8 Surprisingly CHEAP things in France!

8 Surprisingly CHEAP things in France!

Salut YouTube how are you guys going I
hope everyone out there is doing well. As you guys can probably tell looking
behind me it’s getting pretty wintery here in
Paris it’s in the middle of Sunday afternoon right now and it’s already
very dark and very grey outside. Today I wanted to have a chat about things that
I’ve found surprisingly cheap in France and of course I’m not talking about $2
Thai Street food cheap but as I’m living in Paris in a big city and a very
developed wealthy kind of expensive country and compared to maybe
London New York other big cities I’ve been to I find this stuff incredibly
cheap even in comparison to New Zealand actually. So the first thing that I find
pretty cheap very reasonable at least in Paris and in France in general is the
cost of transportation so public transport. So in Paris we get around
using the famous Navigo card and this Navigo card will set you back 75 euros
per month okay maybe it’s quite a lot of money compared to where you’re from but
we get unlimited transport on all metros all buses from zones 1 to 5 of the city
so we can get all the way out to the airports using this card and don’t have
to buy extra expensive special tickets to get to the airport which is really
handy and if you’re working for a company in France they actually legally
have to pay for half of this card for you so I personally only pay around 35
euros per month for unlimited transport all around the city. Then every big city
seems to be really well equipped with trams with buses sometimes with metro
lines underground lines like in Lyon for example so overall I find it’s really
well equipped also every major city has a bike hire system or electric scooter
hire system as well, super cheap, we’re talking like 19 euros per year for an
annual subscription to this kind of service obviously it’s so much cheaper
for me to live in Paris to use public transportation then it
would be to live in Wellington and on a car and having to pay for the
registration fees having to pay for the petrol, repairs, maintenance, you name it.
Now the next one is maybe a little bit controversial and I’ll tell you why in a
little bit but I find the health care incredibly cheap in France I don’t think
anyone can argue with that of course it’s controversial because
most French people tell me yeah but we pay for that and that’s absolutely true
we do. Personally I feel that we do pay quite high taxes in France compared to
what I’m used to however look what you get for it
basically the state Social Security covers all emergency care most doctors dental visits all of that kind of stuff you’re usually reimbursed up to
like 80-90% percent if not a 100% in the majority of cases. Now in
certain situations for example if you need new reading glasses you may only
get a certain amount of money to spend you know you’re reimbursed up to 200
euros or this kind of thing and if you want more advantageous policies and if
you would like to top that up and make sure that you’re covered up to 100%
whenever you go to the doctor whenever you go to the dentists that kind of
thing you take of course a private health
insurance now I find this private health insurance incredibly cheap it depends on
which company you work for if you’re working because they do negotiate deals
with the insurance providers but I personally pay 25 euros per month for my
private health insurance what this means is that I have up to 600 euros to spend
on new glasses and frames for example I’ve never paid for a dentist a doctor
if you get referred to specialists for example dermatologists gynecologists
this kind of thing fully reimbursed. My partner on the other hand pays more
like 45 euros per month because he’s in a different company so it does depend, or
his mother who’s retired she actually pays 80 euros per month she’s not
working she’s retired and she pays more money than we do for her private health
insurance however in the grand scheme of things 80 euros per month
I think is very very reasonable for private health insurance and to know
that no matter what happens to you especially if you’re an emergency
situation if you get a long-term illness this kind of thing you’re so so well
covered in France. The next thing I find super cheap in France is a gym membership. So gyms here are very cheap compared to what I’m personally used to. The kind of
entry-level gym in Paris so you’ve got sites all over Paris city centre is Neoness and we’re talking about 25 euros per month to both access the gym and go
to all of the group fitness courses so you know you’ve got like all of the Les
Mills courses Body Pump you’ve got boxing you’ve got Pilates you’ve got
yoga you’ve got all of that kind of thing for around 25 euros per month. In New Zealand would be paying about the equivalent of probably almost yeah 15-20
euros per week for the same service. The next one isn’t really good for the
planet but it’s extremely cheap its bottled water in France
so you can literally get six big bottles so maybe 1.5 litre bottles of water in a
pack for 2.30 in the supermarket you can buy bottled water big bottles
like this you know 1.5-2 litres for 80 cents it’s incredibly cheap and I’m not sure
why of course this isn’t the case if you buy it in for example a train station or
a cafeteria you’ll end up paying 2 3 euros for a bottle of water so always go
to the supermarket but once you hit the supermarket to get sparkling water,
bottled water it’s incredibly cheap. Another thing that I find super cheap
and this is probably you know just completely normal all across Europe, but
if I have any Australians New Zealanders watching, it’s phone and Internet. So
to give you guys an idea we have a landline phone from which I can make
unlimited calls for free all across France and the world to other landlines so I call New Zealand for free no problem whatsoever plus our high-speed internet
plus my mobile phone on which I get 15 gigabytes of data
per month free calls, texts, unlimited whole package, we pay about 40 euros per month – that is super cheap. In New Zealand we haven’t even figured out
unlimited internet on cell phones yet we just don’t have the competition I think
we’ve got a few companies that kind of monopolize the whole industry and so
they can basically charge what they want. Another thing that is super cheap in
France is the education so of course sending your kids to school primary
school high school is free I think that’s the same in most developed
countries correct me if I’m wrong however it’s when you get to university
where it gets interesting so public universities we’re talking
like 400 to 600 euros per year to attend university that’s it and most of the
time those fees include your social security for students so again your
health coverage and you’ve got some enrollment fees that kind of stuff but
it’s not actually funding the education itself which is why it’s so cheap. In New
Zealand the average university year costs more around four or five thousand
euros per year more like the UK so to speak. The next thing that I find super
cheap is the electricity because France has so much nuclear electricity it
definitely brings the price down compared to what I’m used to in New
Zealand they have 90 percent renewable electricity sources so it’s maybe you
know better for the planet but we definitely pay for it and in France I
think you know given I’m in a one-bedroom apartment in Paris so it’s
not the biggest possible space to heat but our electricity bill averages around
40 to 50 euros per month when we were in our small studio it was around 25 euros
per month so there’s both the electricity itself and the fact that
over here it’s just a different mentality when it comes to electricity
it’s extremely rare to come across a tumble dryer in France for example
tumble drying your clothes is generally avoided, it if it’s cold you put on more
clothes, you don’t have the heat pump absolutely cranking
and this kind of thing so I think there is a mentality thing
and the price of electricity which just keeps the cost very very low. Another
thing that’s notoriously cheap in France which kind of makes sense you know
supply demand is the wine apparently French wine is incredibly
cheap I feel maybe like six euros per bottle something like that for a good
one and I’m seeing apparently and I don’t know what I’m talking about really
because I don’t actually drink alcohol but all my friends and family who’ve
visited like oh it’s so cheap the alcohol here so that’s a bonus. So that’s
what I had on my list today for the surprisingly cheap things in France if
you guys want me to do a video on the surprisingly expensive things in France
I’m more than happy to do that as well let me know if you’d be king for that
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in another instalment of Not Even French and until then I’ll say bisous
and à bientôt!

