Cost of Living in the Region

If you need to obtain a visa or a residence permit to continue your studies at AMU, you must be able to prove that you have sufficient resources to support yourself in France. The amount officially required by the French authorities is 615 € per month. This amount will not be enough to cover all of your expenses while you are in France, so we can help you anticipate future expenses.

Budget for the first month upon arrival in France

Your first month's expenses will be much higher than those of the following months. Think about this when you draw up your budget.

We recommend that you plan on a total of 1 600€ dedicated to your installation in France.

Installation fees in France
Payment of the CVEC 100 €
Tuition fees From 170 to 502 € depending on the degree prepared
Registration fees for students outside Europe 2770€ or 3770€ depending on the level of study
Complementary health insurance 15€ / month
Deposit for the accommodation 1 to 2 months rent (minimum 450€ in private housing)
Home insurance From 20€ to 80€/year
Eventual installation costs (sheets, towels, kitchen utensils...) Approximately 100€.
Various dues and memberships (sport, ...) 50 €
One week in a hotel upon arrival 340€


Recommended monthly budget

In order not to find yourself in difficulty, we advise you to budget a minimum of 800€ per month

Housing will represent the largest part of your monthly budget and it will be important to adapt the choice of your accommodation to your financial capacities. However, the cost of meals and living expenses should not be neglected and can quickly add up.

Recurring monthly budget* for a student in France
Housing in a CROUS university residence Housing in private housing
Housing 250 € 500 €
Insurance 20 € 20 €
Meals in Resto U 190 € 190 €
Miscellaneous shopping (drinks, breakfasts, books, supplies, personal maintenance) 220 € 220 €
Transportation 30 € 30 €
Communication (telephone subscription, internet, calling cards) 30 € 30 €
Leisure, outings, tourism...

60 €

60 €
TOTAL 800 € / month 1 050 € / month

* Amounts given as an indication. Several factors can influence the budget you will have per month such as the location of your accommodation. The price of a studio in Marseille will not be the same as a studio in Aix-en-Provence for example. You should also know that in a CROUS university residence, the price includes the charges, including the internet connection, which is not the case for private housing.

Don't forget that you can apply for housing assistance which will be paid to you by the CAF. For more information on this subject, consult the FAQ on social aid!

Obviously, all expenses depend on your lifestyle, the nature of your higher education and the way you organize your stay in France. Do you have questions about housing? Check out our dedicated FAQ!

Some prices for common consumer goods*.

*Amounts given as an indication and may vary.


A non-alcoholic drink 3,50 €*
One coffee 2 €*
A meal in a restaurant From 10 to 20 €* for a meal
A meal at the university restaurant 3,25 €*
A baguette 1 €*
A kilogram of pasta 1,50€*
A sandwich at the bakery + drink from 5 to 8€*

You have a modest income and are looking for food baskets? Get in touch with AGORAE' s solidarity grocery stores!


A consultation with a general practitioner 25€*
A consultation with a gynecologist 30€*
Ophthalmologist 30€*


Do you have questions about health? Check out our health FAQ!


Movie ticket from 5 to 7,50€*
Museum or national monuments from 5 to 15€*
Swimming pool from 1.50 to 3€*
1 paperback book from 5 to 10€*
Theater from 10€*
A daily newspaper

from 2 to 3€*

Your student card = Your discounts!

The student card you receive when you enroll at AMU gives you access to many services at your institution. It also entitles you to numerous discounts on a daily basis!

The city offers very attractive discounts when you travel on its transport network. All you have to do is show your student card.
To go to the cinema or to a museum, keep your student card in hand: the entrance fee will generally be less expensive. You can also benefit from AMU pact discounts at the University's cultural partners.
And if you prefer sports to culture, your card will give you access to SUAPS (university physical activity and sports service) classes for a few dozen euros per year. And if you can't find what you're looking for, many clubs and gyms will offer you a few euros off your membership.

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