Cost of Living in Paris

Summary about cost of living in Paris:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.86 $ 12.46-20.39
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 62.29 $ 45.31-73.62
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.06 $ 8.83-10.19
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.65 $ 5.66-9.06
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 6.80 $ 4.53-7.93
Cappuccino (regular) 3.73 $ 2.27-5.66
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.51 $ 1.70-5.10
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.44 $ 1.13-4.53
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.93 $ 4.29-8.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.73 $ 1.03-2.57
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.09 $ 0.51-1.80
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.87 $ 2.27-6.12
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8.77 $ 5.14-15.41
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.49 $ 3.60-7.71
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.36 $ 4.11-15.41
Apples (1 lb) 1.41 $ 1.03-2.00
Banana (1 lb) 1.03 $ 0.77-1.49
Oranges (1 lb) 1.26 $ 0.77-1.54
Tomato (1 lb) 1.41 $ 1.03-2.57
Potato (1 lb) 0.85 $ 0.51-1.28
Onion (1 lb) 1.03 $ 0.51-1.54
Lettuce (1 head) 1.61 $ 1.13-2.27
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.16 $ 0.57-1.70
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.93 $ 5.66-11.33
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.22 $ 1.59-3.40
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.60 $ 1.70-3.40
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 9.06 $ 7.93-9.06
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.15 $ 1.93-2.27
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 84.95 $ 82.68-85.17
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.80 $ 3.96-7.93
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.37 $ 1.93-3.65
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 40.13 $ 33.98-67.96
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.36 $ 5.79-7.07
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,917.77 $ 18,122.02-28,315.65
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,030.06 $ 18,122.02-31,713.53
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 166.79 $ 105.03-299.52
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.28 $ 0.07-0.57
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 31.89 $ 22.65-45.31
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 54.54 $ 33.98-90.61
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.57 $ 7.93-33.98
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.46 $ 10.19-13.59
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 922.34 $ 339.79-2,038.73
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,650.83 $ 8,902.44-27,183.02
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 97.75 $ 67.96-124.59
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 41.58 $ 28.32-56.63
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 104.43 $ 79.28-135.92
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 150.13 $ 113.26-226.53
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,289.84 $ 906.10-1,698.94
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 967.49 $ 736.21-1,245.89
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,739.56 $ 2,038.73-3,397.88
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,891.73 $ 1,359.15-2,321.88
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,052.24 $ 894.40-1,262.68
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 753.91 $ 631.34-841.79
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,690.33 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.90 1.70-2.83

Prices in Paris

These data are based on 3422 entries in the past 18 months from 488 different contributors.
Last update: August 2018
Sources and References: Info
Add new source here:
Sign up for our newsletter:
Your email address:
Leave a comment:
Your name: Sign In
Your email address (optional):
Your comment (no HTML):

61 Comments so far

#bradley devoe on Jul 02, 2018 :
This is my first time going out of country and this is going to be the place that I take my wife to be for our honeymoon. We are looking at staying two weeks in Paris and I'm needing to know cost of a room per night and all other essentials. I am new to the euro system so someone who knows a bit more about this can they reply to this thread?
#Anonymous on May 24, 2018 :
The average NET salary (take home pay) in Paris can't be €2.300 as stated here - it could, if you carrried out a survey and interview 50 top managers who work in Le Defense and 50 ordinary Parisians .. the former all make around €200.000 whereas the latter make around €30.000 - Paris is a very expensive city, but if you consider the income/prices ratio, it's a lot worse - London is more expensive, but net salaries in London are considerably higher. No wonder there are 500.000 Frenchies in Old Blighty.. Paris is a great city if you have money and don't have to work there.
#Anonymous on May 22, 2018 :
Myanmar is tremendously daring and shameless to the extent of fabricating the following made-up news which is clearly against the weakest and helpless Rohingya currently being genocided by culprit Myanmar.

Myanmar Rohingya militants massacred Hindus, says Amnesty

It is absolutely unlogical even just to think the most helpless, almost annihilated Rohingya carrying out a massacre upon Hindu on top of themself almost being wiped out by Myanmar.

Myanmar should not be fooling around with other nation spreading fake and made-up news because other nations are not foolish neither to be easily cheated by the made-up news of culprit Myanmar.