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. I knew that the fee for school/university in france is cheap for foreigners, because i'm in the process of continuing my studies in france. But unfortunately i heard that i think around november 2018 there had been some changes to the school fees, especially for bachelors, masters and doctors degree in the l'Université. i heard that from recently the french government cuts off almost all the fees for university which that makes it why school is cheap there, but now they only covered 2/3 of the fees which as i know now we had to pay around € 2770 per year for the bachelors degree.. ( I don't know if this policy is same as other foreign countries but what i've been told in indonesia is like that) 😕

  2. In Brunei the healthcare basically costs us $1 BND and thats probably just the cost of bottled water in UK and yes this includes medicines too

  3. Honey,if you’re kiwi, everything in New Zeeland is hugely expensive and very crap quality,obviously there are cheap things in France 😆Paris is one of very few big cities in Europe where you can’t use public transport(because is so SHIT and dangerous too); you didn’t pay the dr.???that’s for bad quality low cost dr.-s,as a dentist I don’t accept carte vitale(meaning the patient pays-always!because I’m doing lots of acts that are not reimbursed by French Social Security)-so for backpackers is cheap, if you live in Cannes or Paris8, have a car or use taxis every day,life is very expensive!!!

  4. For the price of water in bottle, I may see 2 main reasons for the cheap prices:
    1. France is one of the biggest producers (and exporters) of mineral water withe many brands so the competition is quite important between the different brands and groups.
    2. Many french use to drink tap water so if the price of water in bottle was too expensive, french wouldn't buy it.

  5. Yes!!!!! Moved here from Sydney and I can find so many parallels! Love to see your thoughts on the plus cher aussi!

  6. Transport is nz is expensive and very inconvenient. I grew up in Auckland. Still remember the days buses come around once in an hour over the weekend 🤣 basically one can't live without a car.

