From the historic Latin Quarter to the ring of modern universities around the city’s perimeter, Paris is a hub for learning. Attractive to both French and international students, the city is a dream of a college town, full of charming cafés and peaceful parks in which to read, not to mention some of the world’s most unique libraries.
Thousands of students flocking to Paris to study each year face two essential questions: Where to live, and how to find the perfect apartment? With our furnished rentals in Paris, you can get help finding housing through a licensed real estate agent and see photos before booking in advance. Then, all you have left to do is enjoy your time in the City of Lights!
1. Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne (5th Arrondissement)
Many of Paris’s universities are clustered in the city’s oldest neighborhood: the Quartier Latin, named for the language once spoken in the halls of schools like the Sorbonne, France’s oldest university. However, the original 12th-century institution was split up after the unrest of 1968 into an array of universities spread across the city. The Latin Quarter-based campus is now known as Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, named for the intellectual mausoleum that sits in the heart of the neighborhood.
This two-bedroom apartment in the 5th Arrondissement is a convenient furnished rental for students of the historic Sorbonne and a synthesis of old and new Paris. The living space combines antique features like exposed wooden beams with modern conveniences, including a fully-equipped kitchen. One bedroom is on the main floor, while the other is located above it in the mezzanine with courtyard views and plenty of closet space. Off the living room is a balcony that completes this Paris apartment’s unique layout. Get to know the neighborhood before your trip by looking at our Latin Quarter video tour, part one, two, and three.
2. New York University in Paris (5th Arrondissement)
Because of the prestige of the Sorbonne and the many bookstores, cafés, libraries, and other student-friendly amenities that surround it, many other universities have set up in the 5th Arrondissement. One of the most recent is New York University in Paris, the new location of a long-running study abroad program from one of the United States’ largest private universities. From its new modern building on boulevard Saint-Germain, you can easily walk to student favorites like the Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, not to mention the Seine River and the Marais on the other bank.
Also nearby is our studio apartment at Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue des Carmes. The fully-furnished rental includes a futon, dining space, kitchenette, and wifi internet, essential for staying on top of classwork. Best of all, this studio is on the top floor of a 7-story Haussmannian building with an elevator, affording incredible views of the city below.
3. American University of Paris (7th Arrondissement)
The American University of Paris is another school popular with international students and an accredited liberal arts and science university dating back to 1962, making it one of the oldest American schools in Europe. The main building is located in a cluster of American institutions (including the American Church, just a block away) near the Seine River and the Esplanade des Invalides.
With our studio apartment on Rue de l’Université, you can skip a frustrating train commute to class in the morning– this furnished rental is just a few minutes away by foot! The space totals 25m² (approx. 265 sq. ft.) and is illuminated by a large glass sliding door out to the balcony. Make coffee and breakfast and you can enjoy a morning meal en plein air!
4. Sciences Po (7th Arrondissement)
Second only to the Sorbonne in international name recognition, the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (IEP) is better known as Sciences Po. This powerhouse political and economic faculty doesn’t need to tout its facilities or courses to attract students; its former students include the last four French presidents and intellectuals like Marcel Proust. Located in the center of the 6th Arrondissement, the school is right in the heart of Paris!
A great student rental just down the street from Sciences Po’s main campus, this studio in Saint-Germain combines exposed wooden beams with a modern layout maximizing valuable Parisian space. It includes a lofted bed, a convertible sofa bed, a kitchenette, and a sleek shower with horizontal body jets (as relaxing as it gets)! The apartment is less than a block from the historic abbey that gives the area its name and is convenient for grabbing a drink or coffee after class at one of the boulevard’s top cafés.
Thanks to this furnished studio rental in Orsay, 7th Arrondissement, you don’t have to sacrifice classy ambiance to find an affordable studio. A French window, parquet floors, and a stone fireplace add to the traditional Parisian décor. There are still modern conveniences available, from the wifi internet to the washing machine in the unit, which saves you time from going to the laundromat. Step outside and you’re right between the Boulevard Saint-Germain and the charming quays of the Seine.
5. Université Paris Diderot – Paris VII (4th and 13th Arrondissements)
Université Paris Diderot (also called Paris VII) has its main campus spread out along the river in the 13th Arrondissement and is another of the Paris universities created by the breaking of the Sorbonne several decades ago. However, if you look at Paris study abroad sites, please note that Diderot’s international students are often based in the 4th Arrondissement, home to the ever-popular Marais neighborhood as well as some of the must-see sights of the capital.
This furnished studio for rent in the Marais can be found at Rue Saint-Paul & Rue Neuve Saint-Pierre, making it well-situated for exploring both the Right and Left Banks of the Seine. This prime location in the winding streets of one of the city’s best-preserved neighborhoods lets you see the real Paris! And living right in the center of the city makes it easy to work through our list of 20 things you absolutely have to do in Paris.
Even if you don’t manage to live in Paris for a semester or academic year, consider a summer in the City of Lights or even just a brief trip. With one of our vacation rentals, you can stay anywhere in the city and still feel at home in your apartment. Considering some of the rentals on this list, you’ll have no shortage of great options!