Toulouse offers so many different things that you cannot enjoy entirely in just few days visit. If you want to experience what the city has to offer, planning a longer stay might be the way to go. After all, who knows what kind of opportunities that might be open up for you there? Still, it might not be wise to spontaneously plan a longer stay there without preparation. As a metropolitan city, you can expect high cost of living in Toulouse.
Out of 548 metropolitan cities in the world, Toulouse ranks at 93 in terms of expensiveness. To stay a whole month in there, you are expected to prepare around 3,500€. Of course, such cost is applied to people who have adapted to native way of living. Tourists have to pay for a lot more because they are more likely to eat out, visit touristy place, and shop at more expensive places. Of course, this cost can be cut down if you live like real Toulouse person. Let’s do a cost breakdown. There are several basic needs that a person needs to survive in the whole month, including: meals, accommodation, transportation, and personal care.
For accommodation, staying at boutique hotel for a tourist might not be a viable option in the long run. It will run you out of budget quiet soon. One bedroom apartment will cost you from 450€ to 600€, depending on the location. That does not include the utility fee. Some tourists prefer to stay at bed and breakfast to save up money if they do not plan to make their stay permanent.
Meals might cost you more than what you have prepared for, especially if you are so keen on eating out. It does not mean that you have to avoid eating out altogether because Toulouse has diverse culinary scenes so it would be a waste not to enjoy that. However, even a meal at affordable restaurant costs about 13€ per person. That does not include drink that can cost a lot. Thus, if you are planning on a longer stay, you may want to consider cooking food on your own. Weekly grocery may only cost 50€ per person and that can even extend to more than one week.
Transportation is another expense to think about. If you have a high mobility then purchasing a monthly pass that costs 51€ is the more recommended way than buying one-way ticket that costs around 1.7€. Taxi will cost a lot more than that. Walking is an option for those who enjoy a little bit of exercise and want to cut down transportation expense. Toulouse is a city that is relatively friendly to pedestrians. Moreover, the weather there is comfortable enough to spend days outdoor.
Personal care post may include leisure activities and things that you need to care for your personal well-being. It really depends on each person’s lifestyle, but you might be better off sparing at least 300€ out of your entire budget.