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Why I moved to with my family to Paris central Quarter for a Year

Updated: Jun 17, 2023


When it comes to experiences we’ll remember forever, living in Paris Latin Quarter for a year tops my personal list.

The Paris Islands quarter is very expensive in rent and groceries but I got to live like a real local.

The City of Light is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, with classic cafes, cobblestoned streets, and stunning architecture. However, it isn’t just the beauty of this city that makes it so appealing, but the uniqueness of its quarters.

Some quarters are more beautiful, older, more preserved than others.

There are plenty of affordable housing options and there are several programs that make it easy for foreigners to live in Paris for a year. We couldn’t think of a more perfect quarter to call home for a year than Paris Islands.



Even if you don’t have roots there or an existing network of friends and family nearby, read on to discover why you should also consider making this beautiful city your temporary home!


As an Art lover, I am proud to say that city is still at the forefront of Art and Culture. Paris is still a place where new ideas are born and where creativity is celebrated. It is a city that has always inspired me to be creative and to never give up on my dreams.

Benny from Five days in Paris in the Metro of Paris
Benny in the Metro of Paris - Line 1


Live like a local for a year


If you’ve ever lived in a different country, you know that the best way to truly understand and appreciate the culture is to live like the locals do. No matter where you are in the world, there are certain habits and customs that the locals have because that’s just how it’s done in their city. In Paris, you’ll learn to appreciate the fine art of savouring the moment. Parisians are masters at living in the moment. They live a slower pace of life compared to most places. They take their time enjoying nature, friends, food, walks, and everything else life has to offer. You’ll learn to savour your time with loved ones, and you’ll find yourself with more time to do the things you love!


Parisians jogging and kids playing next to mounted Republican Garde on the Seine River

Everything You Need is in Walking Distance

If you choose to live like a local in Paris, one thing you’ll quickly notice is that everything is in walking distance. The city is made up of different ‘arrondissements’, which are districts that are walkable. What this means is that if you’re living in the 7th arrondissement, for example, you can walk to a grocery store, the metro (metro stations are usually an 8-minute walk away), and even your job if you’re employed in that district. They’re not just for walking around, though. Many Parisians use their bicycles year-round. It’s so easy to navigate the city and get from one place to the next on foot, or by bike if the weather permits. You’ll find that you have a lot more time to do the things you love because you won’t be stuck in traffic! You’ll also be fit and healthy, which is always a great side benefit.


Babka made of Chocolate - Jewish pasteries in Paris
Babka made of Chocolate - Jewish pasteries in Paris

Eat Fresh and Local Produce All Year Round in Le Marais

Le Marais is also a nice authentic neighborhood.

If you’re a foodie and you dream of living in a place where you can eat fresh and local produce all year round, then Le Marais is the perfect place for you!

Italian Fresh food market/restaurant

Paris is a city where the seasons are celebrated and people savour the fresh produce that is available at the time of year. In winter, you can look forward to eating hearty stews and warm soups topped with crème fraîche.


Fresh food markets like this are everywhere in Paris

In spring, you can savour gorgeous and delicate asparagus. In summer, you can enjoy fresh berries and melons. And in fall, you can snack on chestnuts, apples and pears. You can also indulge in chocolate from Maître Chocolatier Frédéric Beaulieu. Beaulieu uses beans from cocoa farmers who grow them in the tropical forests of the Amazon under Fairtrade conditions.


Organic food market

You Can Travel For Very Little Cost

One thing that you’ll notice when you live in Paris for a year is that you have easy access to travel. Paris is the perfect city to base yourself while you travel in France and even Europe! In fact, the RATP is the company that runs the Paris metro system. They also have buses and the RER, which is a train system that goes throughout France. You can purchase one card and use it on any of these modes of transportation. If you’re travelling around France and want to hop on the nearest Metro station, you can hop on the next train or even the next bus. There are also several direct train routes that go out of Paris. These include the TGV (high-speed train), the Eurostar, and the SNCF. These routes can take you to major cities in France and also several other European cities.


Meet locals and make friends from around the world

When you live in Paris for a year, you meet locals and make friends from around the world. As a student, you can also join a local student group. Many universities in Paris have English-speaking student groups who meet regularly. You can also join cultural and art events in Paris like theatre, music, and dance. The expat community in Paris is large enough for you to meet fellow expats, or even people who have lived and worked in Paris for years. You can find online forums where people exchange information about living in Paris and find out what the lifestyle is like.

