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How to travel as much as possible on Erasmus!

You have finally left home, waved goodbye to your family and arrived at your Erasmus destination! Whether you are nervous or excited about what awaits you, remember that this is not just your year in another city, but also your year abroad to discover a new country… Chez Nestor gives you some advices to travel during your Erasmus stay.


Why should you travel on your Erasmus stay?


It may be a cliché, but your year abroad is supposed to be ‘the best year of your life.’ After the return to your home country, you will probably have only a few years left to benefit from your status as an undergraduate; discounts and low transport fares will soon become a long distant memory. As it is likely that your Erasmus year does not bear much weight on your final grade, make the most of your free time by embarking on some spontaneous adventures! Also, travelling with a francophone is the best way to boost your language skills.

France is the perfect place for explorers. It is very well equipped with public transportation and travel facilities so it is quite easy and cheap to go to one of its neighbouring European countries.  So follow these tips on exploring France or Europe on a student budget…


Moving around your Erasmus city


If you’re not moving too far, consider sharing a car journey with other travellers through BlaBlaCar.  Think of the concept as a safe, organized and success guaranteed version of hitchhiking. The site is easy to navigate; type in your starting point and destination to find empty car spaces and split the cost of your trip with others.  The majority of users have positive experiences; some discover new music and practice their language skills with fellow passengers, and others simply find that the service is a cost-effective and more eco-friendly way to get from A to B. It is advisable to read reviews before booking, and if you have any problems, the driver cannot receive your payment until you send them your booking code to confirm that your journey was satisfactory.

If you prefer to travel alone or are in more of a rush, it is always convenient to travel by train.  The TGV high-speed train is rapid, taking only 2 hours to travel to Paris from Lyon for example.  Invest in a Carte Jeune, a discount card for those between the ages of 18 to 27.  Although it costs 50€ for a year-long membership, you can earn your money back in no time, saving 25% of the price on the majority of train journeys.


Where to stay when you are travelling?


If you are on a budget and are open to new experiences, pair your ‘Blablacar’ trip with couch surfing.  This concept was made into a public website in 2004 and promotes safe, free accommodation sharing. Users of the site mainly have good experiences, as hosts are often very accommodating, cooking meals and showing their guests around the area.  The creators of ‘couch surfing’ take safety very seriously, as their concept involves free accommodation exchanged between strangers. As with ‘blablacar,’ each person’s profile should contain a number of personal references, and it is not advisable to travel alone when using this site.

Staying in a youth hostel is a great way to meet new people if you are travelling alone or have just arrived in a new city with a large group of friends.  Hostels can be found in most cities, and are a cheaper, more interesting alternative to hotels.

If you are travelling as a couple or with a group of friends, using the apartment/housing rental site Airbnb can be a surprisingly cheap way of sharing accommodation.  Created in 2008 in California, this website is becoming increasingly popular amongst travellers, as each apartment is of top quality.

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How to write a French resume?

The standards for writing a CV are not always the same in the different countries. Are you looking for a job in France? At Chez Nestor, we give you the keys to write a well-structured CV in French and highlight your skills.

When it comes to applying for a job in France, it is necessary to provide a French version of your CV. Unless you are looking for a job in an Anglophone bar or an enterprise, most companies will not accept an English document. Unfortunately, simply translating of your English CV will not be enough, as the format of your résumé is equally important, and will be closely scrutinized by your potential employers. Take these tips into account when writing your CV so as to demonstrate that you are an appropriate candidate.


The structure of a French resume


Translate your resume #1

The first step of creating your new CV is the translation process. Whilst employers may like a copy of both English and French CVs. If you are going to be working in a French environment, it is important to make an effort to demonstrate your competences. Be aware of ‘faux amis,’ (deceptive cognates) that may look similar to English words, but have deceptively a different meaning.
It is important to avoid them in any piece of writing, all the more in a CV as it is a common mistake to name a CV a ‘résumé,’ which means ‘summary’ in French.

Length #2

Be aware of the length of your CV. They have to be one page long, but if you want to include information that you feel would be relevant to an employer, you can definitely extend it. However, avoid providing insignificant details. For your personal information, just stick to your name, address, telephone number, age and email address.
You can also reference your driving license, which is sometimes a requirement for some jobs which require more mobility.

