Cost of Living in France
Cost of living in France is quite high compare to other European nations. Most students need average 800 to 1,000 Euros each month to cover the costs of food, transportation, and housing. The amount you will need depends on many factors, including where you live and the type of educational course. While most students will benefit from special meal and accommodation facilities, some will be paying very high tuition fees. For example, a minimum monthly food budget will be somewhere between (EUR) €150 to 250. A cinema ticket costs (EUR) €9 on average, a soft drink in a café costs about (EUR) €3.50, and a meal in a restaurant costs at least (EUR) €10 (more often around (EUR) €14 to 17).
Types of Accommodation:
This type of accommodation situated on campus or in town and room is attributed according to very strict social criteria. In this food is include and bathroom and laundry are shared.
Average cost is (EUR) €120 – 360 per month
Private Student Residence:
Private student residences for international students exist in most of the university town. They offer high comfort level and can propose various services like intercom, ward, cafeteria, self-service laundry etc. These residences are often situated near the campus.
Average cost is (EUR) €550 – 750 per month
This type of accommodation offers you the choice of the place and the type of housing. It provides 2 to 4 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and laundry. You can also share the accommodation with your friends to split the cost. You will generally have to sign a rental agreement for the duration of one year.
This option in development offers a great alternative. The share accommodation consists in sharing an apartment or a house with other students. It is often more economic than an individual rent and can facilitate the encounter of French students or other foreign students.
French food is delicious, sophisticated and the common conception is that it is expensive as well. That may be because the French truly value every meal and they make it seem like they are always celebrating something when they eat. However, food is not pricey all over France. One person can expect to spend on average about 150 – 250 EUR/month on groceries in Paris, less in the provinces. A more affordable option where you can have a meal anywhere in France are the bistros, brasseries and crepe stands.