given by Action Logement to the tenant who pays the rent and the rental charges of the principal residence in case of payment default.

To benefit from it, you have to submit a visa application. Then, the renter accept the demand, you have the guarantee that you will not have to pay any other deposit.

It’s reassuring for the owner with Visale, the owner is secure to perceive his rental incomes during the length of the rent.
You can access your situation at any time, your personal data and documents are available on your personal account.

 

How does it work?

  • You have to be between 18 to 30 years old, no matter your financial situation
  • The rental price should not exceed 1300€ in France (excluded Paris) and 1500€ for Paris
  • It should not be covered by other guarantees (personal guarantee or insurance), not concluded between members of the same family and in case of colocation, it should be individualized for each roommate

The lease must be signed after obtaining the Visale guarantee contract (and before the end of the validity of the tenant’s visa).

More information available on https://www.visale.fr/