Structure it #3

Pay close attention to the structure and layout of your CV, as format is considered important to French employers. Make an readable and refined CV to make the reading of the lector easier. Most companies will expect to find a small, passport sized, color photo on a CV. This can work either to your advantage or disadvantage. Ensure that you select an appropriate image that is both professional and clear, paying close attention to your outfit.
If you have either a LinkedIn or Viadeo profile, provide a link underneath your photo so that your potential employer can find out more information if necessary. Subtle self-promotion is always recommended!


What can you put in a French resume?


When creating the layout and writing the content of your CV, provide information on your education, experiences, skills, and interests under different categories such as :

  • “Formation”
  • “Expériences professionnelles”
  • “Compétences”
  • “Centres d’intérêts”

For your extra professional experiences like a humanitarian project you can put another category “Expériences extra-professionnelles” or “Bénévolat”.
Each subtitle should be capitalized in the center of the page, and can be placed in colored boxes. The important thing is that the employer doesn’t meet difficulties to read it.

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Each experience or diploma quoted must be placed in reverse chronological order : starting with the most recent including ALWAYS the date and the duration.
 

  • It is important to mention your academic history in detail -and to place it first- as French employers generally regard education very highly. If possible, try to provide both your original grade and also the French equivalent, for example a British ‘first’ would be a ‘mention très bien’ in France. Don’t forget to clarify your diploma, the place, and the courses which seem to be the most important for you.

 

  • In the category “Expériences professionnelles”, following the date and the during, it is advised to name the job, the company and the type of contract. If possible, describe company’s activity in a word. Then, you can list relevant responsibilities that you may have obtained in bullet points underneath.

 

  • Skills as “Compétences” concerned especially languages. You can clarify your level of each language you’re talking with notes as A1,B1,C1… Please follow the link to understand this system of notation. You can also quote your informatic skills as Microsoft (Word, Excel, Power point), or Suite Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).

 

  • Interests as “Centres d’intérêts” is things which motivate you everyday. You can cite your hobbies, only if they are really concrete and you know everything about them. Be careful ! For example, don’t put “Cinema”, if you’re not at your best on it. Employers can trap you on it. Also, it’s in the category where you talk about your trips or sports.

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Healthcare system in France

If you are sick during your stay in France, you can consider yourself lucky. Well, kind of… Because France has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Chez Nestor, a specialist in services for young nomades in France, tells you more about French social security system.


How does healthcare system work in France?


The French healthcare system had been founded in 1945 and had known several changes since, especially during the 2000s, when the government of Lionel Jospin decided to extend the health coverage to every resident legally living in France (until then, it was only for workers or retirees).

Medical needs and drugs are almost all reimbursed by health insurance, which is necessary given by your work, during the three months following your arrival. As a foreign worker, you have to obtain from your last health insurance a document which is called “E104”. This one is historic of your health and permits to count all your rights in France.

However, this is not free (maybe one day… someone can dream right?): all employees must pay for this insurance. It is usually deducted from their salary and the amount depends on how much the workers are earning. If you are married to someone who receives health insurance, your medical care is also covered. Health insurance in France reimburses between 70% and 80% of medical costs. Besides, you can also subscribe to a voluntary health insurance, which can take charge of the costs that have not been reimbursed by your first insurance.

Healthcare system in France is one of the fairest in the world because everyone has the right to receive medical care and to be reimbursed. Moreover, if someone has a particularly serious condition, like cancer or AIDS, they are fully reimbursed, as their medication should be constant.


Healthcare for foreign students


As a student, you are compelled to subscribe to a cooperative, regardless of your nationality (except for European students who normally possess the European Insurance Health Card). They work with your university and they will take care of your medical care. All you need is to :

  • have a Visa,
  • be under 28
  • be subscribed to a school or a university.

A student who wants to get the social security with the French social security system has to pay for the social security contribution.

As a student, you are compelled to subscribe to a cooperative, regardless of your nationality (except for European students who normally possess the European Insurance Health Card). They work with your university and they will take care of your medical care. All you need is to have a Visa, be under 28 and be subscribed to a school or a university. A student who wants to get the social security with the French social security system has to pay for the social security contribution.

However, foreign students, be careful! A new French law is going to pass during the year 2018 and the social security contribution will be changed as “student life contribution” which includes health, well-being, sport, and culture. Its amount is also going to change, and it’s advantageous for you! Indeed, it’s going to be divided by two: it will turn around a hundred euros.

