Cost of living

In Belgium, the monetary unit is the euro (€). This currency is currently in force in 19 European countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia.
 
 
Monthly budget
 
In addition to the tuition fees, your budget mainly depends on the type of accommodation chosen and your lifestyle.
Here are a few figures that will give you some idea of the monthly expenses you will need to cover:
Courses, books
50 €
Accommodation
400 €
Food
300 €
Healthcare (insurance, medical costs)
30 €
Public transport
50 €
Miscellaneous (telephone, leisure …)
100 €
Or a total of around 
930 €/ month
Here are also a few examples of prices in Belgium:
A newspaper (daily)
1.50 €
10 bus/tram/underground tickets
14 €
A sandwich
3.50 to 4.80 €
One entrance ticket to the Belgian Comic Strip Centre
6 €
A cinema ticket
8.5 €
A can of soft drink
1.5 €
A loaf of bread (800 gr)
2 €

 

Please note
  • International students have the possibility of opening a bank account in Belgium, thus having the right to a bank card accepted in most stores and automatic teller machines. Opening a bank account can take several days. For the first days of your stay in Wallonia-Brussels, you will therefore have to bring some money with you.
  • Credit cards are also widely accepted. Before you leave your home country, it may be useful to consult your bank to find out whether it has a local branch in Belgium, which can facilitate your transactions.
  • Within higher education institutions, there are social services that can advise you and come up with solutions to better organise your student life.