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Paris on an American University Student Budget

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Paris on an American University Student Budget

Hello!

I am currently studying abroad in Britain but in April, I have quite a bit of time off to travel and I was trying to arrange some time in Paris but I'm having a real issue with budgeting!

First, I wanted to leave on 8 April and stay 4 days, 3 nights before moving onto to Spain, but I am a bit lost with transportation. From my research, it appears that Eurostar will be the most affordable method of transportation (correct me if I am wrong, though!). Second to my transportation woes, I would like to stay near the city but my budget for hostels is between 17 and 19 euros per night, so I know it is essentially impossible to stay within Paris. I just do not know of any local towns or places to reside that will not kill me if I want to take a day trip into Paris.

In addition to all this information, I am a huge museum person. I have discovered something called a Paris Museum Pass, so I figure I can purchase a 2-day pass and try to cram in as much as possible. I am not very worried about food, either. I can live off of less than a meal a day and I will only be snacking basically until I move on to Spain.

But I will appreciate any tips, especially in regards to traveling as I am a beginner and I think I may be making this trip alone!

Thank you!

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1. Re: Paris on an American University Student Budget

First of, whatever you save on accommodation outside the city, you will spend for commuting. Not worth it. Try to find your accommodation within peripherique ring road - any neighborhood 1-20 arrondissement.

Residents of EU 18-25 have free museums access, but that my not apply to you.

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2. Re: Paris on an American University Student Budget

@Tesa227 – Thank you for your reply! And I am only a temporary resident, essentially on a student visa, so I do not think that will apply (I sorely wish it did, though!). Also, thank you for the tip in regards to finding lodgings within one of the arrondissements. I failed to even consider that, so I really appreciate your insights!

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3. Re: Paris on an American University Student Budget

I don't know if you'll find anything within your budget but have a look at:

http://www.bugeurope.com/paris/accomm.html

http://youngandhappy.fr/index.php#

http://www.hostels.com/

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4. Re: Paris on an American University Student Budget

I seriously cannot imagine that you'll find lodging within your budget, even at a hostel. The only thing I can think of is to look for a shared room on airbnb.com, but I would caution you about staying with strangers.

Maybe couchsurfing.com too? Again, going into a stranger's home alone...

For safety sake, I would urge you to increase your budget if possible.

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5. Re: Paris on an American University Student Budget

You can bus-it from London to paris for very little, maybe even £1 if you book early enough, several companies do this - eurolines, megabus, idbus

https://www.eurolines.co.uk

nationalexpress.com/wherewego/…paris.aspx

http://uk.idbus.com/lines

http://uk.megabus.com/megabuscom.aspx

It takes ages, and is probably not comfortable, but is cheap-as-chips!

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6. Re: Paris on an American University Student Budget

Once in france, there are some long distance buses you could use...

eurolines.fr/en/…

And the dedicated backpacker option....

http://www.busabout.com

The cheapest train fares are called PREMS but you need to book in advance and are locked to a specific train time and date. Info on train travel here:

http://www.seat61.com - "man61" posts on TA occasionally

www.nickbooth.id.au/Tips/FrenchTrain.htm - a lovely TA member

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7. Re: Paris on an American University Student Budget

To stay cheap, maybe you should consider camping...

Lightweight tents and equipment are not expensive, these days, and France is well set with campsites, many municipal ones, in fact....

http://www.camping-municipal.org

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8. Re: Paris on an American University Student Budget

Try hostels.com

I've seen some there for 20 euros, in the city. The site allows members to post reviews etc.

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9. Re: Paris on an American University Student Budget

With that sort of budget, couchsurfing might be the only option.

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10. Re: Paris on an American University Student Budget

I'm seeing a few options in that price range (or slightly higher) on

www.hostelworld.com/search…

Preferably something within the 20 arrondissements (you can tell by the zipcode) is more convinient/cheaper transport. Opening it up to 30 euros/night would give you more options for lodging...that's only 40 euros more total, I'm sure it won't break the bank!

Edited: 27 February 2014, 01:56