Everyone should take a moment to feel in the shoe of Rohingya currently suffering helplessly who have clearly no future, thanks to the inhumane atrocities carried out by culprit Myanmar.

Time to unleash immediate punishment actions upon the greatest Evildoer Myanmar by showering it with the first punishment step of comprehensive sanctions on Myanmar.

Thousands of Rohingya rape victims expected to give birth
#Anonymous on May 15, 2018 :
Suu Kyi is the greatest humanity criminal responsible for the inhumane atrocities currently happening in Myanmar.
The atrocities happens only under the Suu Kyi government, not under the previous government so Suu Kyi should be prosecuted under the international criminal court for crimes against humanity.

While Rohingya are suffering inhumanely, shameless Suu Kyi's ministers are busy attempting to expand citis across the country including Yangon as well as places where Rohingya's land and houses were confiscated illegally to accommodate to more probably but not certain foreign investments, mostly coming from like-minded Communist China.

It is time to undo Obama's greatest history mistake and impose comprehensive sanctions on Myanmar immediately again.
And this time China must be punished to the extent of being imposed comprehensive sanctions if China violated sanctions on Myanmar.

The greatest virtue is to save a human race such as Rohingya from almost being wiped out.
This is exactly where the leadership role of UN must be amplified that fairness and justice prevail internationally under UN.
whereas China questionable, unworthy role of the permanent membership of UN, especially standing behind inhumane Myanmar upon Rohingya genocide is hopeless for the international communities so the permanent membership of China must be reconsidered whether or not sick China is worthy or fitting of the role.

Gang-raped while pregnant, watching their sons be beheaded and burned and beaten by soldiers – brave Rohinga women tell their horrific stories after escaping the Burma purge

‘We’ll Turn Your Village Into Soil’: Survivors Recount One of Myanmar’s Biggest Massacres
#Nicolas Fatton on May 06, 2018 :
Mr Grumpyexpat! Greetings! Of course you are absolutely free to have your opinion about living in Paris and I totally respect that. If i undertsood you correctly you don't earn a salary that justifies your stay in Paris and there is nothing you like in this city,yet you said that you are looking to buy an appartment. This is for the least contradictory unless you are a masochist. Since I am sure you are not and since you seem to have all the opportunities to have a great life in SF,would you be kind enough to tell me why you don't just pack and go back to your native or favourite city as you expressed this wish?
If,as you also said,it's Mr Trump who is keeping you away from your home town and i could understand that,you are taking the risk of waiting 7 more years. So you better start making some more efforts to adjust yourself to this city where you have already been living for three years. It's about time to stop complaining for living in a city loved by millions of people around the world otherwise you will drive yourself crazy and feel distressed for a few more years! Wishing you the best of luck in your endeavours! Bonne continuation et bonne chance l'ami!
#Bruce on Apr 22, 2018 :
I would like to move to Paris after I retire and have a budget of 1,300,000 euro to buy an apartment. How much money per month do my Wife and I need to live comfortably in Paris?
#kkk on Mar 31, 2018 :
@GrumpyEpact 55m^2 is too much for one person IMO , especially if you live in central Paris
#GrumpyExpat on Feb 28, 2018 :
Some more detailed comments:
My salary is 25K annual. I am told this is average!!
(US I made 65K)

Note most Parisians cannot afford to live in Paris. Its sad!

I pay 1900 euro for 1 bedroom apartment in Paris (central). It is 55 meters square, small & very old, sad crap kitchen, tiny fridge, no bathtub, no clothes dryer anywhere in building! No real closet space for clothes. We hang laundry to dry everyday!! We are looking to buy in Paris, but everything livable/decent in decent area is 900K (for a 65 meters square). Sure, you can find something around 650K but you are living in a bad area, and looking to commute 45-60 minutes to work. So if you want to buy in central Paris, hope you have a million & change! This is for no terrace or yard either. Something you must remodel because everything is old/outdated.

So much traffic, noise, honking, pollution! Dirtiest city ever been in. Dog poop everywhere middle of sidewalks. Smokers everywhere near restaurants. Bathrooms are like 3rd world & often you must pay to use. Restaurants are expensive compared to US. Little variety. Vegetables are rarely on menus & if you are into health food or vegan forget it. I find the restaurants predictable, all same plates, mundane, bland & not innovative. Many of the good ones dont take reservations, so u must line up at 7pm when they open and wait in the cold, hoping u get a seat. All stores have very inconvenient hours (closed 3 days per week, sometimes during lunch too). Unpredictable.

