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LIVING

Can I rent a studio apartment for less than €800 in Paris?

If you want to come to France as a student, you probably have a relatively low budget for housing. And Paris, unfortunately, is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Of course you want a place that’s livable. Not too small, preferably in a nice neighborhood, and clean. Even better if it’s close […] Continue

WORKING

A Quick Guide to Reading Your French Payslip

If you're working for a French company, you might be surprised when you get your first French payslip and notice the huge difference between the "brut salaire" you were quoted by your employer and the "net à payer" that shows up in your bank account. Here's a guide to deciphering your French payslip and all […] Continue

TRAVEL

Weekend Trips: Verdun Battle Site and Cemetery

If you're interested in European history, you may want to visit Verdun in La Meuse, the site of one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of World War 1 and the impressive cemetery nearby. Only about 3 hours from Paris by train (change from the TGV to the local train in Metz or Meuse), Verdun […] Continue

BUREAUCRACY

France: The Bureaucracy I Love to Hate

I wrote this post in August 2010 for another blog I was working on at the time which is no longer online. I'm republishing it below: My student visa for France expires on July 26, so in order to legally re-enter France in the fall, I needed to go to the préfecture de police to […] Continue

EDUCATION

How to Write a Kick-Ass Paper for Your Graduate Class in a French University

Contrary to American universities, where paper topics are often assigned, French professors generally allow students to come up with their own research topics beginning in university. This means that your professor will likely give you a bibliography or reading list at the beginning of the semester with "recommended" reading, and not talk about the paper […] Continue

LEISURE

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30 Free Things to Do in Paris in September

It's the rentrée in Paris, which means everything that was closed in August should now be up and running. While there may be a few stragglers who haven't quite gotten back from vacation yet, there are plenty of free and pas cher things to do this month. Here's something for every day: Through 9/3. Hours […] Continue

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