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FAQ Students under lockdown: getting food

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All shops are closed, by order of the French government, except those selling essential items (food shops, pharmacies, tobacconists). There are several options for food shopping near student residences at Grand Paris Sud.

Physical distancing and mask wearing

  • In shops, you should respect protection measures put in place. The main ones are:
  • physical distancing (often indicated by marking on the ground).
  • Control of flow of people going into shops (max 1 person per 4 m², think about timing when you shop),

When physical distancing cannot be guaranteed, wearing a face mask is necessary.

Even if wearing masks in shops is not compulsory (except where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed), a shop keeper can withhold entry to their shop if you are not wearing a mask. Remember to always have one on you.

Certain shops, like Décathlon, Boulanger and Kiabi have made mask wearing compulsory. These branded stores have the right to impose this without having to provide masks to their customers. Other branded stores could adopt this policy too, so be aware!

In beauty salons, hairdressers etc specific measures may apply in addition to those listed above. Masks and visors or protection goggles, disposable gowns at hairdressers, glove wearing for certain treatments…

My shopping malls:

Opening of shopping malls depends on their surface area. Above 40 000 m², no malls will open, except for authorized shops which were already open during lockdown.

In Grand Paris Sud, depending on the layout of certain shopping malls, some branded stores have been able to open.

Evry 2 Mall:

This mall has modified opening hours for access to stores selling essential goods.

Please note: only one entrance to the centre open, by Boulevard de l’Europe


  • Monday to Saturday : from 9am to 7pm
  • Sunday: from 9am to 12pm.

All updates on the EVRY 2 site

Westfield Carré Sénart Mall:

All entry doors to the mall are open, except doors 1B, 2 and 6 (except for social spaces). The car park is open.

Opening times have been modified, and only certain stores are open. To find out which ones:


From Monday to Saturday. 9am to 9.30pm.

Sunday. 9am to 12.30 pm.


Monday to Saturday 9am to 8pm



Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm

Sunday 9am to 12.45pm


Monday to Saturday 9am to 8pm


Monday to Saturday: 10am to 7pm

Sunday : 11am to 7pm

All branded stores in the mall are going to gradually reopen. From 10am to 7pm from Monday to Saturday. And from 11am to 7pm Sundays.

Further information on the Westfield Carré Sénart website.

My neighborhood shops:

I live in student accommodation on the Sénart Campus:

A Moissy-Cramayel :

  • To get a list of all Moissy shops open during lockdown, and their opening hours, go to this site, which is regularly updated : (

A Lieusaint :

  • Check out the « ma vie pratique » tab on this site ( for a list of shops in Lieusaint. Their opening hours have not been updated, but call them to check if they are open. Most shops are on Rue de Paris in the town centre, bakeries, butchers, and small grocery stores are open.
  • Some restaurants are doing meal delivery, especially ones in the Windsor Center in Lieusaint (Lebanese, Indian and Italian food).
  • I live in a student residence on the Evry-Courcouronnes campus:

A Evry-Courcouronnes:

  • Info on open-air markets : the Canal market (l'Orme à Martin) is open on Thursdays from 1pm to 6pm at time of writing.
  • Here is an online map with a list of shops open in Evry-Courcouronnes. The opening hours are updated regularly. 
  • Near the IMT BS and Telecom Sud Paris campuses, there are shops on the Place de la Commune and on Henri Rochefort Street (a pharmacy, a G20 minimarket etc). There is also a Picard frozen foods store on rue Gaston Crémieux.
  • For fast food : McDonald’s drive and home delivery is gradually reopoening (throughout April). The KFC, Quick, and Burger King outlets at Grand Paris Sud are still closed at time of writing.

Bars and restaurants are still closed. However, home delivery and drive services are permitted for restaurants.

All other shops are open. Check out opening hours on the town and Grand Paris Sud websites.

Market :

These have opened again.

From 11th May, postal services are returning to normal with a gradual increase in postal deliveries to 6 out of 7 days. Post offices will also be gradually re-opening. 

Post office services and international money orders

To find out if post offices near you are open 

I am a recipient of social welfare payments : 1,850 post offices across France are open and operating payment of social welfare benefits and essential banking transactions.

Delivery 4 days per week from 21/04/2020 from Tuesday to Friday (except weeks where Friday is a public holiday when delivery will be from Monday to Thursday). Newspaper distribution will go up to six days per week from 11/5/2020. 5 000 post offices will be reopening from now until the end of April. For info, go to: post offices 

A detailed list of post offices which remain open and the services they offer during social welfare payments week can be found here 


Darty :

Home delivery only, except for shop sales in Carrefour, these will be operating. For info, go to:


Home delivery. For orders and information, go to:

Boulanger : Drive (pedestrian and car parking) and home delivery (delivery charge if order under 300 €), physical distancing procedures will apply. Check it out on:

Leroy-Merlin :

6 000 products available on the website, go to:

Castorama :

85 shops offering drive service with collection of goods in the parking lot (vehicle necessary). Appointment necessary. For more info, please go to:

Action: located at Carré Sénart, Action has re-opened, but only products authorized for sale are available. 

Find the list of all the shops in Grand Paris Sud, here : neighborhood shops 

Re-opening of Drive and home deliveries


Mc Donald's :

Gradual re-opening (drive and delivery) – 15 already open, for example Moissy-Cramayel. For updates on re-openings, go to:


Gradual re-opening (drive and delivery). To locate a restaurant and for info on opening hours, go to:

For students in Lieusaint : Indian deli « Le Goût du Persil » has a 6€ student menu, when ordering you need to tick the relevant box to benefit from this offer.

Food aid

If you need help to get essential food items, the following associations are here to support you :

Restos du coeur

French Red Cross

Secours Populaire 

You can contact Secours Populaire branches in Essonne and Seine-et-Marne at :

  • Essonne :
    • University of Evry branch, contact : or phone :
    • Place des Terrasses branch in Evry, contact : or phone :
  • Seine et Marne :
    • Comité de Sénart – Plessis-la-Forêt branch, contact: or phone:
    • For more information, go to (

Social grocery stores and personal support cheques

In Evry-Courcouronnes, there is a social grocery store where beneficiaries shop for essential items and only pay 10% of the actual cost of these groceries. To find out if you qualify for this

Have you heard about personal support cheques ? These are cheques with a value of 6 euros, which allow people in difficulty to buy food and personal hygiene products in regular shops.

To see if you qualify, contact your local town hall.

Local products delivered to your home, or for collection at AMAPS (food cooperative collection points) :

During lockdown some local food producers and food cooperatives remain open. Why not try some local produce while supporting your local economy ?

Potager City : order vegetable boxes 24hours in advance and collect them near your home..

Collection point 91 in Essonne : Novotel Saint-Pierre-du-Perray

Collection point 77 in Seine et Marne: At this bakery in Cesson : ‘A la saveur d'un bon pain.’

For a list of AMAPs and local producters who are open during lockdown

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