Groceries are expensive. There is very little variety of products. Very difficult to find good ethnic products, spices. Clothes shopping is expensive. And inconvenient.Most ppl shop at H&M or Zara only. Levis are like $15-200 per pair. Plain Converse shoes $75. All shops are closed on Sundays, so if you cant get groceries or shopping done during the week or on Saturday, youre stuck!

The “free” Public healthcare is very limited. Its very very basic/emergency coverage. You must buy a private “Mutuelle” to cover full medical visits or any specialists. Mine costs 150 EUROS per month... Not free!!! Very difficult to find doctors & specialists that speak fluent English. Dentists are expensive and poor. Paperwork is a mess/disaster. No customer service. Bad attitude.

Gym is 75 euro (small/mediocre), monthly metro pass is 75 Euro (not cheap). Concerts are expensive.

You must leave Paris for any nature. The gardens are structured with mainly dirt paths. Many cafes but always tiny & very crowded. Not comfortable at all. Everywhere is so cramped & crowded. And Im a city person. the weather is always gray, so often not nice to be outside. Winter is dreadful. Its cold from October-April/May usually, lots of rain, little sunshine. Then its unbearably hot in July/August. No aircon anywhere & many people stink and do not wear deoderant. Makes for a lovely cramped Metro ride!!

The worst though is the people: Parisians are outright rude, elitist and awful. Even if u try to speak French. Unfriendly, complaining, lazy. As for employment, all the young people have double Masters degrees. Your US experience does not matter. Few jobs because people never leave, they cannot be fired here. For entry-level jobs, pedigree is most important: you must graduate from a Superieure French school with an MBA & Masters Just to make minimum wage. Makes living here as a non-French a nightmare. Inefficiency: getting any government paperwork done will take over a year. They will lose your file several times. Sitting in prefecture for 5 hours to submit a form. Nightmares!! I could go on even more...

Really dont move here. You’ll thank me!! And yes, I would leave & go back home tomorrow if I could!!
#Grumpyexpat on Feb 28, 2018 :
Why do people want to live in Paris? Paris is extremely expensive! I lived in SF for 20 years. Lived in Paris currently for 3. The salaries are HALF in Paris than in US. Median salary is 27k net-take home (2018) It’s pitiful!!! US McDonalds workers make more $. Europeans are over-educated, often require even a Masters to work at a cafe or boulangerie. Good luck getting any job if you dont speak 3 languages!!

When I left San Francisco, 4 years ago, I was making 65K for a office coordinator position that only required a BA degree. I got an annual bonus equal to 1 paycheck. The economy in Paris is really bad, less jobs, less creativity, no room to move up in Paris. No perks or work socializing. Conservative, very formal hierarchy. Adverse to any change.

The only major expense in CA is rent. Much higher in SF, But if you want to buy an apartment, the prices are not very different (around 10k per meters square both cities).

Job security can be a problem in US. You can usually qualify for 1.5 years of unemployment however. Keeps things competitive. As a result, customer service is top-notch in US. Parisians can not show up to work, not do job & never get fired! If they are fired, they get paid full salary for like 5 years, it’s stupid! Service is non-existant.

Other difference is vacation time. However, SF is amazing. Everything changing on the cutting edge, young people doing cool start-ups, weather is awesome, lots nearby (Hiking, nature, ocean, skiing, etc) You dont need as much holiday as you do in Paris!! Paris is always cold & gray (except August when everything is closed). You always want to escape Paris, its sooooo dirty, noisy, polluted, gray and no green spaces unless you travel! The gardens are dirt paths mainly....You get used to less holiday. Better tech companies in SF are offering more (5 weeks) in SF. If you work in tech.

My healthcare insurance was $60 per month in SF (pre-taxed) as a single (probably way more now?) , my employer did a 401K retirement plan match. So whatever you contribute, they match that amount. I am young & healthy, so I went to a GP only once per year, as well as dentist every 6 mos, specialists several times per year.

Basic costs of living are a bit cheaper in SF than Paris (Groceries, clothing, beer). I lived & worked in the city, so I did not ever need a car.. Most people in the both cities dont. My SF employer paid our transport pass at 100%. For in-city travel, the pass is $70 per month I believe (not including Caltrain outside of SF) Same in Paris, but they dont pay for it.

