France : The cost of living

ADVICE

Check that your foreign bank card will be able to withdraw cash when you arrive in France.

Think about the kits that CROUS offers for hire: overnight kits (sheets, blanket, bolster and bedside lamp): €8/month / crockery kit (plates, pans, dishes and flatware): €8/month.

 

Average monthly student budget in France: at least €800/month outside the Paris region; at least €1,000/month in Paris.

DETAILED BUDGET

This budget takes the many student reductions that are available in France (such as for leisure activities) into account. The first month is higher due to extra expenses on arrival.

 

Monthly expenses

 

Paris

 

Rest of France

Rent

(excluding housing aid,

APL, ALS, www.caf.fr)

 

 

 

In a university residence: at least €200/month

For a studio flat: €450-750/month

 

 

 

 

In a university residence: at least €200/month

For a studio flat: €400/month

 

Renter’s insurance

 

€10/month

 

€10/month

 

Transport

 

€60-80/month

 

€40-60/month

 

Social Security

 

€15/month

 

€15/month

 

Food

 

€150-200/month

 

€150-200/month

 

Leisure

 

€90/month

 

€70/month

 

Sundry

 

€50/month

 

€60/month

 

Utilities (electricity, gas, etc.)

 

€80/month

 

€60/month

 

 

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