January 2018 marks one year since I moved to Paris and joined ULIP as part of my semester abroad. Until then I had been studying at King’s College London for a year and a half and at that point, I was definitely ready for the French adventure I had been anticipating for long before I started university. It was within the first two weeks here that I knew I preferred the ULIP life and not too long after this I decided to transfer as a full time student abroad. I still get asked from time to time what it was that made me leave behind the hustle and bustle of London and to be honest, the list of reasons is relatively exhaustive. The differences between student life in London and Paris are staggering, but also, of course, subjective. I decided to take some time to compile comparisons between the two from my personal experience, so bear this in mind as I take you through the some of my thoughts about student life in London versus student life in Paris.
It is worth mentioning that I’m not setting out to talk badly of King’s or London life in the slightest, merely organising my own thoughts and reasons behind moving to Paris. It is safe to say that after becoming a full-time ULIP student, I haven’t looked back and have been able to live out my dream of experiencing la vie parisienne and sometimes it is important to take a moment to be grateful for how things have turned out so far in life. To quote the blockbuster hit La Haine, ‘jusqu’ici, tout va bien’.
by Annie Birchall
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