The Visa Validation (ex OFII VISA) : what is it ?

Since February 2019, The OFII is now called Visa Validation and is done online between your day of arrival and 3 months after your entry.


What was the OFII Visa? OFII stands for Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration . (French Office of Immigration and Integration). Once you step foot in France with a student visa, you must register to Visa Validation (ex OFII) to be able to travel back and forth into France after 3 months and during the duration of your Visa. Visa validation is also a step to convert your visa into a student residence permit. Before you had to get your OFII stamp in your passport within the first three months of your arrival in France is mandatory now you just need to register to Visa Validation online and will have a proof immediately after your registration. If not, you will no longer have the right to travel and come back to France.

Getting your Visa and your Visa Validation (ex OFII VISA) in France

If you are a non EU resident, having a VISA for your study in France is a very stressful point. You absolutely need a VISA to come to study in France. To get this VISA, you might need complimentary documents as proof of payment from your school or proof of accommodation. These documents are required for a lot of countries to get the VISA.

Acceptation of your VISA is great but it’s only the first Big step. That’s why Feel Parisien is here to help you with all the other steps of getting settled in Paris (getting an accommodation in Paris, getting a bank in Paris, getting your VISA etc) and let you fully enjoy your stay in France !

You just arrived in France, here is how to do your VISA Validation

In the past, the OFII process was very long and complicated. You had to wait 3 months to have an appointment and sometimes the documents to inform you about your appointment date were lost in the mail which causes a lot of problems.

Now, the French government is aware of those difficulties and is trying to improve the situation for foreigners in France.

Since February18th 2019, this mandatory procedure is totally dematerialized and is done exclusively online. It is therefore no longer necessary to make an appointment with the OFII to make the request.

To carry out this process online, simply go directly to the VLS / TS online validation portal.

It is necessary to have :

  • A valid email address
  • Provide information on the visa
  • Communicate the date of entry into France and the address of residence
  • A payment card online to pay the fee for issuing a residence permit or an electronic tax stamp that corresponds to the situation of the holder of the VLS / TS (for example, 250 euros for a spouse of French or a visitor, 60 euros for a student or a trainee, etc.).

The website is available in French, English and Chinese to facilitate the process.

Depending on the reason of your stay, you may be asked to complete additional formalities, pass a medical examination and / or sign a Republican integration contract.

I really hope you have a clearer view now about what is Visa Validation (ex OFII)  and if you want to benefit from assistance during the totality of this process, don’t hesitate to buy a pack for more tranquility. Mostly, Feel Parisien will be here to assist you in each step.

Feel Parisien help international students to get establish in France by facilitating all their administrative tasks. For more information on our pack or how we can help you through our services just shoot us an email.

Feel Parisien help you through all your administrative: accommodation in Paris, VISA, Visa Validation, health insurance, banking, phone, house insurance, electricity and metrocard. We offer various advantages to our students:

-15€ on their first electricity bill

– a year or 6 months of free bank fees with opening of their bank account before their arrival and a sim card on their first day in France.

– Reduced rents or agency fees for some of our partners residencies.

And many mores!

To have more information on how to settle in Paris or get help by Feel Parisien, check out our offer and what we do!

Your story N°2: Why choosing a host family ?

by Mr King (Egypt)

Why The Family?

Bonjour/ Bonsoir to all my friends coming from all over the world. Having this chance to live the Parisian experience is a bless. We are here now surrounded by kind people who speaks the most romantic language on earth, but we cannot understand them because it’s a different language than ours. So, why the family?

Depending on your goal, your future plan & situation. I will always say YES to the family because the minimum benefit you could’ve is the language. I won’t say a 100% proficiency but at least it will help encouraging you to speak freely without feeling shy or at least being more confident about yourself. You might say I don’t need to speak French, everyone here speaks English. True, but sometimes you will find yourself in the middle of

nowhere where the train stops because of an accident and the announcement goes with French, seeing everyone packing and standing up while you can’t understand a single word. This happened to me two years ago. So, at that very moment I understood that I NEED to learn French ASAP. And frankly speaking I found the family the easier way to understand, learn and speak French. Also, never forget the more exposure to the culture the more fun.

