Discover how to plan your arrival in Paris, how to start your journey in a new country and what you need to know to make your integration as smooth as possible.
We recommend that you prepare the following documents and bring them to France.
For students -18 years old:
Before starting the course at Istituto Marangoni Paris, you will join the induction week to get registered at school and we will equip you with all the information you need: you will learn how to register your residence permit, open a bank account, get a local SIM card etc. A dedicated Istituto Marangoni team will be there for you to accompany you and support if you have any questions.
During the induction week, you will have to pay a contribution to campus and student life (CVEC) that costs 100 euros per year. You can pay it online at cvec.etudiant.gouv.fr even before coming to France.
You will need to keep the proof of payment and provide it to us during the induction week.
The contribution to campus and student life is paid to the CROUS (Centre régional des œuvres universitaires et scolaires) to maintain students’ social, health, cultural and sports facilities.
If you came to France with a long stay visa used as residence permit (VLS-TS in French), you must validate your visa as soon as you arrive in France. You must validate your visa online within 3 months of arriving in France at the very latest.
Please visit: administration-etrangers-en-france.interieur.gouv.fr
You will need:
If you have not got a French bank account yet, you can buy an electronic stamp (timbre électronique) at a kiosk, at a dedicated terminal, and pay in cash. The fee is 50 euros.
It is very important to validate your VLS -TS visa within the first 3 months as it entitles you to legally stay in France for the whole period of studies and leave France beyond the 3 months after your arrival.
If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you don't need to register to the French social security. You can use your card and receive healthcare in France. Students concerned are those with the nationality of a country of the European Union, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
You must register to the French general social security system. Registration is done online at etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr. You must complete your registration immediately after the registration to your institution and after the validation of your visa.
You will be issued a "carte vitale" (social security card) to take medical appointments and get reimbursements.
These are some examples of the medical costs:
Check up with a General Practitioner/ Specialist: 25 euros (16,5 euros reimbursed)
Check up with a Specialist: 30 euros (the amount of reimbursement may vary).
Paris’ public transportation system is run by RATP.
As a student under 26 years old you may benefit from an annual transportation card - Imagine R card. It costs 350 euros and it allows you to make an unlimited number of journeys using public transportation.
You can create your account on www.iledefrance-mobilites.fr/imagine-r and upload the following documents to get the card:
The Metro opens at about 05:30 am and the last train leaves at 00:40 am (depends on the metro station)
The closest metro station to the school is Miromesnil (line 9 and line 13).
If you wish to travel in France, we recommend to take advantage of TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse - High Speed Train) The railway system is managed by the SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer français – French National Railway Company). Visit the mobile application to plan your journey and buy online tickets.
You may also benefit from a special MAX Jeune pass for 16-27 year old students travelling in France. Please, check the offer at www.sncf.com
In France you can choose between a prepaid SIM card and a mobile phone contract. Prepaid SIMs are generally the quickest and easiest option to get you connected.These will allow you to make a predetermined number of calls, text messages, and have a certain mobile data allowance depending on the option. Mobile phone contracts usually offer cheaper rates but usually involve a 12-months/24-months subscription that cannot be cancelled.
You will need the following documents to sign up for a subscription:
Most students in Paris would need a minimum of €1400 per month to live on. This will cover your accommodation, your food, average clothing and basic needs. Here are some examples from typical everyday life minimum costs per month:
Any international student can open a bank account in France. You will need the following documents:
After you open a bank account, you will receive a bank card and a cheque book. You will also have a RIB - bank account information slip - that will allow you to easily make and receive bank transfers.
Istituto Marangoni Paris partners with two French banks - Société Générale and BNP Paribas, their branches are just next door to the school.
You may take an appointment with them at:
Agence Société Générale – Paris Messine
113 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008, Paris
Tel. +33(0) 1 44 51 00 10
Agence BNP Paribas – Paris Saint Philippe du Roule
113 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008, Paris
Tel. + 33(0) 7 64 37 52 38