Daily living costs are up 5.1% for students in this 2020 academic year, according to Fage. - Pixabay

  • The cost of the start of the student year is up 3.69% according to UNEF, and about 3% according to FAGE.
  • According to these two organizations it is the rent which increases the most in this re-entry.
  • They also note the appearance of a new expense that will weigh down the purses: that of protective masks that will have to be worn during class.

Rent and transport will lead to student budgets at the start of the 2020 school year. A report from the Unef union shows a 3.69% increase in the cost of the start of the student year, accentuated this year by the consequences of the health crisis. Last year it was 2.83%.

This morning, we are releasing our # coutdelavieetudiante2020! This year for students it will be even more complicated: we will experience an increase in our cost of living of 3.69% and several essential positions are increasing! https://t.co/w9gRPCDWUR

- UNEF (@UNEF) August 17, 2020

First student federation, the Fage also publishes this Monday morning its barometer of the cost of back to school. Unveiled by Le Parisien , for 2020 it shows an average increase in spending (including back-to-school costs and those of everyday life) of 2.5% in Ile-de-France and 3% in the region compared to 2019.

Sharp rise in rents in Lyon, Créteil and Bordeaux

According to UNEF, the average rent goes from 522 euros per month to 535 euros (+ 2.41%). The “increase is partly slowed down by the stagnation of rents in Crous residences,” notes the union. The increase is therefore attributed to rentals in the private park, with disparities between the cities: Lyon (+ 5.42%), Créteil (+ 4.65%) and Bordeaux (+ 4.24%) top the ranking. municipalities where the rental market is more expensive this year.

If the increase in transport prices is not significant, less than 0.5%, the union emphasizes "high prices" - more than 300 euros for the annual subscription - in several cities (Paris, Rennes , Lyon, Lille, etc.).

A back-to-school budget up by 76 euros on average according to Fage

La Fage has calculated for its part that the cost of this re-entry now amounts to 2,361 euros on average for a 20-year-old student in license, not receiving a grant and not living with his parents. That is 76 euros more than in 2019.

This jump is mainly explained by the increase in daily living costs (+ 5.1%): among these expenses, it is the rent which increases the most strongly this year (+ 2.73%). The share for food and clothing climbs 2.4%, while the telephone bill increases by 2%.

The crisis we are experiencing is hitting #young people whether they are looking for a job, active, #students, in particular on the social and economic side

The #FAGE, with @IpsosFrance, carried out a survey: here are the results 📢

more info ➡️ https://t.co/v5w9Byj1P0 pic.twitter.com/R1eLThr1UG

- FAGE (@La_FAGE) July 13, 2020

The mask budget will weigh on the stock markets

For the president of Fage, Orlane François, this increase is also explained by “the appearance of a new line in the student budget: that of the masks that will have to be worn to go to class. "According to Fage's calculations, at the rate of three disposable masks per day, the" barrier gestures "budget amounts to 31.75 euros per month.

Unef also warns about the consequences of the health crisis. The obligation to wear a mask "creates new expenses" (+230 euros per year), writes the union, but above all "many of us have seen our contracts broken or not renewed due to the health and economic crisis" .

An additional scholarship for overseas students?

Finally, for the first time, the UNEF report looked at the economic disparities between metropolitan and overseas students. The Unef details several expenditure items for which overseas people are putting more of their hands in their pockets: food, transport, medical services or even telephony. A more expensive life which exacerbates the precariousness of the overseas population, which has twice as many scholarship holders than in mainland France.

The union relies on this difference to demand an additional scholarship for overseas students, at the rate of 100 euros per month and per level.


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