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Costs of living in Rotterdam

Students living and studying in Rotterdam spend approximately €1,000 a month. This amount is needed to cover daily expenses, meals, accommodation costs, insurance, study books etc.


The biggest part of your budget will usually go up to your rent. The amount fro rent is between €400 and €700 per month depending on the area, type of accommodation and what is included in the rent. You can find more information about accommodation on our housing page.

Going out/ Eating out

Eating at a restaurant costs on average €15-€20 for a meal and a drink. For drinks on a night out you will be paying €3 for a beer and €8 for a cocktail. On average students spend around €150 per month on social activities.


Buying bread, milk, eggs, cheese, pasta, vegetables and fruits will cost you around €30-€40 per week. Students usually spend approximately €120-€180 on groceries per month.


The Netherlands has a good public transportation network. On average students spend around €35-€50 on public transport. This however also depends on the distance that you need to travel as travelling between cities can become expensive. The great thing about the Netherlands though is you can get around easily on a bike and this will save you a lot of money. A used bike will cost you €60-€100 and a new bike can cost anything from €150-€350. You can find more information about transport in the Netherlands on our public transport page.


You can choose between a prepaid SIM card and a contract. Students generally spend around €10 to €15 per month on data, calls and messaging. You can read more about obtaining a Dutch mobile number on our introduction page.


The type of healthcare insurance you need depends on your personal situation. A private student insurance costs between €40-€55 per month. More information about health insurance can be found on our health insurance page.

Gyms/ Hobbies

The Erasmus sports pass costs between €130-€200 per year. It is more expensive if you choose to sign up per month which will be between €25-€50 per month.

Text books/ materials

Text books are usually bought at the beginning of each semester but can also arise during a school block. On average students spend €150 on text books per semester.




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