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Student housing - Hostels - Coworking in Paris (France)

Students, international students, interns, backpackers, roomates and digital nomads can book cheap dorms and safe private rooms in downtown Paris, close to boarding schools, high schools, colleges, halls of residence and universities, close to buses or train stations, airports or major attractions in Paris.


I am delighted with this first experience. Everything went very well. I felt confident.
Perfect. Clean, secure, well located.
Fantastic 10.0
Regent montmartre perfect for tourist stay
Very warm and welcoming hostel ..... Super well located 1 min from the metro not far from the small food shops and next to the sacred heart ... There we meet a lot of different nationality so very rewarding but also a little noisy some nights depending on the youth on the spot ... Perfect bedding kitchen equipment too ..... I advice
Great 8.7
nice reception, roof top and nice dining room
Everything went very well. Small downside however: soundproofing with the outside to review because very noisy!
Fantastic 9.1
very nice hostel, welcoming and well located
The hostel is in a very charming neighborhood (9th arrondissement). Perfect place for those who want to see beautiful buildings (Moulin Rouge, Garnier Palace, St. Trinity ....). As soon as you enter the building, you are charmed by the "royal" decoration of the hall. The outdoor courtyard has nothing to envy the hall since it also has its charm with its wall decorations. A delicious breakfast, no frills and enough proposal to please everyone. As for the rooms, they are fun. personally, I did not feel crowded with other people; but it may displease those who are used to large rooms. In addition, the number of shots is really limited. I just have a little problem with the toilet I found too small (it's my claustrophobic side talking) and the fact that there is no locker for our things.
Great 8.4




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Welcome to Paris

What is it about Paris? Aspiring artists want to hang out there, lovers want to propose there, foodies long to eat there. But let’s go beyond the classics – when you book a hostel in Paris you’ll also discover underground bars, digital arts centres and pop-up parks by the river. And since the city is enduringly popular with backpackers, there’s a great range of cheap and central hostels to choose from. Whether you’re travelling in a group or exploring the city centre on your own, you’re sure to find the perfect youth hostel for you. So step out of your hostel dorm and discover the side of modern Paris the films don’t show. And if you still fancy dining on steak frites and stealing a kiss as the sun goes down over Montmartre, you can do that too. Win-win…

Les Berges de Seine

This string of quirky features and free attractions is bringing new life to a 1.5 mile stretch of the river, attracting a mix of backpackers, tourists and locals. Don’t miss the floating garden designed by artist Niki de Saint Phalle, composed of five islands connected by bridges.


District: Le Louvre

Cinema en Plein Air (July-August)

Catch a movie in the lovely Parc de la Villette, with a programme that jumps from classics like The Shining to new releases and, of course, the best of French cinema.


District: Dix-neuvième arrondissement

Promenade Plantée

Head out of your hostel dorm for a day of urban exploration. A precursor to New York’s High Line, the promenade is a green trail that runs for nearly five kilometres down a disused railway line, offering a remarkable multi-level exploration of the city.


Eiffel Tower

The first thing on many backpackers’ lists, La tour Eiffel has been offering remarkable views across the city since 1889. There are stairs to the first and second levels, but you’ll need to use the lift to reach the third-level observatory, where you’ll find a neat little champagne bar. Cheers!


Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris

District: Tour Eiffel

Notre Dame

You may be staying in a cheap hostel by night, but by day you get to gorge on spectacular sights like this. The grand dame of Gothic cathedrals is a jaw-dropping sight from the outside alone, and the inside is just as impressive. There’s also a fascinating archaeological exhibition in the crypt.


Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris

District: Quartier Latin

Phone: 01-42-34-56-10

Pere Lachaise

Pere Lachaise may be a cemetery, but its extensive grounds are a bona-fide tourist draw. Expect to see visitors kissing the barrier around Oscar Wilde’s spectacular tomb and laying flowers at the simple grave of Doors frontman Jim Morrison.

Address: 16 Rue du Repos & Boulevard de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris

District: Vingtième arrondissement

Musee d’Orsay

The Louvre or the Orsay? For us Orsay clinches it with a stunning main hall, lovely Left Bank location and unmatched collection of impressionist and post-impressionist work. It also has a slightly cheaper entry fee.


Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris

District: Septième arrondissement

Phone: 01-40-49-48-14

La Gaîté Lyrique

It may be partly housed in a 19th century theatre, but this venue is nothing if not forward-thinking. Described as “a place that studies the present and imagines the future”, it covers digital art and culture, music, film and more, with a shop, bar and café to boot.


Address: 3bis Rue Papin 75003 Paris

District: Troisième arrondissement



A small village hidden in the heart of Paris. Cobbled streets are dotted with keenly-priced bars and bistros – it’s an area popular with Parisian students, and though there aren’t many hostels here it has a backpacker-friendly vibe. Look out for the public swimming baths on Place Paul Verlaine; the retractable roof comes off in summer.