There are certain things that are a matter of opinion/priority (which culture is more fun, happy, the weather, entertainment activities, stimulating work). Plenty of free museum days every month, lots of green parks in every SF neighborhood, charming colorful Victorian architecture, amazing variety of food and just in general, more innovative culture) Just my humble opinion. Paris is a drag. Parisians make it particularly horrible: rude, unwilling to speak English, so lazy, complaining constantly. There is less convenience in Paris. Less options & variety in grocery stores, products, restaurants, etc.

So other than many holidays & cheaper healthcare, less focused-on-work culture, cheaper childcare/education ( if u have kids)... As a young person with no kids, SF & coastal West coast cities get my vote for better quality of living. Cannot speak for LA or NYC or other parts of US. I adore the friendly warm people and cannot wait to move back! After Trump is gone.
#Klara Bieber on Feb 20, 2018 :
I am double citizen Hungarian and US. I have Hungarien retired health care, based on I worked there 30 years. Hungary belong to the Europien Union. What kind of insurance may I need if I live in France. Please let me know.

Thank you. Klara Bieber
#Gustavo on Oct 14, 2017 :
Hello numbeors,

My question about the healthcare system at France.
How much the private health insurance does it cost per year (average/adult/eu citizen)

#Yami on Oct 08, 2017 :
Hello All,

I am 12 yr exp Engineer (Oil and gas field). Like to work in France. I will come with my Family (Total 4 Persons including me). How much salary should I have to survive, with child education, Medical and monthly expenses? So that at least 2000 Euro should save.
#Anonymous on Jul 26, 2017 :
I got offer of 52K euros annually for 2 adults and 1 child for Paris.
After deducting tax of 850 euros, rent of 1100 euros and Social Security 900-1100 euros, I only get 1400 euros for monthly expenses like food, electricity, travel, internet etc.

Is that sufficient? How much saving will be? I also have home loan of 500 euros of EMI for home in India.
#Remy on May 15, 2017 :
The Gotham City of Europe can maybe attract the villager due to the multiculturalism and the vintage clothes of the students, but the reality is that the mid class (those that work as employees, have their vacation trips every year and are able to save a good chunk of the salary) are maybe 20% of the population, the rest are zombies that barely survive and a few rich people. Don't move for less than 3000 eur net a month
#Giovanni on May 10, 2017 :

a four persons family with a total salary of 100.000 euros can easly live in Paris?
thank you

#john on Mar 05, 2017 :
Gud day dear presenter am living in Nigeria I like ur info. they are help for me pls tell me what it will cost me to get a job in France as to be paid wages and the cost to get a house for rent in a cheap town pls I can mange life I don't drink and I don't smoke pls send me reply through my email pls I love France also I wnt to learn France for easy communication
#Virginia on Feb 04, 2017 :
I saw a documentary from Michael Moore and they show that no one has to pay for Medical or Doctor or Hospital is it true. What is require to live in France? What jobs do they have? How about housing? How about cars electricity getting a babysitter or someone to cook for you? Is it worth living over there? What are the advantages over there? How does it work to be able to get a car? Is it true that a Dr. comes to your house and there is no charge and you get medicine for free.? Is food expensive I rather know how much everything cost to get the advantages that people get that are from France? Please I need it in dollars. What part of the Country do you have this things for free or what kind of job do you have to have?
#TenC on Feb 02, 2017 :
Wth did I just read?
Average salary of 2.2k euro per month!!!!
No way!
I live here and I know that almost 3/4th of Parisians earns around 1.2k to 1.5k euros per month.
Life ain't easy in Paris. It is tough and honestly tough to find a job, retain the job, pay the bills and all basic expenses. How would you save? Almost none!

Well I love Paris. That said, only those people can live, have fun and save for future whose incomes are more than 3k euros per month. Else it's difficult.
#Aura Finke on Oct 23, 2016 :
my wife was looking for NY CACFP-142 a few days ago and located a great service that has lots of fillable forms . If you need NY CACFP-142 too , here's a link "<a></a>".
#Reality in Paris on Oct 18, 2016 :
No way salary in Paris is 2.209€ net, 3 of every 4 parisins earn less than 1.500€ net per month, it's a ENORMOUS economic gap between the poor and the rich, while 5% of the city is millionaire, the city has a poverty rate close to 20% and the middle class just earn about 1.500-1.600€ net per month.

