Cost of living in Besançon, France

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.50
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.85
12 eggs, large €3.67
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.00
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.63
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.71
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.57
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.94
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €3.86
2 liters of Coca-Cola €2.00
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.26
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €727
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €700
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €130
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €1,100
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €450
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €80
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €34
40” flat screen TV -
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €6.00
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €45
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €30
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) -
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes -
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.30
Monthly ticket public transport €35
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €5.00
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €9
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €23
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.00
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €5.63
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) -
4 rolls of toilet paper -
Tube of toothpaste €1.80
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €16
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €40
2 tickets to the movies €18
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €60
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €7
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €4.00
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €5.33
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district €50
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €7
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 23 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: August 29, 2017.

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