Living in Paris

    Publication date - 29/01/2019
    The Alexandre-III Bridge
    The Alexandre-III Bridge

    PARIS is ...

    • a sentimental yearning for a reality that isn’t genuine
    • an irrevocable condition for fantasy that evokes nostalgia or day dreams


    FERRANDI Paris, located in the heart of the most visited city in the world, provides plenty of opportunities to explore the city of love, art and lights. 







    FERRANDI Background:

    FERRANDI Paris is one of France’s leading culinary schools. It is located in the 6th arrondissement, a chic neighborhood infused with history. The school offers programs for French and international students alike. Programs available in English include:

    • Intensive Professional Program in French Bread Baking
    • Intensive Professional Program in French Cuisine
    • Intensive Professional Program in French Pastry
    • Advanced Professional Program in French Cuisine
    • Advanced Professional Program in French Pastry


    Although finding accommodation in Paris can be a headache, there are several options open to international students : apartement rentals, apartment shares, homestays, student housing ...  The public transportation system makes commuting easy from most parts of Paris and the nearby suburbs. 


    Although central Paris itself is actually relatively small and most of it is walkable, there are many different types of transport you can opt to use to travel through the different areas, referred to as arrondissements. If you wish to use public transport, you should sign up for a Navigo card that enables you to travel within the Paris region (île-de-France). This needs updating on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis depending on what is more convenient for you. With this card you are able to use any of the following: 

    • Bus- A great way to travel and take in the innumerable sites dotted all over the city
    • Metro-Paris has a total of 16 underground lines, all of which are extremely well connected. By using the metro, it should never take you more than 40 minutes to get to a certain location within the city centre.
    • RER- Its 5 lines mainly run underground (like the metro). What differentiates it is that it extends to the suburbs and has fewer stops in central Paris meaning that it is faster than using a normal metro. It is also useful to use when visiting places in the outskirts such as Versailles and Disneyland.
    • Tram-The Parisian trams run along the border of the city centre of Paris. Using this is efficient and is again well-connected.

    Altenatively :

    Scooters/Bikes- a fast and green way to travel during rush-hour (as well as a great way to stay fit)

    If you have flown to Paris and arrive either at Orly or Charles de Gaulle Airport, you can use the RER B. Alternatively, you can take buses from the airports to Central Paris; if you are coming to central Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport you can opt to take the Roissy bus whereas if you are coming from Orly you can catch the Orly Val bus.

    Vibrant areas:

    • Bastille- Famed for its trendy bars, its nightlife scene on Rue de Lappe, chic restaurants and even its own theatre, this thriving area with its revolutionary legacy evokes the true essence of Parisian life.
    • République- Referred to locally as a typically Bo-Bo area, it is filled with shabby chic places to eat along the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin with the iconic Marianne statue in the distance.  
    • Le Marais- A quintessentially chic French area with cobbled streets that lead to the Seine, it is packed with bars and creperies. It is also famous as an LGBT+ friendly area.
    • Rue Sofflot-With the Panthéon on one end and the Palais de Luxembourg on the other, it has a perfect mix of a sophisticated and swanky vibe. It is filled with cafes that are all reasonably priced and in one of the most relaxing areas of Paris
    • Eiffel Tower-fancy a few drinks next to one of the most iconic buildings in the world? In which case, head to Champs de Mars or to Trocadero and you will find these areas bustling with life.
    • Latin Quarter-Another youthful area of Paris, the Latin Quarter is frequented by university students. Whilst it still maintains its academic reputation and has bookstores dotted all over, it is still full of bars and cafes that lead to Saint Germain des Près.


    • Notre Dame: The central point of Paris: Notre Dame is on Ile de la Cité. Whether people know it for its Gothic Architecture or for being the inspiration behind Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, it is famous all over the world. Opposite this is Sainte Chapelle and whilst it is much smaller, stylistically its similarity to Notre Dame is striking.
    • Eiffel Tower: The Eiffel Tower, synonymous with Paris, is the most-visited paid monument in the world. Although initially its design was extremely unpopular, it is now seen as Paris’ main landmark.
    • Arc de Triomphe : Another key monument in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe is actually dedicated to those who fought in the Napoleonic Wars and in the French Revolution. You are able to climb it free of charge and have access to some of the world’s most beautiful panoramic views.


    • The Louvre- Imagine this: you are at FERRANDI. Walk north towards the Seine and cross the eminently romantic Pont des Arts. You will lose yourself in the complex of the world’s largest art museum and former palace, the Louvre. With over 38,000 works, containing the Mona Lisa, those who are art-enthusiasts will relish the chance to visit the different collections from a variety of epochs, with recent and pre-historic work. This building backs onto the vast Tuileries Gardens.
    • The Orangerie- On the other side of the Tuileries Gardens you will find a smaller but nonetheless highly significant museum (the Orangerie), this time dedicated to impressionism and post-impressionism. Its most famous works include Monet’s murals of the Water Lillies. It also includes art produced by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso,  Renoir and Rousseau to name but a few. 
    • The Orsay-Cross the Place de la Concorde, an area that marks the beginning of the Champs Elysées that is known mostly for its role in the French Revolution, and you are back on the Rive Gauche (the southern bank of the Seine) and find yourself in front of the Musée d’Orsay. This impressive building was formerly home to a railway station but was converted into an impressionist and post-impressionist museum. The style of the paintings it houses are similar to that of those in the Orangerie, but there are many more works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and Van Gogh.
    • The Rodin- Walking closer to school and walking through the quaint 7th arrondissement you will find the Musée Rodin, an isolated yet stunning and typically Parisian building dedicated to Rodin’s sculptures. Although he lived in the outskirts of Paris, this museum still contains some of his most notable works including that of The Thinker and The Gates of Hell.
    • Montmartre-Take the metro to the northern and what locals like to call the capital of ‘True Paris’: Montmartre. With its incredible Sacré-Coeur backdrop that dominates the skyline, it is a buzzing area famous for its art, live music and, of course, for the Moulin Rouge. Stroll along the cobbled streets and you will bump into painters galore. It is a fantastic area to live-cheaper than the Rive Gauche but with just as much ambiance!

    Activities outside of Paris:

    • Château de Versailles: ‘Let them eat cake!’-By visiting this palace’s phenomenal grounds and its breathtakingly opulent Hall of Mirrors, you can fully appreciate how detached the French royal family was from the hardships of daily life for ordinary folk. You can get to the palace by taking RER C and enter the gardens for free!
    • Disneyland Paris-For those of you who wish to rediscover their childhood dreams, look no further than the RER A that takes you to the magical world of Disneyland Paris with rollercoasters, meet and greets and interactive houses!
    • The rest of France/Europe: If you fancy a weekend away outside Paris then there are plenty of places to visit! The TGV takes you to the south of France in just short of 3 hours. A weekend away to the UK is also easy with the Eurostar running from Paris Gare du Nord to London St Pancras. It is also convenient to get to northern France/Belgium by bus which is often very cheap and the journey does not take too long. If you fancy going to a different country for a weekend, you can fly from either airport (Orly or Charles de Gaulle).