Student housing

Jean d’Ormesson-Crous: If you have a Crous scholarship and study in an engineering school at IP Paris, then this dormitory is made for you. Price: between €313 and €456.

Alexandre Manceau – Arpej: If you aren’t blessed with a Crous scholarship, don’t know what a €50 bill looks like, and study in an engineering school at IP Paris, then you might consider joining Arpej. Due to high demand, it is quite difficult, if not nearly impossible, to get your hands on an available studio. Price: between €350 and €500.

Kley: This dormitory was designed with different hybrid spaces so you can work and relax anywhere. You can watch movies and play video games on one of the TV screens available in the patio, and have access to a nice terrace (440 m²) where you can have a BBQ. If you are a descendant of a wealthy family and proximity to your campus is a must, then Kley might be a good choice for you. Price: between €650 and €850.

Ecole polytechniqueon-campus housing: This dormitory was designed for Ecole polytechnique students only. If you are reading this, chances are you didn’t make it to this prestigious university. Price: between €450 and €550.

Ensta on-campus housing: This dormitory was designed for Ensta students only. Not as prestigious as the above-mentioned one.

Price:

Apartment of 18.5 m²: €429

Apartment of 22 m²: €450

Apartment of 36 m²: €725

Studea Camille Claudel: The Studea Palaiseau residence is a bit far from IP Paris universities but welcomes students in the heart of Camille Claudel’s eco-district. Surrounded by tree-lined squares, shared or public gardens, the residence is in the immediate vicinity of a Carrefour City, restaurant, pharmacy and bakery. Price: between €543 and €593.

Ecla: Ecla is an all student accommodation. It combines both modernity and functionality. Their apartments are fully equipped so that you do not have to worry about anything other than your studies. They offer private and shared accommodation for any type and length of stay, from 18 m² studios to 83 m². So, if you wipe your butt with cash, then you might consider joining Ecla. Price: starting at €825 and keeps on going up to infinity.

Studefi Oceane: Nice dormitory located in Massy, 15 km south of Paris. Massy is the main business center in the Essonne department. It is home to almost 1,500 companies, including major names such as Bull SA, Cegelec, Ericsson SA and Thompson. Price: Rent starting at €421.

20-campus, Gif-Sur-Yvette: Twenty Campus proposes a new dormitory located in Gif-Sur-Yvette near Centrale Supelec. Many services are included in the rent, such as:

– Breakfast served in the cafeteria from Monday to Friday

– Cleaning of the apartment twice a month

– Fitness room

Price: between €570 and €750

All Suites Study: Though the mention of this residence here is questionable considering it’s not fully built yet, there are students currently staying at this place so it’s not completely absurd. This residence features a very peculiar security system: every time it rains, all the mud surrounding the building turns into a moat! Making it really challenging to enter, for better or for worse.

Anyway, for the meagre price of €700 a month you can afford to live in ASS and enjoy all it has to offer… someday.

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Restaurants

The WAN:

You are no Telecomian if you have never eaten at the WAN. Located directly in a Telecom Paris building, it’s the classic for every student for lunch. You literally can’t eat under € 3 though. The bigger your wallet, the greater your food. Irregular service during Covid.

The WEEKY and the WORKO:

If you need a fast meal, try one of theses cafeterias which are also in Telecom Paris. Key spot for each and every of these lectures between noon and 1:30. The menu is wide enough for you to find something suitable.

The Crous:

There are two kinds of people who eat there. You’re either cautious with your money or you have a scholarship and each meal costs you only €1. Don’t be afraid, you’ll eat to satiety, but the taste is lacking compared to the WAN. The Messiah during Covid times, € 1 meals available for every student by noon and for dinner.

Living Room:

You want to enjoy both gastronomy and thrill? Go for it! Deathly experience ensured!

Be cautious, they do not really pay attention to customer’s allergies. Order no nuts, and nuts you will get on your plate. Definitely not suitable for students’ wallets.

Food Asia:

The ultimate hideout for people in love with Asian food! Speciality does not match this restaurant’s menu since you can order nearly anything: sushi, Cantonese rice, noodles, skewers. The Chinatown of Palaiseau.

This place is widely used by students during the week-end, especially the ones too lazy to cook.

Food trucks?

Well, they exist but are more akin to ghost trucks. If you’re lucky then one will appear.

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Fear me when I put my sunglasses on!

Jogging trails, bike paths

Good news for bicycle commuters: the Plateau is very bicycle friendly. There are bicycle lanes on every avenue and almost every street, which makes it very easy to go from one side of the Plateau to the other. Although there are many construction works in progress, which may render some lanes unusable, don’t be discouraged! You can always find a way around them. Also, if you want a real calves workout, there are bicycle lanes which run along the N118 highway, and go up and down the Plateau. So go work those calves!

Alternatively, if you just want to go out and enjoy the weather, or have a nice jog on the plateau, you should go to Eugène Chanlon Park, which is south of Télécom Paris. There you will find dirt paths and a lot of trees! You can also jog or cycle along Boulevard Thomas Gobert, which is a pretty long but straight road going from Télécom to Orsay. For some nice cardio, go to Lozère and take the stairs up to École Polytechnique. Following the road from there, you may even see the horses of the school!

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Rémy the corgi

Hi, I’m Rémy, a first-year corgi at Télécom Paris. I like cooking, programming, and other corgis, among other things. I hope that our map will make the Plateau look more interesting to you. If you have any questions about Paris-Saclay or simply need some cooking tips, ask away! I’ll be happy to help.

Bus lines

Bus 91.06 will be your main way of commuting using public transportation on the Plateau. There are stops at all major schools, namely ENSTA, Polytechnique and ENSAE, Télécom Paris, Université Paris-Saclay and CentraleSupélec. The line starts at Massy-Palaiseau, where you will be able to take the RER B and C to go to Paris, and end at Christ de Saclay. Alternatively, Bus 91.10 comes less frequently but extends the line 91.06, so you can take it if you miss the 91.06 bus. Be careful not to fall asleep on it though, as it starts at Orly airport, and goes all the way up to Saint-Quentin!

From the west side of the Plateau, Bus 9 can take you to HEC and Orsay, where you can also take the RER B, and goes to Les Ulis 2, a shopping mall which is usually not too crowded. If you fancy going to a huge shopping mall instead, the line 91.08 goes to Vélizy 2, where you will find countless shops, restaurants, and a big cinema!

Need to go back to Paris at 3AM? The Noctilien buses are here to save the day (or night)!. Line N63 has buses going from Ferme de La Vauve to Gare Montparnasse in Paris, every night from 00:30AM to 05:30AM. On weekdays, buses come every 30 minutes, while on weekends they come every 20 minutes.

Pro tip: buses have warming seats, which is very nice during winter!

About the author

Rémy the corgi

Hi, I’m Rémy, a first-year corgi at Télécom Paris. I like cooking, programming, and other corgis, among other things. I hope that our map will make the Plateau look more interesting to you. If you have any questions about Paris-Saclay or simply need some cooking tips, ask away! I’ll be happy to help.