Cost of Living in Brussels, Belgium

Prices in Brussels

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Restaurants [Edit]
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 €
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 €
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.00 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.50 €
Cappuccino (regular) 2.59 €
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.12 €
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.76 €
Markets [Edit]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.02 €
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.52 €
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.83 €
Eggs (12) 3.02 €
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.87 €
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.99 €
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.28 €
Apples (1 lb) 0.73 €
Banana (1 lb) 0.69 €
Oranges (1 lb) 0.95 €
Tomato (1 lb) 1.05 €
Potato (1 lb) 0.54 €
Onion (1 lb) 1.63 €
Lettuce (1 head) 0.95 €
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.92 €
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.00 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.25 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.81 €
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5.80 €
Transportation [Edit]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.10 €
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 49.00 €
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.40 €
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.90 €
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 €
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.99 €
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 €
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 154.05 €
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.24 €
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 37.87 €
Sports And Leisure [Edit]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27.39 €
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.14 €
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.65 €
Clothing And Shoes [Edit]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 76.25 €
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 37.11 €
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 77.00 €
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 116.56 €
Rent Per Month [Edit]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 770.62 €
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 626.19 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,502.78 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,191.27 €
Buy Apartment Price [Edit]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 323.22 €
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 267.09 €
Salaries And Financing [Edit]
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,086.08 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.80

These data are based on 1048 entries in the past 18 months from 151 different contributors.

Last update: October, 2015

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11 Comments so far
##Nepali on Sep 02, 2015 :
Greetings from Nepal!

I have a experience of working in tourism industry and looking for a job in Brussels. If you have any please feel free to contact me at my email address.
#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 :
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.

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