As we’ve already discussed earlier, you need to keep a number of other important factors in mind when deciding to go to college in France. The government requires that you be able to support yourself while you attend college, so it is important that you have the money that is needed. If you are an international student, the laws in France allow you to work part-time up to 20 hours per week while you study in France. While this money can certainly help, it may not be enough to cover all of the things that you will need.
There are so many extras that are required in college. You will need pens and paper, pencils and highlighters and of course, bags for your belongings. You need snacks to nibble on while you are at school, lunch to eat and breakfast and dinner, too. There are also costs of living which include rent, utilities, mobile phone and toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner, soap and hair/facial care products.
It is estimated that you will need around 430 EUR per month to survive while you attend college in the country, but this is a low figure and it never hurts to have a little more. All of the things that we’ve talked about above do not include that many things that will be needed while you study, such as clothing, entertainment, school testing fees, etc. So, having more than what is recommended will ensure that your college days in France are spent far more enjoyably.
Also keep in mind that these amounts do not include the costs of your tuition at university.
If you are going to be in France for a period of more than three months it is a good idea to open an account with a French bank. Having a bank account, such as a savings account, can help you build interest on all of the money that you are depositing, as well as help you keep better track of how much money you have, the amount that is being spent and so on.