OFII VISA

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.

OFII VISA

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!

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/

Your Income Tax Declaration

Declaration Tax : In many countries, like the United States, residents are not required to file an income tax unless they exceed a certain amount or are not citizens. In France however, all residents that spend more than 183 days out of the calendar year in France are required to file an income tax.  

Since you are a student, your income will not be substantial and thus easy to file. Even if your income is zero, you should still file the forms. It’s a show of good faith as a French resident that you are following procedure and complying with the bureaucracy, much like obtaining good credit by paying your bills on time. It will help you in the long run, should you ever seek a permanent residence card or naturalization. It also may increase your CAF benefits and may exempt you from the taxe de habitation. (See this article.)

Some of you will have part-time jobs or paid internships during your time in Paris, both of which need to be declared. (Obviously, unpaid internships do not need to be declared.) If your internship or part-time job is less than 3 months, you do not need to declare it. If you are still unsure, consult with your employer.

 

What amount should you  add to your declaration ?

If you are under 26 years old on January 1st of the year of tax (1st january 2017 for the year of revenue taxes 2017 ) and that you are a student, your salaries are exonerated of taxes in the limit of 4 441€ in 2018.

If your salary is above that amount you only declare the part above that amount.

If you are a student and that you are doing an internship, your internship salary, also called “indémnités de stages” are exonerated of taxes in the limit of 17 763€.

If your salary is above that amount you only declare the part above that amount.

 

When should you declare your revenues ?

The due dates for income declaration depend on your department but they are typically available to fill out in mid-April and are due between late-May and early-June. You can download your forms online here or you may receive them in the mail. For the first time filling out, you will need to include basic information such as name, origin country, contact information when you moved to your current address and your former address. If you are planning to be a long-term resident, you can fill your income declaration out online in the future.

 

Overall, the income declaration process is painless and simple, especially for students like you. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask or purchase an hour of consultation with us to help you through the process.

 

 

 

 

Habitation Tax Explained

Habitation Tax : If you’ve been living in an apartment in Paris this year, you might have received something called a tax habitation in the mail. What is it? And why dd you receive it? 

 

Habitation Tax

A tax d’habitation is a municipal tax issued by the government every year in November to be paid by January 1st to owners or tenants of property within their jurisdiction. Do not confuse this with a “taxe fonciere” which is a municipal tax to be paid by the owner of the building, not the tenant. You are liable to pay for the tax if you have been living in your current lodging since January 1st of that year. Even if you only stayed in your apartment for a couple of months, if you were in the apartment on the 1st you are required to pay.

The habitation tax is determined by the size of the apartment, the income of the owner, as well as a number of other tax factors. It can be anywhere from €90 to €3,000. When you sign the lease for your apartment (or for a student residence),  check to see if it is listed as a main residence or a second residence, as second residences have a much more expensive tax. Also, when you fill out your tax form, make sure to unclick the box that says you have a TV in the home if you do not have one, as this will also raise the price of the tax.

 Why should you pay ?

If you are still unsure whether you have to pay, the first thing you should do is review your lease agreement. Sometimes the habitation tax is included in the deposit fees for the apartment and therefore you have already paid for it. If your lease is unclear, contact your landlord and ask whether you have to pay it or not. Sometimes apartment owners in Paris do not register with the tax office that they are renting and therefore must pay the habitation tax themselves. However, this is unlikely.

If you are renting a room in an apartment or sub-renting an apartment (meaning you have a contract with the person renting the apartment not the owner) then you don’t have to pay the habitation tax.

If you are living in a public student residence, you do not have to pay this tax. However, if you are living in a private student residence, but moved in after January 1st and are living there for a short time period, you also do not have to pay the tax. If you are unsure, contact your administrative office.

Unfortunately, since you are an international student and are not a tax paying French citizen, you are not entitled to any tax reductions. Most likely, you will have to pay the tax and can do so a number of ways. You can simply take a check or mail one into your local tax office, indicating your address, identification and lease agreement. Or, you can pay online and create an account here and elect to pay the lump sum or in monthly installments. You will need your bank account details and your tax information found on the invoice you received in the mail in order to make this account.

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This is the page where you will create your account. As you can see, there are three required numbers all of which are found on your third tax d’habitation, so make sure you keep the original document. The first two numbers are found on the first page and third is found on the last page of the invoice. If you cannot find these numbers or you have lost your tax d’habitation, go to your local tax office.

