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How to prepare for the 2017-2018 back-to-school season in Paris

You would like to prepare for the Parisian back-to-school season but you don’t know where to start? Don’t panic, Lodgis thought of you. Whether you are a parent or a foreign student looking for good advice for your first Parisian university start, this post is for you!

The regional education authority’s areas

Most people don’t know it but France is divided in three “zones” according to their regional education authority. The goal is to spread holiday periods and foster tourist activities.
Paris is part of what is called “Zone C” which includes the academies of Créteil, Montpellier, Toulouse and Versailles.

School start and holidays’ dates in Paris

The French Ministry of National Education already announced the school start dates for Paris which are the following:
– School start: Friday 1st of September 2017
– All saints vacation: from October, 21st to November, 6th 2017
– Christmas vacation: from December, 23rd 2017 to January, 8th 2018
– Winter vacation: from February, 17th to March, 5th 2018
– Spring vacation: from April, 14th to April, 30th 2018
– School end: Saturday 7th of July 2018

Lodgis Tip:

University schedules depend on your university, major and exams' schedule. However, it is divided in two semesters: the first semester generally starts early September until mid-December and the second semester from mid-January until mid-May.

2017-2018 Back-to-school season: school supplies

In Paris, school start’s comes along with school supplies and it turns out that we have some little tips to help you not to break the bank while shopping.
First of all, bear in mind that you don’t necessary need to go and plan a whole schedule if you don’t have the time for it. Indeed, the new trend is to buy school supplies on specialized websites such as Top Office and Rentrée Discount.
If you want and if you have the time, you can also buy it for cheap in bookstores and stationers like Gilbert-Joseph. You can also go to megastores like Carrefour or the Quatres Temps.

Lodgis Tip:

Don't hesitate to compare the prices of “family-packs” with items sold individually. Sometimes, it can make you save way more money to buy several items sold individually than buying more expensive bundles.

Finally, if you are a student, we recommend that you favor binders and document organizers which will allow you to keep all the documents teachers give you and which are more economical since you only need one or two maximum (if you want to have one per semester).
We hope you enjoyed reading this post and for those who are looking for a bilingual school, don’t hesitate to check out our Top 10 international schools in Paris!