Being a part of the French society will guarantee you an easier life and a better lifestyle. Because living the Parisian experience is way different than being a tourist in Paris. You are now a part of this city living day after day in the same place, having new memories to add, more stories to tell & much more smiles to draw. The family am hosted by is super lovely, respectful & kind. I feel like home. They never bothered me or even made me feel like a stranger. I have my own privacy. They helped me with different things regarding the city, the routes I should use to my university, we had dinner together… and much more of more home alike attitude. And here I would like to say something, you are the responsible of how they treat you. Your attitude reflects the real you so then you can gain respect, trust & love.

Most of you consider it more expensive than living alone which is not true in a sense. Having the breakfast meal provided by the hosting family saves you almost the extra amount you pay for breakfast on a daily basis. Also, the location of the hosting house could be nearby your school which saves you extra money too. I am not asking you to accept whatever option of hosting family you have, but I recommend you consider it as a great option for living and improving. No one knows better than the original people of each country. Try not to focus too much on parties and wasting time with friends because as we mentioned previously it all depends on what your goal is?

Being a student means you are kind of a full-time dedicated person to earn knowledge, language and certificate. So, work harder and forget about TOO MUCH FUN now because this is your future trip.

I wish you all best of luck, happiness and success.

Your story N°1 “My First Days in Paris”

by MHS from Pakistan

My First Days in Paris

Ernest Hemingway said and I quote “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast”.

I applied to Paris School of Business got admission and got my visa after a long wait. The biggest dream of my life was about to come true. I was waiting at the airport lounge in my country for my flight looking at my ticket with curiosity and excitement. 12 hours later I was at Paris airport. The moment I stepped out of the airport I could feel the change in the air, it had a different aura. On the way to my apartment I kept on observing my surroundings the buildings the way they are constructed each of them has a story to tell. At last I reached my apartment thanks to feel Parisien everything was arranged before my arrival, they are very hard working and efficient.

I was very tired the first day so I kept my bags aside and slept. The next day when I woke up I was very excited because I was going to see the Eiffel Tower. Remember always to keep your passport and money safe while going to tourist places for the first time because these sites attracts a lot of pocket pickers. Well I changed my clothes bought a sandwich from the store near my residence and headed towards the RER train. The transportation system in paris is perfect but you need at least a week to understand it. I was lucky I had it all mapped out which RER to take when to get off and take a metro. I got off from the RER at Francois Mitterrand took the metro to Bercy and finally to Bir-Hakeim (tour de Eiffel).

The first sight of Eiffel tower was mesmerizing, I will remember it for the rest of my life. Standing near the Eiffel tower and watching it had a strange satisfaction it gives you happiness. Well I walked towards it crossed the entry doors and after that you have to stand in long ques to get the ticket to get on the tower. It was a long wait but worth every second of waiting, I got to the top of Eiffel tower it’s a long journey but it will be the most beautiful journey of your life. You can see almost all of Paris from the top and it is scenic. It is my sincere advice to all of the upcoming students to go to the top and enjoy the best view of Paris.

I have been telling you the Pros of Paris and my first day at Eiffel tower but there are cons too all of you should stay away from scams. There are a lot of people right there near Eiffel tower who are going to scam you and rob your money. There will be people asking you for donations for charity they will have a clipboard in their hands they will come to you write your name and talk to you kindly and then ask you for money. Second are the one with cup and ball game they are extremely clever. They will show you that the game is very easy and you can win and they will double your money but it is different. The man shuffling the cups is the head and he has 3-4 people of his own in the crowd. These are the people who keep on playing and winning giving you the impression that you can win too but you never will no one outside their gang will ever win. I was a prey to it too, I was standing there watching it when a woman held my arm and forced me to play when I refused she said “okay I will play first” she gave the man 100 euros he shuffled the cups and she chose the right cup and he gave her 200 euros as winning money. This is all fraud. I was motivated that I can win too, I knew which cup had the ball I saw it but when I chose the cup it was empty and I lost 100 euros. Even if you choose the right cup you will not win because they create a distraction somehow and change the cups because it is what they do scam people and they are perfect at it. Stay away from all these games and don’t lose your money.

