Living in Paris
Paris, capital of France, is one of the largest cities in Europe and undoubtedly remains the fashion capital of the world.
Beyond its postcard image, it is also a leading business center and has a huge influence in many fields such as politics, education, food, and the luxury and design industries.
Ever since the 19th century, Paris has attracted visitors from all over the world. Paris’ cultural heritage is great and includes the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame cathedral, and last but not least the Eiffel Tower…
Today, Paris is among one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. Paris’ different facets are a delight for visitors and the charm of its diverse neighborhoods only adds to the spectacular dimensions of its landmarks and avenues.
Paris is home to a large international population. Communication in Paris will be simple and easy, even if you do not speak French.
In terms of transportation, the metro remains the easiest way to get around Paris as it is relatively inexpensive and safe. Buses are also a pleasant way to discover Paris if you have more time. Taxis on the other hand are quite expensive.
Similarly to most capital cities, housing in Paris is relatively expensive, although you can find accommodation at a wide range of prices. For instance, accommodation will be more affordable if you live outside the city center or if you choose to share a flat.
The French agency Campus France has a lot of experience helping international students with their search for accommodation. They provide advice on student housing and student visa applications. For more information, please visit: http://www.campusfrance.org
We can also recommend our partner Spotahome to find accommodation in Paris. They have a special 25% discount on their fee for our IFA Paris students: https://www.spotahome.com
Another good platform for looking for accomodation is: https://www.student.com/en-gb/fr/paris/u/ifa-paris-fashion-school
Another partner, les Estudines, specialized in student residencies, gives you a priority access to some of their residences, especially during the academic intake period when the demand is high. More infos: http://www.estudines.com
If you wish to book a hotel room for your first few days in Paris, you can contact:
Appart’city Paris- Appart’Hôtel Paris
157, Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
In Paris, French people can speak decent English. At any tourist sites, museums and popular restaurants you will be able to obtain some services and information in English. But as soon as you leave the downtown area, it may be hard to find someone speaking decent English.
Foreign students are required to purchase a health insurance to study in France. Some students may be already entirely or partly covered by their national or private health insurance.
A student visa is mandatory for non-European students who come to study in France for more than 3 months. Students who need a visa should start the process of application as soon as they complete their tuition fee payment. The first step is generally to visit the local Campus France office of their respective country or website (www.campusfrance.org/en). The second step will be to visit the nearest French Embassy or Consulate in their native country. Over 95% of students obtain their visa.
IFA Paris will assist students in their application process to facilitate visa procedures. However, applying for and obtaining the required documents are the student’s sole responsibility.
Paris is a big city by any standard. It is definitely enjoyable to walk in Paris and there is an excellent public transportation system (metro/buses) to bring anyone quickly anywhere around town. There are taxis available but as anywhere in Europe they are quite expensive.
In France, student visa holders are allowed to work as a student or take internships. Nevertheless, the amount of work shall not exceed 18.5 hours per week, and the job duration must be no longer than 52 weeks.
Housing* 700 Euros
Food** 500 Euros
Transportation*** 50 Euros
Utilities 50 Euros
Entertainment 200 Euros
It is very common for foreign students to travel extensively during their weekend while in Paris.
* Average price for shared apartment.
** Breakfast and some meals cooked at home and restaurants.
*** Public transportation.
Please note that all costs are estimates and a lot will depend on your own spending habits and living standards.