Paris Travel Tips for Students

I know I haven’t been posting on this blog as much, but that is because I’ve moved! Both in real life and on the internet. I’m spending this semester in Vienna, Austria, and writing about my adventures over at I am going to do my best to still post some things here, but you should check out that blog for more regular updates!

A few weeks ago, I took a quick weekend trip to Paris. The trip was amazing, seeing some of the remarkable sites in the City of Lights. While I was there, I picked up a few tips for other students who might want to see the city as well.

  • Download the RATP app. It is the official Paris metro app, and it works offline. While not a substitute for a paper map, this app is great for getting around on the metro. You definitely want to take the metro places.

    Paris metro map

    My very-used metro map.

  • While you are at it, check out HERE, my favorite new app. It lets you download country/area maps to use for step-by-step navigation completely offline. Super user-friendly, and the only thing keeping me from getting hopelessly lost.
  • Because you have a very secure way to carry your belongings around, you should bring your passport with your visa, or your resident card. Some places have free admission if you are a long-term resident of the EU and under 25. I know you need it for the Musee d’Orsay and to get to the top of Notre Dame for sure.

    Notre Dame

    The view from Notre Dame is worth the stair climb.

  • Wifi can be hard to find. If you see an unlocked network called “FreeWifi,” don’t connect to it. Free is a phone company, and you need a login to connect to their network. Some of the attractions, like the Arc de Triomphe and the Musee d’Orsay have wifi, but others, like the Eiffel Tower only let you connect to the app store. Check cafes for a sign on the door, public parks, and McDonalds if you are desperate for an internet connection.

Check out some of the awesome free things to do in Paris if you’re looking to stay on a budget. And who isn’t?

  • See the stunning view atop the hill of Sacre’-CoeurParis view
  • Visit Notre Dame’s famous rose windowsRose window
  • Learn about the city’s history and see some art at the Musée CarnavaletP1080906
  • Meet Victor Hugo at his old apartmentP1080916

Plus lots of other, cool activities. Especially if the weather is nice. Check out a great list here.

Hopefully these tips help you get the most out of every moment you get to spend in beautiful Paris!


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