Cost Of Living And Education In France


The cost of living and studying is usually the main reason why students don’t go abroad. But there are a ton of misconceptions about the real costs and how to more realistically pay for your studies in France.

You already have to know that French universities are among the cheapest in the world.

After talking about universities, housing, types of scholarships, and master’s studies in France, let’s get into the generalities of life as a foreign student in France.

It is obvious that the French government supports university education and considers it a right for everyone, whether the student is French or not.

As a result, the cost of studying in France is relatively low, as are some of the university fees, which are the lowest compared to other European countries. They can however vary according to the specialties, the type of university, and the degree you wish to obtain.

The cost of studying in France for foreigners

The cost of a bachelor’s degree is generally around 200 euros in public universities. On the other hand, in these same universities, medical or engineering studies cost between 400 and 600 euros. On the other hand, the cost of a master’s degree or a doctorate is about 300 to 400 euros, depending on the discipline chosen.

In addition, many of the universities offering business programs are private universities. For all degrees, annual fees range from 4,500 to 6,000 euros.

Other study costs

To study in France, international students have to have health insurance. The cost of this insurance is essentially 50 euros per month, depending on the type of travel insurance the student has purchased. In addition to the tuition fees, students also have to pay a 91 euro contribution for student life and campus activities.

In addition, there is a 50 euro fee for books and other school supplies. This amount may vary depending on the student’s chosen field of study. For example, medical and engineering students spend up to 100 euros per month on educational materials.

What is the cost of living in France for a student?

It is a fact that the cost of living in a given place depends on the lifestyle a person has or is used to having. For international students, it depends, in addition to all that, on the city or region in which they choose to live.

For example, for the cost of housing in Paris, a student has to pay up to 1800 euros per month. And this amount increases or decreases depending on their lifestyle and where they live. If he or she chooses to live in university dormitories, this amount can drop to 1200 euros per month.

In addition, the cost of student life in Nice reaches a maximum of 1,400 euros per month. In more affordable cities such as Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, or Toulouse, this amount can drop to 1,000 euros per month. In other French cities, students can get by only 650 euros per month.

Cost of living details and some tips to follow

The cost of living in France for students includes rent, transportation, and food. For student housing, you can read our article on the subject.

Cost of food in France

Roughly speaking, a student needs about 300 euros per month for food and shopping in Paris. On the other hand, he/she only needs 250 euros for the same things in Nice, Toulouse, and Lyon and 200 euros per month in the other cities.

French restaurants in Paris and other major cities in France can double this monthly cost if the student goes there daily. On the other hand, self-service restaurants add an average of 50 euros to this cost per month.

On the other hand, there are international restaurants in French cities that offer reasonably priced meals. It is important to avoid luxury restaurants as they are very expensive.

Cost of Transportation

If the student decides not to live in the dorms, the cost of transportation depends on the means of transportation.

With average daily use, the student has to pay between 30 and 50 euros per month if he/she takes the bus or the metro, depending on the distance. On the other hand, they have to pay 200 euros per month for cabs.

For trains, the cost per trip is 20 to 30 euros per month, depending on the distance.

In addition, there are monthly bus and metro passes. These cost between 15 and 35 euros per month. In addition, a student can get a discount on the price of transportation if he or she is under 25 years old.

In summary, we hope that we have covered all the important points regarding the cost of living and studying in France. We look forward to seeing you in our next article which will deal with “Customs and Traditions of French Society”.