Cost of Living in Brussels

Summary about cost of living in Brussels, Belgium:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.50 € 10.71-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 € 48.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 € 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 € 2.00-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 € 3.00-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.18 € 2.00-4.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.39 € 1.80-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.14 € 1.50-3.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.81 € 2.54-7.38
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.47 € 0.91-2.27
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.89 € 0.45-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.72 € 1.59-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.58 € 3.63-9.98
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.08 € 2.27-5.44
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.81 € 4.08-8.16
Apples (1 lb) 1.04 € 0.45-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.82 € 0.45-1.63
Oranges (1 lb) 1.10 € 0.68-3.08
Tomato (1 lb) 1.04 € 0.45-1.81
Potato (1 lb) 0.67 € 0.45-1.13
Onion (1 lb) 0.64 € 0.45-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.21 € 0.99-1.90
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.11 € 0.50-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.00 € 5.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.64 € 1.00-2.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.84 € 1.50-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.70 € 6.00-7.65
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.40 € 1.80-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 € 49.00-55.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.70 € 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.12 € 2.90-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 € 30.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.25 € 4.39-6.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 € 22,000.00-27,245.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,977.50 € 20,000.00-25,920.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 122.38 € 90.67-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 € 0.10-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 43.15 € 33.30-50.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 31.47 € 20.00-70.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.58 € 15.00-28.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 € 10.00-13.50
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 756.67 € 700.00-859.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 21,435.00 € 12,000.00-36,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 76.52 € 40.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.45 € 20.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 78.00 € 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 116.74 € 65.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 844.00 € 700.00-1,195.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 690.18 € 550.00-900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,520.00 € 1,300.00-2,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,270.00 € 1,000.00-1,800.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 314.94 € 278.71-412.02
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 245.51 € 185.80-325.16
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,403.14 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.61 1.50-2.00

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Last update: February 2021
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13 Comments so far
Gemechis Tesfaye on Feb 03, 2021:
its a good and wonderful place to live in Belgium
Anonymous on Jan 23, 2021:
Who cares what China or Russia does? Who cares what Modi does? Who cares what Myanmar does? Nobody really cares what anyone does quite frankly.I'm looking forward to a world with much fewer people. Less traffic on the highways much fewer people while shopping much fewer opinions but many deaths people silenced now that's efficiency.There'll never be a vaccine for covid19 because it's uncontrollable now that's great factual news.The sounds of silence are more valuable than gold.
Anonymous on Jan 03, 2021:
China and Russia still deliberately support the genocide criminal Myanmar again during the recent UN assembly.

China communist party is the most inhumane organizations, not considering the suffering of the genocide victims of Rohingya though China itself suffered the most terrible atrocities as great as genocide under Japan empire during WW2.

Though India's relationship with Myanmar is much better than China's relationship with Myanmar, India abstained from voting at the Myanmar case against genocide crime in UN assembly recently, at least India didn't support the genocide criminal Myanmar.
India have a sense of humane dignity unlike inhumane China which deliberately supporting Myanmar for its genocide crime in the name of not interfering in its internal affairs.

Whatever China's supporting is non of the business of the world community as long as China is not the head of UN but the problem is that China is the head of UN so the world community is stuck with the untrustworthy China and no whatsoever justice and humane dignity would be rendered by the very inhumane China and Russia.

So without justice and humane dignity being place at the top agenda of China and Russia in its handling of UN matters, both should be kicked out of UN immediately by the world community or else UN is no longer relevant to the world community.
Anonymous on Oct 16, 2020:
Once blacklisted in US as a terrorist, Modi not only was a local terrorist once but also now proves to be a greater international terrorist by supplying a submarine to the genocide and war crime committing Myanmar puppet government and military controller.

It's time for the world to stop genocide and war crime by imposing economic sanction upon the genocide/war criminal such as Myanmar puppet government and military controller and the genocide/war supporter such as India, China, etc.
Daniel niyomugabo on Jul 20, 2020:
Hi,
I'm happy for those details above,
But I asked myself about how long can I get 400 Euro in Belgium? Thanks
Anonymous on Jul 14, 2020:
Kristian Schmidt is the most good for nothing EU ambassador in Myanmar who is like a foolish frog in a lake controlled by the corrupt Burma race instead of venturing in other lakes as well which are under all other races to see and understanding the truth and reality of the whole of Myanmar.
EU is indeed wasting money for 3 years on using this blind person as the ambassador in Myanmar.

Burma race is merely one of the 14 major races in Myanmar but also the one responsible for executing war crimes and genocides upon other races in Myanmar many times since British mistakenly handed over the reign of the whole Myanmar to the most dishonest Burma race in 1948.

Almost all investments to Myanmar seem to only benefit to the areas where are concentrated with the major Burma race so most areas where other races dwell are not yet developed strangely and even worse the Burma military has been waging endless wars against other races in their territoris in order to rob of other races's natural resources and valuable territories even until today.

So the place like Phakan under the territory of Kachin race has been completely controlled by the Burma military where the annual profit from the Jade output in Phakan is estimated to be worth more than 30 billions US dollar annually and all of the Jade is sold to China.

The gas produced from the territoris of other races is also exported to China and the money earned from the gas sale was once used before to completely build the current capital city of Myanmar called Nay Pi Taw wastefully.

Natural resources in Myanmar is massively abundant and is more than enough to feed and support all population of Myanmar well for many years to come and

no need for the western countries to donate and support Myanmar for survival unless all the natural resources in

Though gas is unusually abundant in Myanmar but it's a curse for all the people in Myanmar because the gas price in Myanmar is higher than surrounding countries now.

So the question is the corruption of the Burma race dominant government and military which endlessly abuses power for personal gain so Myanmar still appearingly look poor but not actually.
The Burma race is the most shameless too because this cunning Burma race don't want to share any of the profit from the earning and the manipulation of all other natural resources including teak, oil, ruby, gold, Jade, gas, etc.

So the fake democracy hypocrite and criminal accomplice Aung San Suu Kyi has been cheating upon EU and the world in dishonesty that they may be pursuaded into lending and donating millions and billions of US dollar to her dishonest Burma dominant government constantly as much as possible instead of restoring probably hundred of billions of US dollar from the most corrupt Burma millitary which earned annually from abusing and manipulation of all the natural resources in Myanmar.

Furthermore, almost all of the natural resources are coming from the territoris of other races in Myanmar so other races in Myanmar are most entitled to received the profit from the earning of all the natural resources in Myanmar instead of the Burma millitary.

According to the Panglong agreement in 1947 which led to the Independence of Myanmar from the British in 1948, it said to give full autonomy to all races in Myanmar in their respective territories upon independence but until now Burma race still cunningly denies to honour the Panglong agreement to grant full autonomy to all other races in their respective territory.

Honestly the democracy government in Myanmar is simply a pupet regime still controlled by the Burma millitary and the purpose of the fake-democracy pupet regime in Myanmar is to access millions and billions of US dollar from the western countries without obligation or as much as for free through lies and cheating so everyone in Myanmar knows it's a good business to have a fake democracy government to cheat cheap money endlessly from the western countries and consequently would strengthen the Burma military endlessly to the extent of being able to fully control and suppress all the other races unfairly one day in the very near future and then consequently the hope of all other races in Myanmar to restore their entitled full autonomy in their respective territories according to the 1947 Panglong agreement would be gone forever.
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.