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

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

The regional education authority’s areas

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

School start and holidays’ dates in Paris

The French Ministry of National Education has already announced the school start dates for Paris:
– Start of terms: Friday 1st September 2017
– All Saints vacation: from 21st October to 6th November 2017
– Christmas vacation: from 23rd December 2017 to 8 January 2018
– Winter vacation: from 17th February to 5th March 2018
– Spring vacation: from 14th April to 30th April 2018
– End of term: Saturday 7th July 2018

Lodgis Tip:

University schedules depend on your university, subject and exam schedule. However, the year is divided into two semesters: the first semester generally runs from 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, the back-to-school season means having to buy school supplies and we have some little tips to help you save money while shopping.
First of all, bear in mind that you don’t necessary need to spend hours shopping if you don’t have the time for it. In fact, the new trend is to buy school supplies on specialized websites such as Top Office and Rentrée Discount.
If you want to and if you have the time, you can also buy cheap supplies in bookstores and stationery stores 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 you can save money by buying several items sold individually than buying more expensive bundles.

Finally, if you are a student, we recommend binders and document organizers that will allow you to keep all the documents teachers give you and which are more economical since you only need one or two (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!