There are many other things to do like the mix club it’s a great nightclub with free entry to international students each Thursday before midnight, it is packed with international students. Go to louvre or eat a sandwich by the seine. Have your evening strolls at Champs-Élysées. I have been in Paris for just a few days but I have discovered a lot, seen a lot because I chose to travel and go out. I had some setbacks like losing my money to the cup ball game scam but never let anything push you back. I have yet to discover and learn a lot, every morning brings a new tale and every night a new adventure to tell. Paris has a lot of secrets you need to uncover it’s a beautiful city with beautiful people. Be brave and the world is yours.

Muhammad Hannan Shahid

Sécurité sociale étudiante

Sécurité sociale étudiante – La réforme

La réforme du régime étudiant pour l’assurance santé – l’étudiant étranger

Annoncé en Octobre 2017 et inscrit dans la loi orientation et réussite des étudiants du 8 mars 2018, le plan étudiants va réformer profondément la sécurité sociale étudiante. La sécurité sociale étudiante a été supprimée et le passage de l’ensemble de la population étudiante au régime général de la Sécurité sociale se fera progressivement.

En attendant, voici comment vos étudiants étrangers seront impactés.

1 / Tous les étudiants étrangers restant plus de 3 mois en France sont éligibles à la sécurité sociale.

Les étudiants déjà inscrits à un régime étudiant reste affiliés jusqu’en Sept 2019, puis seront automatiquement transférés au Régime Général.

Les nouveaux étudiants devront s’inscrire sur le site suivant à partir du 1er Sept 2018 : étudiant-etranger-ameli.fr

Ce site existe également en anglais : foreign-student.ameli.fr

Concernant les étudiants français, ils restent dans leur régime actuel (souvent celui des parents).

Les écoles affiliées à la sécurité sociale n’ont plus l’opportunité de les inscrire sur la plateforme LMDE par exemple. Ces centres ne s’occupent plus de la sécurité sociale.

L’inscription est obligatoire pour tous les étudiants allant dans une école qui porte la mention « d’établissement supérieur » et sera demandée lors du renouvellement du VISA.

Il leur faudra créer un profil sur le site et une adresse en France leur sera demandée.

Ils devront ensuite télécharger des documents comme le certificat de naissance. Ces documents n’ont pas besoin d’être traduits en Français s’ils sont en anglais ou espagnol.

Ils pourront obtenir un numéro provisoire immédiatement, suite à leur inscription au régime général. Puis il faudra compter un délai d’environ 2 mois pour recevoir un numéro de sécu définitif (et autour de 6 mois pour ceux vivant dans le 93).

Feel Parisien les aide ensuite à créer leur compte sur Ameli.fr, à obtenir une carte vitale. Nous leur fournissons une liste de médecins généralistes et spécialistes parlant anglais et nous leur expliquons le choix et le fonctionnement du médecin traitant ainsi que la différence entre secteur 1 et 2 au niveau des tarifs et des remboursements.

Enfin, Feel Parisien en partenariat avec Kinousassur propose aux étudiants d’acheter une mutuelle. Cette mutuelle protège en Europe, à 100% de frais réels pour les consultations (avec un plafond de 50€ pour un généraliste et 75€ pour un spécialiste) et 200% dans les établissements conventionnés en hospitalisation.

Le tarif est de 30€/mois avec inclus un retour anticipé de l’étudiant dans son pays suite à un décès familiale et un billet A/R pour un proche en cas d’hospitalisation de l’étudiant en France. En cas de décès de l’étudiant, les frais funéraire sont remboursés dans la limite de 3000€ ainsi que le rapatriement du corps. Le taris inclus aussi une assurance responsabilité civile.

