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Cost of Living in Strasbourg

By Betsy Burlingame

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

Apartment Rentals The average cost of renting an apartment in Strasbourg is €890 per month for a one-bedroom apartment and €1,100 per month for a two-bedroom apartment.
Apartment Purchases The average cost of purchasing an apartment in Strasbourg is €2,500 per square meter. The average price of a one-bedroom apartment is €150,000 and the average price of a two-bedroom apartment is €200,000.
Transportation The cost of public transportation in Strasbourg is €1.90 for a single ticket and €14.50 for a monthly pass. The cost of a taxi ride is €3.50 for the first kilometer and €1.50 for each additional kilometer.
Groceries The average cost of groceries in Strasbourg is €50 per week for a family of four. The cost of a liter of milk is €1.20, a loaf of bread is €1.50, and a dozen eggs is €2.50.
Restaurants The average cost of a meal at a restaurant in Strasbourg is €15 per person. The cost of a cup of coffee is €2.50 and a bottle of beer is €4.50.
Utilities The average cost of utilities in Strasbourg is €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 Strasbourg is €5,000 per year for preschool, €7,000 per year for elementary school, €9,000 per year for middle school, and €12,000 per year for high school.

Monthly Budget for Retirees in Strasbourg

"The cost of living in Strasbourg is generally considered to be moderately expensive. Prices for accommodations, dining, basic groceries and transportation are all above the France average. However, prices for entertainment and recreational activities tend to be more in line with the national average," said one expat living in Strasbourg.

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

"I've been living in Strasbourg 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'd recommend looking for a small apartment or a shared flat in neighborhoods like Neudorf, Cronenbourg, or Hautepierre. These areas are more affordable compared to the city center or neighborhoods like Orangerie and Esplanade, which can be quite expensive.Next, you'll need to be mindful of your spending on food and entertainment. Eating out can be pricey, so I'd suggest cooking at home most of the time and taking advantage of the local markets for fresh produce. When you do go out, look for more affordable restaurants or cafes, and try to take advantage of lunch specials or happy hours.Transportation is another area where you can save money. Strasbourg has a great public transportation system, so I'd recommend getting a monthly pass for the tram and bus instead of relying on taxis or a car. If you're up for it, biking is also a popular and affordable way to get around the city.Finally, be prepared to cut back on some of your usual activities or find more affordable alternatives. For example, instead of going to the movies or concerts, you could explore the city's many free or low-cost cultural events and attractions, like museums, parks, and festivals.Overall, living on $1,500 a month in Strasbourg is doable, but it will require some adjustments and careful budgeting. Good luck," commented an expat living in Strasbourg.

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

"I've been living in Strasbourg for a while now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $3,000 a month, but you'll have to make some sacrifices and be smart about your spending. First, you'll want to find an affordable neighborhood to live in. Some of the more affordable areas in Strasbourg include Neudorf, Cronenbourg, and Hautepierre. These neighborhoods have a good mix of housing options, and you can find a decent apartment for around $800 to $1,200 a month. I would avoid more expensive neighborhoods like the city center, La Petite France, and the European Quarter, as rents can be much higher there.When it comes to transportation, Strasbourg has an excellent public transportation system, so you can save money by not owning a car. A monthly pass for the tram and bus system costs around $60, which is much cheaper than paying for gas, insurance, and parking. Plus, the city is very bike-friendly, so you can also save money by cycling around town.For groceries, you'll want to shop at discount supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi, where you can find good quality products at lower prices. You can also save money by cooking at home instead of eating out, as restaurant prices can be quite high in Strasbourg. If you do want to eat out occasionally, look for local bistros and cafes that offer daily specials or fixed-price menus, which can be more affordable.As for entertainment and leisure activities, there are plenty of free or low-cost options in Strasbourg. The city has many beautiful parks and gardens where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors. There are also numerous museums and cultural sites that offer free or reduced admission on certain days or for students and seniors. If you're into sports and fitness, you can find affordable gym memberships or join local sports clubs for a reasonable fee.In summary, living comfortably on $3,000 a month in Strasbourg is possible if you're willing to make some sacrifices and be mindful of your spending. By choosing an affordable neighborhood, using public transportation, shopping smartly for groceries, and taking advantage of free or low-cost leisure activities, you can enjoy a good quality of life in this beautiful French city," said one expat living in Strasbourg.

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

"I've been living in Strasbourg for a while 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. However, you might have to make some sacrifices in terms of the neighborhood you choose to live in and the size of your apartment.The most expensive neighborhoods in Strasbourg are the city center, La Petite France, and the Orangerie. These areas are beautiful and full of history, but the cost of living is quite high. If you want to live in one of these neighborhoods, you might have to settle for a smaller apartment or share a flat with roommates to make it work on your budget.On the other hand, there are more affordable neighborhoods that still offer a good quality of life and access to modern amenities. Some of these areas include Neudorf, Krutenau, and Esplanade. These neighborhoods are still close to the city center and have a good mix of shops, restaurants, and parks. You can find a decent-sized apartment in these areas for around $1,000 to $1,500 a month, which should leave you with enough money to cover your other expenses.In terms of transportation, Strasbourg has an excellent public transport system, so you won't need a car to get around. A monthly pass for the tram and bus network costs around $60, which is quite affordable. You can also use the city's bike-sharing system, Vélhop, for short trips around town.Eating out in Strasbourg can be expensive, especially in the touristy areas. However, there are plenty of affordable options if you're willing to explore a bit. You can find delicious meals at local bistros and brasseries for around $15 to $20 per person. Groceries are also reasonably priced, and you can save money by cooking at home.Overall, living in Strasbourg on $5,000 a month is doable, but you'll need to be mindful of your spending and make some compromises in terms of your living situation. By choosing a more affordable neighborhood and being smart about your expenses, you can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in this beautiful city," commented an expat living in Strasbourg.

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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