Country: France
  1. French
Global city cat.: GaWC Alpha+ Global Cities
Population (city): 2,243,833 (2010) world: 44
Population (metro): 10,460,117 (2010)

Main Universities

  • Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1)
  • The New Sorbonne University (Paris 3)
  • Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris 4)
  • Paris-René Descartes University (Paris 5)
  • University of Pierre-Marie Curie (Paris 6)
  • Paris Dauphine University
  • PSL Research University, including:
    • École normale supérieure / Paris
  • Arts et Métiers ParisTech (grad. school only)

Language Study

Living in Paris: Districts

The River Seine divides the city into two unequal halves: the Right and the Left Bank. (The right bank is a larger in area). Both are subdivided into districts (arrondissements), which in turn contain smaller neighborhoods (quartiers), many of which named after the villages they had replaced. The districts are known by their numbers – from the first (1er) to the twentieth (20ème). Each number carries with it a whole set of socioeconomic connotations.

Most of the smaller quartiers fit in a single arrondissement, but some, like Le Marais, span two adjoining districts. If you are going to live in Paris for any length of time, you will absolutely need to acquaint yourself with the city's layout – ideally, by learning the basics features of all twenty districts. Even before that, however, practice answering the most elementary, binary questions: which bank is this thing or that located on? Soon, the pieces will start falling into place.

The arrondissements curl out of the central, historic area of Paris, which is why the whole arrangement is often compared to a snail (escargot).

Notable Past Residents

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One-time expats of other nationalities: Julio Cortázar (Argentina), Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina), Roberto Bolaño (Chile), Ivan Turgenev (Russia), Teffi (Russia), Vladimir Nabokov (Russia), Salvador Dalí (Spain), Amedeo Modigliani (Italy), and many more.

Practical Info For Visitors

Map of Paris

1: American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity 2: American Church 3: American Hospital of Paris 4: American Library, Paris 5: Breakfast in America (LB) 6: Breakfast in America 2 (RB) 7: British Embassy 8: Coutume Café 9: Embassy of Australia 10: Embassy of Canada 11: Shakespeare & Co. 12: Station F 13: US Embassy
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