L’étudiant pourra souscrire à cette assurance, bientôt sur la plateforme, de un à 12 mois, renouvelable.

Cette mutuelle prendra effet le 1er Sept (dès lors que l’étudiant obtient un numéro de sécu temporaire) et marche en télétransmission pour que les étudiants n’aient rien à envoyer.

Si l’étudiant souhaite arriver avant Sept, il peut acheter une assurance privée à la semaine ou au mois. Exemple de tarifs :

1 semaine : 12€

1 mois : 25 €

3 mois : 66 €

2 / En parallèle,  l’étudiant devra obligatoirement s’acquitter de la CVEV à 90€ sur le site cvev.etudiant.gouv.fr à partir du 1er juillet jusqu’à fin mai 2019 au plus tard.

Cette charge est à payer tous les ans et concerne également les étudiants déjà en France. C’est à l’école de s’assurer du bon versement de cette somme et de demander les attestations pour finaliser l’inscription dans l’école.

2 cas de figure différents permettent de compléter cette démarche.

  • En payant la CVEC car vous y êtes assujetti·e. Son montant est fixé à 90€.
  • En étant exonéré·e de la CVEC. Dans ce cas, vous ne paierez rien (voir plus bas « Quels étudiants sont exonérés ? »).

Dans les deux cas, vous pourrez, à l’issue de la démarche, obtenir une attestation d’acquittement de la CVEC.

  • Vous devez fournir cette attestation à votre établissement d’enseignement supérieur.
  • Notez bien que votre établissement ne pourra pas finaliser votre inscription sans cette attestation.

La création de la CVEC s’accompagne de la disparition de la cotisation annuelle pour la sécurité sociale (217€ en moins) et la baisse de 21€ des droits d’inscription à l’université, et ce, dès la rentrée 2018.

« La CVEC est la Contribution de Vie Etudiante et de Campus. La loi prévoit qu’elle est collectée par les Crous.
D’un montant annuel de 90€, on peut y être asujetti·e ou en être exonéré·e en fonction des cas. » raconte le site cvev.etudiant.gouv

Les quatre types d’étudiants exonérés du paiement de cette contribution sont…

  • Les boursiers* ou bénéficiaires d’une allocation annuelle accordée dans le cadre des aides spécifiques annuelles
  • Les étudiants réfugiés
  • Les étudiants bénéficiaires de la protection subsidiaire
  • Les étudiants enregistrés en qualité de demandeurs d’asile et disposant du droit de se maintenir sur le territoire

Une précision sur les « boursiers »

  • Les bourses sur critères sociaux gérées par le Crous (Enseignement supérieur, Culture, Agriculture, …)
  • Les bourses versées par les régions (pour les étudiants dans des formations paramédicales, sanitaires et sociales)

En revanche, ne sont pas concernées…

  • Les bourses du gouvernement français (BGF)
  • Les bourses d’un gouvernement étranger (BGE)
  • Les bourses versées par une structure privée (par exemple, une fondation)

Cette contribution est « destinée à favoriser l’accueil et l’accompagnement social, sanitaire, culturel et sportif des étudiants et à conforter les actions de prévention et d’éducation à la santé réalisées à leur intention » (article L. 841-5 du code de l’éducation).

Feel Parisien aident les étudiants étrangers à s’installer en France en facilitant leurs démarches administratives. Nous travaillons directement avec les écoles qui nous confient leurs étudiants ou nous sollicite sur des formations à destinations des étudiants sur des problématiques administratives (CAF, Assurance santé).

Pour plus d’informations et découvrir ensemble comment vous aider sur certaines de vos problématiques administratives, n’hésitez pas à nous envoyer un email sur contact@feelparisien.com.