The good news is that the government is planning on eradicating all of the habitation taxes by 2021. So if you are planning on living in Paris for a long time, you’re in luck!

Looking to volunteer in Paris?

Getting involved in your community during your stay in France is a great way to meet the locals and explore the city in a new way. Community service is also highly valued by employers, so it’s a great thing to have on your resume. There are several organizations in France to help you find the right job. Here are our recommendations.

 

**Warning: some of these recommendations may request that you speak French fluently. Most of the websites are in French so if you help need signing up for a job, ask us for help.

France Benevolat

This organization has the most volunteer opportunities out of any, having partnerships with over 800 French companies and 12,000 events. This organization only accepts French-speaking volunteers.

 

Disco Soup

This organization specializes in sourcing volunteers to soup kitchens and homeless shelters. You can also post service events directly on the website for other young people and students in the area to join.

 

Restos du Coeur

This organization provides a wide range of activities for volunteers, from language tutoring to working at a daycare. It is also possible to directly work for Restos du Coeur if you are looking for full-time employment.

 

Serve the City

This an English-speaking NGO that coordinates hundreds of events around the city for you to get involved with. The organization focuses their efforts on the marginalized populations in France such as the homeless, migrant and refugees, and the abused. The NGO also provides ways to get involved with Green initiatives around the city.

 

American Church in Paris

This English-speaking church sporadically posts volunteer opportunities for English speakers in Paris. Don’t rely on the website, as some of the events are outdated and may not say so. If you are really interested in this church, call  +33 (0)1 40 62 05 00.

 

Secret Spots in Paris: Visit the roads less travelled

So you’ve been in Paris for a while and you feel like you’ve seen all there is to see as far as major monuments. It’s time to explore the roads less traveled in Paris, find spots that you can call your own and assert yourself as a true Parisien. We don’t claim to know every spot in the city, but here’s a list of must-see places to get you started.

 

Amazing Architecture

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Richelieu Library

Built during the height of the Industrial Revolution, this beautiful library showcases a seamless blend of the newest technology of the time and classical architecture. The library can only be accessed by graduate art history students studying in Paris but a little sweet talking with the security guard will get you a peek.

 

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Petit Palais

An amazing art museum with an eclectic collection in its own right, the Petit Palais has one of the most beautiful interiors in Paris, in my opinion. A spectacular example of Rococo turned Romantic architecture, walking through the building feels like floating. Don’t miss the Roman-style courtyard complete with a small cafe, perfect for sunny days in Paris.

 

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Galerie Vivienne

One of the first indoor shopping malls in Paris, Galerie Vivienne is a great place to window shop or catch artisans in the middle of their craft. During Christmas, the Galerie is strung up with dazzling lights and wreaths, making it a happy surprise when one turns the corner into an unexpected winter wonderland.

 

Best Views in the City

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Galerie Lafayette

One may say the best place to see Paris is the Eiffel Tower, but then you can’t see the Eiffel Tower! The Galerie Lafayette is one of the highest points of the city and offers spectacular views of all your favorite monuments. During Christmas, the mall is decked out in twinkling lights and a huge, decorated Christmas tree. Don’t miss out!

Musée d’Orsay Balcony

On the fifth floor of the Musee d’Orsay lies a secret gem. The balcony off of the fifth-floor cafe offers stunning panoramic views of the city, stretching all the way to Montmartre. It’s a great way to end the day at the museum.

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Notre Dame Tower

Another great alternative for stunning Paris views is to climb the towers of Notre Dame. It is free for people under 26 to climb up the 422 steps for breathtaking views of Ile de Cite and the Seine.

Gardens

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Rodin Museum Gardens

The Rodin Museum is a great alternative to the crowded Musee D’Orsay and the Louvre. It has a stunning collection of Rodin’s works as well as other sculptors from the 19th century. Complete with an outdoor sculpture garden, the Rodin Museum is a perfect location for a sunny afternoon and some light reading.

Park at Pont Neuf

Fun Fact: Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris, despite its name meaning “New Bridge”. At the base of the bridge is a small park that looks out over the Seine. It’s a very popular spot for local young people to bring wine and snacks for a picnic, especially in the evenings.

