My new home in Paris

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I’m finally here. In Paris. Not just for a tourist trip but to actually live in this city. Quite crazy. I want to share with you guys about my apartment hunt and my new place in this city of love.

I don’t know how much you know about finding a place in Paris but it’s extremely tricky. Not only are places expensive and nice ones can be tricky to find but the procedures are extra complicated for foreigners. French landlords ask for a guarantor. Someone who already lives in France, pays taxes in Paris. So that person has to provide proof that his income is 3 times as big as the rent of the place. Now when you don’t have relatives or super close friends in France it’s impossible to provide. Therefore you are left with either agencies or private listings that make exceptions on the guarantor part.

 

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My lovely old Parisian style apartment building

Since the Estonian community in Paris is so small and very helpful I decided to ask help from within the community and what luck I had – one Estonian girl was just about to move out from her apartment and suggested me to her landlord. So my search went relatively well. Although I had been browsing through various agency pages earlier and almost wanted to cry when I saw all the prices I had a place ready and waiting for me in Paris. I know that many people fly to Paris to find something and it still might take them weeks if not months to find a decent apartment.

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Cafes and bakeries in front of my building

So how much does it cost to live in Paris? My tiny room in a shared apartment is 630€ per month (good thing I have my scholarship!). Not bad considering that the house is nice and the location is good. I live inbetween 5th and 13th arrondissement, right next to Saint Marcel metro stop. Since Paris is huge it’s really nice to have a metro so close to you. Seine river is just 5 minute walk from my place and even Notre Dame is a 25 minute walk away. Also, there is a Monoprix supermarket just 50 meters from my place, a boulangerie and various cafes just downstairs and a gym around the corner. My school should be about 25 minutes away from my place by metro. Since I don’t have a washing machine I will do my laundry in a place that’s 5-10 min walk from my apartment. It’s not the most convenient scenario but it’s relatively common here in France to not own a washing machine.

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The main entrance
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Mirrored hallways
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Lovely staircase
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My apartment door

The apartment itself is very tiny, as I previously mentioned. There are two bedrooms (mine is smaller), a bathroom and a “kitchen” which is also a small hallway. But that’s Paris for you. I also feel like I hardly have any privacy since these old houses are all crammed together and I can see my neighbours from my bedroom window. Also, funny thing is that there is a window next to the shower and another building 5 meters from that. So my neighbours have a perfect view of us taking a shower. The windows look very cool and Parisian but since they are old they also don’t hold any noise. Every time someone goes to throw out their trash I will hear it for sure. Good thing my windows are not facing the street! But hey, I can’t really be complaining. It’s Paris for God’s sake!

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My apt mate’s room
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My room

My room didn’t look like this when I arrived – I moved the furniture around, I bought new bed sheets, blankets, curtains and little extra decor. I wanted to make this place my own. But I must say I had a good room to begin with – just look at that fireplace, the ceiling and that big Parisian window.

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Candle from HEMA
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Boxes from HEMA, candle from HEMA, vase from Box
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Pink pillow from HEMA

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Heart decoration from Tati
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Pink blanket from HEMTEX

Next days will be filled with bureaucracy – opening a bank account, getting a phone card and a metro pass. Wish me luck!

K.

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15 Comments

  1. Your new apartment looks really really pretty! I’m wishing you lots of luck settling into your new Parisian life! 😀

    1. On küll jah! Kesklinnas enamasti ongi sellised uhked majad, kuigi olen ka kehvemaid ja uuemaid näinud, mis pole nii ilusad. Aitäh ja tore, et mu blogi loed! 🙂

  2. Hello, greetings from Dublin! I hope you are having a craic in your new hometown!The way you have decorated your home is bloody hatchet, I love it.I imagine it will be very lovely to come home to such a lovely room when you are absolutely knackered from your busy life in Paris.
    Take care xx

  3. I seriously have to leave a quick comment here. I spent an hour reading all of your posts and I must say I’m truly impressed. Your room looks stunning and all of those posts of Paris… As Paris is one of my favorite city in Europe, I am currently planning to start my second year of master studies also right there. You have made me even more excited now.
    Good luck there and enjoy every second in this stunning place.

    1. Wow, thanks a lot for this absolutely lovely comment! Are you planning to study a year in Sciences Po? You are very welcome and I’m sure you will love Paris. ❤️

      1. Not sure if the whole year or just 6 months, I would like to write my final thesis while studying in Paris. But yes , you’re right- in Sciences Po. Will see. I keep on reading your blog and can not wait to hear more already ! New semester starts from September or October?

        1. Bonne chance ! Actually my school already started. 🙂 This week I have an intensive French course from 8AM to 5PM every day and next week the “real school” starts.

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