District: Ménilmontant

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Grands Boulevards

Stroll the long, wide boulevards designed by Baron Haussmann in the 19th century. Today they’re lined with large-scale shops and theatres. Don’t miss Les Passages Couvertes, historic covered retail areas that are as much an architectural experience as a shopping one.

District: Neuvième arrondissement

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Canal St-Martin

This tree-lined waterway creates a charming corridor that meanders up into the north-east of the city, passing bars, bistros, arts venues and pretty little footbridges. Block out an afternoon and explore it all on foot. You’ll find a couple of great cheap hostels in the area too.

District: Dixième arrondissement

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La Plage (June – October)

As backpackers, we love the feeling of sand between our toes. But you can’t get that in the city, right? Wrong! Head to the Glazart venue in Villette for temporary beach with bars and free concerts.


Address: 7-15 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 75019 Paris, France

Nuit Blanche (First Saturday in October)

A city-wide, all-night-long celebration of contemporary arts. Fill up on coffee, because Paris lets its creative side run riot from dusk until dawn - always a popular event with backpackers.

Address: City wide

Bastille Day (July 14)

The French national holiday is an incredible time to be in Paris, turning the city into a riot of colourful parades, swanky balls and firework displays.


Address: City wide

Street Food Temple (August)

The Carreau du Temple – a historic covered market – hosts a weekend-long celebration of street food from around the world. Bag yourself a youth hostel in the 3rd Arrondissement to be nearby.


Address: 4 Rue Eugène Spuller 75003 Paris

District: Troisième arrondissement

La Fête de la Musique (June 21)

Love live music? You’ll love Paris on June 21. Musicians of every kind spill onto the pavements and get the city dancing. There’s no better day to go bar-hopping…


Address: City wide

Weather Festival

Tens of thousands of ravers head to this three-day event in Bois de Vincennes. Acts are spread across several stages, and standalone tickets to the opening and closing shows are available in addition to three-day passes.


Address: 20 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 75019 Paris

District: Dix-neuvième arrondissement

Villette Sonique

This week-long series of gigs offers a rock and electro-focused bill with plenty of French talent on show. Look out for free concerts on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The cheap hostels close to Basin de la Villette and Jaures make a great base.


Address: Parc de la Villette

District: Dix-neuvième arrondissement

Peacock Society Festival

A glamorous electronic music festival in the gorgeous Parc Floral - backpackers will fit right in with the colourful, friendly vibe. Launched in 2013, it’s already a major fixture on the city’s clubbing calendar. Both single-night and weekend passes are available.


Address: Parc Floral de Paris (Bois de Vincennes)

District: Douzième arrondissement

Bouillon Chartier

No-nonsense food, no-nonsense service – Bouillons are traditional working-class eateries that provide both, so they’re perfect for backpackers who are watching those pennies. Bouillon Chartier is one of the most famous. Expect to queue.


Address: 7 Rue du Fauboug Montmartre, 75009 Paris

District: Neuvième arrondissement

Phone: 01-47-70-86-29

Chez Nico

There are good, cheap creperies all over the city - perfect for picking up a bite on the way from your hostel to the next sight. For quality, friendliness and value, Nico is hard to beat. There are a few seats inside, but most customers go for takeaway.

Address: 44 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France

District: Quartier Latin

Phone: 01-45-87-28-13

La Grande Mosquée de Paris

Paris’s Grand Mosque hides a gorgeous courtyard café selling great-value Moroccan tea and snacks. The perfect place for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Address: 2 place du Puits de l'Ermite, 75005 Paris, France

District: Quartier Latin

Phone: 01-45-35-97-33

L’As du Falafel

If you’re in a hostel in the 3rd arrondissement, you’ll be close to this Rue des Rosiers, a popular hub for Jewish and Mediterranean street food. L’As serves spectacular filled pittas to long lines of local students and backpackers.

Address: 34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France

District: Quartier de la Bastille

Phone: 01-48-87-63-60

Happy Nouilles

Noodles + backpacker = happiness. Grab a generous bowl of noodle soup at this cheery Chinese spot in the 3rd arrondissement. Noodles are fresh and hand made, and most mains are €5-9.


Address: 95 Rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris, France

District: Troisième arrondissement

Phone: 01-44-59-31-22



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L’Art Brut

There’s a slight Balkan vibe to this unassuming, backpacker-friendly spot in Marais. It offers an interesting selection of beers and wines, and prices are good – come in to fill up on their generous plates of charcuterie.


Address: 78 Rue Quincampoix, 75003 Paris

District: Troisième arrondissement

Phone: 01-42-72-17-36

La Java

Dating back to the 30s, Belleville’s La Java has seen it all, from jazz to chanson to punk rock. These days it offers alternative rock and electro into the small hours.


Address: 105 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010 Paris

District: Belleville

Chez Moune

Free alert! Cool, electro-focused Chez Moune never charges on the door and goes until the small hours – although the flipside is that it’s incredibly popular, so be ready to queue.