Parc Bercy and Village 

If you are really looking for places off the beaten path, head to the 12th arrondissement and check out Parc Bercy. Built in the 90s to incorporate more green space into Paris, the eclectic park consists of three small gardens connected by footbridges. Next to the park is the Bercy Village, a cute shopping and dining area created out of old wine caverns.

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Place des Vosges

 A popular rest spot for local Parisiens, this park is a great place for a picnic and a nap on a sunny day. Place des Vosges is one of the only parks in Paris where people are allowed to go on the grass, so take advantage of it. Located in a former palace courtyard, the park offers views of stunning architecture and great people watching.

 

Check out this article for more secret spots in Paris. Happy exploring!

Finding Free Housing in France

Struggling to find cheap accommodations in Paris? Housing in Paris is one of the top complaints among international students because the options are slim and the prices are high. Feel Parisien is now able to offer affiliated students free accommodations through our partnerships with French tutoring programs.

If you are a native English speaker or speak English fluently without an accent, you may be eligible for this program. If accepted, you will be a private English tutor for a French family in or near Paris for three months. You will tutor in English for 15 hours a week and in return receive free room and half-board (two meals a day).

Don’t worry, you can still be a full-time student if you enter this program. The weekly schedule will revolve entirely around your academic classes. If you schedule your time right, you should be able to have weekends off!

This program is a great option for students coming to Paris looking for cheap, short-term accommodations. Even if you are staying in Paris for longer than 3 months, the program gives you the opportunity to save some money and search for housing in person instead of online. Also, more housing options open up after September because there are fewer students looking for accommodations. 

Another bonus is that the visa application only requires proof of residence for three months in France, so this program is a great option if you are struggling to find other arrangements in time to apply for your visa.

Staying with a host family is a great first initiation into life in France. It is a great opportunity to practice your French and to learn more about French culture and home life. Who knows, through your host family, you might even meet some French friends!

If you are interested in this program, indicate such on the platform or contact us for more information.

Need to escape Paris? Try these weekend excursions

You’re only a true Parisien when you desperately want to leave Paris for the weekend on excursions. Fortunately, France has innumerable cute, quaint towns to visit on the weekend for little to no cost. Seeing places outside Paris is a great way to experience different parts of French culture that are removed from the bustling urban life of Paris.

These locations are reachable by the RER via your Imagine R or Navigo Pass. Check out these excursions in Paris :

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Versailles

The automatic go-to excursion for any tourist visiting Paris is, of course, the magnificent palace and grounds of King Louis XVI. Easily reached by train, it’s only 45 minutes on the RER C to Gare de Versailles Château Rive Gauche from Saint-Michel. Both the palace and gardens are free every day for students except for the weekends when there are musical fountain shows in the gardens. Don’t be distracted by the palace and miss out on the other attractions in the gardens, such as Marie Antoinette’s private palace and the working farm complete with cows and chickens. It’s a great place to visit in nice weather: have a picnic by one of the many hidden fountains, rent a rowboat on the Grand Canal, or bike ride through the forests.

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Fontainebleau

Visit Fontainebleau to see where the Habsburg monarchy in France resided, including Napoleon and his family. This small town is located in Zone 5 of the metro system, only 45 minutes on the RER D from Gare de Lyon to Fontainbleau-Avon towards either Laroche-Migennes, Montargis, Montereau, or Sens. These trains are in the main hall with the other trains, called the Grandes Lignes, typically on platform J. Don’t go downstairs and take the regular RER D near the other RER lines. If you get turned around, ask for help from a station guide! The castle and gardens at Fontainebleau are a great alternative to the Versailles crowds and excessive grandeur. The castle takes about 2 hours to go through and is very beautiful and well restored. There are three gardens open to the public: The English Garden, The French Garden and the park, the original hunting grounds of Emperor Napoleon.

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Disneyland

A magical place always worth a visit if you’re willing to spend a couple extra bucks. The park is about 40 minutes on the RER A from Chatelet towards Gare de Marine La Vallee Chessy. There are two parks at Disneyland, Disney Studios and Parc Disneyland. Disney Studios is more movie-making focused, with a special Ratatouille attraction, while Parc Disneyland has all the traditional rides and characters you know and love. If you stretch yourself and arrive early, you can do both parks in one day; however, if you’re only planning to do one park, choose Parc Disneyland for the quintessential Disney experience.

