We love working with young people arriving to embark on their first Parisian adventures. We have a significant younger clientele and we have worked in conjunction with schools admissions offices for many years we have clients each year from Parson’s The New School for Design, Paris School of Art, the American University and numerous MBA schools.
Spring and Summer at VINGT Paris means helping new arrivals choose a great apartment (often those we have assisted owners in purchasing – so of course they are!) but as well as this there are many other things to consider.
Helping select an apartment before they arrive is just one thing, support on getting to it from the airport, connecting to the internet, purchasing a mobile phone (and learning how to pick up messages, yes, surprise surprise the automated voice speaks French!) all takes careful explanation – not always easy to absorb after sleepily arriving direct from a transatlantic flight.
Many students arrive with family in tow hoping to take a holiday at the same time. Sadly they often spend the precious time anxiously racing through Paris on the metro trying to track down their accommodation and feeling worried because they don’t really know the layout of the city and the areas to avoid (there are a few….) or how the transport to school or work will be. It’s no fun and usually in October we have Les Miserables coming to us to move from the apartment they’d booked up for a year after realising it wasn’t at all convenient or reasonably priced.
All can be taken care of in advance of arrival (including financial logistics). Therefore during the visit the family can enjoy shopping for knick knacks to make the apartment homely, accompany the kids to buy essential supplies, do some sightseeing and relax in the knowledge that their son or daughter is safe and about to have a really great stay in Paris.
Note for apartment owners: Students are great tenants. Just take a deposit, and touch wood, we’ve never had any Led Zeppelin style antics from any of them.