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

Using the community tab…

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

To get to know other students

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

Sydney Petrie



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

French visa interview

4 rules to succeed your French visa interview at the embassy

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

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

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


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

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

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


Give precise answers at your french visa interview.

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


Do not forget to prove what you say.

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


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


Feel Parisien advises and examples to avoid scams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Example of scams encountered this summer by two of our students

From: tripe rognon <>

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

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

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

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

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

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


Looking for a cheap accommodation

They are hundreds of websites on Paris accommodation, millions of housing ads for students or professionals in Paris and it’s difficult to go over the flow of information especially if you are on a budget and looking for a cheap accommodation.


The price

It’s really hard to find a cheap accommodation in Paris. You will need a budget of approximately minimum €650pm. Sometimes students have heard on blogs or other channels that they can find accommodation in Paris for 500€… well it’s not accurate or not up to date as of 2018.


Be careful to scams

First thing If it’s too good to be true it’s usually a scam. Anything less than €450 pm sounds like a cheap accommodation but is most likely to be a scam (link), so please watch out! You can try to get stipend from governments like the CAF (link) or get a job (link) if you need money to cover a Paris rent.

50-something male looking for 20-something female is never a good sign (its a colocation offer, not a lonely hearts ad!), stay internet savvy and don’t meet up with potential colocataires alone, always take a friend with you – likewise when viewing accommodation!


Check out how to avoid scams in this article :


Look around Paris.

There is this mythology of living in Paris but now a lot of neighbourhood like Pantin, Bagnolet, Vitry have access to Paris in 10 mn with the metro and give access to way better prices.


Now some recommendations of websites and student residences.


Erasmusu : please only look at verified housing and be careful because there can be a lot of scams on this website. Great website for meeting up with potential colocataires and Erasmus students.

Appartager : Plenty of websites to find potential colocataires good way of meeting new people

Studea Hauts de Seine A student residence from 534€

Facebook Groups

Plan Appart Paris

Plan Appart à Paris

Plan coloc à Paris

You can also try reaching out to your country peers in France like Americans in Paris etc, they have sometimes great tips to share.

The cheapest rate that we have seen so far in a student residence is at Ecla for a room with 6 to 8 persons. Check it here. Around 330€/month

Good luck in your search!

Here is a testimony from one of our students Summer:

“Yes, finding an apartment was not easy at all and I will share all three experiences I have encountered the past year.

I was not in Paris yet when I found my first apartment. It took me a few months to find one. I struggled at the start because most owners required a visit. I found my apartment on It is the perfect website if you are looking for a house mate or room mate. However, there are down sides to I noticed there are quite a handful of con artists so students have to be careful. Most of the owners only accept payment by cash. Some require a deposit before visiting. I was almost conned. I came across a really beautiful 32m2 apartment up for rent for 450€. It was located in the 10th, a prime area. For that price in that area? I found it too good to be true. I contacted the owner and she was extremely nice and told me to make advance payment for 2 months of rent. It was weird for her to request that since I have not visited the apartment yet. She seemed to trust me 100%. I will not go into details but the events that followed after that convinced me she was a con artist and I decided not to proceed with payment.
I managed to find an apartment in the 20th for 500€ per month. My owner was an Algerian woman. Exchanging messages was hard because there was a language barrier and I depended on google translate most of the time. She seemed legitimate and was very kind to me. I trusted her words. There were 4 rooms in the apartment and 3 were occupied. She told me she would wait upon my arrival and save the room for me.
When I arrived in Paris and got to the apartment, I realized she was staying in the living room with her 16 year old daughter. That was definitely something she missed out on telling me about since the start. I found it a little dishonest from then onwards. I tried to overlook it because at least I had a room to myself. I talked to my house mates about it and they told me they felt the same and were not too happy about it which is why they only come back at night to sleep. She has government aid as she is a single mother so she is technically not supposed to rent out her apartment and claim rent from anyone hence why she only accepts payment by cash and I could not apply for CAF. I did not feel comfortable staying there and wanted to leave but thinking about the whole process of finding a new apartment did not intrigue me at all so I stayed on. However, I only stayed there for 2 months before I got kicked out. Yes, I got kicked out for something she gave me permission to do, which was inviting friends over to my room. One of those days she told me I had to leave and gave me 2 weeks to look for another apartment. That was obviously impossible to achieve in that time span and by then I had already started classes so I was under a lot of stress. My friend took me in while I was looking for a new place.
She stayed at a residence called Nexity, next to Rosa Parks RER Station. I stayed with her for 3 weeks and felt like I was invading her personal space as she stayed in a 21m2 studio, 1 bedroom. It was not a student residence as I saw tourists, families and old people staying there. I would say majority were students though. There were studios available in Nexity but the rent was way over my budget! 21m2 were the biggest rooms available. Most were 19m2 and rent starts from 817€ per month. I found it very expensive but at that point I was desperate and tired of being completely out of luck so I decided to settle with the 19m2 studio.
I stayed there for 8 months. I did not have much complications there I just felt like they overcharge everything. I was free to do anything I want as long as it does not include damaging the furniture. I moved out because I did not like the neighborhood and I just felt like Nexity overcharges everything.  The only reason why I stayed there was out of desperation and it was walking distance to school. It was convenient. On the day I moved out, a staff came in to check how clean my room was but yet she charged me with a cleaning fee. I moved out on the 29th of June this year and I am still waiting for my deposit back after deducting cleaning fees and I have yet to know the amount.
Currently, I am in Malaysia for the summer break and my boyfriend and I decided to stay together and share rent. We are still in search of a way bigger apartment around the 3rd and 10th arrondissement where it feels more like Paris. We are searching on websites and leboncoin. My boyfriend has made 2 visits so far and another next week.
Yes, I am aware agencies like Paris stay, book a flat and Paris attitude offer great apartments/studios but charge crazy fees on top of it so most of my friends and I usually search on and leboncoin.
I hope sharing my experience will help shed a light on what foreign students like us face when we search for accommodation, and hopefully this will help you in your planning of operations. “

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Birth certificate

How to traduce birth certificate in French?

Getting to France

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

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

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

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

Why translate your certificate?

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

Feel Parisien recommend to traduce your birth certificate with

What is Feel Parisien?

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

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

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 : é

Ce site existe également en anglais :

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, 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 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

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


The OFII VISA : what is it ?


What is an 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 complete with this French governmental body in order to convert your visa into a student residence permit. Getting the OFII stamp in your passport within the first three months of your arrival in France is mandatory. If not, you will no longer have the right to travel and come back to France.

Getting your 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 OFII VISA etc) and let you fully enjoy your stay in France !

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

Once in France, you will have to send by post the OFII VISA 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 leave in Paris and apply to the OFII VISA between the 10st of Sept to 23th 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 OFII 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 :

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 the OFII VISA and if you want to benefit from assistance during the totality of this process, don’t hesitate to buy a pack for more tranquility. Feel Parisien will send your OFII VISA documentations for you. Mostly, Feel Parisien will be here to assist you in each step. Feel Parisien will call the OFII VISA Center for you and translate for you the letters you’ll receive if they are in French.

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, OFII VISA, 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!

You will usually find this article by asking a search moto to find informations on your OFII form or OFII in France as well as OFII form french visa and OFII Paris. You could also find it while looking for information on OFII stamps.

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