Feel Parisien s’occupe de tout pour vos étudiants: logement, VISA, OFII, CAF, assurance santé, banque, téléphone, assurance habitation, électricité et carte de métro! Nous offrons de nombreux avantages clients à vos élèves :

-15€ sur leur première facture d’électricité,

– un an ou 6 mois de frais bancaire offerts avec ouverture du compte avant leur arrivée et récupération de leur carte bleue et SIM dès leur premier jour en France,

– la totalité des frais d’agence offert pour les familles d’accueils,

– des loyers réduits ou des frais de dossiers à – 50% avec certaines résidences étudiantes

India in Paris

A lot of people from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh are interested by finding local stuff in Paris. Lucky you ! Paris is a cosmopolite city and in this article you will find the best place where to go to be immersed as in your country.

Passage Brady in the 10 th district : The little India

Indian cheap restaurant, spices & food shops, hairdressers & eyebrow epilation… very nice Indian people gathered in this passage under a skylight.

Color and smell like in Bombay !

Temple Ganesh in the 18 th district 

This temple where Indian cult is practiced is open everyday from 9.30 am to 8.30pm. There are 3 “poojas” per day : 10am, 12pm and 7pm.

Abhishekam : Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Everyday, tens of devoted people from India or France are going there to pray Ganesha and celebrate the Indian rituels.

You have to take off your shoes before entry and enjoy the perfume of the offering baskets filled with flowers petals, banana, jasmine…

After the ceremony, a meal of spiced rice is shared between the participant.

More details : www.templeganesh.fr

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More details about your accommodation options

Student accommodations in Paris

If you’re still hesitating about your accommodation options, here are some information about the different kinds of accommodations we offer  :

Host family 

Laundry, room cleaning, and linen/towel changes are done for you once a week.


– short-term accepted you can book stays as short as one week.
– you can benefit from dinners with the family if you wish
– you practice your French
– everything is included in the price (breakfast, electricity, internet). However, you have to subscribe to a home insurance which is required in France.
– you don’t need a deposit or a guarantor
– the agency fees are included in the price

Cons : 

– shared bathroom
– limited access to the kitchens (hot plate or microwaves only). To be determined by the family.
– the price is quite expensive: min €1000/month with the breakfast formula and a private bedroom.


Student residence 

Laundry rooms in each residence, the Internet is included but you have to pay for your own electricity consumption.

Feel Parisien partners with 15 student residences with monthly fees ranging from €699 to €998. See the accommodations page for more details on specifics about the residences.

– Seven of our residences are located North-East and South-East of the city and are €699/month

– Three of our residences are located East and South of the city and are €749/month

– One of our residences is located in the 20th district and is €849/month

– One of our residences is located in Republiques and is €998/month

– One of our residences, Levallois, is located North-West of the city and has fixed prices according to each floor of the dormitory, from €790 and up.

– One of our residence,s, Ecla is located far away from the city, about an hour from the southern part of the city, but is a modern dormitory for only €300/month.


– you live with other international or French students
– you benefit from the presence of a manager in the residence who has his own office in case of questions or trouble

– pets & friends accepted
– international guarantor accepted

The bad points are : 

– you have to stay a minimum 6 months
– you have to pay from August otherwise the residences are full
– if you don’t have an international or French guarantor, you have to pay 6 months in advance

Shared flat  

Depends on the flat, but sometimes you have to share the electricity bills with the others roommates.
Usually, there are washing machines in the flat.

Pros : 
– the flat is bigger than a studio you rent by your own
– you live with other young people, French or foreigners
– you pay less than a studio
– you have your own lease
– if you don’t have a guarantor, you only need to pay 2 months in advance
– home insurance and Internet are included

– you generally have to stay at least 6 months
– you can’t book your room a few months in advance (the room are is generally available immediately and pay from the day you book it).

Feel Parisien does not partner with companies that provide shared flats, but we can recommend you to companies that can help you with such listings: Comfort of Home, L’Auberge Coloc.

Furnished flat 

The Internet is usually included. Electricity is not, but you don’t have to open an account. You only have to pay the bills to the owner. Sometimes a washing machine is available in the flat. You also have to subscribe to home insurance on your own.

