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Cost of living

Published on November 30, 2010 Updated on March 15, 2011

You must prepare an accurate budget of your expenses in France. Note that Paris is one of the most expensives cities in Europe ; the rent is particularly high.

However, your students status allows you to benefit from some reductions : university restaurant, university accomodation, transport... Also do not forget to show your student card when you go to museums, cinemas and fast food restaurants.
In order to live reasonably and cover your expenses, allow a budget of €1100  to €1300 per month.

Your monthly budget

Accomodation : €550 to €750
Food : €350
Transport : €50 to €60
Leisure : €100
Miscellaneaous expenses (electricity, accomodation insurance...) : €100 to €200

How much is...?
an espresso : €1,10 at the bar to €2,80 in a restaurant
a baguette : €1
a sandwich : €3,50
a croissant : €1
camembert cheese : €1,90
6 eggs : €1,20
1 litre of milk : €0,90
a newspaper : €1,10
a stamp (Europe) : €0,60
identity photos : 4 photos for €4
Paris-Nice return ticket by TGV: €135
a metro ticket : €1,70
a monthly travel pass (zone 1-2) : €55,10
one night in a hotel : from €50
a meal in a fast-food restaurant : €6,40
a meal in a restaurant : between €10 and €20
entrance to the cinema : €9,90 (student rate €7,10)
a microwave : from €100