Take note on this, and it's one of the most expensive cities in Europe. Paris is worth to visit, not to live in.

Think by yourself why Paris being so famous and acknowledged has just 2.3 million inhabitants. Exactly, because the quality of life is very low. And close to 1 million of those people live in banlieues, far from the city center, where the crime, corruption, unemployment of +20% and low wages of just 1,000-1,200€ per month is the normal life.
#Anonymous on Sep 07, 2016 :
Answer to deepak deepak on Aug 01, 2016 :
My son has an offer that would pay him 46,000 Euros per year. He is presently single. Taking into account the cost of living in Paris, could you please advice how good this package is? After deducting tax etc., what would be his take home pay? Would there be scope for any savings?

Sorry for my previous answer, your son will have more money than I told you because he won't pay income taxes, he will have 37400€ and not 30000€ net.
#François on Sep 07, 2016 :
Yes there are planty of advantages to leave in the wonderful Paris, real estate is correct and even slightly decreasing in some suburban places. One of the most important inconvegnient are the.....Taxes!:)

Example for income: You have a 50000€ "brut" salary in the center. To net it, you roughly have to decrease 22%. So your real net salary will be 39000€. If you rent an appartment, a studio, you will have to take insurances and to pay a TV tax mandatory TV is 150€ yearly and insurance you can add450€ yearly for a 30 squarre metter place. Then at the end of the year, don't forget that there's an income tax but I thing English people working in France will depend on UK income tax and not on the French system in the which you have to decrease again 20% of your net income. So from the 39000€, a french income payer will have at the very end of tax barrières 31200€.
However, for all other life activity, our system may be the best in the world: extremely cheap social security with high quality doctors and hospitals, some RV can be taken in 24 hours and very cheap meeting with dr ( 22€ for a regular), cheap access to dental any other kind of desease with best quality. If you go for example to public hospital of "Pitié Salpetrière" you can even see some stars or foreign public personalities coming and you will pay 22€ you will meet the same doctors.
School is given compared to UK and US. Transportation is around 40% cheaper than in UK, metro, TGV to move in France. Food is much cheaper than in the UK especially if you go to big malls in the suburbs, go to AUCHAN or CARREFOUR in cities like Vélizy for ex. a few min car ride from Paris and for 150€ you will make 2 weeks of nice and planty of food for one person.
For phone, I have an unlimited usage for 9€.
#François on Sep 07, 2016 :
Answer to deepak deepak on Aug 01, 2016 :
My son has an offer that would pay him 46,000 Euros per year. He is presently single. Taking into account the cost of living in Paris, could you please advice how good this package is? After deducting tax etc., what would be his take home pay? Would there be scope for any savings?

Yes there will be much enough money to be saved for your son, if he gets 46000€ bruts, he will have after paying all taxes related to employers, income etc.. in net around 30000€, the real estate market is correct, especially in the near suburb well connected to the metro, you can get a 650€ or (750/800 in hyper centre) studio in a correct suburb and reach the very center of Paris in 25-30 mn, you can add a 400€ budget for monthly food to be at ease so between food and real estate, he won't yearly pay more than 13000€. He if doesn't go out every night and doesn't daily drink planty of beers, he has an interesting amount to be saved!
#Mmoja on Aug 06, 2016 :
Hi I got a job in paris and i should be vacating to Paris..The job pays 2100 euros per month is that able to sustain me for aliving and have something to take back home?Kindly please..Thank you.
#deepak on Aug 01, 2016 :
My son has an offer that would pay him 46,000 Euros per year. He is presently single. Taking into account the cost of living in Paris, could you please advice how good this package is? After deducting tax etc., what would be his take home pay? Would there be scope for any savings?
#Yogesh on Jul 02, 2016 :
Hi Guys
My daughter is planning to take undergraduate course in Hospitality management in Paris. What should be the monthly rent for a student as paying guest. Can major expenditures be managed in €800 as budget living.
#DEBLINA DAS on Jun 20, 2016 :
Hi there, I will be shifting to paris by september 2016 for my fashion course. I would like to know if 1800 euros will be sufficient for a single girl to live there. and i will be sharing with a friend of mine so un that case too will it be sufficient?
#LouisW on May 23, 2016 :
I was offered a job in Paris (from NYC) for a net yearly salary of 70,000 Euro. Can I support my wife on this salary? We want to live in the city center. Will we have a nice lifestyle?
#Adrian on May 03, 2016 :
P.S. Net salary calculators (i.e. do not take into account the income tax. So from the figures they show you need to subtract the income tax to get your real Net salary
#Adrian on May 03, 2016 :
Regarding monthly disposable salary (net after tax) - France is not a PAYE country, meaning that from your Net salary you will have to pay in September the income tax for the full previous year ( usually 1.5 x one Net salary).

