Paris – Rents too high, expensive public transport: the cost of living continues to rise for students a few weeks back to the university, worries the Unef in a report released on Monday.
The start of the school year 2018 costs 1.31% more than last year, which had already risen (+ 2.09%), according to the annual survey of the student association. For more than half of the students (56%), this increase exceeds the level of inflation, estimated at 2% in June in a year, according to the report, revealed by RTL.
After receiving all the help (scholarships, APL, etc …), the rest on average monthly costs for a student is 837.72 euros, an increase of 129.59 euros, calculated the Unef.
To improve the living conditions of students, the trade union calls for the revaluation of 20% of the scholarships and APL – frozen in 2018 – and the expansion of the support system, while 73.5% of the students are excluded by & # 39; UNEF .
The two main factors of the increase are the rent increase – 54% of the student budget – and public transport. Eight university cities combine the two phenomena: Lille, Nantes, Toulouse, Lyon, St. Etienne, Nancy, Angers and Rouen.
Paris remains the city with rents for students at the most unaffordable rates (on average 830 euros before the start of 2018/2019) but the increase is more contained in capital (+ 0.73%) than in other cities such as Nanterre (+ 4 , 90%), Le Havre (+ 3.07%) Lyon (+ 2.85%) or Poitiers (+ 2.50%).
Unef calls for the return of the rental price framework in Lille, canceled in October 2017 by the administrative court and its extension to all university cities.
In Paris, where lease control has also been destroyed by the courts, the municipality has already announced that it wants to restore it under the so-called Elan Housing Act, borne by the government and that intends to leave the possibility to local authorities for five years of experimenting with measuring.
On the transport side, ten agglomerations (including Île-de-France) charge above the national average of 269.49 euros. In Tours, Rennes, Lyon, Dijon and Lille the subscription is almost 300 euros or more and Unef is asking for the location in these cities of half-yearly student prizes "more consistent".
Almost half of the students (46%) are forced to work in parallel with their studies, which is the first cause of failure at the university, says Unef.