Cost of Living in France and Living Expenses for International Students
Make the most of your money
Your banking and payments options
- Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard, are accepted by most merchants for payments more than 15 Euros. Automated teller machines (ATM) are readily available in cities.
- The French make extensive use of checks. However, checks drawn on foreign banks are rarely accepted by French merchants.
- The Euro is now the sole currency used for all cash transactions in France.
International students can open non-resident bank accounts in Euros or another currency if they have been in France for less than two years. They may open a resident account if their stay is longer. Ask your bank if it is associated with a banking institution in France. The connection may make things easier when you go to open an account in France.
Making international calls
- 262 Reunion
- 269 Mayotte
- 508 St. Pierre & Miquelon
- 590 Guadeloupe
- 594 Guyana
- 596 Martinique
Accessing the internet
France has an extensive internet network, including ADSL and fibre. Most service providers offer attractive packages at affordable rates. To subscribe, you may either visit your preferred service provider’s shop or its website from your office or an internet cafe. The following documents need to be produced:
- A passport or identity card (recognized by French authorities)
- Proof of address (lease documents or utility bill)
- Your RIB (bank account number) for direct debit purposes (a safe and widespread practice in France)