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Cost of Living in Orleans

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Understanding the the cost of living in Orleans helps a newcomer what to expect when it comes to apartment or house hunting, grocery shopping, transportation, dining out, utilities and more.

Cost of Living in Orleans - Cost of Living in Orleans

Apartment Rentals The average cost of renting an apartment in Orleans is €650-€850 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, and €850-€1,200 per month for a two-bedroom apartment.
Apartment Purchases The average cost of purchasing an apartment in Orleans is €2,000-€3,000 per square meter. The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment is €150,000-€200,000, and the average cost of a two-bedroom apartment is €200,000-€250,000.
Transportation The cost of public transportation in Orleans is €1.90 for a single ticket, €14.50 for a 10-ticket book, and €50 for a monthly pass. The cost of a taxi ride in Orleans is €2.50 for the first kilometer, and €1.50 for each additional kilometer.
Groceries The average cost of groceries in Orleans is €50-€100 per week for a family of four. The cost of a loaf of bread is €1.50, a liter of milk is €1.00, a dozen eggs is €2.00, and a kilogram of apples is €2.50.
Restaurants The average cost of a meal at a restaurant in Orleans is €15-€25 per person. The cost of a cup of coffee is €2.50, a glass of wine is €4.00, and a bottle of beer is €5.00.
Utilities The average cost of utilities in Orleans is €100-€150 per month for a family of four. This includes electricity, water, gas, and internet.
Private School Tuition The average cost of private school tuition in Orleans is €2,000-€3,000 per year for preschool, €3,000-€4,000 per year for elementary school, €4,000-€5,000 per year for middle school, and €5,000-€6,000 per year for high school.

Monthly Budget for Retirees in Orleans

"The cost of living in Orleans varies depending on one's lifestyle. Generally, groceries and rents are affordable, while dining out and entertainment can be slightly more expensive. Public transportation is affordable and convenient for getting around the city. Property prices in the area tend to be lower than in other French cities, which makes Orleans a popular city for people looking to buy real estate," said one expat living in Orleans, France.

Can I live in Orleans on $1,500 a month?

"I've been living in Orleans, for a while now, and I can tell you that it's possible to live on $1,500 a month, but you'll have to make some sacrifices. First, you'll need to find an affordable place to live. I recommend looking for an apartment in neighborhoods like La Source or Saint-Marceau, where rents are generally lower. You might have to settle for a smaller place or one that's not as modern as you're used to, but it's doable. I'd avoid more expensive neighborhoods like Centre-ville or Saint-Laurent, as rents there can be quite high.Next, you'll need to be mindful of your spending on food and other necessities. Shopping at discount supermarkets like Lidl or Aldi can help you save on groceries, and cooking at home instead of eating out will also help you stick to your budget. You might have to cut back on some of your favorite imported products, but you'll find that local French products are often just as good and more affordable.Transportation costs can also add up, so I recommend using public transportation or biking instead of driving. Orleans has a good tram and bus system, and a monthly pass costs around €45, which is much cheaper than maintaining a car. Plus, biking is a great way to explore the city and stay active.As for entertainment and socializing, you'll have to be selective about how you spend your money. Going out for drinks or dinner can be expensive, so try to find free or low-cost activities like visiting parks, museums, or attending local events. You might also consider joining a local club or group to meet new people and participate in activities that don't cost much.In summary, living on $1,500 a month in Orleans is possible, but you'll have to be mindful of your spending and make some sacrifices. By finding an affordable place to live, being smart about your grocery shopping, using public transportation, and finding low-cost entertainment options, you can make it work," commented an expat living in Orleans.

Can I live in Orleans on $3,500 a month?

"I've been living in Orleans, for a few years now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $3,000 a month, even if you're used to modern amenities. However, you might have to make some sacrifices to make it work. For example, you might need to live in a smaller apartment or share a flat with roommates to save on rent. When it comes to choosing a neighborhood, I'd recommend looking at areas like La Source or Saint-Marceau, which are more affordable and still offer a good quality of life. These neighborhoods have plenty of shops, restaurants, and public transportation options, so you won't feel like you're missing out on anything. On the other hand, I'd avoid more expensive neighborhoods like Centre-ville or Saint-Jean-le-Blanc, as the cost of living there can be significantly higher.Another way to save money is by cooking at home more often and limiting how often you eat out at restaurants. The cost of groceries in Orleans is relatively affordable, and you can find fresh produce at local markets like the Marché du Quai or the Marché de la Madeleine. When it comes to transportation, consider using public transportation or biking instead of owning a car. Orleans has a good public transportation system, including buses and trams, and the city is quite bike-friendly. This can help you save on gas, insurance, and parking costs.Finally, be mindful of your entertainment and leisure expenses. There are plenty of free or low-cost activities to enjoy in Orleans, such as visiting parks, attending local festivals, or exploring the city's rich history and architecture. By being conscious of your spending and making some adjustments to your lifestyle, you should be able to live comfortably in Orleans on $3,000 a month," said one expat living in Orleans.

Can I live in Orleans on $5,000 a month?

"I've been living in Orleans, for a few years now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $5,000 a month, even if you're used to modern amenities. Of course, you might have to make some sacrifices, but overall, it's a great place to live.First, let's talk about housing. Orleans has a variety of neighborhoods, some more expensive than others. If you want to save money, I'd recommend looking for an apartment in the La Source or Saint-Marceau areas. These neighborhoods are more affordable, and you can find a decent-sized apartment for around $1,000 to $1,500 a month. On the other hand, if you're looking for something more upscale, you might want to check out the Saint-Jean-le-Blanc or Saint-Pryvé-Saint-Mesmin neighborhoods. These areas are more expensive, but they offer larger homes and more modern amenities.As for transportation, Orleans has a reliable public transportation system, including buses and trams. A monthly pass costs around $60, which is quite affordable. However, if you prefer to drive, you'll need to factor in the cost of a car, insurance, and gas. Parking can be a bit of a challenge in the city center, so you might want to consider living in a neighborhood with good public transportation access.When it comes to groceries and dining out, you can find a wide range of options in Orleans. There are plenty of supermarkets and local markets where you can buy fresh produce and other essentials at reasonable prices. If you enjoy cooking at home, you can definitely save money on food expenses. However, if you prefer to eat out, there are also many affordable restaurants and cafes in the city. A meal at a mid-range restaurant will cost you around $20 to $30 per person.As for entertainment and leisure activities, Orleans offers a variety of options, from museums and theaters to parks and sports facilities. Many of these activities are quite affordable, and you can even find free events and activities throughout the year. However, if you're used to a more luxurious lifestyle, you might have to cut back on some of your entertainment expenses to stay within your budget.Overall, living in Orleans on $5,000 a month is definitely doable, and you can still enjoy a comfortable lifestyle with modern amenities. You might have to make some sacrifices, such as choosing a more affordable neighborhood or cutting back on dining out, but in the end, it's a great place to live with a rich culture and history," commented an expat living in Orleans.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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