Practical

Getting the Most Out of Paris

  • Compare exchange rates when looking to exchange cash for euros.
  • Paris Gratuit – very useful portal covering all aspects of daily life in Paris. [FR]
  • French Yellow Pages – find an address, phone number, or map. [FR]
  • Mappy – get a map, itinerary, or areal photo of an address in Paris (and dozens of other European cities)
  • Paris France Guide – jobs, accommodation, education and classifieds in Paris and France.
  • Paris Voice – the magazine for English-speaking Parisians
  • Paris Digest – Paris city guide and online travel agent
  • Meteo France – weather forecast for Paris and France. [FR]
  • French Postal Service – everything you need to know about French mail. [FR]
  • Western Union France – money transfer service. [FR]
  • Le Relais - here's where you can donate clothes you don't want to carry back home [FR]

Making French and international friends

  • Paris Meetup - all sorts of activities for all sorts of interests
  • CIJP - a non-profit organization offering cultural and social activities for French and international students
  • On Va Sortir - a free site that puts together people with similar interests and proposes social activities (theater, museum visits, etc.)
  • Mag-Paris - an LGBT association that offers social activities, with a special group dedicated to 15-26 year old participants
  • Polyglot Club - language exchange

Conversions

Internet

  • Internet Cafés in Paris –  list for public internet access in Paris.
  • Free Wifi - search free wireless connections in Paris' public gardens
  • Free Hotspots - search cafés providing free wireless connection
  • Jiwire.com – Free Hotspots Finder. Type Paris in the city field and click find button...

Sport

Worship

Housing

  • Recherche Colocation – Search site for apartment sharing in Paris. [FR]
  • www.fac-paris.com - homestay service used by several past Sciences Po students; they report it to be pricey, however
  • Appartager – Search site for apartment sharing in Paris.
  • Easy Coloc – Search site for apartment sharing in Paris. [FR]
  • Colocation – Search site for apartment sharing in Paris. [FR]
  • Lodgis.com - Short term furnished rentals [EN]
  • Seloger – Apartments for rent in Paris [FR]
  • Comforts of Home - English speaking student apartment rentals; they place you with other English-speaking roommates.
  • De Particulier à Particulier – Apartments for rent in Paris. (Every Thursday a printed version of this site is sold in newsagencies and kiosks) [FR]
  • France Accommodation - Homestay agency situated in Paris
  • Fusac - English-language online and print newspaper.  Short-term rental apartments and sublets.
  • New York Habitat - Despite the name, a source for Paris rentals used by former students
  • Glamour Apartments - rental agency
  • Paris Housing Services
  • France For Rent
  • Air BnB - past Sciences Po students have used this to find short term rentals in Paris
  • Blue Marble - run by a couple of Americans, a portion of their services is devoted to housing.  You can also store luggage with them.
  • Paris Academic Rentals - Run by an American, Chuck Dressner, past students have used his service with great satisfaction.

Past students recommend avoiding the following:

  • Paris Easy Homes and Europe Easy Homes
  • Homestays-in Paris as their families are "hit or miss" in terms of respecting homestay agreements
  • Foyers:  Contact Shelby for full list of student foyers in Paris. Note:  Students have recommended to avoid the "Oasis Babylone" foyer.

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