I was recently speaking with a friend of mine who is moving to Paris. I told her how immensely jealous I was! I’ve always loved Paris, with its rich culture, beautiful architecture and stunning properties. She agreed, but was worried about “the nightmare that is renting in Pairs”.
The Parisian rental market is definitely its own kettle of fish. As with most capital cities, rents are high, demand is high and supply is low.
No surprises there. But Paris itself offers a few other “quirks” that make it a little trickier to find a decent rental home.
For example, did you know:
• As stunning as the architecture is, finding a property with an elevator in Paris is virtually impossible as most buildings are over 100 years old
• You’ll need to invest in some headphones, as the walls in most Parisian buildings are paper thin
• Parking is virtually impossible in Central Paris so you’ll need to get used to the metro and fast!
Quirks aside, if you are being moved (or are moving people) to Paris, there’s no need to panic. It is possible to find a decent rental home in Paris, for a good price, if you know where to look. To demonstrate our home-finding team has put together a list of 12 rental homes in Paris for under €3000/month. We’ve chosen areas that appeal to professionals mainly, but our Moving to Paris Area Report provides you with a comprehensive guide to various areas in the city.
Paris is divided into 20 “arrondissements” or neighbourhoods. Each one has its own benefits, but we’ve listed the four most popular amongst expats below:
The 6th arrondissement
This part of town is home to luxurious boutiques, high-class restaurants and some of the best parks in Paris. The coveted neighbourhood of Saint German des Pres attracts expats from all over the world making it a great place to live.
If you’re looking to rent in Paris’ 6th arrondissement you could get:
• A 1-bed apartment with wooden flooring throughout, fully fitted kitchen and views over the river Seine - €1,490
• A fully furnished 1-bed apartment in the coveted neighbourhood of Saint German des Pres - €1,595
• A stunning 2-bed apartment with modern kitchen, large windows and washer/dryer - €2,440
The 7th arrondissement
This one’s all about location. If you’ve ever dreamed about opening your front door and seeing the Eiffel tower in front of you then this is the place for you. But it doesn’t stop there! This part of town is also home to some of the best schools in Paris, many of which are bi-lingual making it a great choice for those with families.
If you’re looking to rent in Paris’ 7th arrondissement you could get:
• A beautifully decorated studio flat with elevator and fully fitted kitchen - €1,125
• A 1-bed apartment with washer/dryer, large entrance hall and modern décor just minutes from the metro station - €2,065
• A luxury 2-bed apartment with elevator, washing machine and basement, with the Eiffel tower on its doorstep - €2,605
The 9th arrondissement
Another big favourite amongst the expat community, this part of the city has everything you could possibly need. It boasts great shopping, restaurants, museums and a selection of great schools. It’s also one the greener parts of the city, which would suit a pet owner perfectly.
If you’re looking to rent in Paris’ 9th arrondissement you could get:
• A furnished studio with large bed, fully equipped kitchen and stunning views - €1,360
• A furnished 1-bed apartment overlooking the Paris Opera House with wooden flooring and modern décor throughout - €1,465
• A large 2-bed apartment with traditional Parisian décor, nearby metro station and carpet throughout - €1,920
The 16th arrondissement
A little further out, but with great transport links into the centre of Paris, this part of the city is home to many of the foreign embassies. It’s also a hot-spot for fine dining, many of Paris’s best restaurants are here, so if you’re a foodie, then this is the place for you!
If you’re looking to rent in Paris’ 16th arrondissement you could get:
• A bright fully furnished 1-bed apartment with washer dryer, concierge and nearby metro station - €1,435
• A modern 2-bed apartment on the 7th floor of a highly secure building with elevator - €1,575
• A furnished 3-bed apartment with washer/dryer, dishwasher and laundry room. The landlord is even willing to accept pets. - €2,990
As you can see from the above, you don’t have to live in a tiny apartment on the top floor with no elevator. It is possible to find a deal, so long as you have the right kind of support. In cities with rental markets as busy as Paris, landlords will use unsuspecting renters to their advantage in order to get a good deal. Having a relocation professional on hand means that you are robustly protected throughout the whole rental process.
At Saunders 1865, we’ve been helping companies move their staff to Paris (and other destinations) for over 25 years. If you need assistance with relocating to Paris, get in touch! Simply fill in this contact form and one of our relocation experts will be ready to assist. Let’s get a conversation started!