student accommodation costs

If your kids have started university in France this year you may still be reeling at the cost of student accommodation. Although President Francois Hollande has promised to build  another 8000 student flats by the end of his first term, prices are still steadily rising.

The five most expensive places for studios/bedsits, according to a survey by  are: Paris, L'Ile de France, Nice, Aix en Provence and Toulouse with an average price of 563€ per month. 
Cheapest areas are Poitiers, Rouen, Nantes, Bordeaux and Strasbourg at 393€.

For two room flats, Paris, L'Ile de France, Nice, Aix and Lille are the most expensive at 828€ and Poitiers, Nantes, Rouen, Toulouse and Bordeaux the cheapest with an average monthly rent of 533€.

So, Paris remains the most expensive city in France for students with a hike of 3.68% on studio flats and 12.32% for a shared apartment. However, rents in Toulouse have risen a staggering 9.21% for a two room apartment whilst the cost of the same accommodation in Lille is down 12.8%.

These prices, however, concern private rentals and universities also offer their own accommodation, generally at lower prices. But it can be pretty ropey – a lot of students who opt for the cheapest on offer, usually a room with a shared kitchen, start making plans to move out pretty sharpish.

If your child is entitled to a grant, however, remember they can apply for help with accommodation costs. If they do this, you will lose their child benefits, so do the sums. You could be better off keeping the child benefits and using them towards the cost of accommodation.

Average student accommodation prices around France (click on image to enlarge)

1 comment:

  1. My kids have university rooms. My son has a 9 squared metre room withe WC, shower and frige, also an electric bed (!) which costs €215 monthly, and it's fabulous. My daughter has a more basic but larger room for €140, well furnished and perfectly adequate. There's a communal kitchen which is poor so she bought a microwave and could ideally do with a fridge but manages with a cool box. So there are cheaper rooms out there and our experience has been very good.


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