Living in Paris is quite expensive. Make sure to plan for expenses before you arrive.


  • Temporary accommodation: 180 € / week
  • Rooms at the Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires (CROUS) or at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP): 300 € - 500 € / month
  • Renting an apartment: 700 € / month (inc. water and electricity)


Whatever the type of accommodation, a security deposit equal to 2 months’ rent shall be requested.

Additional information available at dpi@parisdescartes.fr

The CAF (Caisse d’Allocations Familiales) (family allowances fund) may in some cases grant an ‘Aide Personnalisée au Logement’ (APL) (personalized housing help). Additional information available on the site: www.caf.fr

Looking for a place to stay

Private residences


Youth Hostels
FUAJ (Fédération Unie des Auberges de Jeunesse) www.fuaj.org
B.V.J. (Bureau des Voyages de la Jeunesse) www.bvjhotel.com/


Around 200 to 250€ / month

  • Restaurants: the cheapest meals are available for 12 to 15 € / menu
  • CROUS  provide very cheap food for students: 3,05€ / meal
  • Coffee (espresso): 2 € minimum
  • Soda: around 4 €
  • A baguette costs around 1 euro



Pass to travel inside Paris (zones 1-2): 66 € / month (possible discounts if you are under 26).
Additional information on www.ratp.fr

Opening a bank account

If your main address is in a non-European country and if you are to stay in France for longer than three months, opening a resident’s bank account is in your best interest. You should however check with your bank in your home country if there is an associated bank in France. The following three documents are necessary to open a resident’s bank account (in euros):

  • Passport
  • Residence permit
  • Proof of address (telephone or electricity bill, receipt of rent payment, certificate of lodging, etc.)


Opening a bank account entitles you to have a checkbook and/or a bank card. Checkbooks are usually free. Bank cards however are issued for a fee that ranges between 15 and 40 € / year depending on the banks as well as on the type of card.

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