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Ghent University

Living Costs:

See the website https://www.ugent.be/en/facilities for more details on the living costs.

Sorbonne University

Students coming to study in the IMBRSea at SU are proposed to be hosted in the hosting facilities of the three marine stations and on the IRD center located in Bondy for courses proposed in the main campus of Paris. Prices for rooms and meals are regularly updated and available online:

Registration at UPMC automatically triggers registration in hosting facilities, as soon as students have chosen the courses they will follow. The cost is ensured to stay low, because of the financial support provided by the institutions (UPMC and Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires). However, students can favor hosting solutions outside the campuses, and find local help for this matter. A presentation is made and a booklet is provided to all students at the beginning of each semester, which encompasses all information about access map, costs and all facilities (restaurant hours, internet accesses, laundry, local shops...).

Living Costs:

University of Algarve

Although there are some university residences available (rooms are double; kitchen, bathroom and other common areas are shared; 130,95 euros/month), most students rent apartments or houses in town or on the beach (Praia de Faro). Information on rentals is available at the International Relations and Mobility Office (GRIM – Gabinete de Relações Internacionais e Mobilidade), at the Student Association or can be found posted in supermarkets and shops located near the university and also in the faculty (FCT, Building 7).

For temporary accommodation, there is the youth hostel (faro@movijovem.pt) and reasonably priced and well located hotels, such as Aeromar, Alnacir, Best Western Dom Bernardo and hostels for 10 euros per night. To stay in the university residences from September 1 on, students should contact the Mobility office: international@ualg.pt.

Living Costs:

Apartments and houses for rent are readily available from September to July. Rent plus utilities (electricity, gas and water) for single room in an apartment shared with other students ranges from 130-300 € per month. As for deposits, it is common practice to pay 2 months in advance.

Students can eat at University campus canteens for 2.30-2.70€ per meal (soup, choice of main course, dessert or fruit and drink). There are numerous restaurants in Faro, offering a wide choice of cuisine, including vegetarian. Prices for a full meal at affordable restaurants range from 5 to 10 €. A monthly public bus pass costs 28.40 €, while a single bus ticket (Faro-Gambelas Campus) costs ca. 2,2 €. Some students rent rooms or apartments within walking distance from the Gambelas Campus, in Gambelas or Montegro. Many students bike to the Gambelas campus from the Praia de Faro and other areas.

University of Oviedo

Full information about housing and accommodation services offered by the University of Oviedo is disclosed in the website. Also, the Office for International Relations provides guidance to the students requesting accommodation.

There are many options for accommodation in Oviedo. Students may have good places in two outstanding student halls of residence providing a comfortable stay and full integration in university life: the San Gregorio Residence Hall and the America Residence Hall, located in the Campus Los Catalanes near downtown. Price per month is 415.38 € and 432.35 € respectively.

A rented flat is one of the most common options for students. Opportunities for apartments and room sharing can be found in the Student Accommodation Information Center (CIVE) platform. The average cost per month is between 100 and 200€/month in shared flats, depending on the location, and can be 300-400€ for independent single studios or small flats. There are available online lists that compile a series of flats that can be directly rented by the foreign students of the University of Oviedo. Each entry briefly lists the essential characteristics of the offer (location, admission requirements, price per room or the whole flat, contact phone). Flat offers are organized by location located in three different zones of Oviedo: city center, El Cristo - where the Faculty of Biology is located, El Milán.

Moving to another country involves a drastic change in the environment and customs. Foreign students of the University of Oviedo have the option of being taken in by an Asturian family during their time in Spain. This so-called Homestay Program enables students from other countries to familiarize themselves with the Spanish way of life while enjoying a warm and friendly environment. The selected families host the student at home during their stay in Asturias. This board and lodging program covers all the student's needs.

Shared accommodation with elderly people (“Plan Convive”) is another –cheaper- option in nearby Gijon.

