GENERAL COST OF LIVING IN PARIS

The cost of living in Paris and the surrounding area is, on average, comparable to other European capitals.

For basic expenses such as rent, food and transportation, a student will need (per month) approximately:

Housing € 650 – € 900
Food € 300
Transportation € 80
Miscellaneous € 120
Total € 1 250 – € 1400

NOTE : First month’s expenditures might be more costly as it may include:

  •  A refundable deposit for accommodation (1 to 2 months of rent)
  •  Initial expenditures (sheets, towels, cooking utensils, books, etc.)
  •  Different fees and subscriptions (sports club, cell phone, etc.)
  •  Tuition fees for degree-seeking students
  •  Health insurance and complementary health care coverage (for non-European students)

Students are often entitled to discounts in shops, cinemas, museums, theaters, bookshops, or for transportation, etc. 
Remember to show your student card.

  • A cinema ticket costs €10 on average (though there is often a student rate at €7)
  • A soft drink in a cafe costs about €4
  • A meal in a restaurant costs at least €15 (more often around €18 to €20)

Campus Restaurant and Meal Card

A student restaurant located on campus provides affordable meals for students (meals cost approximately €3).
Students can buy restaurant meal cards upon presentation of their student I.D. card. These meal cards are valid in all French university restaurants.