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Cost of living in the Netherlands

The cost of living in The Netherlands is relatively affordable for Western Europe. However, the cost of living in Amsterdam and other main Dutch cities is higher than living in smaller cities. Some costs are the same for every city in The Netherlands, like healthcare. The price of a basic healthcare insurance is around €100 per month. This includes primary care including the cost of prescription medicines. It is required by law to take out Dutch health insurance.

Below is a list of different cities in The Netherlands with costs of different categories. These costs have been collected from www.expatistan.com , with its info coming from internationals living in the respectable cities.

Cost of living in Amsterdam

Housing:

Monthly rent for 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area: €2.127
Monthly rent for 85 m2 furnished accommodation in normal area: €1.660

Utilities for 1 month (heating, electricity & gas) for 2 people in 85 m2 flat: €138
Internet 8 Mbps for 1 month: €29

Food:

Basic lunchtime menu in the business district: €14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal): €8
500 grams of boneless chicken breast: €4

Transportation:

1 liter of gas: €1,70
Monthly ticket public transport: €88
Taxi trip, basic tariff, 8km: €25

Entertainment:

Basic dinner out for two in neighbourhood pub: €43
2 tickets to the movies: €23
Cappuccino in expat area of the city: €3,50
Beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.): €4,57
1 month of gym membership in business district: €36
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes: €7

 

Cost of living in Eindhoven

Housing:

Monthly rent for 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area: €1.484
Monthly rent for 85 m2 furnished accommodation in normal area: €1.184

Utilities for 1 month (heating, electricity & gas) for 2 people in 85 m2 flat: €138
Internet 8 Mbps for 1 month: €20

Food:

Basic lunchtime menu in the business district: €14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal): €7
500 grams of boneless chicken breast: €3,92

Transportation:

1 liter of gas: €1,58
Monthly ticket public transport: €63
Taxi trip, basic tariff, 8km: €21

Entertainment:

Basic dinner out for two in neighbourhood pub: €45
2 tickets to the movies: €23
Cappuccino in expat area of the city: €2,66
Beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.): €4,92
1 month of gym membership in business district: €24
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes: €7

 

Cost of living in Rotterdam

Housing:

Monthly rent for 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area: €1.422
Monthly rent for 85 m2 furnished accommodation in normal area: €1.101

Utilities for 1 month (heating, electricity & gas) for 2 people in 85 m2 flat: €145
Internet 8 Mbps for 1 month: €22

Food:

Basic lunchtime menu in the business district: €13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal): €8
500 grams of boneless chicken breast: €4,02

Transportation:

1 liter of gas: €1,66
Monthly ticket public transport: €80
Taxi trip, basic tariff, 8km: €21

Entertainment:

Basic dinner out for two in neighbourhood pub: €47
2 tickets to the movies: €22
Cappuccino in expat area of the city: €3,38
Beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.): €4,33
1 month of gym membership in business district: €35
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes: €7

 

Cost of living in Utrecht

Housing:

Monthly rent for 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area: €1.490
Monthly rent for 85 m2 furnished accommodation in normal area: €1.1184

Utilities for 1 month (heating, electricity & gas) for 2 people in 85 m2 flat: €138
Internet 8 Mbps for 1 month: €23

Food:

Basic lunchtime menu in the business district: €13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal): €7
500 grams of boneless chicken breast: €4,25

Transportation:

1 liter of gas: €1,52
Monthly ticket public transport: €92
Taxi trip, basic tariff, 8km: €20

Entertainment:

Basic dinner out for two in neighbourhood pub: €39
2 tickets to the movies: €21
Cappuccino in expat area of the city: €3,19
Beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.): €4,57
1 month of gym membership in business district: €29
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes: €7

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