The cost of living in France

The cost of living as a student in France
NoteThe cost of living is higher in Paris than in other French towns (at least €130 more per month)
To cover the cost of living in private accommodation in France, you need a monthly revenue of €1,200 (minimum wage) but as a student, you have access to university halls of residence and restaurants.
These lodgings receive state subsidies and the cost to students is therefore upwards of €770.
Students studying in France benefit from a state support for living, estimated to 500 euros per month, regardless of nationality.
You will therefore require a minimum of €8,000 per year to live in France with student status, but these costs may be covered by grants.
If you wish to have a place in halls of residence, it is IMPORTANT to specify your request as soon as you accept a place, as demand is very high.

The "n+i" network can help you find lodgings when you arrive in France.
It is difficult to find lodgings quickly. That is why the Network "n+i" takes care of your lodgings for the first few months.
We offer reservations (compulsory for PIC packages) and the cost is clearly shown on the invoice that you will be required to pay before you depart.
In this case you will have to pay an advance of the average cost of housing (see cost of PIL).
For the remainder of your stay in France, you may choose whichever accommodation you choose. Your school will provide assistance to find lodgings, especially in the inexpensive halls of residence.
This applies to you only and if you decide to come to France as a family, the "n+i" network cannot be held responsible for finding accommodation for you.

Eat to live and make friends
In France, mealtimes are important. We speak, discuss, laugh, make friends, celebrate special events and so on. The French mealtime is an institution.
Just like French people, you can make your meals and buy all sorts of ingredients in supermarkets or go to open air markets, or to local shops to buy fresh fruit, vegetables or cheese etc. Most towns have several small shops that stay open until late evening.
Invite fellow students to taste your country's dishes. French people like eating so it's a great way to make friends.

For more general information visit the Campus France website : http://www.campusfrance.org