Where to live in Paris?

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Knowing where to live in Paris isn’t easy as the city is immense and offers various ambiances.
Paris is not just a city, but a mosaic of different areas with distinct identities.

Where to live in Paris?

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To sum up, the cheapest rent is generally found in the 10th ,13th, 18th, 19th and 20th districts.

Rive gauche in the south is calm, whereas things get buzzing in the east in Rive droit.  The more central, the more expensive things are.  You can also consider living in districts outside the périphérique where the prices go down even further.  What’s important is to always have a metro station nearby for going out in nice areas and to avoid spending all day commuting.











Here’s a quick guide to some districts/areas to show you the main Parisian zones for students:


Popular Paris: Belleville, Buttes-Chaumont

20th district

Appreciated for its diversity and variety, this district is a bit like the door to the world.  Students will appreciate the affordable rents, cheaper supermarkets, numerous bistorts and bars and the bellevilloise concert hall well known for its concerts and student nights.



Paris by night: Oberkampf, République, Bastille


11th district


The 11th is without doubt the buzzing area in Paris.  It is a very lively area, with lots of transport access (bus and metro) which has various venues for nights out.  The district is very cosmopolitan and has many bars and restaurants.  However, it gets pretty noisy during the evening.  Rent near Oberkampf is relatively affordable.


Paris inédit : Place d’Italie, Tolbiac


13th district


The East of Paris is a huge area which is not particularly touristy. Amongst the gigantic buildings, there are tree-filled parks, cinemas, new shopping centres and markets.  Whilst this village-like area is not very well-known in Paris, students like its unique atmosphere with its small alleyways, numerous bars and independent shops.  What’s more, another advantage is cheap rent.

 Student life in Paris: le quartier latin, Luxembourg, Odéon, Gobelins, Mouffetard


5th district


Situated near to the Sorbonne, the Latin Quarter has the advantage of being in the centre of Paris and having a true neighbourhood atmosphere.  As a lively student area near to several universities with many cinemas, cafes, bistorts and libraries, this area is ideal for young people.  The night life is also good with rue des canettes and rue Mouffetard which are wellknown roads for going out.  However, the area is rather expensive due to its central location and lively atmosphere.

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