Cost of living

Experience has shown that students living and studying in Rotterdam spend approximately €1,000 a month. This amount is needed to cover daily expenses, meals, accommodation costs, insurance, study books etc. This estimate does not include tuition fees and unforeseen costs, and should be used as a general indication of the costs of living. How much money you will actually need depends on your life style. The costs for housing, for example, may differ considerably. Also, if you plan to travel during your stay, you will obviously need more money.

An example of an overview of average living expenses per month:

Accommodation (furnished, including (shared or individual) utilities)€500-€600
Books and study materials (may vary per study programme)€100
Daily expenses (food, drinks, clothes, going out, public transport, etc.)€350


Other (non-recurrent) expenses:

Immigration fee (for non-EU students)€171
Bicycle (secondhand)€150
Unforeseen expenses (high medical or telephone bill, etc.)€300


A number of items with their average prices:

Cup of tea or coffee in a café€2.50
Cheese sandwich€3
Big Mac€3.15
Meal in a typical student restaurant€12.50
Cinema ticket€10.00
Hairdresser (cut and blow-dry)€25-€60


You can convert these amounts into your own currency here.

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