1. Renting an apartment intramuros or in the proche banlieue.
We, Parisians have an annoying habit of starting a conversation with two questions: what do you do and where do you live? We seem to think this will give us all the insight necessary into understanding who you are. The geographical location of your apartment will tell us immediately if you “really” live in Paris, or if you’ll be leaving the party early to get the last RER home. An apartment within the figurative walls of Paris puts you at the heart of the action, while your banlieue-dwelling friends have to contend with longer commutes to work and, heaven-forbid, a dearth of speciality coffee shops in the quartier. Then again, life is cheaper on the other side of the périphérique and some say the grass–because there actually is some over there — might just be greener.