  7. You dont pay only 25€/month for the private health care insurance. Your employer has to pay 90€. So it's like 100+.
    Beside that, (public) health care social security takes 12% on your paycheck. If you're paid like 3000€, you pay 200€ and your employer 300€, so it's 500.
    in fact most people are paying 300€ each month for social security.
    When employers pay 3000€ wages, more than half is taken by social security, pensions, and state taxes.

  8. 40€ for phone is incredibly expensive. I pay mine 12€/month for 30giga, unlimited calls etc, working great as well everywhere, without any engagement. (RED Sfr)

  9. public Education is "free" but it s crap. becos of all the immigrants. white people use private schools. u wouldn t let your own kids in a public school, unless you live in a very wealthy area

  10. Education and Insurance in the USA are so expensive. The price of health insurance in the US just keeps getting more and more expensive. I pay 40 dollars per doctors visit with my health insurance. Yes, taxes are low, but both corporations and individuals struggle because of the growing cost of health care. Of course, education is free from kindergarten to 12th grade, but college is outrageous. People walk out with debts of 60,000 dollars. I walked away with my masters degree for 20,000, but that's because I paid for part of it as I went.

  11. We have a holiday home in northern France and what amazes me most is the cost of food – especially fresh fruit and vegetables, also meat. (I live in the UK.)

  12. Sauf que les universités françaises sont de si piètre qualité que les Français veulent tous venir étudier au Québec.

  13. Regarding the university fees, they are even calculated based on your parents' income. If their income is very low, you end up paying nothing for college AND you get a "bourse", i.e. a small fee to help you with your current expenses as a student. Having lived in the US as well, I find it wonderful 😊
    Love your channel, keep up the good work 😙

  14. I was surprised how expensive clothes were in France. I live in the U.s. This is about subsidized public services, not cheap consumer goods.

  15. Actually you can even find cheaper water. Maybe not in Paris but in smaller town for sure I already paid around 0,18€ for 1,5L 🙂

  16. Et encore je trouve ça très cher le transport à Paris. A Toulouse, c'est 45 euros par mois pour tram, métro, bus illimité. Étant étudiante je ne paie que 10.40 euros par mois ce qui est une bouchée de pain comparé à certains d'autres endroits.

  17. Yes, 80 Euros is nothing compared to a lot of other countries. For instance, in the US (Boston), for myself, my wife and my daughter, we paie about $750/months, and on top of that, we have a deductible of $500 per person. Going to the emergency room is $150 each time you step in the room. And this is considered a good health insurance in the US. It’s crazy!

    Also, communication services (internet, cell phones, TV etc) is about 4 times more expensive in the US.

    Education, for a 4/5 year tuition can cost between $100.000 to $300.000.

    And yes, wine is also a lot cheaper, just le cosmetics, at least compared to most of the US.

  18. Personnellement le prix de l'eau en bouteille ne me surprends pas. Toute l'eau que je bois je l'achète. Si les prix n'étaient pas si bas je ne sais pas comment je ferai. Entre les camions de pesticides belges qui se reversent dans les rivières d'approvisionnement dans ma région…

  19. Education is more expensiv in france than Belgium for example, in particulary college my personal University is around 800€/years i do at the same time another degree in polytechnical university and it's around 500€/years
    In france the same studies is (only for master in informatic like my first study) is like 10000 €/years
    And polytechnical is around 5000€ /years so Belgium is really attractiv for french ppl ^^'

  20. Try more like 180 euros per undergraduate year or about 260 euros for a master year. And now, you don't pay basic health insurance as a student. And if you are coming from a low-income family, you get a scholarship and in this case you do not pay your tuition fees. And you are eligible for higher aid from the government for your appartement (CAF), and in many cities your transportation fees will be covered as much as 90% (in Strasbourg, instead of paying 46 euros per month, I pay 3.20…). You get a free nationall library card, a carte de culture which gives you the right to visit museums with no charge and get tickets in the national theaters and at the movies for very very cheap (you can go to the opera for 7,50 euros instead of 30 euros…). And on the top of that, being a uni student, you get access to ALL the scientific journals the university pays for. And you get Office suite for free. The cherry on the top is that if your computer is broken and you don't have any money, the governement will pay up to 300 euros for you to buy a new one, same for books.

