Cost of Living in France for Indian Students

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Piyush Kohli
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Updated on Feb 16, 2021 16:11 IST

Cost of Living in France for Indian Students

France, as a country, needs no introduction. People know the country and also know that it is one of the expensive countries to stay in. In fact, this is not too far from the truth. Some of the French cities are rather expensive to stay in. But on an average, if we were to look at the country from a student’s point of view…then how costly is it? Well, nothing too extravagant but yes, a tad more than other European countries like Germany and Italy. Comparing it to UK and USA, well, it’s cheaper but just.

As a student, there are many costs that would affect your day to day costs. The biggest would be the rentals/ accommodation as well as the cost for food and sustenance. Here’s a breakup of the basic utilities and their costs that a student would have to incur.

Particulars

Average Monthly Cost in EUR

Average Monthly Cost in INR

Rental for 1 bedroom apartment

550

37,603.50

Basic Utilities (Electricity, Water, etc.)

140

9,571.80

Monthly Pass (Transport)

48

3,281.76

Telephone, Internet, etc.

28

1,914.36

Recreation

100

6837.00

Food and Drink

145

9,913.65

Monthly Average Spend

1,011

69,122.07

These, as mentioned, are only indicative costs and give a fair enough idea of the average. What is important to note, however, is that the bigger the city, the higher the cost of living! For instance, rentals in Paris are almost twice as much as the country average at about €928 per month for a single room accommodation. Also, the other things would be more are well. The city averages at about €180 per month for basic utilities and recreation costs way more – after all there is so much to see and do in a city like Paris.

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The rates also vary if you are looking at city centre properties or are willing for accommodation in the suburbs. Also, three bedroom accommodation, if taken on sharing basis, would cost a student much less. Also, campus accommodation, again, would be cheaper as well and a great place for students to explore. It’s all about finding your balance. Here’s a comparative look at the top student cities in France and their monthly average expenses.

City

Paris

Montpellier

Lyon

Lille

Toulouse

Rental for 1 bedroom apartment

988.00

633.00

520.00

533.00

528.00

Basic Utilities (Electricity, Water, etc.)

180.00

140.00

142.00

110.00

105.00

Monthly Pass (Transport)

68.00

48.00

56.00

52.00

44.00

Telephone, Internet, etc.

26.00

30.00

29.00

28.00

28.00

Recreation

150.00

100.00

110.00

100.00

110.00

Food and Drink

168.00

186.00

162.00

157.00

128.00

Monthly Average Spend (in EUR)

1,580.00

1,137.00

1,019.00

980.00

943.00

Monthly Average Spend (in INR)

108,024.60

77,736.69

69,669.03

67,002.60

64,472.91

As is evident, leaving aside Paris, all the famous cities have a cost of living closer to the country average. This again would vary from region to region and as a student, you are sure to find an optimal solution. The only advice we wish to furnish at this point is that when planning, keep these figures at the basic. Optimizing would happen later but when planning, it would be wise to keep these figures in mind as the very basic.

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Dinakar Naik

2 months ago

Which part of Paris Indian community stay. Are there any good apartments for long stay

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Tejasa

a year ago

I'm planning to study in France after 12th. What will the fees structure for undergraduate colleges?

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hi Tejasa, please refer to the below link and check out the fee structure for undergraduate colleges in France:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/france/bba-colleges-dc
Learn more about studying and staying in France:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/student-guide-to-france-guidepage-269

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Akfaizan Razvi

a year ago

We can afford by doing part time jobs in Paris if YES the average basic wage for an hour is 9€(without taxes) with taxes is some where around 7.5€ by calculating it by 20hr p\w its impossible to live with part time job so what to do.we can't borrow from home that much amount its vry vry expensive

Reply to Akfaizan Razvi

3 years ago

Is there any possibilities to do odd jobs in France ?

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4 years ago

Hi,
I got admission in EBS Paris for MBA in international business management. How will be the cost of living and part time jobs as i Have French language with French DELF A2.
can anyone help me out with the information.

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

10 months ago

Hi Amar, please go through the below URL and learn more about the part-time work options in France:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/part-time-work-options-for-international-students-in-france-articlepage-533

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amar Trivedi

10 months ago

Hey mounika and arjun i don't know if you still use this platform is there any way I can contact you? Planning to study in France in January can you explain about the part times salary jobs and overall experience it would be great.

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