Create a budget for the duration of your studies

Here is some advice to help you pursue your studies in the best possible conditions, and without the need to worry about your financial situation during the academic year. By preparing a sound budget, you will avoid certain financial troubles and fully benefit from your time at Sciences Po.

You should prepare well in advance for your arrival at Sciences Po. In particular, if your country of residence for tax purposes is located outside of the European Union, you will be required to pay higher tuition fees.

Be sure to consider beforehand your potential courses expenses and living costs for the duration of your stay in Paris.

The cost of living in Paris is quite high. You should expect to pay, on average, € 650 in monthly rent. By including the cost of food, transport, books and leisure activities – after all, you will be in Paris – your budget should be at least € 1,000 per month.

You must also include tuition fees (€ 10,150 for the undergraduate level and € 13,970 for the Master level), which will nearly double your budget to € 2,000 per month.

Remember to include travel expenses if you live outside or far from France.

Should you plan on working during your studies, bear in mind that it may take some time before finding a job.

Do not underestimate the cost of accommodation. € 650 represents only the average cost and you may potentially end up paying higher rent. Keep in mind that your landlord will ask you to pay in addition the equivalent of one month's rent as a deposit when you sign the tenancy agreement.

These can represent significant expenses for some students, hence the need to plan ahead.

Sciences Po awards scholarships on the basis of merit, which by definition are not offered to all students.

You should research potential funding from your home region, government, privates businesses, etc. Be sure to explore all possible options. Start early, as the application process is often time-consuming. In several countries you may also take out a student loan from a bank, which you will be obligated to reimburse once you are employed.

The more you prepare in advance, the better your experience will be at Sciences Po.

Certain cost-of-living factors


Certain cost-of-living factors
Campus Accomodation Food Culture, leisure, entertainment Transport
Dijon 300-400 €
(water and electricity included)
250-300 € 50-70 € Most students get around by foot or bicycle. DIVIA bus fare: 1,30 € for one-hour pass or 8,65 € for 10 tickets.
Bicycle sharing subscription: 30 €/year.
Paris-Dijon round-trip train (TER) fare: 70 €
Le Havre 300-350 € (logement crous) 200-250 € 50-70 € Most students get around by foot or bicycle. Monthly bus pass: 41 €
Menton 400-600 € (water and electricity included) 200-300 € 50-100 € No expense necessary since students reside nearby the campus (round-trip Menton-Nice train fare: 9 €)
Nancy 350-400 € (water and electricity included) 200-250 € 50-70 € Most students get around by foot or bicycle. Monthly bus pass: 30,50 €
Paris 650 € (water and electricity included) 250-300 € 100-150 € ImaginR card subscription (for those under 25 years old): 38 €/month
Alternative subscription: 68,60 €/month
Poitiers 300-350 € (water and electricity included) 200-250 € 50-70 € Annual card subscription: 199,99 €
Reims 300-350 € (water and electricity included) 200-250 € 50-70 € Monthly bus pass: 28,90 €