How about getting a business education in one of the top travel destinations in France? Melancholy mists of the Seine River, fashionable Champs-Élysées, wide tree-lined avenues, nightlight charm of the Louvre Museum, and romantic moments next to the Eiffel Tower … You are right, we are talking about Paris, the perfect place for your business studies in France!
Student Accommodation in Paris
KEDGE Paris is located in the heart of the French capital in the exceptional Lumière Building, one of Paris' largest business centres and ecosystems.
Where to stay in Paris?
Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Each of its 20 different arrondissements offers its unique ambiance and way of life. It may be challenging for international students to find housing and decide on a location. That is why we have created a list to help you find the area best suited to your needs.
- The Latin Quarter is a historic student neighbourhood in the 5th and 6th arrondissements. It is home to a mixture of modern and old bars, nightclubs, cafés, bookshops, and cinemas, as well as charming and picturesque streets such as the Rue Mouffetard (one of the oldest in Paris). Historically a student area, it has become rather expensive on a student's budget.
- The Marais district is located in the capital's 4th arrondissement and is known as a trendy area for students from France and abroad. The Marais' beauty is in its cobblestone streets, historic landmarks, and quirky modern boutiques. It will certainly appeal to international students because of its joyful and dynamic environment, as well as its diverse range of bars and restaurants. However, due to its central location, the rent can be quite high.
- The Belleville neighbourhood is one of Paris's most popular housing areas among international students. Migrants, students, artists, and musicians from around the world have transformed Belleville into a thriving and welcoming community. It is unique because of its social and ethnic diversity. Many local restaurants offer foreign cuisine, and rent prices are moderate in this district.
- Another area for student accommodation is the République-Bastille. It is located on the right side of the Seine and benefits from an excellent public transport network. The city's main schools and universities are only a few metro stops away. While located in the heart of the French capital, the area offers cheaper rent for student accommodation such as furnished rooms, individual studios, or shared two-bedroom flats.
- Pigalle is one of Paris's most vibrant student neighbourhoods. The Pigalle district, located in the 9th and 18th arrondissements, is ideal for night owls who enjoy heading out for drinks after classes. It is home to such landmarks as the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre and the Moulin Rouge.
- Oberkampf is a never-sleeping student district. The Oberkampf area in the 11th arrondissement is another favourite destination for Parisian night owls due to its partying culture. It is known for being a true hotbed of live music. The rental price per square metre in the 11th arrondissement is about €28.6, which is quite reasonable for Paris.
- You may also consider the 18th, 19th, or 20th arrondissements. These three districts are the best in terms of rent prices and availability. However, lower rents do not necessarily mean that the geographical location is worse or that the living conditions are not comfortable. On the contrary, these three arrondissements have many advantages, starting with the public transport network which allows you to get to the city centre quickly. There are also many local shops and places to go out and party.
Paris is the most expensive student city in France so the rent budget is rather high. For a 20 m² studio in the city, you will need to plan an average budget of €823 per calendare month (bills included). However, the cost of renting a room or studio in Paris or the surrounding area varies depending on the location and type of accommodation. The more you extend your housing search outside of Paris, the lower the rent becomes. For instance, the average student budget in Île-de-France is around €750 per calendar month. Students living in the inner suburbs of the capital have an average budget of €700 per month. These budgets can be reduced to €600-650 per month in the outer suburbs.
International students in need of more space can choose to share a flat and divide the costs. It is a rather popular option in the capital and not only interesting price wise but to mingle with other students.
Paris is one of the favourite cities for French and international students. They frequently choose it as a destination for their business studies abroad. For international students, the French capital offers such a vibrant student life that even the world's major megacities cannot compete. It is Europe's largest university town and is regarded as one of the most pleasant locations to study.
There are many advantages of studying in the French City of Lights. The food is world-class, the entertainment options can impress anybody with their variety, the works of art are invaluable, and the city itself is marvellous. Besides, Paris has outstanding research and development opportunities, as the majority of its young population consists of successful entrepreneurs and innovators. It is the #1 student city according to QS Best Student Cities (2012/2013). There is also a considerable number of academic institutions, schools, and universities that offer a high-standard education. It has all the services and facilities students need to get the best studying experience.
If you arrive from abroad for your business or management studies and have never visited Paris or do not speak a word of the French language, we are here to help you find your way to our KEDGE Business School campus.
How to get to Paris KEDGE Business School?
Address: 40 Avenue des Terroirs de France. 75012 Paris
If you arrive at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport, you can get to the city centre by:
- Taxi: It takes about 30 minutes and costs between 50 and 55 euros to get from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris. From 5 p.m. until 10 a.m., there is an additional 15% fee.