But the process is kind of difficult, with a lot of very French paperwork. To make it more quickly and easier for you, you have to anticipate! For this, you need to obtain all documents necessary before your arrival. It’s really important for the good proceedings of the obtention of your social security. 

We hope that you won’t get sick though, and that you will enjoy your stay in France as much as possible!

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How to survive in a French university!

You are questioning yourself of your course choice for next year? You’re in the period of all the subscriptions? Or you have simply already subscribed to a French university? You’re many to come each year in France to study.  Whether your courses count towards your overall degree grade or not, it can be a challenge to choose which subjects to take at your new French university…


Choose your courses carefully when you are in exchange


If you are studying business or law, for example, it is likely that you will not have much of a choice as to which modules you can choose on your year abroad.  Although this may seem slightly restrictive, it can save you from struggling with making selections throughout the first few weeks of your placement. On the other hand, if you do have the choice, you can have a great experience if you make the right decisions.

At most French universities, you will have a short period of time during which to try any modules that appeal to you before making your final decision.  At University “Jean Moulin Lyon III” for example, this is usually 4 weeks. Make sure you attend as many classes as possible and ensure that none of your subjects will clash on your timetable. Try to get courses which follow each other to avoid long waiting into two classes.

Although it may be tempting to study interesting subjects that you have never been exposed to before, remember that if you are on the DEUF program, all of the classes are taught and assessed in French. Therefore being very adventurous may prove too challenging.  Instead, study subjects that you are relatively familiar. This way you will be able to spend more time socialising and travelling as opposed to catching up on class material throughout the course of the year.


Passing your semester in mobility


You’re on an exchange program? Tell your teacher!

It is advisable to inform your lecturer or seminar leader at the beginning of the semester that you are on an Erasmus or exchange program. They will take in into account and they will be more patient with you if you don’t understand something.  If there is a group of you, your teacher may give you an alternate method of assessment, for example, an essay or project instead of an exam. Don’t take too much advantage of this! Teachers will see if you’re not working.

Exam preparation

 French universities are not renowned for their organisation.  Therefore, exam dates are not always published far in advance.  If your teacher has given you another form of assessment, this will mean that you may be able to organise your return home for Christmas sooner rather than later.  It is also important to check that there are no clashes in your exam timetable.  In case of any mistakes or queries, ask your coordinator in the international department for help.Remember that this exchange year is about learning a new language and having fun in a new environment, so don’t hesitate to join associations, talk to local students. And enjoy it even more by linving in a shared apartment!

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Top 5 nightclubs in Toulouse!

The pink city is a good atmosphere guaranteed! Toulouse is crawling of cafés, bars, clubs… and they are always full. No wonder when you know that it is one of the youngest and most student cities in France. Chez Nestor made just for you a top 5 nightclub in Toulouse : first we give you three “normal” nightclubs and then our two favorite nightclubs special “afters” !

festive and friendly atmosphere reigns at every street corner. If you have come to study or work there, the reputation of the city has certainly not escaped you. That may be THE main reason you came. You never know!

If you have already been told about this cheerful atmosphere, by adding the few lines you have just read, you must certainly want to know the best addresses on the spot. Bars, cafes, concerts and… nightclubs!


The bestest nightclubs in Toulouse 


#1 The Bazar

Located just a stone’s throw from the Capitol, you’re bound to make a trip there! With two rooms, two atmospheres! A first one more techno, and a second one with old hits that we love to find. Clearly, inside, the club bears his name well, it’s the bazaar. Certainly due to its location, everyone eventually gets there. At least you’ll always find one of your buddies there!

The Bazar is open Monday to Sunday from 1am to 7am. Admission is free.

Address
11 place des Puits Cos
31000 Toulouse

#2 Downtown Factory

To start your evening at 7pm, this is the ideal place. Start with an aperitif, continue with dinner, then finish in beauty by dancing until the end of the night. There is three rooms so three different atmospheres. In an industrial setting, come with friends for a guaranteed evening without having to move from one place to another.

The Downtown Factory is open Wednesday from 7pm to 3am, then Thursday to Saturday from 7pm to 7am. Admission is free until 01:00, then 10€ from this time.

Address
14 Boulevard Pierre Paul Riquet
31000 Toulouse

#3 Californication club

The name says it all, the club is clearly inspired by a Californian style. Further still, Red Hot Chili Peppers! Music makes you dancing, drinks are at very affordable prices, to go further, among the best prices in the city.
Despite the inspiration of the place, you find all types of music, general enough to spend a good evening without a headache.

