Ever since I knew that I was going to be coming to Paris, I knew I wanted the full experience. That meant finding a place, which anyone knows that in Paris, is near impossible to find a nice, affordable, and central location. Well ladies and gentlemen, I came close.
Actually, my mother was the one who found this apartment in Rue des Saints-Pères, located in between the 6th and 7th arrondissements, a wonderful location on the left bank and heart of Paris.
It is a 26 square meters furnished studio, and the reason that I am able to afford it is that I paid in-state tuition for three years and I have my boyfriend for a roommate. I love living here, I have been the happiest exchange student. A mere couple of blocks from SciencesPo, I have never skipped a class; the great location has helped me stay on top of my studies.
Every time I talk to someone and they ask me where I live, they raise their eyebrows and mutter in impressed monosyllables.
When I first arrived, I thought I would be living in the banlieus, taking the metro at 6:30 in the morning to arrive to an 8am class. Either that or I would be living in Nation for an expensive price. Through luck and serendipity, my mother accompanied me in the apartment hunt for a month, and we found this little gem of a place.
While I would be lying if I told you it was cheap, it made me realize that I am only going to be here for a year. If I am going to spend a little less than 12 months in Paris, I would rather live in a central location and save on other things than take the metro for over a half hour each way. I greatly recommend spending a little more on housing in Paris, it will make everything else much easier.