How to Get the Most Out of Being a Student in Paris
Paris regularly ranks in the top ten list of best cities for students (and even came in at #1 in 2015). It has the reputation of being an expensive city, but there are plenty of ways to save as a student in Paris. Here are our tips for how to get the best value out of your Parisian student experience.
Discount transportation. The Paris public transportation company, the RATP, offers a discount transportation pass to students under the age of 26. The Imagine R pass costs about 40% of what a standard monthly metro pass does and can get you special deals and discounts with Imagine R partners.
Free museums. European residents (including non-Europeans with a French visa!) under 26 years old can access many of Paris’s museums for free. The full list is here, and includes some of the city’s most famous cultural institutions including the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou.
Travel for less. The French train company, the SNCF, offers the option of a discount card for people between 12 and 27 years old. It costs 50 euros, and you’re guaranteed at least a 30% discount on all train tickets within France or going abroad. It pays for itself with just one round trip to Bordeaux!
Discount or free theater tickets. The city of Paris makes theater accessible to students. At the Kiosque Jeunes, you can get theater tickets at a steep discount, or even for free! You just need to show your student ID. Lots of individual theaters also offer discounts for students. The Comédie Française, one of the most prestigious theaters in the city even offers its own discount card for theatergoers under 28.
…and much more. Wherever you go, keep your eyes peeled for a tarif jeune or tarif étudiant. You may find them at concert venues, festivals, stores, and even in some restaurants. Just remember to keep your student ID on you!