a meal at a university restaurant: €2.90at a fast-food restaurant: €7at a neighborhood café or restaurant: €10–20a sandwich: €3–5coffee: €1–2bread: €0.90croissant: €1cheese: €26 eggs: €1.501 liter of milk: €1.201 kg of potatoes: €1.201 kg of rice: €1.90
movie ticket (student rate): €6.80museum admission: €5–10theater ticket: €10–30newspaper: €1.20night in a mid-range hotel: €60admission to public swimming pool: €2.50DVD player: €50–150MP3 player: €30–150
monthly Paris transport pass: from approx. €65 (Paris proper) to approx. €115 (Paris plus suburbs)round-trip ticket between Paris and Nice by high-speed train: approx. €1501 liter of gasoline: approx. €1.60
Taking into account the many discounts for which students are eligible, the average monthly student budget is €1,000 in Paris and €800 elsewhere in the country.
Note: Indicative prices for various items are shown above. Prices for many items are lower outside Paris.
Source: Campus France
Student room: 417 €Food and meals: 200 €Health insurance: 42 €Amusements and recreation: 100 €Miscellaneous: 100 €Total: 859 €
You'll note that half of your monthly expenses go for your housing (the figure here is for a private apartment). The figures below should give you a good idea of what it costs to live in France from day to day.
More on the Campus France site