Study on Low Tuition in France plus Cost of Living

Speaking of popularity, France is rated as one of the top destinations for international students. France houses some of the world’s best universities.Students are also drawn to France so they can practice or improve their French, visit famous museums and experience the typical “à la française” lifestyle.


  1. University tuition fees in France

Tuition fees at public universities

Note that tuition fees at public universities in France have different prices depending on what you choose to study and the level.

  • For bachelor programmes, the average tuition fees are around 190 EUR per year.
  • Engineering degrees usually have higher tuition fees of around 620 EUR per academic year.
  • The average tuition fees for medicine studies can lead to 450 EUR per year.
  • The average fees for a Master are around 260 EUR/year and for a PhD 396 EUR/year; you should expect higher fees for certain specialised degrees.
  • Note that you will need to be fluent in French to study in their public universities and enjoy this low tuition provision.

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Tuition fees at other types of institutions


  • Grandes ecoles – Students will pay more at France’s highly selective grandes écoles and grands établissements (great schools and establishments), which set their own fees (about 500-600 EUR per year, but in some cases, they can lead up to 10,000 EUR per year).
  • Private universities –Tuition fees in private universities start from 1,500 and can reach 20,000 EUR per year. The different with private universities is that you are able to study in English.
  • In business schools, regardless of the degree level, fees range between 5,000 and 7,000 EUR a year.


  1. Living costs in France

Average living costs in French cities and towns

The costs of living in France depend on your lifestyle but most of all, they depend on the location you have chosen, mainly the French city you live in.

Check the average budget you would need for each of the large cities in France:

  • Paris: between 1,050 and 1,200 EUR/month (sometimes even including the accommodation, if you choose to live in a student hall of residence)
  • Nice: between 700 and 920 EUR/month
  • Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux or Toulouse: between 650 and 850 – 900 EUR
  • For the rest of France, you can survive with smaller amounts (at least 600 EUR).


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Prices for accommodation are usually above the international average of 200 – 300 EUR/month.

The main housing options for students in France are:

  • Student halls of residence –between 150 and 600 EUR/month, including facilities if the room is private or shared. Around 13% of international students live in student residences.
  • Rent/share an apartment –between 400 and 700 EUR/month, while in smaller French cities you can rent a small apartment for about 300 EUR/month.
  • If you will live with your partner and/or child(ren), the price for rent would range from 700 to 1,000 EUR/month, and you could pay higher if you choose an apartment in the city centre. The utility bills (electricity, water, the internet) would be another 200 EUR/month.
  • Host family –you can find rates that are only 200 EUR/ month to about 800 EUR/month in Paris. However, they all include at least one meal per day.


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