Arrive in Paris

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Living in a city like Paris is an incredible experience and in our summer programs, you’ll engage in lively discussions, in-depth language study, and intensive workshops with professors and students from around the world. Even so, there are still various everyday-life logistics that you'll need to manage. At AUP, we know this and have put in place the support you need for a smooth start, whether you already live in France or only plan to come for this summer. In this section, you will find key information about the following:

 

Orientation

Activities during orientation include workshops as an introduction to AUP and Paris, campus and Métro tours, an overview of AUP’s Cultural Programs, welcome reception and various social activities.

A Student Advisor is assigned to each new student to provide practical advice. Orientation is also an excellent opportunity to make new friends and get to know Paris.

 

What to Bring

Past experience has shown us that students tend to over pack, so keep it light! All essential items, from clothing to literature, personal hygiene products to sports equipment, can be purchased in Paris. Soft luggage tends to be more convenient because it can be stored easily, taking up less space in your room. If you are planning to travel during the summer, it is advisable to use a backpack that will be light and easy to carry. Here are three more useful tips:

  • The electrical current in France is 220 volts; transformers that correct voltage differences can be purchased locally or at airports.
  • Students taking prescription medication should bring at least one month’s supply with a written prescription, and take note of the medication’s pharmaceutical name.
  • Be aware that shipping can be expensive and may involve customs delays and fees. It is best to travel with all of your belongings.

 

Travel to and in Paris

Getting into Paris

There are two international airports that serve Paris: Roissy-Charles de Gaulle to the north of Paris and Orly to the south.

The easiest way into the city from the airports is by taxi. Depending upon the time of day, a taxi from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle costs 50-55€ and a taxi from Orly costs 30-35€. There are authorized taxi stands just outside the airports, so follow the signs rather than using a service offered at the arrival gates. You may also want to verify the flat rate amount prior to getting into the taxi, and be sure to note the driver's name and registration number if you have any problems.

You can also take the train (about 10-12€) from either airport, which connects directly with the Paris subway system (Métro).

Shuttle buses can cost between 19€ and 27€, depending upon the destination. Air France buses depart regularly from each airport and take you to the Esplanade des Invalides, the Gare Montparnasse, Porte Maillot or l’Etoile/Charles de Gaulle. The Roissy bus goes to Opéra for 11€ and the Orlybus goes to Denfert-Rochereau for 7.50€.

The closest metro to the AUP Student Life center is Alma-Marceau (line 9) or Pont de l’Alma (RER C line). The closest metro stop for the Résidence Jérôme Lejeune (AGEFO) is Volontaires on line 12.

 

Getting Around Paris

RATP (local transportation) If you will be taking buses or the metro at least twice a day, you’ll want to buy a Navigo Mois (month) or Navigo Semaine (week) pass. If your use will be occasional, it will be better to buy individual tickets.  You can access an interactive map of Paris and download the RATP app on their website.

The monthly pass has a reduced price for your daily transportation in Paris, but also allows for travel throughout the Ile-de-France region on weekends and holidays at no additional charge (ex. Chateau de Versailles, Monet’s gardens in Giverny, neighboring cities, parks, and forests).  You cannot buy the passes prior to arriving in Paris.

You can access an interactive map of the Paris Metro and RER lines and download the RATP app on their website.

Vélib is for those who love riding bikes.  For only €1.70, you can have unlimited access their expansive network of public bikes for one day.  €8 for a week pass.  The only catch is that if you use a bike for more than 30 minutes, you’ll have to pay extra.  So, just dock it in a station after 25 minutes and grab a new one. 

By foot.  Paris is a very pedestrian friendly city.  Put on your comfortable shoes and go exploring.  The edge of the Seine is motor-free from AUP to the Louvre.

 

Housing

If you are staying at the Résidence Jérôme Lejeune (AGEFO), a member of the Housing Office staff will be there to assist you with check-in.

If you have chosen a shared bedroom in a Parisian apartment, a member of Comforts of Home will meet you on the AUP campus, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris, to assist you.

 

Safety in Paris

Paris is a very safe city. As with all large cities, though, there is petty theft and crime. If you pay attention to what’s happening around you, you’ll be fine. Be sure to attend the Orientation session offered by AUP on “Living in Paris” which will include safety tips, but prepare yourself in advance with these simple tips.

Helpful Safety Tips
  • Never keep large amounts of money on you.  Pickpockets are common in the tourist areas and in public transportation.
  • Be discrete with your money.  If you take out your purse or billfold, don’t hold it so that people around you see what you have inside.  Flashing a €50 or bigger bill is a great way to make yourself a target for pickpockets or “grab and go” theft.
  • Phones are also an easy target.  Avoid using it in the street and in public transportation, as having it grabbed out of your hand as the thief goes through a closing door is a classic trick.  Also, do NOT leave your phone on the table in a restaurant.  Keep it in your pocket or your purse.
  • Invest in a purse with a zipper that closes completely and that you can put over your shoulder, rather than holding it in your hand.
  • Keep your purse near you.  If you’re at a restaurant and put it on the floor, put your foot through the strap so that it cannot be slid away from your table without you noticing. If you're riding a vélib, hook the strap around the handlebars so it cannot be grabbed out of the basket.
  • Avoid making eye contact with strangers in the street or in public transportation, especially at night.
  • Do as the French do and speak quietly in public transportation. Loud voices can carry and draw attention to you.

 

Money and Expenses

We advise you to have at least 100€ in small denominations on you when you arrive in Paris to use for immediate transportation and other needs. Do not travel with large amounts of cash. It is recommended that you use either a credit card or traveler’s checks (preferably in Euros) that can be exchanged at most Parisian banks as needed.

Be sure to have the phone number of your bank or credit card company in case any difficulties arise when you are in Paris. You are also advised to keep this contact information, along with credit card or traveller’s check details, in a safe location in case your card should be lost or stolen.

Public Transportation

Individual metro/bus tickets cost 1.90€; a book of ten tickets (carnet) costs 14.50€. However, it is more economical to buy a Navigo travel pass  for either a month (73.00€) or a week (22.15€). You can buy these passes from any Métro station.

Snacks

A soft drink in a café costs about 4.00€, an espresso 2.60€. A meal in a restaurant  costs at least 15.00€. However, you can easily buy lunch for under 8.00€ from the many bakeries (patisseries) in Paris. These typically offer pizzas, quiches, sandwiches, salads, paninis, etc. and often carry vegetarian options as well.

Telephones

There are many cell phone options for even short stays in Paris. You can also buy a cheap phone and prepaid SIM card that you can recharge, in Tabacco shops “Tabac” and specialized telephone and HIFI stores. If your cell phone accepts French SIM cards, you can buy the SIM card alone, prices starting at 10€ for 30 min communication.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family that the country code for France is 33 and that to call Paris you have to drop the first 0 from local numbers. For example, the Student Affairs Office dialed from Paris is 01.40.62.06.43 and from abroad it is 33.1.40.62.06.43. (01133...from the States).

Estimated Budget

The following list is a guide to estimate your personal budget for your stay in Paris. This should be considered a minimum budget for six weeks and does not include travel outside of Paris or participation in Cultural Programs events or excursions.

Figures are given in Euros and US dollars and are approximate and subject to fluctuation due to the rate of exchange.

Item Costs
AUP Housing 715€ to 2100€ ($800 to $2350)
Personal expenses 650€ to 850€ ($725 to $950)
Books 100€ ($110)
Meals/groceries 480€ ($530)
Transportation 130€ ($145)
Laundry/clothing 50€ ($55)
Telephone 50€ ($55)