Not sure if anyone can help but I am 20 year old female student trying to organise accommodation in Paris from Sept to Nov while I do an internship as part of my university course.
I have applied for accommodation in various foyers and the possibilities are:
1. in Rue de la Pointe d’Ivry which is in 13th arrondissement known as Chinatown, on the edge of a pedestrian area not far from the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. The nearest metro stops are Pointe de Choisy or Pointe d’Ivry and it is also close to Olympiades which I understand is a very quick new train line to the centre of Paris.
2. In Rue de Charonne which is in 11th arrondissement but close to border with 20th arrondissement (nearest metro stops Alexandre Dumas or Charonne). I have been told this is not the greatest area for a girl walking home at night etc
3. I have not yet applied but I have been told there is also a foyer on IIe St Louis which is a great position but It is girls only and has strict rules.
Has anyone stayed in any of these foyers (I have most chance of getting a room in Pointe d’Ivry ).
If so, what are they like?
If you clear it with foyers are you allowed to have friends to stay (eg visitor for weekend?) I understand the foyer on Ile St Louis may have stricter rules.
If anyone has stayed in Pointe d’Ivry, what are the rooms like, are there cooking facilities or do they provide any meals?
Would I be safe walking at night from the metro to Rue de la Pointe d'Ivry?