Looking for accommodation in Paris? Discover, in this article, the different neighborhoods, rent prices, and find useful tips.
Paris needs no introduction. Capital of fashion, design, art, fine cuisine, the French capital city is one of the world's most beautiful cities. Culturally rich and diversified, it hosts around 2.2 million inhabitants, including many expatriates. Moreover, Paris welcomes over 32 million tourists from all around the world every year. It is indeed the ideal destination for those who are looking forward to discover France in a unique way.
Choosing your neighborhood will above all depend on the lifestyle you have chosen for you and your family. Would you prefer a posh or bohemian lifestyle? Looking for a vibrant nightlife? Or would you prefer a quiet and calm environment? Paris has got accommodation for everyone.
North West Paris has an elegant style, adorned with luxurious hotels, beautiful churches, antique shops, joyful theaters. It is the ideal place for expats wishing to discover authentic Paris. In Batignolles and Epinettes, you will enjoy a calm environment along with the famous Jacquemart André Museum. North West Paris is as appealing to tourists as to foreign professionals.
On moving towards the Opera and the Madeleine, you will be amazed by the large Haussmann Paris lined by the oldest Parisian houses which are the pride of the French heritage.
Less popular, North East Paris is becoming a preppy neighborhood thanks to its cultural diversity. Young artists head there to hold their art exhibitions in contemporary art galleries. It also hosts the Science area with La Villette while the Zenith of Paris offers a scenic view. You will also find amazing historical neighborhoods, as well as small but pretty channels linking the Seine River to numerous gardens, including the Butte de Chaumont. Bars and restaurants also provide a vibrant nightlife.
From its 325 meters of silver metal, the iron lady overlooks the Grand Palais, surrounded by vegetation nearing the Quai Branly Museum and the Champs de Mars till the Invalides. Trocadero gardens bloom at its feet, watered by the Seine River. On the Left Bank, the Chaillot Hill and its numerous museums and the chic Passy are worth being explored.
South East Paris has a huge architectural heritage with its vast green spaces that are ideal for strolling around. This quiet and calm neighborhood also hosts a silent and non polluting tram network. Among modern buildings, you will find breathtaking constructions made of recycled glass and paper. You might also want to visit the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, the Opéra Bastille, the Place de la Republique or the Place de la Bastille narrating the French historical evolution.
There are various ways to find accommodation in Paris, namely private offers on the Internet, social networks, flat sharing, as well as social accommodation, etc.
Word of mouth may greatly help during your housing search, especially if you have friends or contacts on the spot. Make sure to specify your expectations in terms of neighborhood, size and rent prices.
You may as well seek the help of a real estate agency once you have chosen the neighborhood which suits you best, and even stroll around. You are likely to find "A louer" signs on many buildings across the city.
If you are only making a short stay in Paris, why not register on home swapping networks? You might also try short term sub let which is quite popular in the city. Flat sharing or house sharing is another cheaper way of staying in Paris.
If you would like to request for social housing, the following documents have to be produced:
- a duly filled and signed Cerfa No. 14069*02 form
- a copy of your identity card and relevant documents as to your stay in France
- copies of tax assessments used to complete the form.
The average rent price in Paris is 21.94 euros per square meter. You will thus need around 1,500 euros for a 70m² apartment in the capital city. Of course, rent prices generally vary from one neighborhood to another.
Prices per district
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Short term rentals