Party in Paris Villette


Discover your Art passion and discover yourself

When you live in Paris for a year, you have the time to explore your passions, find out what you love to do, and what you're good at. You have the time to find out what you're truly passionate about, and what you'd like to do with your life. You can take a class, read a book, or be in a position where you can really explore what you love and are passionate about. You can also connect with people who are in the same field as you, and make some lifelong friends. You can spend your time exploring the art, architecture, and museums that Paris has to offer. You can also spend your time getting out of the city to go on day trips, or even longer trips, around France to explore the other regions. You can also travel to other European cities on the direct train routes that leave from Paris, which we talked about earlier. Paris is a great place to base yourself while you explore France, Europe, and even other parts of the world.



Benny in the Louvre


Find out what you want to do with your life

When you live in Paris for a year, you have time to explore your interests and passions. You will also have the opportunity to try new things, meet new people, and be part of a community. You might find that you get more clarity about what you want to do with your life when you spend some time away from your home city. You might find that you want to go back and apply for a program where you can use your skills and passions in a new way. You can use this time to explore your interests, take classes, meet new people, and find out what you want to do with your life. This way, you have time to really explore your passions and interests and have time to really find out what you want to do with your life. This can be helpful if you’ve been wondering what you want to do with your life, but have been too busy to explore your passions and see what you’re good at.


Benny in the city hall of Paris Center

A Year in Paris is the Perfect Opportunity to Learn a New Language

French is a beautiful language, elegant, rich and diplomatic. French people are proud of their language and their accent.

For those who dream of continuing living in Paris, forever, the best way to make the transition is to learn the language by practicing French all the time.

You can choose to follow night classes or full day French classes in the city of Paris itself. While living in Paris comes with some challenges, such as the high cost of living, it also provides an opportunity to learn from a native speaker.



You can also start a blog about your experience as a way to practice your new language. You can also try taking online courses, or use apps to practice.

By making learning a new language a priority, you can quickly become proficient in French.


Paris Latin Quarter is perfect for Art & History lovers !

Living in Paris for a year is an opportunity to grow as a person.

Not only will you learn a new language and explore new parts of the world, but you will also make new friends, and have new experiences. You will meet new people, have new experiences, and make new memories. You will also have time to reflect and learn from your experiences.



You can also make connections with people around the world who have different experiences and have had different life experiences than you. You can learn from them and have new perspectives on life.


You can also learn from your experiences while living in Paris and reflect on what


I have been travelling around the word and nowhere else can you get an endless super view on such delightful and continuously exquisite or grandiose architecture.


Paris Art City

Paris is a city of art and culture, so if you're into art and museums, it's a great place to live. Plus, Paris has some of the best restaurants in the world. And if you like beautiful architecture, Paris has some of the most beautiful buildings in the world. So, if you want to live somewhere that combines art with beauty and cutting-edge technology, Paris is for you. And if you want to live somewhere where people are friendly, Paris is for you too. You just need to know what you're looking for before moving there.



I will be happy to help you with any request if you are a Art History student or a Digital Freelancer expat looking for more information about living in Paris city for the next year.

*I don't help with administrative or official matters.


Exploring the world of art history in France can be a captivating and rewarding experience for those seeking to deepen their appreciation of the art and culture of this beautiful country by taking the train.

From the iconic Louvre to the lesser-known L'Orangerie, France boasts a wealth of world-renowned art galleries and museums that offer visitors a unique opportunity to explore and learn about its diverse artistic heritage.

The Louvre is arguably the most famous museum in France and is home to some of the world's most celebrated works of art, including Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Founded in 1793, the Louvre is considered one of the oldest public museums in the world, and it is a must-see for all art lovers. The D’Orsey is another renowned art museum in France and is home to some of the country's most revered Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works of art.

Its vast collections of paintings, sculptures and photographs, as well as its renowned ‘Impressionist Garden’, make it a must-see for all art enthusiasts. The L’Orangerie is a lesser-known museum in France that is dedicated to displaying some of the country's most celebrated Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works of art.

Located in the heart of Paris, the L’Orangerie is an intimate museum that offers visitors a unique insight into the development of French art over the centuries. No matter which art museum you choose to visit in France, you are sure to be enthralled by the beauty and diversity of its art.


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