Practical Guide: Moving to Paris during the 2024 Olympic Games with ICS Paris

Practical Guide: Moving to Paris during the 2024 Olympic Games with ICS Paris

Paris, the city of lights, is preparing to host the 2024 Olympic Games, promising a unique excitement that will light up the French capital.

In this handy guide, we'll share eight tips to ease your family's transition to Paris during the 2024 Olympics, highlighting the unique benefits of ICS Paris. 

1. Anticipate Visa Procedures

As thousands of foreign athletes, journalists, coaches, spectators and volunteers head to France for the 2024 Olympics, administrative and consular services are preparing to handle a heavy workload. That's why we recommend that you start the process of obtaining your visas as soon as possible. The expected increase in applications during the Olympic Games may extend processing times by several weeks.


2. Finding accommodation

The large increase in the population expected in the capital for the duration of the Games means that there will be a growing demand for accommodation. To ensure that you can tackle this crucial stage of your move with complete peace of mind, we recommend that you call on the services of local experts who can help you through the process. Your Friend in Paris, for example, offers a personalised support service dedicated to property. Contact them at
+33 (0)1 39 69 32 17

3. Plan your journeys and your move

With reserved lanes and traffic restrictions during the 2024 Olympics, travel in Paris and the Paris region will need to be carefully planned in advance. For your move in particular, we invite you to check the news in your future city or arrondissement of residence to best anticipate the impact of traffic changes on your move.


4. Exploring the LIP (Language Integration Programme)

Our bilingual education offers pupils a unique opportunity to become fluent in French and English from nursery school. To enable every child to join our schools with confidence, we offer personalised language support to ease the transition of non-French or non-English-speaking pupils into our bilingual primary schools. The LIP is available at ICS Paris


5. Creating links through the school community

Numerous events punctuate the school year at ICS Paris. Our families are regularly invited to join us to share moments of conviviality and discuss their children's experience in our classes. The parents' associations are also one of the pillars of our community. They provide valuable links between the schools, teachers and families.


6. Discover the Olympic Events

The Olympic Games in Paris offer a unique opportunity to attend Olympic and Paralympic events, enriching your family's experience. As well as the sporting fixtures of the Games, numerous events are organised throughout the year so that everyone can immerse themselves in the sporting and multicultural spirit of this global event.


7. Finding and developing a support network

At our establishments, you will meet families from all walks of life. However, there are many self-help and support groups in Paris and the Ile-de-France region that will help you find all the information you need to make your move to France a success. For example, we suggest you visit the websites of our partners, where you'll find a wealth of resources: Expat Parents, AngloInfo, Expat Communication and Expatica.


8. Check the latest news

Regularly checking ICS Paris communications will keep you up to date with our events and news. We also invite you to follow us on social media, all the information can be found at the bottom of the page.

If you have any further questions and would like to join our schools this Olympic year, please contact our admissions department: