Cost of living in Belgium

Compare the cost of your home country to the actual living costs in Belgium, simply select your home currency and see the difference!

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Food Price in €
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 EUR
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 EUR
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 EUR
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 EUR
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 EUR
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 EUR
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 EUR
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 EUR
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 EUR
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 EUR
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 EUR
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 EUR
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 EUR
1.5 kg Sugar 10 EUR
2 liter cooking oil 20 EUR
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 EUR
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 EUR
1 liter milk 8.50 EUR
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 EUR
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 EUR
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 EUR
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 EUR
House Cleaning fee per day 105 EUR
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 EUR
Original branded Electric Fans 200 EUR
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 EUR
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 EUR
Single bed Blankets 120 EUR
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 EUR
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 EUR
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 EUR
Men's haircut 40 EUR
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 EUR
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 EUR
1 month of gym subscription. 105 EUR
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 EUR
Unisex Loris perfume 30 EUR
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 EUR
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 EUR
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 EUR
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 EUR
Go carting 30mins 120 EUR
Movie House 3d cinema 30 EUR
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 EUR
Photo shoot 120 EUR
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 EUR
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 EUR
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 EUR
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 EUR
Spalding Basketball 200 EUR
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 EUR
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 EUR
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 EUR
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 EUR
1 day rent a car cost 140 EUR
Driver’s license 2300 EUR
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 EUR
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 EUR
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 EUR
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 EUR
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 EUR
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 EUR

There is no doubt that Belgium is the perfect place to enjoy a quality education and a relatively cool quality of life. What makes it even better is that Belgium offers excellent value for money, with living expenses and tuition costs comparable to other neighboring countries.

An average international student in here will spend about USD 500-800 a month on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transportation and telephone costs. Books and administrative fees are relatively cheaper.

Due to the fact that many people come to this amazing country and somehow get fascinated by it, deciding to move to Belgium is not uncommon and should not be taken as craziness. For those who study there, the cost of living in Belgium would vary, as their lifestyles are distinct and their daily lives differ.

However, generally spoken, the prices can be relatively low compared to many other destinations and what’s even more important, they are declining in recent years making Belgium a perfect study abroad destination for most prospects.

About Health Insurance

All universities in Belgium have a free medical service at their medical facilities. These offer advice on emergency treatment and consultations on personal and health matters.

There is always at least one medical doctor and one nurse working during the week at the health centres of university clinics. However, international students are strongly advised to come to Belgium with a valid health insurance policy in some contexts.

International students are responsible for costs of hospitalization or for any medical service or treatment not available at university health care facilities.

The Overview

When it comes to food, the prices are affordable, but only for those items that are produced in the country itself and they can be found at the local stores. Imported products are available, but they are far way expensive. The country boasts a very low price of bread.

Dining out is always attractive and students like it, as restaurant meals are not expensive for those who can afford in more developed countries. When you are in Belgium you won’t struggle to fend.

Talking about transportation! Car owners and drivers will be very satisfied with the gasoline price in Belgium. Buying a gallon of it at the price of half of dollar is more than fair. That is also the reason why the public transport in Belgium is inexpensive and you can have a monthly pass for just about USD 10.

On the other bit! Housing is probably the biggest expense in Belgium and above all those high prices utilities come. Mobile phone tariff is low and very affordable. For all the other services, such as water, electricity and the Internet access, you’ll need to separate approximately USD 50, which people from more developed countries would consider ridiculously low.