Back to school has never been so expensive for students in Bordeaux but also in Agen and Pau. According to the ATENA association, the average cost is 2448 euros for a student in Aquitaine. And the students accumulate the difficulties. Details in this article
“This year again, we see that students bear the full brunt of the various crises and inflation,” according to Apolline Dumar, president of the ATENA federation – Association Territoriale des Etudiants Aquitaine, which represents students and defends their interests at the Bordeaux Academy.
The calculation is based on a typical profile of a 20-year-old student in the second year of a bachelor’s degree, who no longer lives with his parents and does not benefit from a scholarship and is therefore not exempt from university registration fees. “It’s the majority of students”specifies Apolline Dumar, 24 years old and herself a communication student at Michel de Montaigne University.
In connection with the cost of the return published by the FAGEthis indicator shows the real cost that a student must pay in order to start a year in higher education at the Bordeaux Academy.
2448 euros includes tuition fees, contribution to student and campus life (which is 95 euros, i.e. three euros more than in 2021), complementary health insurance, real estate agency fees, teaching materials “especially IT which has increased by 15% since the war in Ukraine”, says Apolline Dumar.
University registration fees vary according to the level of study: 170 euros for a bachelor’s degree, 243 euros for a master’s and 350 euros for a doctorate.
At the national level, the cost of the start of the academic year is 2527 euros, i.e. 7.38% increase compared to 2021. The specific costs of the start of the academic year have increased by nearly 13%.
The young people of Aquitaine are going through a period of distress that has lasted far too long, during which it becomes impossible to find accommodation or food without calling on relatives or getting paid, sometimes to the detriment of their studies.Apolline Dumar, President of ATENA
Students without accommodation
Accommodation is one of the main difficulties for students in the Bordeaux Academy, which is very attractive. 20,000 more students over the past five years.
“Not all students have accommodation and some start the academic year in September without a solution. And when they are lucky enough to find a studio, the agency fees are very expensive and the rent very high, especially in the urban area. Bordeaux.
The rise in rents is beginning to affect other cities in the academy such as Agen and Pau where the increase is 7 to 10%, and this worries our federation.Apolline Dumar, President of ATENA
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“Because if the rents are still affordable, we are afraid that the situation will worsen in the coming years”, explains Apolline Dumar.
In addition, the association is asking for a specific mechanism to facilitate the localization of rent for students, in particular for underage students who are excluded by their age from the allocation criteria, for example.
“In mid-August, the students still had hope of finding accommodation because there were withdrawals. Many of them called the Crous and remained unanswered. There is no accommodation for everyone. So, the solutions available to them are accommodation with locals or an acquaintance, a youth hostel (25 euros/night), Airbnb, etc. It is very complicated to plan for the year because some sleep in their car.”
The cost of food purchases and also a concern. after the start of the academic year and the expenses produced in September, it is necessary to hold on throughout the year. Few students are entitled to a 1 euro meal in university restaurants. And there is a lack of inexpensive restaurants near the campuses. “Very often students go to eat in classic restaurants or buy from Food trucks, but it’s expensive.”.
ATENA took over the operation of the solidarity grocery store in 2020 in full containment and the Covid-19 crisis. This grocery store allows the most precarious students to eat properly.
►The solidarity grocery store for students on the Bordeaux campus, created in 2017, is still active. It closed in August, but will reopen in September, according to ATENA.
Two distribution points: Monday evenings between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Pessac, near the university swimming pool and Tuesday evenings between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the right bank in Bordeaux Bastide, near the IAE.
During the summer, food aid was distributed thanks to the CROUS, the food bank and the University of Bordeaux.
The ATENA association represents three universities, the University of Bordeaux, the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour as well as the private higher education establishments of the Bordeaux Academy.
FIGURES ►In Bordeaux, there are 98,403 students in universities and public establishments.
According to Famille de France, an association that publishes its back-to-school barometer every year, the average cost of back-to-school classes is 208.12 euros for a 6th grade child in 2022an increase of 4.25% compared to last year.
Both students and families will suffer from the increases for the start of the 2022 school year and the surge in inflation. All savings are good to take.
A couple from Périgord created an “anti-crisis” site in 2014 following financial problems. According to them, their site, which is visited by two million people per month, allows savings of nearly 50% on food bears without spotting promotions and discount prices in advance. We do the repair work for consumers, explains Laurent Enselme, creator of the site.
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An anti-crisis website