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.

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, €870 in monthly rent. By including the cost of food, transport, books and leisure activities, your budget should be at least €1,240 per month.

You must also include tuition fees (€10,700 for the undergraduate level and €14,700 for the Master level for 2020-2021 for students from outside of the European Economic Area), which will double your budget to around €2,050 per month and a bit more for Master students.

The “Student success and orientation” law (loi “ORE”) presented by the government has established a new student life and campus contribution (CVEC) of €92 per year. The amount is due for all the students enrolled in higher education studies. For more information, visit our CVEC page.

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. €870 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.

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.

Further information about bursaries and financial aid.

Cost of Living on Sciences Po's Regional Campuses

Certain cost-of-living factors
Campus Accomodation Food Culture, leisure, entertainment Transport
Dijon €350-€450
(water and electricity included)
€250-€300 €50-€70

Most students get around by foot or bicycle.

  • Yearly bus and tram pass: €315
  • Bicycle subscription (+5 € for subscription card) (diviavélodi): €30/year.
Le Havre €350-€450 (logement crous) €200-€250 €50-€70 Most students get around by foot or bicycle. Monthly bus pass: €43
Menton €450-€650 (water and electricity included) €200-€300 €50-€100 No expense necessary since students reside nearby the campus (round-trip Menton-Nice train fare: €10.60)
Nancy €350-€400 (water and electricity included) €200-€250 €50-€70

Most students get around by foot or bicycle.

Unlimited monthly bus pass: €21.50 or €17 for scholarship holder students

Paris €830 (water and electricity included) €250-€300 €100-€150
  • ImagineR card subscription (for those under 26 years old): €350 yearly subscription
  • Alternative subscription: €75.20/month
  • Vélib'Métropole V-Plus annual pass (under 27 years old): €27.60
Poitiers €300-€350 (water and electricity included) €200-€250 €50-€70 Annual card subscription: €199.99
Reims €300-€550 (water and electricity included) €200-€300 €50-€70

Monthly bus pass: €29.40, yearly bus pass €264.60

Students generally go by foot or by bike and do not often use public transport.

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