WHAT WILL I PAY?
As expected, prices for accommodation will depend on your chosen location, mainly the French city you live in but also the option you have been choosing: homestay, private student residence, flat sharing or full flat renting, etc…
For most cities in France you will be able to find options ranging around 600 Euros/ month, however Paris is more expensive and would cost you about 850 Euros/month (all included).
It is reassuring to make housing arrangements before leaving for France: you will be able to do that easily through booking portals mainly for private student’s residencies. Otherwise searching for housing from outside the country can be difficult. You won’t be able to visit properties and make fully informed decisions. It may also be difficult, from a distance, to persuade a property owner to let you sign a rental contract or convince him that you have someone who will guarantee payment of your rent.
For these reasons, many international students choose to find temporary housing for their first few weeks in France. They use that time to look for a more permanent arrangement.
Transportation costs varies as well, depending on the city where you are staying but usually range between 15 to 50 €. .
The IMAGINE R pass is the cheapest and most convenient student transportation pass in Paris and allows for unlimited travel in zones 1 & 2 (Paris) during weekdays and all zones 1-5 (the Ile-de-France region) on the weekends.
To benefit from the IMAGINE R pass, you must be a current student under 26 years old. The pass cost was 341.90 € for the year 2016.
This is where it gets tricky: French food is absolutely amazing and sophisticated and the common conception is that it is expensive as well!
In France, the world capital of gourmet dining, most people eat three meals a day: breakfast in the morning, lunch at around 1 pm, and dinner at around 8 pm. Lunch and dinner are full meals.
It’s also possible to get a meal in the many cafés et restaurants you’ll find everywhere in France. Prices range from about €10 for a full meal up to hundreds of euros at the « temples of French gastronomy » run by internationally famous star chefs such as Paul Bocuse, Alain Ducasse, Joël Robuchon, and Pierre Gagnaire.
Between these two extremes you wil find a range of friendly establishments that serve fine food.
You can expect to spend on average about 200-250 Euros/month on groceries in Paris, less in other cities.
To get a meal in a restaurant, do not expect to pay less than 15 Euros, for dessert it usually is 6 to 8 Euros.
France’s health-care system is recognized as one of the world’s best.
France offers medical and health services for students, including preventive and wellness services.
French health-care coverage, provided under the social security system (« Sécurité sociale »), is of very high quality. Covered individuals are reimbursed for a portion of their medical expenses in return for a low basic payment. ou join the plan at your higher education institution when you register for classes at the beginning of the academic year. Participation in the plan is mandatory for non-European students.
Upon arrival, you will be requested to register with the French health insurance system, the Sécurité Sociale, with a compulsory flat fee of 250 Euros to be paid.
The social security system reimburses about 60% of expenses related to an illness, on average. Operating alongside this mandatory national system, student supplemental group health plans – « Mutuelle » – (with annual premiums starting at €110) allow students to obtain coverage for all or part of the expenses not covered by the basic national plan, thus reaching full refund for health-related expenses.
We strongly recommend you to take out complementary health insurance coverage (Mutuelle in French) to complement the French health insurance reimbursements (annual fees start from at 70 Euros).
Additionally, all international students must take out an individual insurance which covers them from their departure until the French health insurance registration starts.