Rental experience in Paris, France

Have you ever thought about renting a place in Paris while she has? That’s Dr. C. She’s here. She’s going to tell us all about her rental experience in Paris, and we can learn some stuff from this to see how it differs from our local market. She can tell us all about that and more.

So thanks for joining us. Yeah. Hi, everyone. All right. So let’s kind of talk through in general, how many places have you rented? So as a student, you got to rent different places. So just talk about maybe how many places you’ve rented.

So far, I’ve rented like three apartments. One alone, one with a roommate in which I change twice, roommates three times. Yeah, and then one with dinner.

Ok. 10 there. Yeah. Well, that’s awesome. So what we’ll do is quickly talk through them and see how it’s a little bit different. One of the first things that shocked me is how you can quickly get out of a lease. Yeah. Ok, so talk about that.

So that’s like really specific to Paris where I was because so. Normally in France and in general, you have to give a three months notice to the owner or the agency with which you are dealing with so that you can go out of the apartment. But Paris is special because there’s a lot of demand.

And so because there’s a lot of demand, they made it one month because they know the owners is all going to be able to find somebody like. Usually within like days or a week.

So imagine that you just like move out and you’re like, I’m done here. See you, suckers. And 30 days later, yeah, you kind of move on.

That’s really helpful, even for the renters. Mm hmm. Because usually.

So I think it’s also something for the renters, because if you want to move out from your apartment in another apartment in Paris, usually because of that, if you like, go really fast with it, you can find an apartment within a week and you are afraid to, like, get rid of your last apartment before you know you have another one because you don’t want to be in the street or like going back to your parents that are maybe like,

Yeah, no one wants to live in this street, you know, like, that’s a bad option. Talk about bad options.

I said, living in the street, but that’s kind of harsh, like living at a friend or. Yeah. But yeah, so it’s really usually nice to have that. Um, but yeah, one wants one once it is in Paris because the demand is really high.

Very good. So you moved around a little bit. And part of that is for various reasons. But you were a student right when you were doing this, and there’s a lot of great places for students to live there, right? There’s education base. So maybe talk about just education because you didn’t specifically live in Paris.

Yes, I did  

Know when you were growing up. Oh, no. And then but you moved to Paris for school. You live kind of close. So just describe kind of that.

Well, I was my parents live in the suburb, kind of what we are doing right now with Dallas. So first, all my first years of undergraduate, I was at my grandparents, which were a little bit closer than my parents to Paris. So it was fine. It was like just like the train and metro after.

But. It just kind of adds up, and so at the end, I was like, I would like an apartment in Paris. Mm hmm. So I would do so, and then it was like, it’s just more easier and you get to live the Paris life. So it’s nice. But yes, I was after having a first apartment alone. And then I was like, It’s too lonely. Let’s have a roommate.

And so now maybe talk just a little bit about how the schools are there because there’s interesting setups there, right? As far as where the schools are specifically located and you know, then the international miss of like where Tanner was, for example, to start with.

Yeah. So in Paris, you have several universities, so basically you’re going to have almost like one university per. I don’t know how I would say that like you have different. Its parents are separated in different neighborhood.

I would say. And then so you have a university that is named as a function of the number of the neighborhood. And it’s not like in the U.S. where you have those big, huge universities and then you have a lot of places to have like green and big buildings, and it’s all together, usually in in France.

And my experience in Paris is that you have several buildings that are separated and that are like, maybe like within the same neighborhood, but are going to be in different streets. So only one university that I knew was just like a big one, the one that I was doing my PhD in. And so, yeah, that’s different.

And then Tanner was in housing for students. So it’s cheaper housing. It’s it was originally made for foreigners that are coming to study in Paris.

And it’s a really nice place because it’s kind of like, I guess it’s because like one of the first buildings was an American one. Mm hmm. It was kind of built in. In like the standard of like the U.S. standard, where you have really big, huge buildings and everything together.

So it’s like a really huge place with gardens in the middle and a lot of places and but not nowadays. Now even French students, French students can leave there. It’s just a little bit cheaper.

So how that ended up working out is there was I think this was maybe a post-war thing for education to encourage education in Paris by foreigners and the housing specifically for foreigners, as there was a kind of a building set up like a dormitory for each country to send their people there.

So the U.S. has one there and it feels like a college campus that we would traditionally know in the U.S. where the dorms are. And there’s a park across and then but each, not all the countries, but there’s a lot of countries that have their own building and each one kind of does it a little bit different.

But now you have this cross cultural exchange between the different buildings and where you could live and which one you would be in. So I don’t know if I was to guess there’s 15 20 dorms. I have no idea.

I don’t know either how many dorms there are, but like there, there’s a lot.

All the different countries kind of have one, right? And then the the foreigners are there studying. And if you’re looking for like an American in Paris, then you just show up there and you know, he can get a boyfriend or something and you’re all good, right?

So you know it just. But but that’s the housing, but that’s all on. What’s your version of your metro? Because he was right on the tramway.

Yeah, right on the line. So he could easily get down to school.

Yeah, they were. They made it simple. So there was a train, a tramway and like obviously buses.

But yeah, so that was really good and it was a nice experience there, but as far as renting. So then Tanner went from from actually living in a dorm to, you know, cohabitating. So you guys had your own place? And was it difficult to rent it with with a foreigner?

Well, it couldn’t be on the lease because it was doing his big in New York. So basically, if he wasn’t paying his rent, they were telling me that well, they couldn’t pursue him all the way to the US if if he was doing that. So I was the only one on the list, but they knew it was there and it was fine. And I just had to have a guarantor, which were which was my parents.

Ok, so that’s kind of a rough overview of what it’s like to rent a place and live in Paris as a student and as a French Parisian, and also to have an American involved as well. So that’s a very good overview. Anything else you want to mention?

Um, I mean, if Tanner had a job in Paris, he wouldn’t wouldn’t have mattered. It could have been on the list with me. And I think what’s important also in Paris for the renting is that usually they update the listing really early in the morning.

And if you want to find an apartment, you have to wake up early and like, be on top of it, like at eight a.m. in like calling them super fast because like at some point the agents are like, we have too much people already. And so if you call at some time at 10:00, it’s already too late and all the nice listings are already not available anymore.

Wow. Yeah. Right. So it’s a competitive market because people want to live there, right?

And then you’re doing visits with like 10 people at the same time also, which can be stressing.

So when I went to your place there in Paris, you guys were on what were high up in the building.

So six, four,

Yeah, and so you just went up the elevator, it was fine, right?

No, we didn’t have an elevator.

No elevator on the sixth floor.

I mean, you just get used to it.  

You certainly do. And you just go up all the stairs and then eventually you get there. Yeah. And but living there, you guys have the grocery stores are very different than what we would have here. Um, like like cars are not really a thing, they’re in the city.

Yeah, like any big cities, I guess, um, but we were with Tanner, we were really in a really nice neighborhood because, um, not nice as like a term of like prices or whatever, but like really nice in terms of groceries around us. We had like a cheese place just below.

We had the bakery, we had a butcher, we had veggie place, we had the supermarket, we had everything like a coffee and we were right next to like a really nice street where there’s a lot of restaurants and bars. So it was really lively. So it’s really nice.

That’s very good. And I’m looking at the chat right now, and I’m seeing Jean says, you look really nice on camera. Hey, there you go. That’s awesome. I thought I when I first read it, Jean, I just read the first part and I was going to tell you, thank you. I appreciate it.

And then I realized that you finished it off and you wrote Cecile. And I was like, OK, that’s that’s that’s good. So thanks for chatting it in and participating

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