The Californication club is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30 am to 7am. Admission is free.

Address
23 place Bachelier
31000 Toulouse


The bestest after parties in Toulouse


#1 The Coup d’état

It’s the date when you get out of clubs. Before 3am you won’t find many people there. You will then dive into a cellar of a very vintage style of bricks and vaults. The club is known to be really coolthanks to its music, decoration and drinks. Don’t expect to spend an elegant and classy evening either, given the time nobody is very fresh!

The coup d’état is open on Saturday and Sunday from 5am to 1pm/2pm. Admission is 5€.

Address
17 allée de Brienne
31300 Toulouse

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#2 L’Autre

That’s “the other” after club! A more relaxed atmosphere, or for all tastes: those who want to continue dancing, and those who just want to finish their evening chatting over yet another drink. If you’re a deep-house/techno fan, it’s for you! It’s the pink city reference. If you move to the bar side, it’s quieter. An atmosphere to start finishing his evening.

L’Autre is open on Saturday and Sunday from 5am to 11am. Admission is 5€.

Address
30 rue de Stalingrad
31,000 Toulouse

Now, you have some references to party in Toulouse, but also to continue your evenings until the early morning

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The nice bars-restaurants of the 15th in Paris!

Are you in Paris for a while? Whether you’re a student or a young active person, you want to enjoy life to the full. For your Parisian stay, you inevitably chose to live in a flatshare! We imagine that you will stay (or that you will soon stay) in a flatshare from Chez Nestor to enjoy the city to the max without getting the head ! If you are a follower of this “YOLO” way of life, knowing the 5 nice bar-restaurants of the 15th district will certainly delight you. No worries, we have concocted a small selection just for you.


#1 The Siempre


Siempre? Ideal for a drink after work to clear your head. Their delicious frozen margarita may also help you with that. You can very quickly let you rock by the welcoming and animated atmosphereof the bar while continuing your evening by some tapas… Sitting on a table of their big terrace, with a smiling and available team, we do not want to leave!

It is also possible to have lunch and dinner with delicious burgers. It is not the whole, if Siempre is also open on Sundays it is because you can have a brunch there. In the form of a buffet, you have a very wide choice to make you lose your head.

You can enjoy it every day! The bar is open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 2am.

Address
53 Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, 
75015 Paris


#2 Au dernier métro


It’s the atmosphere of the 100% Parisian bistro. A small space with tables closer than each other, crawling with groups of friends coming to enjoy a moment together. Thanks to a good beer listing, you can treat yourself! Not to be missed: the kitchen of this bar/restaurant. After, during, or even before chaining you a few beers, do not miss by their typically Basque cuisine of the day.

The prices are very affordable (under 20€), and the dishes are copious! In short come with your roommates you will not be disappointed.

The last metro is open every day from 7am Monday/Tuesday and from 6am Thursday to Sunday until 2am.

Address
70 Boulevard de Grenelle, 
75015 Paris


#4 360 Cafe


At the Montparnasse tower, stop by to admire Paris. One of the highest points of the city (obviously without comparison with the Eiffel Tower, you guessed it). Come enjoy a cocktail or a bite to eat while enjoying a real show.
Little downside: the prices! You won’t spend hours there or your credit card will heat up and your bank account will sulk. A glass can largely suffice, the must remains the sight!

Open every day from 9h30 to 23h.

Address
33 avenue du Maine
Montparnasse Tower, 
75015 Paris


#3 Les Zazous


cosy lounge atmosphere for a coffee during the day and delicious cocktails at the end of the day. It is also possible to come for lunch or dinner with a very good value for money. Don’t miss their desserts!
A place to enjoy the moment without hurrying.

Les Zazous is open from Monday to Saturday from 12h to 14h30 then from 18h to 23h.

Address
46 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 
75015 Paris


#5 Crocodile Vert


Little Latin corner of the 15th! Decor with Cuban connotations dotted with crocodiles on the walls! Latin music, various cocktails, tapas at low prices… No complaints! You will find an excellent atmosphere worthy of our Cuban friends! Highly reputed for their mojito and their arranged rum, you can only have fun. The bar stays open late to enjoy it properly!

The Green Crocodile is open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 2am. Saturday night is worth a visit!

Address 
6 Rue du Hameau, 
75015 Paris

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Top 5 nightclubs in Lille!

