Parisian life has many surprises in store for expats: customs, housing, Parisian transportation... the list of particularities of the City of Light is long! Impatient to go to the bakery and order a "baguette" like the locals ?
If you are planning to move there for the duration of your studies, travel there as a tourist or even to find a student job to enrich your professional experience, Mômji offers you an overview of the things you need to know to prepare for your visit to the Parisian capital, and gives you some tips on how to make the most of your visit in France!
1. PROMOTE YOUR ASSETS TO FIND A JOB IN PARIS
It's no secret to many expats that the cost of living in Paris is relatively high. But like New York, London, and most metropolises, Paris is also a student city, which offers many opportunities for part-time jobs that should guarantee you some money to spare!
As the city is a true cultural melting pot, bilingual students are generally valued during the job search for their ability to communicate with clients, tourists and foreigners from all over the world.
If you are an expat, and speak a language other than French, or if you're speaking several languages, we advise you to put it first on your resume: it will probably catch the eye of recruiters in the capital!
2. CHECK THE TOP FRENCH JOB SITES TO FIND A STUDENT JOB... OR APPLY DIRECTLY THERE!
Paris is known for its gastronomy, its nightlife, its culture, its achitecture ... and much more. To apply for jobs, you have a lot of choices: many French websites dedicated to employment will direct you to the sectors that attract you: try Indeed, Welcome To The Jungle...
For some sectors, submitting your resume and cover letter directly where you want to apply,can be a good way to make a strong impression. This is the case in restaurants, museums, hotels, bars, or if you want to apply in Parisian stores.
Some agencies can also become your employer : they are usually able to offer you tailor-made jobs: this is notably the case of temporary employment agencies, or host and hostess agencies.
At Mômji, we have more than 3,000 flexible jobs available every year, such as bilingual nannies and language teachers!
You don't need a resume and can simply apply via the following form.
3. HOUSING : AVOID PERIODS OF HIGH REAL ESTATE ACTIVITY
As with any arrival in a new city, finding accommodation will most likely be one of your priorities to get your Parisian experience off to a good start.
Known a one of the most beautiful city in the world, Paris is a very attractive city for students, so we advise you to start your search for accommodation as soon as you are informed of your departure for France.
Due to the high level of real estate activity at the end of the school year, around the end of June, and at the beginning of school year ( in France, it takes place at the beginning of September for the most part), it can be complicated to find housing around these dates, so we advise you to avoid these periods.
4. TO FIND A PLACE TO LIVE IN PARIS, MAKE A LIST OF YOUR CRITERIA AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE WELL INFORMED.
Paris offers all types of landscapes depending on the arrondissements, and some neighborhoods are less expensive than others: find out how close the apartment is to a metro station, and where it is located in relation to your job or place of study.
Make a list of your requirements to make sure you make the right choice: some people prefer to move near a gym or a park, while others prefer to avoid noisy streets.
Be sure to ask about the monthly cost of utilities, which will be added to your rent: even if this is not always clearly stated by the landlord, some appartments get higher taxes than others, so be careful.
It can vary considerably depending on the services available in the building, or the variation in the cost of water or electricity.
5. THE RENT IS TOO HIGH ? FIND A ROOMMATE !
If the majority of Parisian rents remain beyond your means, you can always opt for a less expensive solution such as sharing a flat, for example, or look at accommodation in towns in the inner suburbs: many of them also offer a very pleasant living environment, often for a lower rent.
As a traveler, many Facebook groups or Erasmus websites can help you find a roommate easily. You can also contact your school or your job to place an ad or to find out about the assistance offered to foreign students.
At Mômji, our partnerships propose for example a roommate matching system with Whoomies, but also interesting and quick guarantee offers thanks to Cautioneo or Garantme, as well as discounted insurances and banks to accompany you throughout your stay in France.
6. PLAN YOUR TRANSPORTATION NOW
Paris is a very lively city, where everything seems to go very fast.
In order for transportation not to become a daily stress factor for you, we advise you to plan your trips in the capital a little in advance.
If you choose to use public transportation, do as most parisians it is generally more advantageous to take a monthly or annual RATP card depending on the length of your stay.
7. ECOLOGICAL AND PRACTICAL: CHOOSE THE BICYCLE FOR YOUR TRIPS IN THE CAPITAL.
Cycling is strongly encouraged in the French capital: it is even the fastest solution for trips of less than 5 kilometers!
Many bicycle paths have appeared in Paris in the last few years, but there are also very preferential rates for renting them easily, for a very small fee, in the capital.
Visit the Vélib website of the city of Paris, which offers particularly interesting deals for students, thanks to bike terminals simply available throughout the city!
Finally, depending on the job you have, part of your transportation costs may be reimbursed, so don't hesitate to ask!
For example, at Mômji, we reimburse you for part of your transportation costs, in proportion to the services you provide.
8. PARIS IS CONNECTED TO THE WORLD! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT TO DISCOVER FRANCE AND EUROPE!
Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord, Gare Montparnasse, Gare de l'Est... Paris offers a multitude of travelling options to its globe-trotting inhabitants!
With ever-improving transport links, you can get to the beaches of Normandy in just a few hours, recharge your batteries in the creeks of Marseille, or even organize a hike in the Alps!
Thanks to its membership in Europe and the Schengen area, France is very open to neighboring countries: you can easily travel to Ireland, Scotland or England with the Eurostar.
Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands are easily accessible, thanks to trains and buses that allow you to cross European borders in record time and without any difficulties.
9. TASTE FOOD FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD THANKS TO THE NUMEROUS RESTAURANTS IN THE CAPITAL
Paris is a deeply multi-cultural metropolis. Enriched by the many local cultures, but also by the intensity of the tourist flows from all over the world, it offers an incredible culinary diversity for those who know how to appreciate it.
Go to rue Sainte Anne to taste the best Asian restaurants, while rue du Faubourg Saint Denis is famous for its Indian specialties, and the Canal Saint Martin will seduce the amateurs of South Korean picnics.
But as you wander around the capital, you are likely to come across establishments offering Portuguese, Persian, African, or Latin American specialties... for each of your desires, there is probably a restaurant!
10. PARIS WILL ( ALSO!) SATISFY YOUR DESIRE FOR NATURE !
If Paris is often represented by its pretty cobblestone streets or its impressive boulevards, the city has its share of green and flowery spaces.
To get a breath of fresh air, go to the most emblematic parks of the capital: you can enjoy a sunbeam sitting in the grass at the Parc Monceau, the Buttes Chaumont, the Parc Montsouris, or the Parc de Bercy.
You can also go to the Parc des Tuileries or the Jardin du Luxembourg to enjoy the most bucolic (and probably the most romantic) walks in the City of Light.
Finally, some Parisian districts will probably surprise you with their green spaces, like the XXth district!