Fees and living expenses


Here are some of the expenses you may encounter during your stay in France. Planning your budget in advance will help you study with peace of mind. Remember to take variable expenses into account, such as basic furnishings, books, entertainment, etc…

Annual tuition fees

In French public institutions of higher education, the State assumes most of the training fees (an average of €10,000 per student per year).

Annual rates payed by the student:

(Exchange students enrolled via bilateral agreements, Erasmus, BCI or ORA program are not concerned)

  • arond 250€ per year for a Master’s degree
  • around 400€ per year in doctoral studies

The CVEC tax is also compulsory for all students enrolled at ENS de Lyon - around 105€ for the year.

Initial one-off costs

When you first begin university life there will be some one-off costs to consider.

For all students
Deposit for accommodationusually equivalent to one months’ rent
Insurance (accomodation and third-party liability) valid for the duration of your stay in France (if you don’t have already one)around €50
For non-european students
Stamp ANAEM (stay permit)€60

Estimated living costs in Lyon


€300 / €400 for a room on campus (student residences)

€400 / €650  € for private housing

Foodaround €350 a month
A meal at one of the university restaurants€3.5
A 250 g stick of French bread€1 on average
Rhônexpress Express Tram between Saint-Exupery airport and Lyon city center

Single Ticket: €15

More information on Rhônexpress

Public transport fares (metro, bus)

Monthly travelcard: €25
10-ticket book: €20

More information on TCL website

Housing benefit (CAF)
Students of all nationalities may apply for government housing assistance. Assistance amounts are computed case by case, based on the rental amount and the student's resources. Get more information at your arrival.