Understanding the cost of living in France is important if you are looking to live there for a lengthy period of time. Having a clear understanding of the cost of utilities, food, transport and accommodation is essential to having a realistic budget of living costs and being able to plan for living in France.
Costs will vary depending on where you live in France. Whether you rent or buy will also play a big role in budgeting and financial planning when it comes to paying for accommodation. For example, your utility costs will vary on the type and size of the property you are living in and its energy efficiency. France is also well-known for its higher tax rates compared to the UK, so this should be considered also when budgeting for your new life in France.
For these reasons and more, individual circumstances are very important when trying to budget for living in France. You should always think about your current expenses and plan well in advance to ensure you have a realistic and clear budget for when you move. You may even experience unexpected costs, which could significantly impact your budget.
To give you a good indication of the cost of living in France, we have prepared a table showing what you can expect to pay for some of the essential expenses when staying in France. Below you’ll find the average prices for common expenses in both France and the UK:
|Expense||Average Cost in France (€)||Average Cost in UK (£)|
|Basic Utilities (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Refuse Collection)||€138.95 per month||£141.48 per month|
|Gasoline||€1.42 (1 litre)||£1.24 (1 litre)|
|Internet (60 Mbps)||€27.56 per month||£29.77 per month|
|Milk||€0.94 (1 litre)||£0.89 (1 litre)|
|White Bread||€1.30 (500g)||£0.97 (500g)|
|Eggs||€2.56 (12)||£1.86 (12)|
|Cheese||€14.85 (1kg)||£5.40 (1kg)|
|Bottle of Wine||€6.00||£7.00|
|Domestic Beer||€1.54 (0.5 litre)||£1.53 (0.5 litre)|
|Inexpensive Restaurant Meal||€13.00||£12.00|
|3-Course Meal for Two at Mid-Range Restaurant||€50.00||£45.00|
|Monthly Fitness Club Membership||€36.93 (per adult)||£29.40 (per adult)|
|Single Ticket on Local Transport||€1.60||£2.40|
|Monthly Transport Pass||€54.00||£60.00|
|Rent: Apartment - 1 Bed - City Centre||€653.69||£717.85|
|Rent - Apartment - 1 Bed - Outside City Centre||€522.74||£566.46|
|Rent - Apartment - 3 Bed - City Centre||€1,316.16||£1,188.97|
|Rent - Apartment - 3 Bed - Outside City Centre||€982.55||£923.65|
Table data sourced from numbeo.com, a compilation of 65,000+ self-reported living cost data entries from +7,500 contributors over a period of 18 months. Data correct as of January 2019.
While it is possible to give general estimates of the cost of living in France for specific services and goods, there are many factors that you need to consider when thinking about your own budgeting ahead of living in France. This includes:
Before you move to France, you should make sure you have a clear idea of the factors that will impact your finances and budgeting - having a clear plan will remove stress and make your experience all the more enjoyable!
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