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Cost of Living in Brussels

Summary about cost of living in Brussels:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 € 12.00-18.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 € 50.00-70.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 7.50-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 € 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.75 € 3.00-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.82 € 2.00-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.96 € 1.10-3.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.08 € 1.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.15 € 3.41-6.62
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.77 € 1.17-2.27
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.04 € 0.45-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.87 € 1.50-4.20
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.77 € 5.44-9.07
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.25 € 2.72-5.44
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.14 € 4.99-7.71
Apples (1 lb) 0.93 € 0.68-1.13
Banana (1 lb) 0.75 € 0.54-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.94 € 0.68-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 0.94 € 0.68-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.54 € 0.36-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.53 € 0.36-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.42 € 1.00-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.86 € 0.50-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.00 € 6.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.41 € 0.99-2.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.34 € 1.50-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.50 € 6.00-6.80
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.10 € 1.70-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 49.00 € 49.00-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 € 2.40-4.40
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) 5.40 € 4.92-6.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,500.00 € 19,000.00-22,500.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,211.82 € 18,000.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 134.49 € 81.30-212.50
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.23 € 0.10-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 42.54 € 30.00-59.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 25.18 € 20.00-35.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.07 € 8.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.50 € 10.00-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 664.00 € 450.00-800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,100.00 € 12,000.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 86.55 € 45.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.19 € 20.00-49.99
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 81.52 € 60.00-115.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 113.12 € 80.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 814.08 € 700.00-950.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 703.23 € 600.00-850.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,390.81 € 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,168.42 € 1,000.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 281.45 € 232.26-325.16
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 240.22 € 185.80-311.22
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,033.09 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.11 1.80-2.50

Prices in Brussels

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Last update: October 2018
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9 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