- RER: Within 30 minutes, you can get to the city centre by Line B of the RER (Paris express train). The main stops are Denfert-Rochereau, Châtelet-Les-Halles, and Gare du Nord. Every 10 to 15 minutes, a train departs from the CDG airport. The cost of one journey from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris is €10. (zones 1-5). This ticket is also valid if you need to take the metro to reach your accommodation from one of the railway stations.
- Roissybus shuttle: The Roissybus is a bus connecting the airport with Place Charles Garnier, next to the Place de l’Opera. A one-way ticket costs €11 and the journey takes about 60 minutes. Every 15 to 30 minutes, the bus runs between Charles de Gaulle and Paris from 6 am to 12:30 am, and between 5:15 am and 12:30 am from Opera to Charles de Gaulle.
- Bus: The CDG airport and the city centre are connected by two local buses: 350 and 351. Both bus routes leave from the airport every 15 to 35 minutes and can take more than an hour. If the tickets are bought on board, a one-way ticket will cost €6.
- Noctilien: The Charles de Gaulle airport and Gare de l'Est are connected by the Noctilien night buses number 140 and 143. A one-way ticket costs €8.
If you arrive at Orly Airport, you can take:
- Taxi: a taxi from Orly Airport to the city centre will cost between €70 and €80.
- RER C + bus: You can take a "Paris par le train" bus to get from Orly Airport to the Pont de Rungis railway station. Then, RER C can transport you to the city centre. The entire journey takes about 35 minutes. The cost of a one-way ticket that includes both the train and bus is €6.85. You can also use the Paris Visite or Passe Navigo transportation cards (zone 1 - 4).
- RER B + Orlyval: The Orlyval train connects Orly Airport with the Antony railway station. From the station, you can get on the RER line B. The full journey takes about 35 minutes. The ticket price for the Orlyval and the train to the centre is €10.90. In this case, the only travel card you can use is the Paris Visite.
- Orlybus: The Orlybus connects the airport with the Denfert-Rochereau railway station, in Montparnasse. Here, you can take the RER line B or the metro lines 4 and 6. It takes approximately 30 minutes to get to the city centre and the ticket price is €7.70. Both travel cards are accepted if you decide to take the Orlybus.
- Local buses: From terminal Sud, three local buses take passengers from Orly to the heart of the city. The least expensive way to get to the city centre is with a single-way ticket, which costs €2.
• Bus 183: From Orly to Porte de Choisy metro station (metro line 7 and tram line 3). The journey takes approximately 50 minutes.
• Bus 285: From Orly Airport to the Juvisy railway station and to the Louis Aragon metro station (line 7). The journey takes 15 minutes.
• Bus 292: To the Marché de Rungis (Rungis Market).
The main railway stations in Paris are:
- Gare du Nord where you can take the Eurostar to London and other northern destinations in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The RER from Charles de Gaulle Airport (line B) is connected with Gare du Nord.
- Gare de l'Est is where you will depart from if you go to Champagne. There are also trains heading to other eastern points such as Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich.
- Gare de Lyon is the gateway to the Rhone Valley, Provence, and the French Riviera.
- Gare d'Austerlitz is the gateway to central France and the Mediterranean coast.
- Gare Montparnasse is primarily used for access to the western and southwestern cities including Bordeaux, Tours, Nantes, and Rennes. The station is connected with metro lines 4, 6, 12, and 13.
- Gare Saint-Lazare is where you will depart from to get to Mont-St-Michel and Dieppe. It can be reached by metro lines 3, 12, and 13.
- By metro: Line 14, Saint-Emilion stop;
- By bus: 24/109/11, Terroir de France stop;
- By tramway: Line 3a, Baron LE ROY stop.
The International Student Office and Student Office work together to facilitate the integration of international students among French new comers through the organisation of cultural and school activities all year round.
Our KEDGE team will be available to help you upon your arrival, during the mandatory orientation session for incoming students, and throughout your stay in France. We will be able to provide support and information on:
- how to open a bank account;
- how to open an electricity or gas account;
- how to buy public transportation tickets;
- how to get a mobile phone;
- how to search for housing options etc.
Do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail for more information:
Student life in Paris
Paris is a rapidly growing French megalopolis and an exciting place to study. In the l’Etudiant’s study on culture, it receives the perfect score of 10/10. Paris is home to some of Europe's most significant and well-known museums. Visiting museums, historical sites, and monuments as an international student enhances the study experience and helps you learn the language. The French capital is also on top in the list of the greatest places to study. The town hall of Paris has been particularly supportive of the city's enormous student population. It frequently offers assistance and funds to student associations.
Things to know:
- 2,165,423 residents and 12 million of the metropolitan population;
- The most populated city in France;
- One of the most popular international travel destinations in the world, attracting around 38 million visitors each year;
- 111,678 international students enrolled in higher education institutions;
- 42 universities and 55 grandes écoles;
- Ranked 9th (out of 43) among French university towns as a great place to live and study (awarded by l'Etudiant magazine).
