Average costs for studying at Centrale Lyon

To help you prepare for your studies at Centrale Lyon, we have listed some expenses you will face. Please note that these costs are indicative only.

Costs at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year

Start of term

Tuition fees and CVEC (obligatory)




International students in exchange agreement 1

Student engineers 



See home institution

Student engineers from outside the enlarged EEA or who were not registered in French higher education or a language centre in 2018-2019. 

€3,770€0 or 2,500

See home institution

Gap year or multiple registrationsSee 
Master, Digital Lab or DESECLVisit the Admission and enrolment – Master’s degrees page and the price schedule.
Student and Campus Life Contribution (CVEC)€100€0€100

1 Only applies to international engineering students on double degree programme, admitted by the CEU and under an exchange agreement between École Centrale de Lyon and their home university.

The enlarged European Economic Area (EEA) comprises the EU Member States, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra, Switzerland and Quebec.

For more information and to find out what supporting documents you need to provide, download the information sheets in the right-hand column.

Student activities (by activity)


No-scholarship and scholarship 
Membership of the Centrale Lyon Students Association (AEECL) for 3 years at Centrale Lyon 2019-2020   

(€118 for 2 years, €59 for 1 year)

Membership of USE ECL (sports association) 2019-2020 €90
Lifetime membership of the Association des Centraliens de Lyon€1800

Integration Weekend (WEI) registration 2019-2020

€ 140

Photocopying costs (estimate) 2


2 Printing services offered by the Class Service (SDEC) of the École Centrale de Lyon Students’ Association (AEECL). The amount is an estimate of the average student’s requirement during their studies at the institute.

The amounts indicated in this table are given for information only and may vary by a few euros.

Daily life at school (as required)


Rate excluding subsidies

Accommodation (per month) 3

Centrale Lyon residence€345
ADOMA residence€478.18-€625.39

University restaurant (per meal) - rates valid until 01/08/21

Laundry (per wash)€2.20
Transport: TCL student ticket€1.51

Does not include deposit or optional expenses.

For more information, visit the specific pages on accommodation and food and drink.

Financial assistance and funds

École Centrale de Lyon offers all its students a service to help them with their studies.

  • Direct financial assistance from the School on application: exemption from all or part of tuition fees; one-off financial assistance.
  • Small paid jobs available on campus: computer support, library support, sports facilities duty, restaurant service, student tutoring, etc.
  • Offers of short courses centralised by the BDE.
  • The Friends of École Centrale de Lyon association offers occasional financial assistance.
  • Very attractive loans from partner banks: through the Article 1 operation and the partnerships developed by the Student Office. Don't hesitate to contact the BDE if you have any questions about borrowing.

Procedures open to all

  • Scholarships: link to the CROUS Lyon website.
  • Housing assistance offered by the CAF (link to website here).
  • CROUS offers a free guarantor scheme called Visale. This assistance enables rentals to secure future rent and rental charges free of charge.
  • Assistance for students on work-linked training: Mobili jeune (for under-30s on work-linked training schemes in private-sector, non-agricultural companies).