Cost of living

Published on November 30, 2010 Updated on October 12, 2020

Having adequate financial resources to face the costs of living in the Paris area is a must to study under acceptable conditions.

Budget
Paris is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. However, sometimes, your student status allows you to benefit from student rates in university restaurants, university residences, transport... 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 €900  to €1300 per month.

Your monthly budget
Housing (water and electricity included): €500 to €800
Insurance: €20 to €45
Food: €250
Transport: €40 
Telephone and Internet: €20
School supplies: €40
Hobbies and outings : €40

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