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Cost of Living in Brussels

Summary about cost of living in Brussels:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 € 10.00-18.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 € 50.00-75.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 7.50-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 € 3.00-4.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.00 € 3.00-4.50
Cappuccino (regular) 2.87 € 2.50-3.50
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.16 € 1.50-3.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.98 € 1.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.13 € 2.84-6.81
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.80 € 1.17-2.27
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.95 € 0.45-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.88 € 1.50-4.20
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.84 € 5.44-9.07
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.18 € 2.72-5.44
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.41 € 4.99-7.71
Apples (1 lb) 0.88 € 0.68-1.13
Banana (1 lb) 0.74 € 0.50-1.13
Oranges (1 lb) 0.87 € 0.59-1.27
Tomato (1 lb) 0.92 € 0.54-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.55 € 0.41-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.53 € 0.34-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.25 € 1.00-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.87 € 0.50-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.00 € 6.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.48 € 1.00-2.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.13 € 1.40-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.00 € 6.00-6.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.10 € 2.00-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 49.00 € 49.00-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.70 € 2.40-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.90 € 2.90-3.70
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 € 30.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.20 € 4.92-5.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,000.00 € 19,990.00-22,625.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,790.00 € 18,000.00-23,640.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 125.02 € 80.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.23 € 0.10-0.40
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 43.67 € 30.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 24.18 € 20.00-35.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.17 € 8.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.30 € 10.00-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 658.53 € 420.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 22,162.50 € 12,000.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 85.32 € 50.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 31.62 € 20.00-45.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 85.79 € 70.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 113.15 € 80.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 813.72 € 650.00-1,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 692.95 € 600.00-800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,378.33 € 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,163.33 € 950.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 294.96 € 260.13-371.61
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 241.90 € 213.68-278.71
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,017.51 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.05 1.80-2.50

Prices in Brussels

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Last update: June 2018
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11 Comments so far

#Mervin on Mar 29, 2018 :
Given a 60000 euro income annually (gross), can I still llive decently with my wife and a 8 year old kid? Do you think I can still save some per month?
#Anonymous on Feb 01, 2018 :
comment to « cost of international primary school, brussels »

three types in belgium:

1. public subsidized (european schools, for eurocrats) : 0 per year
1. private subsidized: 4,000 - 6,000 per pupil and year
2. private non-subsidized: 15-17,000 per year
#Anonymous on Jan 04, 2018 :
I leave in London and I want move to Brussels someone can
Help me ? If is a good opportunity?
#Varma on Nov 27, 2017 :
Can work in Belgium with a UK tier 2 general visa?
#Aikhorin V on Jul 01, 2017 :
I have a experience of working in tourism;HOTEL AND SALES industry and looking for a job in Brussels. If you have any please feel free to contact me at my email address. Endurance aikhorin@gmail.com
#Jeewan on Mar 17, 2017 :
Hi!
I am waiting for receive admission from university to do msc course. Can I do a part time job and what is the normal salary.While i am studying can i bring my family.please give me advise soon

Thank you
#Anonymous on Feb 07, 2017 :
Hi, for all those interested in the gross/net conversion it varies a lot.

Here's a tool to help you out: http://www.partena-professional.be/en/category/products-and-services/software-and-online-tools/simulations-and-tools/gross-net-simulation/

It's safe to assume that you will be deducted around 40% to 45% of your gross income (again, depending on your situation).

In Brussels you will have to account for around 700€ for a "basic" apartment rent (1 room, ok area). then another 150€ for your utilities (Heating/water/electricity/internet).

Public transport, when you have a job, is usually paid by your employer (double check), but a yearly pass costs around 400€.

For food, again depending on how much you consume, you have to account for around 200€ to 300€ per month (talking only about supermarket)

So, basically, you need at least a salary (net) of 1100€ for your basic needs, and add to that if you want to travel and eat out.

A good starting salary for a single person, in my opinion, would be 1600€ and above.
#bensu on Aug 30, 2016 :
Hello, I have a job in Brussels for € 3000 per month, what would be my life standards with this money?
##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. pyc.suman@gmail.com
#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