Prices / sqm for buying an appartment are higher. I.e. 11th arrondisment 8500 € / sqm. In the 20th arrondisment 7500 € / sqm. Also mortgage interest rates have dropped to 2%.
#Neo on Apr 21, 2016 :
This website is excellent. That said, the price listed for a (furnished) 1 b.r in the centre of Paris is way below what is actually the case.
I have lived on and off in Paris since 1998... Have also lived for a couple of years in London. Rentals in London, I found, were furnished. Most in Paris are unfurnished. Furnished apartments are available in Paris but you will pay a lot more. For unfurnished, the leases tend to run for about 3 years.
Ten years ago, you could get a furnished 1 b.r. in the 5th arrond' for circa Euro 1000. Now, it is almost double that. (When I say the "centre", I mean the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th arrondisements. You can bring the price down a lot if you opt to live in a more earthy arrondisement.)
#Vanya on Nov 11, 2015 :
Hey Seb! Your info was awesome! My boyfriend moved to Paris because of his job and now I'm planning moving too. I'm IT engineer and currently I'm looking for a job...could you please point me to a descent website, HR company, give me some tips in order to ease my search. Soon I'll start learning French too, because I think it will be extremely difficult to find job without knowing a little French...?

#Yogesh T on Nov 04, 2015 :
Hi Seb,
Many thanks for super detailed response, it was the most helpful response i ever received from any blog. :-)
#Seb on Nov 04, 2015 :
Hi all, Parisian here, I have been living here for 10 years, so I'm going to answer some recent comments :

#Yogesh T, 900 euros for an appartement in Neuilly is a regular price there, it's a very expensive city close to Paris, and I've seen mor expensive appartements in those areas.

You can use this site for calculating what you will actually receive on your salry :

Brut = your salary without all the company taxes, fees etc.
Net = what you receive after all of those went through.

For example my salary is 37k brut a year, but I will only get 28488 net.

For taxes : You can count a bout 10% of your salary. Meaning if you earn 2000 euros a month, you'll end up paying roughly 2400 in taxes yearly. The first year you pay taxes in france you have to pay the full amount up front, but after that you can start paying monthly.

Also know for taxes : it's based on the previous year ! Meaning that if you work in 2015, you'll be paying those 2015 taxes only in 2016.

There is also habitation taxe once a year (in november), it all depends on where your appartement is located exactly, you can get a rough estimate if you were to contact the town hall of your city.

More information here for other users :

If you are planning to find an appartement, 90% of owners will make sure you earn 3x the salary. So if you find a studio for 600 euros per month, you'd need to earn at least 1800, all of this with a CDI contract.

You can have multiple contracts for work : CDI = Contract with no end date, "permanent" job. CDD = A fixed end date, for example 6 months and then it's over. These are the 2 main types. Also know that all contracts have a trial period, generally 2 months, but it can be renewed once (4 months). Higher paying jobs can go up to 8 months in total.

Some good cities on the outskirts of Paris for cheaper rent :

Asnières sur seine (7 minutes away by train).
Bois Colombes (10 minutes).
Colombes (12 minutes).
La Garenne Colombes (10 minutes).
Courbevoie (Next to la defense, 5 minutes from Paris).

In Paris, the cheaper districts are :


These districts are however a bit dodgey sometimes, I'd avoid them if possible.

Some affordable ones :


Minimum wage in France is about 1300 euros.

To benefit from unemployement, you will have to have worked for 4 months in a job, and not have quit. If you quit your job, you loose all rights to unemployement, you have to either be : end of contract, fired, or an agreement between your employer and you too leave ("Rupture de contrat Conventionelle).

Medical insurance is pricy in the personal domain (around 70 euros a month), however most jobs offer one with a contract (deducted from salary, you end up paying 20 euros).