Places to see
Paris is a marvellous city, with a vibrant atmosphere, rich culture and history, and splendid views. When most people think of Paris, they imagine fine dining, extravagant shopping, and breathtaking art. While the French capital is well-known for all these things, you can experience the Parisian lifestyle on a tight budget as well.
Take a look at some new places to see and visit:
- The Eiffel Tower: the most well-known landmark in the French capital. While climbing the tower costs money (between 5 and 17 euros), sitting on the lawn and admiring the views is free of charge, of course. What about a French picnic with a baguette and a bottle of wine?
- The Arc de Triomphe: Climbing the Arc de Triomphe is free for students with a visa! You can get a 360-degree view of the city from the top. The Eiffel Tower, as well as the rest of the gorgeous capital, can be seen in the distance from this point.
- Parisian museums: If you are studying in France and are under the age of 26, you can visit numerous museums for free simply by showing your student card! The Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Picasso Museum, and many others are among them. The cherry on top is that you can also visit the Palace of Versailles to view its grand halls and roam around for hours! It is a fantastic approach to learning more about French culture and history.
- Champs-Élysées: Take a stroll down the avenue, stop by a macaroon shop, or grab a coffee. Enjoy the splendour of a typical Paris afternoon.
- Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral: It is a must-see on your list of Paris attractions because it is one of the best examples of gothic architecture in Europe! The cathedral's main part is free to enter. There is an 8.50-euro fee to take a tour of the towers and the crypt.
- Les Jardins du Luxembourg: Nothing compares to having a summer picnic with some baguette, pâté, and a tube of mustard in the 1612-designed gardens.
- Paris Flower Market: It is open every day of the week and transforms into an exotic bird market on Sunday. The market is a wonderful explosion of all possible colours.
Paris' youth life has always been vibrant and restless due to numerous courses, universities, and schools. Perhaps nowhere is the dizzying variety of Paris' locations, subcultures, and moods more apparent than on a night out. At Place Vendôme, you can start your evening with showy cocktail-sipping. Do not forget to enjoy a blanche on one of the favourite Marais terraces. You might even feel as though you have changed countries if you finish up with a steamy bowl of Vietnamese Pho and a glass of house red at a bohemian restaurant in urban Belleville.
Discover the other party venues:
- La Machine Du Moulin Rouge: This nightclub is located right next to the more popular Moulin Rouge, which is known for its iconic windmill and can-can dancers. You have three different spaces to fire up the dance floor!
- Petit Bain: Located in the 13th arrondissement, it is a fantastic venue that combines a restaurant, a dance club, and a rooftop bar.
- Supersonic: It is a popular venue for Parisians in their 20s to dance and listen to live bands because almost every night (apart from DJ nights) entrance is free of charge.
- La Java: This renowned nightclub frequently hosts electro-techno nights and garage punk bands.
The most popular student neighbourhoods for partying:
- Oberkampf: The Oberkampf neighbourhood was certainly the city's trendiest hangout place in the mid-1990s, drawing a young and fashionable Parisian crowd. It is still popular after more than two decades.
- Bastille: It is best suited to 20-somethings seeking for a vibrant partying night. Traditional cafes, upscale nightclubs, dive pubs, and music venues make up the nightlife in this area.
- Ménilmontant and Gambetta: This neighbourhood, which spans the 11th and 20th arrondissements between Belleville and Oberkampf, has got many bustling streets lined with bars that are devoid of tourist traps.
- The Marais: One of Paris's most popular and vibrant nightlife areas has emerged in the historic Marais. It is literally packed with new and trendy bars, pubs, and nightclubs.
- Belleville: The working-class neighbourhood of Belleville has had a boom in bar and club openings recently. It is probably best known as the birthplace of the great Edith Piaf.
Means of transport
- Paris Metro: it has 16 lines, and it is the best and quickest way to travel in the city centre (zone 1 & 2).
- Trains: The RER and the Transilien are two types of trains that operate in and around Paris. There are 8 Transilien lines and 5 RER lines. They are primarily used to get around Paris's suburbs (zone 3, 4 & 5).
- City buses: Riding a bus is one of the most popular ways of getting around and visiting the City of Lights.
- Tramways: In Paris, there are 10 tramway lines, with the majority of them operating in the suburbs.
- Noctiliens: Noctiliens are night buses that are in service from 00:30 to 5:30 every day, when the regular bus/metro/train service stops at night.
- Montmartre funicular: it takes you from the bottom of the hill up to the Sacré Cœur in Montmartre.
- Taxis: Over 20,000 taxis may be booked around the clock in Paris.
More practical information and details related to Paris, transportation, accommodation, estimated living expenses, health & home insurance, banking, visas, scholarships, and other administrative formalities can be found in the “International Student Handbook” below.
We look forward to welcoming you to Paris!