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UniversitÚ Jean Moulin: Lyon III

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anonymous
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Language, Undergraduate, Ontario Rhone Alps Exchange
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Government assistance<br> Other
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
I spent more everywhere largely because the Euro was worth somewhere around 1.5 Canadian dollars. But I probably spent the same amount on food because I found inexpensive grocery stores and snacked a lot less than I snack in Canada. Also, in Canada there are plenty of places to eat early in the morning after a night of drinking, but not in France - nothing is open past 2am. So I wasn't even able to waste money on food at those hours. Mobile phone plans are expensive, unless you get a year's contract, but I couldn't since I was only on exchange for a semester. And obviously I spent more on travel because I'd never been to Europe before so I took advantage. But transportation is very reasonably priced in Europe.
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Overall, Nightlife, Telephone, Travel, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Banks are confusing in France and policies vary from branch to branch when it comes to how they deal with exchange students. Never trust anything anyone says. Stay on top of your finances at all times. I thought I had set up an electricity account through the bank and it never happened. The electricity company cut my power after two months and it was annoying sorting things out.
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evenstar
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Literature, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Phone calls are more expensive in France than in Canada. I also had a mobile (which I don't normally have at home), so that also contributed. I went out more often in Lyon. Travelling - well, I did as much as I could, including seeing more of France than most French people have, and a one-month adventure in Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland.
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Nightlife, Overall, Telephone, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
You can get student discounts almost anywhere, be sure to bring your card. An interail pass is essential if you plan to do extensive travelling in several different countries. Get the 12-25 student rail card for train discounts within France. Tuesday night is cheap night at the movies. Go to the CAF and get your housing subsidy - it usually is worth one third of your total rent.
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Roberta G
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Living standards in France are very similar to UK so I did not find much difference in terms of expenses. It also depends on where you stay, therefore Lyon being a big city you would expect it to be more expensive than smaller towns.
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Telephone, Food, Travel, Housing, Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
I did not experience any financial surprises and unfortunately neither cost-saving tips.
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Cedric Z
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Transfer
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Prices are just lower in general, especially for food. Nightlife is unaffordable though... The best way to get alcohol is to buy it in supermarket and socialize at friends's place...
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Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Food, Travel, Telephone, Overall:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
You have to be aware you're entitled for housing benefit to pay your rent. Some people get even more money than necessary for their rent!
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nuriabardia
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
I usually live with my parents and I don't use to travel so much during the academic period. Nightlife in Barcelona is much more expensive than Lyon because French people do parties at home.
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Housing, Travel, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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Laura C
Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
I wanted to make the most of my time in France and thought that my travel expenses were worthwhile.
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Travel, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife, Food:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
I saved money on food by buying from the market on the Presqu'ile at the weekends.
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