Living Costs:
  • Overall monthly student costs at Oviedo will range from €600-700
  • Renting a room can oscillate between 200 and 300€/month.
  • Monthly groceries can take 100 - 200€/month.
  • The price of a meal in a restaurant can be about 10€, and
  • The menu in University halls, schools and faculties around 6€.

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Detailed information on coming as a visiting student to GMIT is provided on GMIT’s website. Prospective students can also read the prospectus for new students, updated each year, providing additional information on GMIT and Galway City. Details and advice on obtaining accommodation can be found on the Student Union pages. There are several student villages within 10 to 15 minutes’ walk of the campus in Galway. 

Living Costs:

GMIT estimates that the living costs for international students is approximately €775 per month, a breakdown of this cost can be found at GMIT's website.

Polytechnic university of Marche

Detailed information on coming as a visiting student to UNIVPM is given at the university’s English language web pages called "Becoming a student at univpm".

Information about student life to UNIVPM can be found on the web page "Student Life". 

Students usually search for their own flats on Facebook groups and on Airbnb.

Living Costs:

Ancona is one of the most affordable towns in Italy. Experience shows that living and studying here costs approximately 500€-600€ a month, including accommodation, food, utility bills, transport, study costs (excluding tuition fees) and entertainment. However the cost of living will vary according to your lifestyle. More information on the page "Cost of living".

University of Bergen

Detailed information on coming as a visiting student to UiB is given at the university’s English language web pages, called the Student Pages. Prospective students can also read the welcome brochure for new students, updated each semester, which orients them to the city and the university life. 

Living Costs:

UiB estimates that the living costs for international students is approximately 1000€ per month, which includes most monthly expenses such as housing, food, clothing, study materials, books, transport and social activities.

The university’s International Students blog also gives prospective and new students important information and insight into what is needed to come and study at UiB and what to expect on arrival and to have the best experience possible during the stay. There, the monthly living costs are estimated to be:

  • 475 – 620€ for accommodation (including heating and internet),
  • 50€ for the local public transportation travel pass, and
  • 180€ for food (Groceries NOK 300-400 per week, NOK 1500 – 2000/mo).
  • Additional expenses are estimated to be €200 for textbooks (may not be needed) and an obligatory 60€ semester fee which gives membership to the student organization and allows access to student facilities.

University of the Basque Country

Full information about housing and accommodation services offered by the UPV/EHU is provided by the International Relations Office.

Rented and shared flats is the option 95% of our international visitors choose for their accommodation while at the university. The usual procedure is to book a temporary room at a hostel, b&b or hotel for the first 2-3 nights in the city. Immediately upon arrival, students visit our help centre office or the pie-upv/ehu secretariat and will receive assistance to get accommodation. This can be done in advance by email. In addition, there is a buddy service that will give advice and support to visiting students.

Before travelling:

The Accommodation service at the University of the Basque Country incorporates a detailed flat & room database. You can access the database registering on our website.

Living Costs:

Average accommodation fee:

  • Overall average monthly expenses: around 800 euros
  • Accommodation 350-450 Euros 
  • Food 250-300 Euros  
  • Public transport 35 euros
  • Other expenses 100 euros

Université de Bretagne Occidentale

1. Accommodation is possible within the Student Dorms (Cités Universitaires) in Brest:

Both Cités offer small (9m²) individual rooms and common areas. Depending on the type of room, the the cost varies between 170€ and 250€ /month They are affordable but travelling by bus to IUEM will take 45-60 min.

