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Cost of Living in Brussels, Belgium

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 94.60
Rent Index: 37.89
Groceries Index: 90.25
Restaurants Index: 98.19
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 66.96
Local Purchasing Power: 87.95

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.50 €
10.00
15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 €
50.00
70.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 7.65 €
7.00
9.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.50 €
3.00
4.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.50 €
3.00
4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.60 €
2.50
3.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.01 €
1.60
2.31
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.78 €
1.40
2.20
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 0.99 €
0.79
1.20
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.53 €
1.25
2.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.28 €
1.30
3.00
Eggs (12) 2.45 €
1.99
3.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 13.50 €
10.00
17.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.88 €
9.00
12.15
Apples (1kg) 2.20 €
1.50
3.00
Oranges (1kg) 2.58 €
2.00
3.00
Tomato (1kg) 2.27 €
1.60
3.00
Potato (1kg) 1.36 €
1.00
2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.44 €
1.00
2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.18 €
1.00
1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.00 €
5.00
8.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.50 €
1.15
2.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.69 €
1.00
2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5.40 €
5.00
5.50
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.10 €
2.00
2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 48.50 €
46.50
49.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.65 €
2.40
3.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.80 €
1.66
2.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 €
30.00
30.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.59 €
1.42
1.70
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 €
18,000.00
22,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 142.41 €
94.44
180.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.25 €
0.20
0.29
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 37.18 €
30.00
40.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 49.64 €
35.00
74.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.20 €
10.00
20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.25 €
9.00
10.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 85.45 €
60.00
100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 47.36 €
35.00
66.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 80.90 €
50.00
100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 117.00 €
90.00
150.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 752.07 €
700.00
850.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 637.50 €
600.00
700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,462.63 €
1,250.00
1,650.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,207.06 €
1,100.00
1,300.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,002.73 €
2,700.00
3,500.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,295.45 €
2,000.00
3,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,010.60 €
1,600.00
2,600.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.80
3.50
4.00

These data are based on 1241 entries in the past 18 months from 174 different contributors.

Last update: November, 2014

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13 Comments so far

#savvas on Aug 08, 2014 :
MY daughter is coming to Brussels for a job. she will have a salary of 3.000 euros (gross amount). how much she will pay for income tax, social insurances and other deductions??
do you believe that the net salary after all deductions will be enough to live and to pay the rent for a small flat close to European parliament??
#wassim on Aug 08, 2014 :
Hi,
Im comming to belgium this month (19th).Im a nurse and im planing to live and work in tournai.I just wanna know if the coast of living in tournai is very hight??and am i making the good decision??
Thank you
#amit kumar on Apr 24, 2014 :
I am from India. I need some guidance. I have a kid and wife . Both are dependant on me. I recently got an offer in Brussels. The monthly salary without tax deduction is 4400 Euro/month. Is it sufficient? Is there any rule that I have to take 2 bedroom house as I have one kid? Please guide.
#Gopal on Apr 07, 2014 :
Hi, what is average (approx.) monthly expenses that a family of 4 would incur in Brussels??
#Lionel on Mar 28, 2014 :
I live in Brussels since I'm born (24 years), agree with almost every data exept the price range for a monthly fee for a fitness club ! The range is between 15€ (for a basic club) to 45€ (for a high level one). On the website it is written between 40 and 60 that is wrong !
#anthony on Aug 11, 2013 :
im planning to comme and live in brussel with my family,now im living in cyprus .in a short words can somebody tell me if its a good idea living with my family children in brussel? is therefun places? some places for barbeques? are the people there respected with the foreigns? they like them? im technical elctronic .does the salaries are an off to live their ? does brussel have future to my family ??
#mbk on Feb 19, 2013 :
Bulgarian gal, check the prices and the revolution going on in your home country at the moment, especially utility prices vs wages. I'm applying for a post just outside Brussels, with wages approximately $85,000. The only thing I have to query here is the Belgian tax.
#Anonymous on Dec 04, 2012 :
Bulgarian girl, there is cheaper bread in Europe - in Serbia is currently around 0.36 eur - cheaper than in Bulgaria.
#Bulgarian girl on Dec 04, 2012 :
Come to live in Bulgaria! Its the cheapest country in Europe. For example white loaf is 0.50 euro cent. Everywhere in Eurpe is expensive for bulgarians
#Javier on Jul 05, 2012 :
Regarding Marie post: I live in Brussels since 2007 and 620€/month for a 100sq.m. place doesn't seem realistic at all.

The rent for a 80-100sq. meters apartment can usually be between 800-1100€, and I am not talking just about the centre area, but also other not so central districts.

You should add in addition commun charges, which I find quite high in comparison with my origin country, Spain. So you should add about +40€ if you take a small place, but +100€ or even more for larger flats.

Now (2012), I pay 610€ for a 44sq. meters studio (non furnished), and it is quite the standard. I payed 450€ (rental)+50€ (charges) for a 33sq. meters studio my first year.

Every year the rental is adapted to an inflation index, so you pay more and more.
On the other hand, your salary doesn't grow as fast as your rental, but lanlords are reluctant to negotiate.

Finally, when you leave because it became too expensive, you can discover that the owner is asking for a rental cheaper than the one you were already paying!
:(

Regarding the rest of the showed prices, I agree in general terms. You have to take into account that it is an average, and you might find cheaper prices sometimes.



#Marie on Mar 04, 2011 :
Hi,
I am from Brussels, have lived in Barcelona, I now live in London and I am not really convinced by any of the data I find.
Contrary to the given index, Brussels is a much cheaper city than London. Two years ago, we were paying 620 euros/month for a 100sq meters apartment in the city center.
In Barcelona, we were paying 1200 euros/month for 100sq meters in the City Center.
In London, a similar place in a good location would cost around £1800-2000/month.

Jordan's comment about restaurants is definitely relevant for Brussels. Because you can afford more space and a lovely flat at a decent price in Brussels, people tend to eat home and only go out for special occasions (once a week max). Restaurants are probably slightly more expensive than in Barcelona but definitely not more than in London. It all depends what you consider a restaurant.If a kebab place is a restaurant, than you can dine out for 3,5 euros in Brussels ;-)
I suppose the exchange rates also has a bias on your index and I am not sure it is relevant. If you live in Brussels, you usually get paid in Euros, if you live in London you are paid in Pounds...
#Mladen on Mar 02, 2011 :
jordan, you can create your custom indexes based on your lifestyle at "basket of goods and services". Perhaps the weight is higher on restaurants than it shall be, however, it's there to include bars as well (and estimate night life expenses). In the future I'll gather more data about goods and services consumption for the purpose to rebalance indexes. Thanks for your comment, although
#jordan on Feb 28, 2011 :
I live in NYC and wish to live in Brussels. It seems that other than meals out, Brussels is cheaper yet this index says otherwise. I must be missing somehting... ah 24% of your budget it restaurants! well... why not eat at home? they have supermarkets?

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