Taking into account the many discounts for which students are eligible, the average monthly student budget is about €1,000 in Paris and €800 elsewhere in the country. Here are some average prices for common expenses you will have as a student in France.

Food and meals

  • 1 baguette: €0.80
  • 1 coffee: €1-2
  • 1 Camembert cheese: €2
  • 1 croissant: €1
  • 1 kg of pasta: €1
  • 1 kg of potatoes: €1.20
  • 1 kg of rice: €1.90
  • 1 liter of milk: €1.20
  • 6 eggs: €1.50
  • 1 meal at a university cafeteria: €3.05
  • 1 fast-food meal: €7
  • 1 neighborhood restaurant: €10-20
  • 1 sandwich : €3-5

Health 

Medical Visit

  • General practioner: €23 and up (of which €14 is reimbursed)
  • Psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, neurology: €37 and up (€24 reimbursed)
  • Gynecology-ophtalmology: €28 and up (€19 reimbursed)
  • Specialist: €25 and up (€19 reimbursed)
  • Dentist: €30 and up depending on service rendered

Transportation

  • 1 round-trip flight Paris-Barcelona: €100-150
  • 1 round-trip Thalys train ticket Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam: €100-120
  • 1 round-trip Eurostar train ticket Paris-London: €100-150
  • 1 round-trip TGV (high-speed train) ticket Paris-Nice: €140. If reserved far enough in advance, tickets can be as cheap as €50.
  • 1 monthly public transportation pass in Paris: from €60 (central Paris) to €123 (including outlying suburbs)
  • 1 liter of gasoline: €1.40
  • 1 city bike: €1 per day in Paris, but free for the first 30 minutes. Public bike rentals (through Vélib’, Vélov, V3) are available in several large cities. Prices vary.

 

Entertainment and leisure

  • 1 month of internet access: €20-50 depending on the plan or bundle (internet, TV, telephone, unlimited calling to certain countries)
  • 1 cell phone plan: starting at €30 per month depending on provider (Orange, Bouygues, SFR). Plan prices vary in the amount of calling time and data transmission they offer. Prepaid cards starting at €5 are sold in licensed tobacco shops.
  • 1 student-rate movie ticket: about €7.50. Some national theater chains (UGC, Gaumont) offer unlimited monthly admission cards for €30.
  • 1 museum admission: €5-10
  • 1 student-rate swimming pool admission: €1.70
  • 1 newspaper: €1.20
  • 1 DVD player: €50-150
  • 1 MP3 player: €20-150
  • 1 paperback book: about €6
  • 1 night in budget hotel (average for a two-star hotel): €60
  • 1 theater ticket: €10-30