And then I learned that France has a lot of great animation schools...
I actually know a few things about that
But I think it's mostly Paris that costs so much. It's insane, really. You'll get a parking place for the price you'd need to buy a well located house anywhere else in the country. ( ok I'm exagerating here, buuut... am I ? )
I'd bet it can be worse in other countries, but France really has an issue with everything happening in Paris, thus making the city dirty, polluted, with a high cost of life.
At least we've got trees almost everywhere, lots of parks, and a few good schools.