If you come to spend some time in Lille to study or work, you need good addresses to go out!Which are the best nightblubs in Lille ? Don’t worry, whether it’s electro, latino, 80’s or commercial music, Lille is a city full of resources out! To give you an idea of the different atmospheres and make your life easier, Chez Nestor has made for you a selection of the 5 best nightclubs in Lille.


1# Le Network


Le Network is the nightclub not to be missed in Lille welcoming the greatest artists and DJs (David Guetta, Afrojack, Tyga, Steve Aoki…). The music style is Electro House, Hip-Hop and RNB… but Le Network knows how to adapt to everyone and dedicates special evenings for each day of the week. Thursdays are reserved for students with “Students Party”, Saturdays “Nightclubbing” are more for the disco of the 80s… In short, everything is allowed!

Free admission! The club is open from Tuesday to Sunday and welcomes you from 9:30 pm.

Address
15 Rue du Faisan
59800 Lille


#2 Club Magazine


Club Magazine is the temple of 100% electro techno! Perfect meeting place for fans of this musical genre #newgeneration. DJs from all over the world come for the greatest pleasure of your ears. This place is famous for being a must for student parties. So, roommates under the elbow, drop by, you won’t be disappointed!

For most of the time, the entrance is free but when the fame of the artist is of size, the entrance can be paying. The box is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10pm except Saturday from 7pm, until 6am.

Address
84, rue de Trévise 
59000 Lille


#3 Les Folies


Les Folies? That’s good nowadays music! Music from 2000 to today. Objective? Singing your head off, you know them all by heart no matter what! Former cabaret, the decor has remained the same what makes the place unique. Sober and chic style, plan ahead!

The club is open Thursday to Saturday from 11pm to 7am, and admission is free.

Address
52 avenue du peuple-belge
59000 Lille


#4 Le Smile Club


You want several atmospheres in the same box? The Smile Club is here to satisfy you! On 3 floors, you will find three very different styles:

  • ignite you on the tubes of the moment 100% commercial!
  • rediscover your classics and dance the boogie woogie for a floor like back the 80’s!
  • enjoy a cocktail in a more lounge atmosphere on the top floor!

Student HQ, you have everything to please yourself! Admission to the Smile Club is free. The club is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10pm to 6:30 am.

Address
3 Ernest Deconynck Street
59800 Lille


#5 La Suite


For a chic atmosphere, with electro and retro house music, direction La Suite. It is in a vaulted cellar that you will meet the trendiest young people of the city. Take out your best clothes to enjoy cocktails and dance until the early morning.

This club is intended more for young active people than for students, with an age range of 22 to 27 year old.

With a free entrance, La Suite is open from Wednesday to Saturday and will welcome you from 11pm.

Address
32, place Louise-de-Bettignies 
59000 Lille

In short, as you can see there is clearly a party atmosphere in Lille. Go on site to test them and discover many others! To live in the city center of Lille, next to the places to be, move in flatshare Chez Nestor : furnished and equipped flatshares downtown !

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Where to eat Toulouse's food specialities in Toulouse?

France is famous throughout the world for its varied but above all quality gastronomy. If the French food is so diversified it is thanks to the specialities of each of its many regions! The South West region and particularly Toulouse obviously has its culinary representations that cannot be missed. The cassoulet, the duck or the famous Toulouse sausages… If you come to study or work in the Pink City, you can’t miss Toulouse’s food specialities! In order to simplify your task, we have made for you a selection of 5 restaurants 100% made by the chefs of the South West. And don’t panic Come and discover them with your roommates!


#1 Mon Canard


Small bistro in the Compans Caffarelli district, a stone’s throw from the Canal du Midi allows you to taste many dishes around the duck. Its essentials: foie gras and candied duck breast! All their products are French and their cooking homemade.

And as a bonus, you can choose an accompaniment at will (we strongly advise you their home fries).

Concerning the price, it is necessary to count approximately 15€ the menu (starter + main course).
The restaurant is open from Monday to Sunday from 12pm to 2:30pm and from 7pm to 10:30pm.

Small plus: a shared apartment at Chez Nestor is only a few meters away, boulevard Lascrosse…

12 boulevard Lascrosse
31000 Toulouse
Phone: 05 61 21 34 45


#2 La P’tite Gouaille


Close to the Place du Capitole, the emblem of Toulouse and its cooking! The interior decoration (on two large rooms) plunges you into a Toulouse atmosphere with the typical red bricks of the city. Moreover, the atmosphere is welcoming and musicians are sometimes present to delight your ears.

