Foyer International des Etudiantes
Because I was in the neighborhood and because I hadn't been there in many years, I decided to stop-by my former residence hall at 93, Boulevard Saint-Michel. I stayed there for a few weeks one summer while studying at the Alliance Française.
The Foyer International des Etudiantes was founded by American philanthropist Grace Whitney Hoff in 1906. Ms. Hoff loved Paris and she wanted to ensure that safe, affordable housing was available for women. Her portrait hangs near the staircase in the entry hall.
I had a wonderful experience at the Foyer. The other girls were friendly and nice. It was well managed and the rules were strictly enforced. In fact, I spent one night sleeping on a park bench across the street because I missed curfew and was locked out!
The Foyer is restricted to women between the ages of 21 and 25 who are enrolled in courses in Paris. An application is required. I think it's a great place to stay and I recommend it very highly.