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The OFII VISA : what is it ?

The OFII VISA

If you’re a non EU resident, having a VISA for your study in France, is a very stressful point. You absolutely need it to come to study and very other you already have paid your school and book your flat (required for a lot of countries to get the VISA).

But you have to know that, after the happiness provided by the acceptation of your VISA, it’s not finish. That’s why I’m here to help you with the last step of the VISA process and let you fully enjoy your stay in France !

Once in France, you will have to send by post the OFII form filled in, to the OFII office of your department, with the copy of your passport (identity), the page of the VISA and the entry stamp.

If you will in Paris and arrive from the 11st of Sept to 24th of Nov, you have to submit your file to the Cité Universitaire, without appointment needed.

Then, you will receive a letter from the Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration, called shortly OFII.

They will call you for an appointment for a welcome visit. Don’t miss that appointment, otherwise you will have to wait a few weeks or months more to get an other appointment. Meanwhile, your VISA is still not confirmed.

At the appointment, you will have to bring with you :
– the convocation letter
– your passport
– a proof of your french address
– an ID picture
– a €60 stamp to be bought on tobacco shops or online : https://www.timbresofii.fr/pages/information.jsp

Finally, you will receive a yellow sticker in your passport to validate your visa. This sticker serves as your first “titre de séjour,” and you are, for good, considered a legal student resident in France.

I really hope you have a clearer view now about what is 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. I will send your OFII for you. Mostly, I will be here to assist you in each step. Call them for you and translate the letters you’ll receive if they are in French.

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More details about your accommodation options

Student accommodations in Paris

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

Host family 

A laundry, the cleaning of your room, of the sheets and the towels are done for you once a week.

The good points are : 
– short terme accepted, you can book from one week length
– you can benefit from diners with the family if you wish
– you practice your french
– everything is included in the price (breakfast as minimum, 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
– you have different formula (private bathroom, number of diners…)

The bad points are : 
– you normally have access to the kitchen only the evening (hot plate or microwaves only). To be determinate with the family.
– the price is quite expensive : min €1000/month with the breakfast formula and a private bedroom

Student residence 

There is a paying laundry in each residence. Internet is included. You have to pay for your own electricity consumption.

The good points are :  
– you live with others international or french students
– you benefit from the presence of a manager in the residence who has his office in case of questions or trouble

– pets & friends accepted
– international guarantor accepted

The bad points are : 

– you have to stay 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.
In general there is a washing machine in the flat.

The good points are : 
– the flat is bigger than a studio you rent by your own
– you live with others young people, french or foreigners
– you pay less than a studio by your own
– 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

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

Furnished flat 

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

The good points are :
– you can book your flat a few months in advance and start paying only from your arrival date.
– you have a lot of choice on the website of my partners Paris Attitude and a lot of pictures per room.
– in general it’s possible to create your own shared flat and share it with friends
– your contract is in English
– Paris Attitude website is in English

The bad points are :
– the minimum price is around €750/month for a studio
– if you want to visit the flats, you have to do a selection and visit your top one or two favorite flats
– the flats don’t have the exclusivity with Paris Attitude so some of them are available on the website but they actually are not. Therefore, you have to select several flats to have one available.
– the process of booking is a bit long (a few days) because we have to wait for the confirmation of the owner.

  • All our accommodations are acceptable for the CAF (financial aid from the french government which reduce your rent up to 20%).
  • All my partners accept foreigner guarantors (which is not the case with a basic french real estate).

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 with us by filling in this form.

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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 Feel Parisien

Studying in Paris with the help of Feel Parisien

1/ ACCOMMODATION IN PARIS

Accommodation has to be booked in advance because of the shortage of it, which happens at the beginning of each new school year. Students live a real nightmare from their first day in Paris, realising that the demand outstrips supply and, therefore, they have to fight for a small studio, 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 specialised in hosting international students and a wide range of different accommodation for all the requests: studio, student residences, host families…We will send you offers according to your request and we will book your accommodation in advance, before everything is gone.

The biggest mistake a student can make is to wait for the new school year to arrive in Paris and start visiting flats, thinking that he will choose the best one. There won’t be anything left, believe me!

2/ A BANK

Feel Parisien opens in advance a bank account for the student and gives him a RIB (Bank Details). He can transfer money when he’s still in his country.

When he arrives in Paris, an appointment has been already booked with the closest bank from his flat or school. He takes his credit or debit card (VISA or Mastercard). A cheque book can be offered on demand.

3/ THE CHEAPEST PHONE SUBSCRIPTION

International students don’t know what the main phone operators’ names are and the standard prices of subscriptions. And even if we tell them the names such as “Orange”, “SFR” or “Bouygues Telecom”, all the websites are in French. It is better to understand what we are buying before to put our credit card number into the e-commerce website!

Feel Parisien offers the best price of the market (unlimited calls and text messages + 5 GO of Internet 4G for €15.99/month) and let the student choose the network he wants: SFR, Orange or Bouygues.

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

Just looking at the list of the required documents to apply for it, 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 rental assistance and no law forces them to speak French when they come to study in France… Arg French administration!

Therefore, Feel Parisien offers, the first days of your arrival, a personal human help to create an account and apply for it on the Internet. We have to admit it: 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 it should be known, and not to miss out what it 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 KNOW TO START ORGANIZING YOUR STUDYING IN PARIS

Email : perle@feelparisien.com

Whatsapp : +33 6 51 57 63 12

Fill in our contact form ont our website

Send us a message on Facebook : Feel Parisien

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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

 

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