The cooking is traditional and regional. You can’t miss the roasted camembert and the famous cassoulet from Toulouse!

It is necessary to count approximately 14€ for a menu (starter + main course).
The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 7pmh to 10:45pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 7pm to 12:30am.

44 Peyrolières Street
31000 Toulouse
Phone: 05 61 23 91 90


#3 Le Dahu


A stone’s throw from Place Saint-Pierre, before (or after) having passed Chez Tonton, come and enjoy a welcoming atmosphere and dishes from the South West. The famous cassoulet and a duck breast with fig and apricot sauce (we are already hungry) are highly recommended!

It is necessary to count approximately 20€ for a menu (dish + entry) and 26€ for a complete menu.
The restaurant is open from Monday to Friday from 7pm to 12am, Saturday from 12pm to 3am and 7pm to 12am, and Sunday from 12pm to 12am.

10 rue des Blanchers
31000 Toulouse
Phone: 05 61 13 73 13


#4 Au coin de la rue


To come and taste delicious dishes with duck thanks to their “Menu Canard”, go to Au coin de la rue ! But don’t worry, if you’re not Donald’s biggest fan, they have a card full of good things like a roast pork, a roast camembert…
Typical and very traditional restaurant, you can’t miss it. Its front is 100% Toulouse homemade either in bricks, with red and orange in the honor!

It is necessary to count approximately 15€ for a complete menu.
The restaurant is open from Monday to Friday from 12pm to 2:30pm then from 19h to 10:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 10:30pm.

2 Pargaminières Street
31000 Toulouse
Phone: 05 61 21 99 45


#5 Au Gascon


You were probably wondering where a reference was for the famous Toulouse sausage? Well, here it is! Of course, you will find in Au Gascon the cassoulet and the duck breast but also the essential sausages from Toulouse!
The atmosphere is very friendly with a “canteen” spirit, ideal to share a moment with a good group of friends!

It costs about 15 € for a complete menu.
The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 11:30am am to 2pm, and from 7pm to 10 pm, then Saturday from 11:30 m to 2pm and from 7pm to 11pm.

9 Rue des Jacobins
31000 Toulouse
Phone: 05 61 21 67 16

If you didn’t know where to go to taste these famous dishes from the South West, you now know where to go! Cassoulet, roasted camembert, duck from side to side, sausages… It’s your turn!

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42 Born to Code: a free computer school without professors

Today for the Training and Professional Life heading, we present you a bold project, implemented by two great personalities. Discover how Xavier Niel and Nicolas Sadirac opened the first free IT school without professors. Xavier Niel, president of the 42 Born to Code based in Paris, revolutionizes the world of training with the help of Nicolas Sadirac. Both share the same philosophy: a radical change must be introduced in the French training system, shared between universities and private ‘Grandes Ecoles’.


An innovative computer school


Innovating the system is above all bringing something new. With this in mind, creating a new training that is not based on traditional teaching methods quickly becomes Niel’s and Sadirac’s priority. In addition to this, their ambition includes offering a training opened to everyone: free and open to everyone, with or without a diploma.

Since we were very young, we used to receive lessons passively, sitting on our chairs. The information comes from above, from an expert or a professor who holds the knowledge and shares information. Today, this model can be considered as being overcome: ‘peer-to-peer’ revolutionizes traditional teaching methods from A to Z.


#1 Peer-learning


42, it is the first completely free IT training, open to 18-30 year-old. Its philosophy is based on the peer-to-peer learning.

How? Easy, everyone has an expertise and is able to share it to allow the development of skills of their co-workers. It is time for this revolution also to affect training. In this line of thinking, 42 Born to Code is there to give an answer to what the school of tomorrow should represent.

So no teachersno classes: here,they’re the students themselves who are responsible for their success and that of the other participants. We can say goodbye to the frontal lectures in the university-style. Success turns only around a 100% practical iter and linked to concrete projects.The challenges facing the participants must be resolved within a set time frame, with the strength of the group.


#2 Peer-evaluation


To be both a trainer and a learner is to participate actively in project 42. This new model also eliminates evaluation as we usually know it. Learning at 42 does not stop once a project has been completed: students evaluate each others’ productions.