Address: 54 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 75009 Paris

District: Pigalle

Phone: 09 67 50 28 44

Tape Bar

A grungy venue near Bastille, close to the cheap hostels in Roquette and Quinze-Vingts. Expect graffiti on the walls, sensibly priced cocktails on the bar and a mix of hip-hop and funk on the sound system.

Address: 21 Rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris

District: Quartier de la Bastille

Rex Club

A techno institution. With a mixed, global crowd and big dancefloors, you’re guaranteed a good time. Even better, most weeknight events are free.


Address: 5 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris

District: Deuxième arrondissement

Phone: 01-42-36-10-96 / 9 67 50 28 44


Marché Mouffetard

If you’re after some fresh French food in a buzzing setting - and what backpacker isn’t? - then head to this busy cobbled street market. Stalls are piled high with fruit and veg, cheeses, charcuterie, cakes and more. Foodie heaven, and great for people-watching too.

Address: Rue Mouffetard

District: Quartier Latin


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Marché Rue Dejean

See another side of Paris at this African market in the shadow of Montmartre. Great for textiles, spices and inexpensive street food.

Address: Rue Dejean, 75018 Paris

La Débrouille Cie

This intriguing temple to ‘upcycling’ is packed with gifts and trinkets made of recycled and reclaimed materials. If you’re after an ethical souvenir, this is the place.


Address: 95 Rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris

District: Addison

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Marché Rétro d'Oberkampf

Love a bit of vintage? Head out of the dorm and track down this trendy weekend market near the Pigalle district. You can browse to your heart’s content, digging through clothing, vinyl, ornaments and much more.


Address: 57 Rue Condorcet, 75009 Paris, France

District: Neuvième arrondissement

Phone: 06-17-93-03-64


You’ll fall in love with this funky little fashion and design store. It stocks everyone from big names to up-and-coming talent, so there’s something for every pocket.


Address: 10 Rue d'Hauteville, 75010 Paris

Phone: 09 52 91 44 80


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The pichet

Want wine with dinner? Ask for a ‘pitcher’ (inexpensive house wine) – it’s worth a punt even if it isn’t listed on the menu.

Gallery discounts

If you’re from the EU and between 18 and 25, you can get into many museums, including the Louvre and Orsay, for free. If not, try visiting on the first Sunday of the month, which is free at the Orsay all year round and free at the Louvre between November and March.

Velib on the cheap

Remember that the first 30 minutes of every Velib hire is free. With smart planning – and a bit of luck on bike availability – you can get round the city in a series of short hops and never pay more than your 1.70 daily rate (cheaper than a single Metro ticket).

Currency: Euro

Language: French

Voltage: 220V

Dialing code: +33 (0)1


Paris’s main airports are Orly and Charles de Gaulle. Both are in Zone 5. They’re well-served by public transport, so you’ll be in your hostel dorm before you know it. Orly is on RER lines B and C and tramway line 7, as well as bus routes 183 and 91.10. Charles de Gaulle is on RER line B and bus routes 351, 350 and 19. It also has an SNCF main-line rail station.


Paris has seven major stations:

  • Gare du Nord: Trains to the north, Belgium, Germany and the UK (Eurostar)
  • Gare St-Lazare: Trains to the west
  • Gare Montparnasse: Trains to the west and southwest
  • Gare de Lyon: Trains to the south, Spain, Switzerland and Italy
  • Gare de l’Est: Trains to the east and Germany
  • Gare de Bercy: Sleeper trains and trains to Italy
  • Gare d’Austerlitz: Trains to the south and central France


The international Paris-Gallieni terminal is in Bagnolet, on the eastern edge of the city. There is a Metro stop next door (line 3).


A single ticket, valid for a journey of any length, costs €1.80 and can also be used on buses and trams. A book of 10 (a ‘carnet’) costs €14.10. Alternatively, the Ticket Mobilis offers one day of unlimited travel, starting at €7 for central Paris.


The Velib hire network is used by locals, tourists and backpackers alike. Short-term subscriptions are available online or at Velib stations, priced €1.70 for a day or €8 for a week.


Taxis are metered, with a minimum journey charge of €5.60. They can be picked up at ranks or flagged down in the street.


Main post office:

La Poste du Louvre, 52 Rue du Louvre, 75001 Paris


Main hospitals:

For emergency consultations in English, the best option is the American Hospital of Paris:

63 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris


Main tourist office:

Pyramides Welcome Centre

25, Rue des Pyramides

0892 68 3000

Opening hours:

Most shops open 9am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday. Some larger shops also open on Sundays. Mealtimes are generally 12pm – 1.30pm for lunch, and 8pm – 10.30pm for dinner. Many bars and cafes open as early as 7am for breakfast.

Emergency numbers:

  • All emergencies: 112
  • Medical: 15
  • Police: 17
  • Fire: 18