Pros :
– you can book your flat a few months in advance and start paying only from your arrival date.
– Usually, it’s possible to create your own shared flat and share it with friends
– Your contract is in English

Cons :
– the minimum price is around €750/month for a studio
– if you want to visit the flats, you have to choose and visit your top one or two flats
– the process of booking is a bit long (a few days) because you have to wait for the confirmation of the owner

All accommodations are acceptable for the CAF (financial aid from the French government which reduces your rent up to 20%).

Feel Parisien does not partner with companies providing these accommodations but we can give you recommendations of agencies that will help you: Paris Attitude, Logis

I hope you can see clearly your options now and take the best decision for you.

PS: a lot of countries ask for a proof of at least 3 months of accommodation to apply for the VISA so don’t waste time and book a flat right now.

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The real cost of living in Paris

I’m always sadly surprised when I’m receiving requests for an accommodation in Paris with a maximum budget of €250-€500/month.

I totally understand in others countries this can be a huge budget and the cost of life is different, but this rent doesn’t almost exist in Paris.

Especially for an international student who can’t spend hours on hundreds of French websites looking for THE great opportunity, who won’t be in Paris to do the visit and who don’t have a french guarantor be selected among many others candidates.

A regular budget in Paris is around €700-800 for a studio of 15 sqm or a room of 10 sqm in a shared flat ! That’s the reality.

And this rent doesn’t include the agency fees, the security deposit and the fact you have to pay for a few rents in advance if you don’t have a guarantor.

So when I’m receiving these requests with low budgets I’m wondering to myself : “How will they do ? “

Apparently, they have already made the choice to come to study in Paris. They have been accepted to a school so they probably thinking about it since a long time now. But they didn’t realize or get informed about the cost of life in Paris.

They will have to double their budget for a rent and realize how expensive this city is, once in Paris. This make me feel bad so, as a professional in this field, I’m writing this article for you to be aware BEFORE making a choice. I hope you will have the chance to not be sadly surprised when you will look for a flat and be informed of the prices.

Studying in Paris is a dream for international people, it’s a beautiful culture and city but it’s unfortunately also expensive.

I’m not just talking about the rents, but the movies (around €8,50 for a student and €12 regular price), the cool restaurants for diner (around €30 with a drink), the cool bars to have a drink (around €8 a cocktail).

The life is Paris is very active and, as in every capitals in Europe, youngs people go to restaurants and bars often.

So if we do the math of the cost of the life in Paris for a month :

  • Rent : €750
  • Electricity without heating (if not included in the rent) : €20/month (add €30/month for heating if not included in the rent)
  • Food : €200/month
  • Transport : €27 (Imagine R card)
  • Phone credit : €16
  • 5 lunchs outside your apartment : €200
  • One diner at the restaurant per week : €120
  • Two drinks per week : €64
  • One movie per month : €8,50

We will imagine you won’t be sick and won’t do shopping 🙂

The Internet is normally included in the rent.

The total for a month is €1 405.

Keep in mind you can have a financial aid from the French government up to 20% discount to reduce your rent.

Of course, you can reduce that costs if you enjoy less but that’s not the point of spending a year study abroad in Paris.

You also can choose another city in France where the cost can be easily split in 2.

Find here tips to reduce your living costs in Paris. But keep in mind the real cost of living in Paris and think well before applying for a school.

Paris for study abroad it’s a very nice choice and will open your mind but if you have to work every time or not going out because you dont have the budget or living in a faraway suburbs, it would be better to choose another cheaper city or country to fully enjoy your stay of study abroad.

I hope this article helped you to be fully aware of what is expecting you in Paris. I’m here to answer to all your questions about your future stay in Paris so don’t hesitate to send me a message.

I really hope you will be able to come to study in the most beautiful city in the world, without the pain of the costs.

If you made the choice of coming in Paris, contact me for having flats offers and others services for you installation (french bank account, SIM card, help for CAF and VISA…).

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6 benefits from choosing us

Studying in Paris with the help of Feel Parisien


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.



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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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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)

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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