Cost of Living

Understand the living expenses you can expect in France...

The cost of living will depend very much on the region in which you live. In France the difference is particularly marked between the Paris region and the other regions (the provinces). Moreover, even in the same town, prices sometimes vary greatly from one district to another.

Accommodation

As in many countries of Europe, housing constitutes the main expense for most French households. In the Paris region, accommodation-related expenditure is, on average, 36% higher than that in other regions. Furthermore, the price of housing in the town centre is generally far higher than on the outskirts.

Food and Daily Expenses

The structure of the commercial network in France is comparable to that of the other countries of Europe: either small businesses in town centres offering a wide variety of products and brands, at rather high prices, or a network of highly developed large-scale distribution outlets (most selling goods online) on the outskirts, and which offer lower prices for mass market products.

To find out the names of these shops, we suggest a list which will help you in your enquiries: Click here

Examples of Prices
  • Bread (French baguette): 1 €
  • a metro/bus ticket: 1.60 €
  • a cinema ticket: 9 €
  • a postage stamp at the normal rate: 0.56 €
  • a sandwich: 4 €
  • a meal in a restaurant: 12-20 €

Text last edited on: 03/2010

Source: European Union
C European Communities
Reproduction is authorised
Do you have a suggestion to improve this page? click here...

Featured Information

Income Tax

Income Tax

The responsibilities of the taxpayer in France: understand the French tax system and how it affects your income.

Read more...
Useful Contacts

Useful Contacts

Find out about services and government organisations that play a part in moving to France.

Read more...

Become Member List your Business Blog For Us

What's On

Dries Van Noten

Decorative Arts dedicated a retrospective to the creator Dries Van Noten

More Details

Health Insurance Quote