Cost of studying in France

Cost of studying in France

Living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world is a dream for many people. While France is known for its scenic beauty on one side, it is also known for the fine quality of education that its universities provide. The popularity of these universities is increasing day by day as along with the quality of academics these colleges have affordable tuition fees as well. In this blog, we will cover the cost of studying in France for outstation and international students. You will find information about tuition fees, accommodation, transportation and living expenses in this article.

Tuition fees for studying in France

France came up with a new policy in the year 2019, wherein all international students would be charged higher amounts on tuition fees as compared to a citizen or a permanent resident of a country within the EEA. The tuition fees as per the standards set up by the French government are.

  1. 2,770 euros each year for Bachelor’s (Licence) programmes,
  2. 3,770 euros each year for Master’s programmes,
  3. 380 euros each year for Doctorate (PhD) programmes (the same amount as for Europeans)

The above-stated fees are for public universities. The cost of studying in France at a private university can be higher. Tuition Fees of Private universities range from 1500 EUR/year to 2000 EUR/year. MBA fees in France for international students have the range of 5000-7000 EUR/year as every MBA in France is a private university program.

However, on the positive side, there are also several French Scholarships for Indian Students, along with the hike in the fees. if you wish to know about the scholarships you can find all the information here.

Accommodation for studying in France

Paris or Lyon are considered comparatively expensive than countryside cities such as Creuse, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region Metz, Versailles, and Montpellier. When going to France as an international student you have multiple options to look for. Some of them are :

University residence halls managed by CROUS (Centre régional des œuvres universitaires et scolaires) 

These residences are managed by France’s regional centres for student services. The French government owns CROUS at a subsidized rate. The CROUS buildings are generally the first choices that international students make for cheaper accommodation when studying in France.

Rent an apartment

A studio apartment costs around €400 to €800 depending on the city. You can share an apartment on the lease. This also means you can share your rent every month with your roommates.

Documents you need to rent an apartment in France as a student:

  1. ID or Passport.
  2. Guarantor information
  3. A letter from your guarantor in French (parents etc.)
  4. Bank reference from (you must have a French bank account) 


Host family

Rates are 200 EUR/month to around 800 EUR/month in Paris. Some families may even offer you a free stay or reduce the cost of rent for you.


There are various modes of transportation like buses, train metro, taxis, bikes, metro etc. Students can take a pass to bus, metro and tram which costs between 17 and 33 EUR. Taxis can cost 1.25 EUR/km which is economical in Paris

Living expenses for studying in France

If we are talking about living expenses, it includes meals, utilities, internet bills etc. A general idea of how much this may cost would be :

Meal: 14.00 Euro

Utilities: 160.14 Euro

Internet: 19.75 Euro

If you want to save money, you can reach out to BlaBlaCar, which connects drivers with empty seats with people going to the same destination or CROUS helps students in housing and meals where you can eat for less than 5 Euros.

Insurance cost

Every international student is required to have medical insurance. Medical insurance in France can cost you approximately € 130 to € 700 per year depending on the student’s age. 

This blog contains rough estimates of the expense which you might incur. If you want further guidance to fulfil your dream of studying in France you can visit Foreignadmits and talk to an expert for some detailed guidance.