  21. Is it cheaper to buy Louis Vuitton bags from Paris? Or should I buy it in The US? And In your opinion, where’s the best pharmacy to buy French skincare? Thank you!!

  22. THANK YOU for mentioning education. When I was still studying in France I was lucky enough to have a grant that covered my tuition fees and gave me a huge amount of money each month (that I didn't really need haha), and my friends were always complaining because they did not get it – the French state deemed their families wealthy enough to provide for them. I then went to study in Scotland, and I was lucky to only have to pay £4,000 for my Master's degree (which is very cheap), even though I still needed to work on the side because my family couldn't provide for me and I would not have had any other income. I still heard French people complaining because they had to pay 500€ a year, and it drove me mad…

  23. Good video ! I didn't imagine all the differences you described, so thanks ! ^^
    But… about wine… cheap is not the word I'd chose. Well, it depends on what you call "a good bottle", because to me, for a good bottle it begins around 80€…And I really think that the wine you can find in supermarket for 6€ is not what we (french people) call "a good bottle". But I'm not an expert too.
    Thank you for this video, it makes me realize that we (french people again) are lucky in some ways ! ^^

  24. Woowwww. I pay $160 for health insurance in the States. That didn't completely cover my emergency visit, my dental visit or anything else at all

  25. France. University costs 400 to 600 euros a year. In New Zealand it costs 4,000 to 6,000 euros a year. For the US for an average public university in state tuition and fees cost 10,000 to 11,000 dollars a year. Or 8,700 to 9,600 euros a year. At the University of Michigan (arguably the best public university in the state) it costs 14,800 dollars a year for tuition and fees and another another 11,000 in room and board. Books and supplies add on another 3,500 dollars a year. Grand total is 29,000 a year. Easy to see why student debt is a big problem in the US but nowhere else in the world.

  26. I regularly visit a friend who retired to SW France, every 18 months or so. He has a "Zoe" electric car and his own charging station in his garage/barn. Just plug in the car and it charges at night during low rates hours. He says he pays €50 per YEAR to run his car. There are phone apps that map every charging station everywhere. I saw one in Paris right by Notre Dame, free parking while you charge your electric car. Another "cheap" item in France are some of the famous skincare products that are sold in pharmacies, brands like Caudalie and La Roche-Posay. And I always stock up on Yves Rocher brand skincare, body washes, and makeup when in France.

  27. 8:48 😂🤣 Cant wait to have this same reaction when I go.
    Lol Yesss please surprisingly expensive things in france

  28. Yes, I enjoy seeing all of your insights on everyday things. I do hope you go into skincare in France: Avibon or A313 creams.

  29. nuclear energy is actually one of the most green if not the most green energy source we have access to right now! currently producing a podcast on this exact thing! So when you said it isnt as good for the environment, well, it actually is!

  30. 40€? It's cheaper!
    Full unlimited mobile phone with 50 gb of 4G it's 4€ month
    FTTH 500 mbps is 15€month

  31. Les 400€/an d'inscription à l'université c'est seulement pour les élèves non boursiers, environ 40% des élèves n'ont pas à les payer.

  32. Okay … Don’t want to bother you but here in Toulouse we pay 150€ a year for illimited transport and 10€ a month for students … so yes for me Paris is very expensive

  33. Pour les études ça dépend si tu vas dans une faculté où les prix peuvent être bas, perso moins de 200 (en étant boursier) et les grandes écoles ou ça peux aller à des sommes à 5 chiffres ex 4 500€ 6 000 € ^^ .

  34. Well for universities (and school of engineer where I came from) it was 170€ for the first 3 years and 243€ for the 2 last (and phd) and there is a lot of foreign student, especially from ‘developping’ countries, but thanks to Macron the 1st, it will be 2770 and 3770€ for non UE student by 2019, and, from my point of view, this a shame for our nation… He did a lot of bad things, but that is the thing I will never forgive him.

  35. 40€ le forfait ? J'ai 5 Giga de plus et je suis à 5€ de forfait/mois. Ça me donne une légère impression d'opérateurs qui profitent du fait que tu sois étrangère.

