Living in Paris

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

    Paris: known and loved worldwide as a historic centre of art, literature, fashion and of course, food!

    At FERRANDI Paris, you can study French gastronomy at the heart of the most visited city in the world, steeped in culinary heritage and surrounded by iconic restaurants, hotels and boutiques.

     

     

     

    About FERRANDI Paris:

    FERRANDI Paris is one of France’s leading culinary schools, offering programs for all profiles, catering to French and International students alike.

    It is located in the 6th arrondissement, a chic neighbourhood infused with history, and home to such establishments as the Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots, and the hotel Lutétia.

    Programs available in English include:

    Cuisine, Pastry, Bread Baking, or Chocolate and Confectionery

    Housing:

    Options open to international students include: apartment rentals, house-shares, homestays and student halls. The FERRANDI Paris International Team are there to help you with your housing search - once accepted to the school you will recieve all the information you need to start looking, and will also be able to benefit from our partnerships with estate agents around Paris. 

    Many of our students live in the 6th, 7th, 15th or 14th arrondissements to be near the school, but you will find that anywhere within Paris or nearby suburbs are also very easily accessible!

    Transport:

    Central Paris itself is relatively small and most of it is walkable, but there are many different types of transport available to get around.

    If you wish to use public transport regularly, you should sign up for a Navigo card that enables you to travel within the Paris region (île-de-France). You can top it up for a week, month, three months or a year, and it allows you to use all of the following:

    • Bus- a great way to travel and take in the innumerable sites dotted all over the city
    • Metro- 16 underground lines covering all of central Paris and some nearby suburbs. By using the metro, it should never take you more than 40 minutes to get from A to B within the city centre.
    • RER- 5 lines which extend to the suburbs and have fewer stops in central Paris, making it faster than the metro. It is also useful for visits outside Paris such as Versailles and Disneyland!
    • Tram- lines around the periphery of the city centre
    • Transilien - main-line trains covering the whole of the greater Paris region

    Alternatives:

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

    Arriving at Orly or Charles de Gaulle Airport, you can use the RER B to get into central Paris. Alternatively, bus services are available from both airports - the Roissybus from Charles de Gaulle or Orly Val bus from Orly.

    Areas to visit:

    • Bastille- Famed for its nightlife scene on Rue de Lappe, chic restaurants and of course the famous Bastille Opera, this thriving area with its revolutionary legacy evokes the true essence of Parisian life.
    • République- restaurants and unconventional bars such as Le Comptoir Général along the banks of the buzzing Canal Saint-Martin (you may recognise it from the film 'Amélie'!), with the iconic Marianne statue in the distance. 
    • Le Marais- The historical Jewish area of Paris, now known for being the LGBT+ quarter - friendly bars, stylish clothes shops and charming cobbled streets leading to the Seine.
    • Rue Sofflot - With the Panthéon on one end and the Palais de Luxembourg on the other, this area is packed with historical sites.
    • 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.
    • Rue Mouffetard - a quintessentially Parisian street of traditional market stalls and shops bursting with colour, leading to the relaxing Place de la Contrescarpe

    Sites:

    • 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.
    • Basilique du Sacré Coeur - towering over Paris at the very top of the Butte de Montmartre, not only is it a spectacular cathedral but its esplanade has an unmissable view of the whole city.

    Art:

    • The Louvre- The world’s largest art museum and former palace, located along the prestigious rue de Rivoli. With over 38,000 works including the Mona Lisa, art-enthusiasts will relish this varied collection of art from all periods of history. This building backs onto the vast Tuileries Gardens.
    • The Orangerie- On the other side of the Tuileries you will find this smaller but nonetheless highly significant museum dedicated to impressionism and post-impressionism. Its most famous works include Monet’s Water Lilies, but also contains pieces 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 as a high-end shopping destination, and you are back on the Rive Gauche 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 is similar to that of the Orangerie, but there are many more works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and Van Gogh.
    • The Rodin- In the 7th arrondissement you will find the Musée Rodin, a stunning and typically Parisian building dedicated to Rodin’s sculptures. It contains some of his most notable works including The Thinker and The Gates of Hell.
    • Montmartre- Take the metro north to 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, the Moulin Rouge. Stroll along the cobbled streets with their village atmosphere 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!

    Outside 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 the 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).