Cost of student life in France

Cost of student life in France: what charges?


In France, students have to deal with various tasks during their studies. Of course, there are tuition fees and course materials, but there is also accommodation, electricity, food, public transport, clothing, Internet package, telephone package, etc.

In this article, we are going to give you some figures in order to give you a realistic idea of ​​the monthly expenses of a typical student on French territory. Keep in mind, however, that these are only average values ​​that may vary, for example, depending on geography.

At the beginning

registration fees in public higher education establishments, which have decided not to apply differentiated fees, are: 170 euros for bachelor’s degrees, 243 euros for master’s degrees. As for the other universities, the tuition fees are: 2,770 euros for a year in the Bachelor’s cycle and 3,770 euros for a year in the Master’s cycle;

The rent

If you have obtained a room in a university residence via the CROUS website it will cost you between 130 and 350 euros monthly.

If you are looking for private accommodation (real estate agency or ad quote) the price will vary depending on the region.

Outside Paris, the average cost of rent is between 200 and 400 euros, while in the Paris region, it varies between 400 and 800 euros for a simple studio or a room.


Electricity charges depend on how you use it. They therefore vary according to several elements:

The food

On average, it costs a student between 150 and 300 euros per month to eat, but a meal in a university restaurant costs only 3 euros, which can lower this cost. Other elements can also reduce food costs:

In most French cities, young students benefit from reduced rates. These vary by region. Note that in the Île de France region, the price of the Navigo Pass (for students under 26) is 350 euros per year.

The phone plan

There are phone plans for all budgets. This ranges from 2 euros per month to 30 euros or more. It all depends on your needs. If your package includes unlimited calls, calls abroad, unlimited SMS and MMS, 4G, it will necessarily cost you more. Make sure you don’t pay unnecessarily for things you don’t use or use very little.

Internet plan

There are several Internet packages whose cost varies between 20 and 45 euros per month: ADSL Internet offer, cable Internet offer, fiber optic Internet offer, Internet offer with mobile plan, Internet offer with TV package, Internet offer with unlimited telephony, etc.

Sometimes, it is better to combine several services (Internet, telephony, television) under the same invoice.

Miscellaneous charges

We should also mention other expenses that are a little less systematic but which must still be planned for, such as clothing, hobbies, books and outings with friends.

In summary, we can therefore say that the monthly charges to which a student who wishes to live in France amount to between 600 and 1,000 euros.

This is why the consular services require foreign students to be able to prove financial resources of at least 615 euros per month throughout the academic year, i.e. 12 months.

The best way to meet the requirements of the French administration is to establish an irrevocable transfer certificate , by blocking the sum of 7,380 euros in a financial company like CROOS . She has accompanied nearly 500 students in France. See the testimonials of students in France who have benefited from their services.

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