As a new arrival in Paris, you probably want to experience everything all at once, and I don’t blame you.
I was the same way, too, when I came here, and if I’m honest, I still am.
Paris has so much to offer and there’s always something new to explore.
It’s one of the reasons Expats Paris was formed: to become a resource of all things Paris and help expatriates meet each other and form partnerships.
There is a thriving expatriate community in the city, and this goes a long way to helping newcomers adjust to how the French do things.
Members of Expats Paris enjoy many perks that are very helpful to the just landed.
Check them out.
1. Blog full of amazing tips about life in Paris
At Expats Paris, we pride ourselves on giving up-to-date, relevant and entertaining information about any and everything in our beloved city.
Our blog can be accessed for free by anyone, anywhere and at any time.
You’ll learn about filing your taxes, how to start a business, tips about finding an apartment, dressing, eating, drinking like the French, special events like the recently held TEDx conference, and much, much more.
2. Invitations to our weekly after-work drinks and theme parties
Who doesn’t love a party? I know I do! It’s a great way to relax, hang out with friends and make new ones! As an Expats Paris member, you will receive these invitations and have a chance to dress-up, drink something fabulous, eat fantastic food and network like never before. These events provide opportunities to make connections that could last a lifetime. Hey, you might even meet someone that could end up meaning a lot to you in the near future. Who knows?
3. Access to the Expats Paris eGuides
Expats Paris eBooks
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a key to the city?
Expats Paris members have access to our handy eGuides which give you an in-depth look at different parts of Paris and give tips on a variety of issues, ranging from where to take the family, to how to travel around Paris.
For an expat in the growing stages of learning to navigate the local scene, these guides are a godsend.
4. Member search
Did you meet someone at that theme party but forgot to write down the information or get a business card?
Were you a little tipsy, perhaps because you had really good wine?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone, and we have a solution, never fear!
An Expats Paris member can use the search feature on the website to find that cute guy or girl you had your eye on, or that potential business partner to help you start the enterprise of your dreams.
Or it could be the potential roommate who promised a tour of your potential living space. It’s a very easy to use feature that is loved by members.
5. Messaging & Connecting with other members
Now that you’ve made connections with your fellow expats, you can keep up with them through the messaging and connecting feature on the Expats Paris website.
Or, you can use it to find a member for specific help.
Perhaps a fellow expat told you that Shelly Pearson (not an actual member) knew where to go for the best haircut in your arrondissement.
Or someone you met at a theme party told you where to buy that hat you were admiring, but don’t remember the name of it.
You could search for that member and connect to get the information you need. It’s that simple.
6. Access to the Expats Paris Service providers contacts.
There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to figure out who does what when you first arrive in a new place.
At Expats Paris, we have put together an impressive list of service providers that is free to members.
It can make weeks of searching for answers take only as long as it takes you to browse and find the right contact for your needs.
7. Free Access to the forum (social media powered)
The forum is where you can ask questions about life in Paris, or, well, anything, really.
Should you want to know about rentals in a specific arrondissement, where to find classes on a specific subject, a certain kind of cuisine from your home country, a roommate, you can post them here and the community will respond.
8. Networking opportunities via our Meetup Page
When you’re trying to build a business or meet new people, it pays to network.
Or maybe you’re just trying to find someone to hang out with from your hometown, or simply make friends.
The Expats Paris Meetup group is available to members and gives you the opportunity to find people with similar interests, or scope out potential business contacts.
We all have to start somewhere.
9. Live Chats (Q&As) on Questions that matter for Parisian Expats (via Twitter Chats #ExpatsParisChat
Keeping up-to-date with changes in French law regarding immigration issues or learning how to ride the train or bus, these are among the many things that are important to expats in Paris. Whether the topics are lighthearted or serious, Expats Paris hosts Twitter Chats that provide question and answer sessions to help you better understand your surroundings and make your stay a little easier as you adapt to the local culture.
10. Free Classified ads posting
This is a feature that has helped many expatriate in need. Expats Paris members can avail themselves of the classifieds in any way they choose.
Whether you’re looking for a roommate, trying to sell a car, looking for classes in French, promoting your business, touting your favorite bakery, it’s free to post in this section of the site, and you’re welcome to do so.
Over to you!
Expats Paris strives to give members as many tools as possible to make their stay in Paris, whether it’s a week or for years to come, a pleasant one.
We love this city, and we want to share that love with others and make what can be a sometimes frustrating experience learning something new, a pleasant one.
We look forward to meeting you at a future event.
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