Cost of studying in Paris

Studying and living in Paris: a vibrant student life rich in culture, an exceptional quality of life

To study in Paris is to benefit from an exceptional quality of life in a capital city in which the student population (both national and international) is an important element. In Paris, international students can make use of numerous discounts and benefits...  

University accommodation, university catering, housing support, medical coverage, discounts on transport and hobbies (cinema, sports, libraries, student associations, etc.): All of these aspects allow international students to cover their basic needs while still enjoying daily life in Paris on an average monthly budget of 1000 euros


All cultural sites have discounts for students, including international students, and offer subscription packages. Student status also allows students to participate in sporting activities and gives privileged access to sports facilities which play very active roles within schools and universities.

In Paris, how much is it?


  • 1 full-course meal in a university restaurant: 3.25 euros
  • 1 meal in a ‘fast-food’ restaurant: 8 euros
  • 1 meal in a local restaurant: between 13 and 22 euros
  • 1 sandwich: 5 to 8 euros
  • 1 baguette: 1.10 euros
  • 1 coffee: 1.50 to 2.50 euros 
  • 1 croissant: 1.50 euros
  • 1kg of pasta: 1.60 euros
  • 6 eggs: 2.30 euros
  • 1 liter of milk: 1 euro
  • 1 beer: 6 euros

Student Job Program: financial support to acquire skills in a meaningful context.

Sorbonne University enables students to successfully complete their studies through the Student Job Program. These employment opportunities are not only designed to give financial support, but also the possibility to develop a professional skill.

French law permits international students to take up part-time employment

Opening a bank account

International students can open a ‘non-residents’ bank account (in euros or another currency) or a ‘residents’ bank account (also in euros or another currency) if the length of stay in France warrants this status.
A bank account can be opened on the presentation of a passport, certificate of university attendance and proof of residence issued within the last six months.
When living with a family, identity documents for the landlord and a certificate from the landlord must also be provided. Opening a bank account allows you to have a check book and/or a bank card. The bank card costs €15 to €40 per year depending on the bank and type of card.


Funding your doctorate

Often, a prerequisite of enrolling in a doctoral course is having already secured funding through:

  • A doctoral Contract 
  • International co-tutoring on your thesis
  • The CIFRE (Conventions Industrielles de Formation par la Recherche - Industrial Agreements on Training through Research) funding program

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