Although it is still a bit early to open the park season, I just cannot wait. Paris is cosy in winter,true, but to me life only truly takes off when temperatures start to rise, and as soon as it is not raining, I am eager to go out for walks. It is thus with premature pleasure that I write about the Cité Universitaire. As soon as the weather allows casual strolls, at least you will know where to go.
I love this place, because it does not feel like Paris. Indeed, it houses international students dorms: in its park setting you will find dorms representing different countries, from Argentina to Korea, and this mix of cultures leads to interesting architecture. Of Dutch origin myself, I was thrilled to find out about the Collège néerlandais, designed by the famous Dutch architect Dudok, which was restored last year.
When you’re done with your stroll and feel like returning to student life, there is a canteen in the main building where you can get a coffee for 1.50€. There are lots of students using the wifi, which unfortunately isn’t free, but at least you can use it as long as you want for 3€ per day.
The campus also organises and houses events and exhibitions every once in a while, so check their website before going.