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Small common room in basement; toilets; café serving cheap coffee, but relatively expensive food; Learning Resource Centre (LRC) with books, kindles, computers, access to online journals open access whenever the building is open; wifi in the café and library.
Learning Resource Centre (LRC) on the first floor. Most books needed for the course are in there, though if you want to read for pleasure, or in a different area, I'd suggest registering at a public library.
IT and Computing
10 computers are on offer in the computer room, in addition to two "floating" laptops that can be used anywhere in the library. These have Internet access but it is not possible to access files stored on the ULIP servers, or to print, from these machines.
ULIP SU has aerobics, football and jogging societies. Paris is well equipped with local sport centres and clubs.
Students are advised to acquire an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), which replaces the old E111 form, before coming out. This entitles them to claim medical costs back from the Sécu (Sécurité Sociale). This reimbursement is generally no more than 70% for most people, and can be a hassle to recover. On the plus side, seeing a doctor is very easy; generally it is possible to turn up at the doctor's practice (often just a flat somewhere) with or without an appointment. A list of local doctors can almost invariably be obtained from your local pharmacy. Students are also encouraged to organise additional health insurance to cover the extra 30% not covered by the EHIC card. Additional health insurance is not expensive at roughly €70 a year.
It is recommended to open an account with a French bank. Most landlords will require payment by direct debit or cheque, issued by a bank in France and payable in euros. Banks may also act as guarantors in cases where students can't find anyone to guarantee them or when an English guarantor isn't acceptable to the landlord (this is very common). This requires a large deposit into an escrow (not escroc, though it might feel like it at the time...)-type account. There is generally a monthly charge to hold a current account at a French banks. For students/young people this generally starts at around 2-5€ depending on what features you need ; the price increases for having a MasterCard (as opposed to a Maestro/Carte Bleue) or a chequebook. Banks are every few paces in most parts of Paris. CIC (Crédit Industriel et Commercial) is generally good for students. Try to open your account in a smaller branch of the bank in a largely residential area ; the larger banks in business districts can be less accomodating. Be warned - French banks are split by region, and whilst your Parisian account with CIC will be recognised completely at any branch of CIC within Paris, in the provinces you will have less luck: you couldn't, for example, make a deposit in another region of France. Transfers between different banks generally have to be made at your own branch, as do many functions such as ordering a new chequebook (this can be done by ATM also).
When opening an account, you need to provide proof of address (a copy of your bail (lease) signed by your landlord will suffice), proof of university place (AS12 will do), ID (passport/Identity Card (NOT Driver's Licence), proof of UK address (bank statement from UK will do) - this address will be the "legal address" for your account, though most correspondance will be sent to your French address. The process of opening an account generally takes at most 40 minutes (in some banks you will need to make an appointment).
It is often a good idea to buy your insurance from your bank at the same time, if offered.
Transport is easy and relatively cheap in Paris. A Carte Imagine R (get it ?) will cover you for a year at a time, for 190 euros if you live within zone 2 or use only the métro system outside of that zone. It will also allow you to use any of the public transports within Île de France on weekends and during July and August. Otherwise, it is possible to buy tickets individually (one way), which is the most expensive; a carnet of 10 one way tickets, which is slightly less expensive; or a weekly or monthly pass (Carte orange). The university is situated at Invalides métro and RER station, served by lines 8 and 13 on the métro, and by line C of the RER. It can be easily reached from pretty much anywhere within Paris.
ULIP students benefit from the University of London C2 careers service and a careers advisor visits ULIP twice a year for one-to-one consultations.
There's a christian society currently.
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The students' union regularly organises social events, although those held on site have to end by 20h30 when the building is closed.
Bars, Pubs and clubs
Clubs and societies
Visit www.ulipsu.eu for details
No university accomodation is provided. The university recommends some private students' accomodation called Estudines, situated in St Mandé and in Courbevoie/La Défense. This has mixed reviews, and most people cannot wait to move out when the lease expires. Otherwise, student services are available to provide advice and support. Starting this year the university will provide rent payment guarantees to private landlords for students. ULIP has also just partnered with two specialised student rental agencies to help students in their search. Sites such as appartager.com are useful if you want to find a flatshare, otherwise Google is useful, as are the advertisements in many French/Parisian newspapers. A few landlords place advertisements on a noticeboard in the ULIP common room, and a few people have taken a room with a family. This and flatsharing pose a risk, as you don't know how well you will get on with your collocataires. Rent varies, with the recommended Estudines accomodation coming to 650€ and 656€ per month respectively. This is quite representative of Parisian rent, BUT it must be remembered that they are in the banlieue, for which they are priced quite high. Sharing a flat can reduce costs quite significantly, and it is also possible to rent a chambre de bonne in the loft of a building. These vary between being reasonably large and confortable and being very small with no hot water and a bathroom obtained by a rather long trek downstairs, to the other side of the building, and back up on the otherside. There are reports of rather "antisocial" neighbours in some cases.
Between 450€/month (chambre de bonne) and 850€/month for a one person studio. Cost is drastically reduced by sharing.
The Institute is situated in the VIIth arrondissement, which is wealthy, and has a large anglophone community. It's a relatively expensive area, though with the standard cheap supermarkets (Ed, Franprix etc.). The Hôtel des Invalides stands at one end of the Esplanade (onto which faces the Institute), and at the opposite end is the Gare des Invalides, the Pont Alexandre III and beyond the Seine, the Grand Palais. The Champs-Elysées is a mere 5 minutes walk away, and nearby are the Musée d'Orsay and Châtelet, the heart of commercial Paris.
Applying to University of London Institute in Paris
Applications are made via the UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions System). The requirements are supposedly AAB but vary wildly, with offers ranging from AAB to CCC. The selection process generally involves an interview (either in London or in Paris) held largely in French. Thinking of applying to University of London Institute in Paris? Why not read some Personal Statements which were used for applying here?
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