  36. La sécurité sociale est peu chère grâce aux impôts, donc finalement c'est cher mais tout le monde paie un peu pour arriver aux grosses sommes

  37. Mais n'importe quoi !! Les transports c'est super cher 75€/mois. La sécurité sociale et la mutuelle c'est cher et en plus ils ne remboursent pas tout !! Puis sérieusement qui achète encore de l'eau en bouteille alors qu'on a la chance d'avoir de l'eau potable au robinet…. En France l'équivalent de bonnes universités bien classées sont les écoles privées qui elles sont plutôt entre 3000 et 80 000€/an

  38. Social security is free in Spain, medicines r half payed by the government, we pay NOTHING when we go to the doctor, we pay nothing for a doctor or wait for being reimbursed, I hate that I’m france, from a stupid doctor that knows nothing, says paracetamol and pay me. U r covered in Spain

  39. Gyms in France r expensive, they r cheap in Spain. 25€ where where Jesús lost his sandal, so far that u need to travel 2h to train and then 2h and come back

  40. No Road Tax on your Car. No specific TV licence to be paid for as it's included in your local taxes, which are way cheaper than the UK anyway. The electricity is so plentiful that they can supply the UK with a third of their total consumption. Wine from our friendly producer is a maximum of 1.75 euros a litre. Oh and we're in the Deux Sevres. Love your channel so much I subscribed.

  41. I enjoyed this! I lived in Whangarei where the phone, food and housing costs were so high. I live in Southern California where housing is pricey and 4 years at Uni is $70,000 and up. I wholeheartedly agree that Paris prices are reasonable in comparison.

  42. Pour 1,20€ tu as 6 bouteilles de 2 litres chacune. Et en plus quand tu vis à Paris tu as accès à trois fontaines d'eau gratuite ou pas mal de parisiens viennent s'approvisionner. C'est 3 puits artésiens avec une eau naturellement riche en fer et protégée de la pollution. C'est les fontaines de l'Albien. Il y en a une dans le 13eme une dans le 18eme et une autre dans le 16eme.

  43. 40 euros par mois pour un forfait mobile ? Quel est ton opérateur ? Cela me paraît excessivement chère même pour un forfait avec tout illimité, par exemple moi avec Free je paye 10 euros par mois pour tout illimité (internet/SMS/appel, à l'étranger)

  44. Travelling around the world I found out that "hygiene" products are also cheaper in France, I'm talking about "para-pharmacie" kind of products, probably because we have so many brands here, for exemple face/body cream, anti-age, good hypoallergenic sunscreen…

  45. I live in Paris and I pay 10€ for fibre high speed internet with unlimited calls all around the world (RedBySFR), and 5€ for 30Go 4G unlimited everything (Sosh)

  46. So true, mam, I found a 1 liter of J&B in the shop in something about 23.E , lol its even cheaper than the airport's free duty !!!!!

  47. is there a way i can contact you cause i have a few questions cause im planning on moving to paris soon and im kinda nervous

  48. En vrai pour les bouteilles et l'Université, tu sur-estimes les coûts ^^
    La plupart des bouteilles d'eau tournent autour des 50-60 centimes (0,56-0,67) et Evian qui coûte le moins cher coûte 16 centimes (0,17$) pour 1,5L.

    Après pour l'Université, il faut déjà prendre en compte que les boursiers ne paient pas l'Université ou du moins seulement l'assurance soit une cinquantaine d'€ et seulement pour la première année. Et sinon c'est 170€ + 90€ (et encore la loi a été votée depuis peu).

    But i wonder how a family to pay for school if it does earn enough ? They take a credit ?

    Sorry to not to write in english.

  49. 5:15 omg Evian at Target (and most stores) in Minnesota is like $10 for 6 big bottles :c (…and at Whole Foods it's more like $15!)

  50. Public transportation is not cheap, it's subsidized! HEAVILY! Meaning that YOU pay for it with your taxes, whether you use it or not.
    The "private" health insurance is also paid for by your employer, which means you get a smaller salary, whether you get it or not.
    Gyms are cheap, because it's a scam. You pay a monthly or yearly subscription, but most people only go once or twice 🙂
    Water and wine are cheap, because there are produced HERE! There's no overseas transportation to pay to get them 🙂 For example, the distance by road from Evian to Paris is only 585 km. The distance from Volvic to Paris is even less, only 419 km (hence, Volvic is cheaper). It can be even cheaper: when you live near the mountains, you can have source water from your tap. Priceless! (Well you pay for tap water, but it's peanuts).
    Electricity is getting more expensive, precisely because now we have to pay for the useless solar and wind installations (useless, because they produce energy when we don't need it, and don't when we need it).

  51. Legally it’s not allowed to sell water in France.
    You can sell the bottle, how it’s presented and how it’s brought to the user, but not the water itself.

    So it makes the water a lot cheaper.

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