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St. Denis

If you’re like me and love seeing old architecture, don’t miss out on St. Denis Cathedral, only 15 minutes on the RER D from Chatelet to Gare D’Orry la Ville Coye la Foret. The cathedral at St. Denis is the first example of Gothic architecture in Europe, built by Abbot Suger in the 12th century. It’s a perfect short trip for history buffs who have exhausted the historical sights in Paris.

 

The following locations are reachable by SNCF trains for very low costs if you book in advance.

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Giverny

The home and gardens of famous Impressionist painter Claude Monet are a must-see in the spring and summer months. The train to Vernon-Giverny is usually less than €10 if you book in advance and the joint ticket for the house, gardens and impressionist museum cost about €8 for students. My advice? Bring a book and some headphones and waste a sunny day under a weeping willow looking out over the water lilies. Then when you head back to Paris, visit Musee de L’Orangerie and complete your exploration of Claude Monet by seeing his water lily masterpieces.

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Rouen

If you like old architecture and history, Rouen is for you. The small town boasts the most elaborate and decorative cathedral I’ve ever seen and excellent examples of Tudor style houses. The town is also the sight of Joan of Arc’s burning and one of the oldest operating clocks in Europe. Don’t miss the art museum for a great collection of European and Impressionism art. On a weekend, especially during the holiday season, you might get lucky and be able to enjoy tasty local treats at the markets. 

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Reims

Though I would recommend a weekend trip for the land of Champagne, the ambitious traveler can squeeze it all into a day. This small town has one of the most charming city centers I’ve seen, a long strip of pedestrian space with cute cafes and shops. Again, for you art and history lovers out there, Reims is home to another old, grand cathedral, Notre Dame de Reims. But let’s not forget about the Champagne! Reims is home to a number of famous champagne houses, like G.H. Mumm and Pommery. Most houses are open to the public for tours and tastings, a must-do experience. 

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Strasbourg

If you need a break from total French immersion but don’t want to leave the country, Strasbourg is the place for you. Right on the border of Germany, Strasbourg is a mix of German and French culture in every way. Visit the Grand Île and Petite France to travel back in time amongst ancient timbered houses and winding streets. Don’t miss a trip to the top of the Strasbourg Cathedral’s North Tower, where you can see all the way to the Black Forest in Germany. The food and drink are incomparable, the perfect combination between German and French cuisine.

 

Have you visited somewhere amazing that’s not on this list? Let us know! We’d love to hear about your adventures in France.

Need furniture for your Paris flat?

Moving to a new apartment in a foreign country is hard enough without having to worry about furnishing it from scratch. Buying furniture can be expensive, but not if you know where to look. Read this article for our recommendations for affordable places to buy furniture in Paris.

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New Furniture

Tati

Tati is a great source for cheap household goods in Paris, with many locations across the country and in Paris. See a full list here. The store is a one-stop shop for everything you could need, from appliances to utensils, to even clothing.

 

Maisons du Monde

This store is a great option for the stylish decorator, known for its cute decor and modern furniture. They are frequently having sales so check them out for some bargains on quality furnishings. See all locations in Paris here.

 

Ikea

Everybody’s favorite build-it-yourself store, Ikea is always a good option for affordable goods. Unfortunately, there is no location in Paris but one is coming soon, hopefully by Summer of 2019. Otherwise make the trek to the branch outside the city, accessible by the bus stop at 77 Boulevard Saint-Jacques or by car. I do not recommend this if you do not have a car, as the bus can be unreliable and it can be difficult to transport all your furniture back by yourself. Ordering online is your safest bet. 

New location: 15 Boulevard de la Madeleine, 75001 Paris

 

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Used Furniture

Le Bon Coin

Le Bon Coin is a French online trading site for anything from used furniture to hand-me-down shoes. You can find some great deals here so don’t miss out. I would recommend being a good French speaker or at least having one nearby in order to successfully complete transactions. This site is also a good option for selling furniture when you leave Paris.

 

Emmaus

The equivalent of Goodwill for you Americans out there, Emmaus is a great option for second-hand items of all shapes and sizes. An NGO and donation-based, Emmaus will be your cheapest option for household items. It is also a great place to donate your furniture when you leave Paris. Check the website for all store locations in Paris. 

 

Happy bargain hunting!