Studying and living costs in France

Studying and living costs is usually the number one reason why students don’t study abroad, but there are a ton of misconceptions about the real cost and how to realistically pay for your study in France.

You need to know first that French universities are one of the cheapest universities to study abroad.

After we went into details of universities, accommodation, types of scholarships as well as master’s studies in France, our article today will be about living in general for international students in France.

Obviously, the French government supports university education and considers it everyone’s right regardless of whether the student is French or not.

Therefore, the cost of studying per hour is somewhat low, along with some annual university fees which are minimal compared to the rest of Europe. However, they vary according to specialty and type of university as well as academic degrees.

University fees to study in France

Basically, bachelor’s degree fees reach 200 euros in public universities. On the other hand, in the same universities, they range from 400 to 600 euros for medicine and engineering degrees. While it ranges between 300 to 400 euros for master’s and doctoral degrees, depending on the chosen major.

Moreover, universities that offer business management programs for all degrees are mostly private. Basically, the annual fees range between 4,500 and over 6,000 euros annually.

Other study costs

To study in France, health insurance is compulsory for international students. Basically, the cost of health insurance reaches 50 euros, depending on the type of insurance chosen by the student, and that is monthly.

In addition to another 50 euros a month for books and other office materials. Furthermore, this value can increase depending on the specialty of the student studies.

As an illustration, for medical and engineering students, the cost of their educational materials may reach 100 euros per month.

Living Cost during your study in France

As a matter of fact, the cost of living for any person and anywhere depends on the nature of the lifestyle he is having or is accustomed to. For international students everywhere in general, it depends, in addition to the above, on the city or region in which the student wants to live.

For instance, including the cost of accommodation in Paris, the student needs about 1500 euros per month, which can increase or decreases according to the lifestyle and place of residence.

As an illustration, if he chooses to live in the university student dormitories, it may go down to 1,000 euros per month. While it reaches a maximum of 1000 euros in Nice, Toulouse, and Lyon.

On the other hand, it drops to an estimated 500 euros in the rest of the cities, on a monthly basis.

Living cost details and some tips

Basically, a student needs about 300 euros for food andother groceries every month in Paris. On the other hand, he needs 250 euros forthe same goods in Nice, Toulouse and Lyon, and 200 euros in other cities, everymonth.

French restaurants in Paris and major French cities raise the monthly rate of student expenses to double if they are visited on a daily basis. While self-service restaurants increase them by an average of 50 euros per month.

On the other hand, in the French cities, there areinternational restaurants that provide meals at reasonable prices. Hence, luxuryrestaurants should be avoided because they are very expensive.

If the student chooses to live outside the university residences, the cost of transportation depends on the mean of transportation used.

Calculating the average daily use, the student needs between 30 to 50 euros per month for buses or subway, depending on the distance. While he needs 200 euros per month for taxis.

As for the trains, the cost of the trip ranges between 20 And 30 euros depending on the distance.

Furthermore, there are weekly, monthly and yearly subscriptions for buses and subways. Their cost ranges between 15 and 35 euros a month. Besides, a student can get a discount for such means of transportation for those under the age of 25 years.

At last, we hope that we manage to highlight all the Studying and living costs of international students in France.

We are very keen to meet you soon in the following article “Customs and traditions of French society”.

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