2. There are two residences right next to IUEM (more convenient for going to class but rather isolated for evenings and weekends and far from services):

3. It is also possible to find accommodation within the private sector. Rental prices in Brest are around 7.64€/m² compared to 25€/m² in Paris. You can find accommodation (single or shared) on classified sites such as Leboncoin or on the “Colocation Brest” Facebook group, however these online resources are in French (but DeepL or another online translation tool can come in handy)

Living Costs:
  • The average budget for a student in Brest is 679€/month
  • Annual public transport pass: from 250€/year
  • Bus ticket to any destination in Finistère: 2€
  • Meal at the university restaurant: 3.25€
  • Annual sports card: free of charge

Université Côte d'Azur

Most of the teachings will take place on the Luciole building within the Sophia Antipolis campus (1645 route des Lucioles, Sophia Antipolis). Sophia Antipolis is a technology park near Antibes, southwest of Nice, shared between companies in the fields of computing, electronics, pharmacology and biotechnology and higher education institutions. Housing is possible within Sophia Antipolis (CIV and private residences, see below) and in the surrounding cities of Antibes, Golfe-Juan, Biot, Vallauris and even Nice, thanks to a suitable public transport system (see other options below).

CIV option

Is available for students a basic and turnkey option that can be ideal for short periods of stay including room, breakfast, dinner and lunch (lunch only on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays). Located 190 Rue Frédéric Mistral, 06560 Valbonne (Sophia Antipolis), the “Centre International de Valbonne” (CIV) is 5min driving, 10-30 min by bus or 30 min walking from the Lucioles campus. Students can leave the CIV at any time with a notice period of one month.  

More information on the CIV housing option will be sent to the students following modules at UCA a few months before their arrival. This information is also available by contacting msc@univ-cotedazur.fr.  

Private student residences

They are more expensive than the CIV option but offer a higher level of comfort. Depending on the residence, it is possible to stay in a studio or a 2-room apartment ranging from 17 m² to 40 m². These residences are furnished and offer various services. Caution: some residences ask the payment of application fees during the reservation of your housing. It is important to check and compare all information on the websites of these residences.  

A list of private residences will be sent to the students following modules at UCA a few months before their arrival. This information is also available by contacting msc@univ-cotedazur.fr.  

Other options

  • ENS Nice: International Exchange Erasmus Student Netwkork. ESN Nice has a webpage and a Facebook group (in French) for the research and supply of student accommodation and social activities.
  • Lokaviz: Lokaviz is an Internet portal offering all types of accommodation for students. It allows to connect students and private owners, and offers throughout the year rooms still available in the university residences of CROUS. You can explore the base of ads according to the criteria you prefer (city, number of rooms, furnished or not, maximum rent, availability, etc.).  

General information (for options other than CIV).

In France, the process of reserving and getting a home includes many formalities that apply to both the public and private sectors.  

  • A deposit (FR: caution) will be required at the time of booking (by the student residences) or at the time of signing the lease (by the landlord). This deposit will protect the landlord and allow for the repair of potential damage if the tenant does not return the place to the same condition as it was at the beginning of the contract. The deposit cannot exceed one month's rent without charges and must be returned by the landlord within two months of the departure of the tenant and the delivery of the keys (if no degradation has been noticed).
  • In addition, student residences and landlords may require a guarantor to ensure the payment of rent if the tenant does not honor the payment obligations. The guarantor is a person who agrees to pay any rent that you might not have paid. He or she signs a 3rd-party guarantee (acte de caution solidaire). Without a guarantor, the student’s application may not be prioritized. Good to know: there is a VISALE student rental guarantee set up by the State that guarantees to facilitate access to the student's housing if he or she does not have a guarantor. You will find detailed information on this website.
  • Finally, be aware that the landlord (or residence) may refuse to give you the keys if you do not submit a certificate of home insurance. This insurance is mandatory in France to cover serious damage to the building, in case of fire, explosion or water damage, etc. This insurance can be taken out either directly from an insurance agency in Nice or online before your arrival. Many insurance companies now offer the possibility of subscribing home insurance on the internet. Do not hesitate to compare the competition.
Living Costs:
  • Meal in an inexpesive restaurant: €12.50
  • Monthly food at the supermarket: €100-250
  • Monthly pass of transportation: €30
  • Utilities for a 85m² apartment: €120
  • Room rent: €300-450
  • Overall evarage costs: €700