Paris is a pricey city – even for the Parisians.
The cost of accommodation, food, and the occasional drink (or deux) can be enough to leave you in tears.
But don’t fret, student life is indeed financially possible – and here’s how to manage.
If you time your night right, you can drink at happy hour prices all evening. Student hotspots include Place Monge in the 5th arrondissement, Parmentier in the 11th, and Rue de Lappe near Bastille. Pick up a copy of Lylo magazine to find free gigs too. And event organization Erasmus Paris also hosts parties every Thursday night at Mix Club, offering free entry before midnight.
And remember, France’s beer culture isn’t like that of the UK or Germany, and don’t be surprised to find pints for up to €10. So why not culturally adjust your drinking habits? If you want to get more booze for your buck make like the French and order a verre de vin, at around €3 per glass it’s usually the cheapest drink on the menu. Or do as the French do, and BYO to the canal.
If you’re serious about saving money in Paris, get a Velib’ card. For just €29 you can get a whole year’s worth of access to the public bicycles across the city.
If you’re not a fan of bikes or want to avoid the wet weather, grab one of the offers for student metro cards at a price of €333.90 for the year (just under €28 a month). This gets you access to all the zones. The bike is sounding like a very good option…