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5 College Junior

Local Area: Paris is a buzzing beehive, and has plenty of attractions and is not called the #1 tourist destination for no reason. Parks, museums, bars are just some of the many things one can do here. The cost of living however is quite high, easily comparable with the trendiest neighborhoods of Manhattan, NY. Transportation is great, which is a compromise to the meandering streets which seemingly have no pattern or logic behind their placement (but in a year or so you'll find out that they actually do).

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Like I said, you are in Paris.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Paris is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the entire world and because of this the possibilities are endless. There are always fun things to do when you find that you have some free time - from museum exhibitions at the Louvre or the Musee D'Orsay to concerts, clubs, cafes, art gallery openings and wine tastings at local wine bars. The nightlife is impeccable and there is always something to do, see, eat or experience here in Paris.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: At the American University of Paris the whole school is in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. This has its ups and downs. While it is a charming area, and quintessentially parisian, some might say it's very dead in comparison to other areas of the city. Personally I think that it's one of the best areas to be in for studies during the day. And we're right by the Eiffel Tower.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Eiffle Tower – The school is located right next to Eiffle Tower I can't that it get's any better then that. Everyday I walk down la motte pique grenelle past the Invalids where Napolean is berried. Living in Paris means you can have all the time and money in the world but you can always do more shopping! We have an awesome sports club if we don't have your sport you can start a club. Local attitude of students is great were in one of the most international cities in the world.

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There are always events being planned in and around the area of the University. Many of these events are culturally based, while others lean more towards specific interests, such as a type of music through history or a session all about French wine or cheese. Magazines usually advertise events like these and sometimes a small commission is charged for entrance (which can be discounted if a student card is shown). The Champ de Mars becomes an amazing hangout when the weather is nice. Some of the Parisians don't mind when students practice their French on them and probably more than one student has been astonished when a waiter on break urges them to keep up a conversation in broken French.

Try to keep away from people who walk around selling souvenirs, as you will probably feel cornered into buying something and most of them will push their luck in trying to get you to pay more than what it's worth. Keep away from groups of people from outside of Paris who look like they are looking for trouble. If they are, then you'll most likely figure that out within a few minutes of seeing them. Also, be careful about where you open your wallet, as you will probably attract some people begging for money who are sometimes difficult to get rid of if you don't speak French.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. There is a mini replica of the Statue of Liberty in the middle of the River Seine.
  2. The Quartier Latin received its name from the Sorbonne students who gathered there in the past. In the Middle Ages, Latin was the international language of teaching and was commonly spoken around the university led by the Church.
  3. One of the most famous cemeteries in Paris is Père Lachaise where people such as Frédéric Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison (the lead singer of The Doors) were buried.
  4. The obelisk at Place de la Concorde was a gift to Charles X from Egypt. The Place de la Concorde was created between 1755 and 1775 and was also the area where King Louis XVI was beheaded by the guillotine.
  5. The admission to the Louvre and many other museums are free on the first Sunday of every month.
Local Slang
  • Bourré: drunk
  • Clopper: to smoke
  • La bangnole: car
  • La barraque: home
  • La bouffe: food
  • Le bled: where you originally come from
  • Le fric: money
  • Les chiottes: the bathroom/loo
  • Les flics: the cops
  • Les fringes: clothes
  • Un mec/un gars: a guy
  • Une clope: a cigarette
  • Une muef: a woman (verlent)
Points of Interest
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Avenue des Champs-Elysées
  • Champ de Mars
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Hôtel Matignon, official residence of France's Prime Minister
  • Left bank of the River Seine
  • Les Invalides
  • Museums (Musée d'Orsay, Musée Rodin, etc.)
Shopping Centers
Forum des Halles
Movie Theaters
UGC Ciné-Cité les Halles
7 place de la Rotonde
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Amsterdam: The Netherlands: 5 hours, 10 minutes
  • Brussels: Belgium: 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • Frankfurt: Germany: 5 hours, 20 mintues

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 7 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 57% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Totally.
  • 43% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% No way.


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