Public transport is now 70 euros a month for an all zone pass, Paris and all the outskirts.

I hope this information helps.
#Yogesh T on Nov 04, 2015 :
Thanks a ton Mouhwa!
The URL was really helpful.

My company would provide me a studio room for 900 Euros (inclusive all charges) per month near my workplace 'Neuilly sur seine', is that normal rate in Paris, or would there be any better deals?

I researched online, the avg. price was around 850-1200 Euros + additional charges, which I felt was way more costly.
#Mouhwa on Nov 03, 2015 :
Reply to Yogesh : You will get around 2600€ net/month. It actually depend on the position you will fill, but if you want to calculate you can remove ~20% or use this website can work too : .

You also may have troubles to get an appartment, being a foreigner might scare a little the landlords.
#Yogesh on Oct 29, 2015 :
Dear experts, I got a job in Paris with pay of 3450 Euros per month gross. Could you please let me know, what will be my net salary then? How the taxation works in Paris?

Thanks is advance!

#Yee on Oct 12, 2015 :
I am Asian staying in Malaysia now.
I would like to get a process/mechanical engineer job in Paris due to relationship with a french guy and plan move there for long term moving.
Any recommended to get related job?
#SJ on Aug 12, 2015 :
Reply to Sunburn: I think 1300 euros is an alright salary to survive in Paris, however you will hardly be able to save anything, thats for sure. I spend 30 euros easily a week in groceries (without alcohol), another 50-60 euros on weekends. Also, once you spend 1-2 months here, you would understand more reasonable places to go for drinks/dinner etc.
#Sunburn on Jul 24, 2015 :
Hi guys! I am a 30 year old single male and I have just received an offer for a job in Paris with a monthly salary of 1300 EUR. I can see the prices on this site are enormous. I've heard the rent for a 1 bedroom flat should cost me about 700 EUR in a decent neighborhood, which leaves me with 600 EUR for everything else. I would really appreciate the advices from people who are actually living there. I am not a big posh spender, but I would like to have a decent life including a cup of coffee / beer from time to time (2-3 times a week) and lets say go out 2-3 times a month. But I always prefer a “coffee / beer to go” and to enjoy the city in long walks. I am also a smoker which I think is important as the prices for cigarettes/tobacco are high. So, my dear friends, is it possible to live in Paris with 1300 EUR and what can I afford with that money? I would appreciate any information and each of your advices will be very helpful to me. Thanks in advance!
#Cassie on Jul 20, 2015 :
I really would like to try to live in France and teach English, but I am trying to decide which city. I have no desire to live in Paris. I think maybe the South of France (because I like hot weather). As far as the cost of living, which city in the South would be better?
#Elham on Jul 10, 2015 :

I'm going to do my PhD in Paris. This position offers 1400 euros net/month. Do you think it's sufficient for student-living expenses?

Kind regards,
#Katie on Jun 09, 2015 :
You can live anywhere if you're thrifty. Maybe Paris is too expensive because you're bathing in champagne and partying every weekend. Maybe it's too expensive because you don't know how to keep a belt on the budget?

You can live anywhere if you have a job and the will to look after your pennies.
#tome on Jun 07, 2015 :
Hello guys, i wonder how much a construction worker is paid in Paris?
do they get around 2000-3000 euros?
##alex on May 27, 2015 :
i want to do bachelors in fashion design from paris (instituto marangoni). what will be the cost of living per month.which includes college fee,rent, transport and all other expenses...
##alex on May 27, 2015 :
i want to do bachelors in fashion design from paris (instituto marangoni). what will be the cost of living per month.which includes college fee,rent, transport and all other expenses...
#Javad Dortaj on Apr 16, 2015 :
Hi guys.
How much does an international English teacher earn each month?
I want to move to Paris to continue my Education in Linguistics and Literature, and my wife is studying law.
considering the case that both of us worked, could we live a "normal" life?
#A-Sykes on Apr 08, 2015 :
within a month or 2 ill be moving to france to join the F.F.L, i would like to find a nice small place outside of a city, anyone have any reccomendations?
#nawfal on Mar 18, 2015 :
you are so wrong comparing Paris to Auckland and saying that services in Auckland are crap and living expenses high etc...Please go up and compare quality of life in both cities and you will find that living in Auckland is 100 times better than living in Paris. I don't think you are a kiwi
#dawn on Feb 13, 2015 :
I woul,d like to live in Europe for a few years