In this way, no standard correction is ever given. Rather than fearing a bad grade, students are pushed towards dialogue and constructive criticism. In this way, project participants learn to receive advice that is essential to their progress and at the same time to defend their point of view.

The student’s final grade reflects the average of all evaluations provided by their peers, to obtain a harmonized final grade.


#3 Peer-pedagogy


42 is now based on a model that deviates from the traditional educational system. The role of the teacher is replaced by a community of peers. Students are strongly encouraged to self-study, by doing so they have access to an increasingly vast and rich set of projects.

By giving students the freedom to submit their projects to the community, they also leave a trace in the history of the school and thus reinforce this training, designed for students, by the students.

If you are interested in this project, a unique place in France, the Heart of Code, has been designed to welcome you and the other participants to project 42. It is located in Paris, in the 17th arrondissement and occupies an area of more than 4200 m².

Do you intend to take part in this innovative project and do you need accommodation in Paris? A furnished flatshare with other students and young working people is the best solution to enjoy this incredible experience!  Discover all our furnished flat-sharing offers in Paris here.

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Top 5 bars in Lille!

Lille is your next destination to study or work? So you’re probably wondering what surprises this charming northern town has in store for you! A question seems essential to you even if you dare not say it aloud: which are the unmissable ones to go out in Lille? We know our friends the Ch’tis are good living! So we undeniably wonder what are the good plans to party and especially drink beer! But don’t worry,  Chez Nestor will make it easy for you!


1# La Capsule


Of course, you can’t come to Lille, a city so close to Belgium, without tasting a good beer! La Capsule will satisfy you with a very wide choice: 28 draught beers and a selection of 100 references in bottles! He gives you the opportunity to rediscover this Belgian drink, and especially to find your soul mate beer!

The prices vary between 2,50€ and 4,50€; and the pints between 5€ and 9€. The bar is open every day from 5pm until 1am (3am for Saturday evening).

Address 
25 rue des Trois Mollettes
59800 Lille


2# Le Kremlin


Flavor changes! If you wish to revive your taste buds with the strong alcohol of the far North at our friends the Russians, go to Le Kremlin! This bar, specializing in vodka offers 40 different. From cocktails to shots, you will find exclusive recipes you won’t find anywhere else without going to Russia! The bar is discreet and mysterious. The atmosphere plunges you into the USSR typical of the time.

It takes about 10-15€ for cocktails and 4-5€ for shots. The bar is open every day from 6pm to 3am.

Address 
51 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
59800 Lille


3# La Plage


Forget your northern coats and get out your bathing suits! You will find a summer atmosphere “beach and sun” at La Plage ! This bar offers many tasty cocktails in a holiday setting that will give you a taste of the summer that awaits you! Rendez-vous to savour exotic sweets and escape to the tropics with your feet in the sand!

Some indications on their prices: the shooters are at 3€, it is necessary to count 8€ for a cocktail and approximately 60€ for a bottle of strong alcohol. La Plage is open from Thursday to Saturday from 6pm to 4am.

Address 
122 B Rue Solférino
59000 Lille

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4# Le Dandy


Le Dandy, as its name suggests, is a posh bar in Lille where elegance and refinement make way. You will be welcomed as true princes and princesses. Said lounge bar, it proposes you cocktails tastier the ones than the others… with flavours often incomparable since the majority are homemade recipes!

It is necessary to count between 10€ and 20€ for a cocktail. The bar is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to midnight during the week, until 1am on Friday and 2am on Saturday.

Address
67 Basse Street
Lille, France


5# Le bar parallèle


We can almost say that Le bar parallèle is an institution: the trendy bar for young and old, good atmosphere guaranteed! Here, anything is possible! Come and have a bite to eat, enjoy a cocktail or dance in the basement thanks to the DJs coming to mix the weekends!

It is necessary to count between 3€ and 7€ for a beer, 12€ a cocktail, and less than 10€ to nibble something (board, tartine, crunch monsieur). The bar is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm or 4pm until 1am or 3am from Thursday. The party never leaves him!

Address
41 Lepelletier Street
59000 Lille

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You can now party in Lille between roommates  without worries!

I let you guess these are by far the only bars in town. He’s crawling with it from every corner. The districts not to be missed are Le Vieux Lille and République, in the city centre. Not forgetting that all the Chez Nestor apartments are also located there, convenient for going out (and especially for going back!).

Find here all the bars in Lille.

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