Survival Guide

Checklist

  • Passport/ ID, Student Card
  • A small bag to take what you need
  • Spirits, typical sweets, traditional music, flags, for the Spirit Night
  • Toothbrush and medicines
  • Towels
  • Pocket money
  • Camera
  • Casual clothes for an everyday use
  • Sunglasses, umbrella (welcome to Paris!)
  • Mobile phone charger​

All French electrical outlets are type C or E, and function on a Tension of 230V at a frequency of 50Hz.

Useful information

Shops are usually open until from 9:00am to 6:00pm with no breaks.

ATMs will charge you for withdrawing money from a foreign bank.

Emergency numbers are the following (the calls can be answered in 40 languages):

  • 15 for medical emergencies
  • 17 for the police
  • 18 for the fire brigade
  • 112 for the European emergency number

To call someone out of France dial 00 then the relevant country and phone number without the first 0. To call France from abroad, dial 00 33 then the phone number without the first 0

Contact

If you get lost or need help, don’t hesitate to call us.

 

Luna Frisch–Ta Minh

+33 767863488

luna.frisch–taminh@epfedu.fr

Loïc Juillan

+33 644740947

loic.juillan@epfedu.fr

Transportation

Ticket price within Paris : 1.90€

Ticket price outside Paris : 2.80€

Taxis:
Here are the phone number for the reservation centre : 
  • Taxis G7 +33 1 47 39 47 39
  • Alpha Taxis +33 1 45 85 85 85
  • Taxis Bleus : 3609

Useful words

Hello: Bonjour(formal) / Salut(Friendly)

Goodbye: Au revoir

How are you?: Comment allez vous?

Thank you: Merci

You’re welcome: De rien

Please: S’il vous plait

Sorry: Désolé

I’m really sorry: Je suis vraiment désolé

How much is it?: Combien ça coûte?

What time is it?: Quelle heure est-il?

A coffee please: Un café s’il vous plait

Can I have a coffee please?: Puis-je avoir un café s’il vous plait?

Excuse me, I’m lost. Can you help me?: Excusez-moi, je suis perdu. Pouvez-vous m’aider?

Excuse me, where is the closest subway station?: Excusez-moi, où est la station de métro la plus proche?

Bread: Pain

Cheese: Fromage

Wine: Vin

Water: Eau

Toilet: Toilettes

Can I borrow your phone?: Excusez-moi, est-ce que je peux emprunter votre téléphone s’il vous plait?

Police: Police

I need a doctor: j’ai besoin d’un docteur

Money

The euro is used in France.  Currency exchange providers are difficult to find in the city, if you have an other currency you should exchange it at the airport