buy a condo in Italy,France,Rome,Greece
#to Luca on Jan 31, 2015 :
It depends on your current living standards. If you originate from Western Europe/US/AU/NZ, you'll feel quite poor with that money in Paris.
#Luca on Jan 28, 2015 :
I received a job offer to work in Paris. The net salary will be around 1800 euros. I am 33. What kind of life can you conduct in Paris with 1000 euros per months, after paying the rent? Thank you
#kiara on Dec 06, 2014 :
i would like to go to college in paris and im not quiet sure how much it would cost to live ther and i need help deciding in colleges because i do want to be in france. how much is it to rent houses and how much is the average low income?
#Rainbow on Nov 16, 2014 :
I read there's French minimum salary payment, which is 1500 eur. So for example for a maid or labour their payment is 1500€ ?
And are 3000€ considered expensive or cheap as a payment for doing a design project such as designing logo, products, or poster?
#george on Nov 15, 2014 :
I'man engineer moving to Paris for a one year contract
Any hints for where to shop for food and a gym to workout?
#Pete on Nov 07, 2014 :
is 3,000 Euros (not counting rent) enough for 1 person to live "easily" in Paris ?
#JR on Oct 19, 2014 :
There's no question NYC is more expensive than Paris.
#Slam on Sep 09, 2014 :
I visited Paris during the last 2 weeks of August. The high prices are about correct. Weather is either sunny/cool and constant rain. Air quality is slightly polluted and could be a problem with breathing problems. Sidewalks are difficult to walk due to the cobblestone or Dog Feces (don't pickup). Streets are hard to follow as they split into different twists and turns. Driving is extremely aggressive and with roads hard to follow and dangerous (witnesses a pedestrian killed walking the road). As for locals, they're quite decent and not as rude as commented. Very helpful when you need directions or assistance.

The problem are the non-residents: Gypsies and Africans that steal, physically harm or trick you of your money (fake surveys and found jewelry). Locals and Tourists are generally fully aware of these thieves. Unfair to view Locals in the same manner. Besides the beautiful people, history, buildings and shopping; there is nothing else to do. Loved the city, but cannot live in a city with little job opportunities besides services, govt. or fashion. Great city, but a cold feeling with so little control over the thieving non-residents I wouldn't recommend to permanently live.
#Anonymous on Sep 02, 2014 :
salaries in paris are really higher than in the rest of France.
i have absolutely no idea of what a designer wins unfortunaetly. Anyway, out of some spécific diplomas (finance, any doctor except perhaps gp, some engineers in some specific fields, lawyers if billingual and or specialised on the above fields, and phd), very hard to begin With above 2200 after tax, i ´ d say.
HoWever, hard to live Alone downtown With less than a 1900 eur wage dowtown.
2000 per 2 person: impossible rai! (Even in the suburb i think)
Property tenant require the couple to earn 3 Times the amount of wage by law, but most of time Will require additional commitment from your parents or company unless you can pay around 5 Times...
However: child éducation is free, so most familiies are double income ones. Insurance not too heavy in the budget as well. Food is expensive but quality above average.
Weather is not very good. (Mix of oceanic and temperated). People are dirty, rude, never smile, often snobish, but quite fun when you know them more. (More and more people speak enclise correctly). You can make very close good friends who Will quickly invite you home for dinner. (Not only meeting in anonyme us pubs)
The city is wonderful doWntown, transport costs are peanuts, we have a city rent service + bus in addition to the metro.
Hope it helped
#Lily on Sep 02, 2014 :
I 'm french and live in Paris
I confirm, most price Sound correct. I confirm the rent price are correct, and you also néed to take into account the fact that each of our rooms are really smaller, certainly bécause Paris has been suffering from housing pressure since decades, if not centuries.
Average wage appear to me too High. even if this could be inflated by banking and luxury wages as well as possible from property tenants, i think this might be around 2000 max. however it is hard to estimate the impact of the rich tail on the statistic nowadays as it can go so high!!!! Anyway, median should be around 1700-1900, for those who have the chance to work! (Unemployement rates are high).
#Keith on Sep 01, 2014 :
So if I have a pension of $3800 USD per month can I live comfortably in Paris in a 1 Bedroom?