Finding accommodation in Paris can be very challenging as a student … but choosing the right area to live in is even harder! Indeed, Paris is a great city full of neighbourhoods and districts with very different feels. We are, therefore, focusing on two areas that have always appealed to students hoping to live in Paris: the Latin Quarter and République – Bastille.
Areas of Paris: what’s the deal?
First of all, you should be aware that Paris has 20 districts (arrondissements) that are organized in a snail-like formation: the 1st arrondissement is the center of the city, and others are wound around it in a spiral shape. The very center of Paris comprises arrondissements 1 to 9, whilst 10 to 20 form the second ring.
The second thing to bear in mind in order to “understand” Paris better is … the Seine! The river cuts the city in two, in the middle, from east to west, creating a natural border between the quiet Left Bank (south) and the more dynamic Right Bank (north).
Paris is, therefore, a whole network of neighborhoods spread out across both banks of the Seine and the 20 districts that make up the City of Light. Each bank and each arrondissement in Paris has its own set of characteristics; we realize that it’s a challenge for students to find a suitable district given the multitude of neighborhoods, both in terms of atmosphere and quality of life.
The quarters of Paris in which to live as a student
The Latin Quarter: historically a student area… but expensive
This area is lively – full of pubs, bars, cafes, bookstores, cinemas … with charming and picturesque streets, such as the Rue Mouffetard (one of the oldest streets in Paris).
The Luxembourg gardens (known as “le Luco” by Parisians) and the Jardin des Plantes are another advantage of the Latin Quarter. They are very attractive and allow you to relax between classes and do outdoor revision for exams in the summer.
The one major downside of the Latin Quarter? It’s an expensive neighborhood in terms of housing, both for furnished and unfurnished rentals.
The République-Bastille neighbourhood: the student alternative in Paris
The République-Bastille district is ideally located on the right bank, between the trendy Marais and the vibrant Canal Saint Martin. It has excellent public transport links by public transport and is undoubtedly a wise choice. It is situated in central Paris and its many schools and universities are only a few metro stops away.
Another advantage of this quarter is its vibrancy; there are many bars and restaurants, not to mention its nightlife, which is always popular with students.
Finally, the area offers more reasonable rent for a student who looking for a furnished or unfurnished apartment, despite being in central Paris.