Belgium is the country which has so specific strategic location in the European Union thus making it an important country for the whole region both economically and politically.
The cost of living in Belgium is considered quite high when we compare it to the European Union countries.
Even though how much you will have to earn so as to be able to live a normal life in Belgium is definitely up to you and your lifestyle, it is advisable to get familiar with the average prices that you will encounter once settling there.
Belgium is the country where culinary skills are valued and emphasized.
The quality and variety of dining places are of great importance here, and that is why you can either find cheaper options for not more than $20 per person, or the more posh one where meals can be $100.
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 17.29|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 4.61|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 2.31|
Groceries are somehow expensive here and many people tend to buy it at discounted prices in those supermarkets that offer it.
The foodstuff prices vary but the average spending on monthly groceries is around $120 per person.
Again, it all depends on the brands of food you buy and places where you purchase it.
|Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 1.11|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 1.95|
|Eggs (12)||$ 2.88|
The cities in Belgium have an excellent and well organized public transport.
In major Belgian cities it is sometimes advisable to use it rather than travel with your own car, and transport pass for the whole month would costs you approximately $50.
One way ticket is affordable only for those who do not often use public transportation.
|Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 2.54|
|Monthly Pass||$ 56.48|
Besides paying the rent which is not at all feasible if you get the minimum salary and have a big family, you need to have enough money to pay about $150 a month for utilities.
If the Internet service is added to that, than $200 a month would not be enough to cover these expenses.
|Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 159.15|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.21|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 51.26|
SPORTS & LEISURE
Entertainment options in Belgium are numerous.
They are designed so as to suit everyone’s budget and they are available in all major cities.
Paying $30 for a fitness pass is not expensive when compared to the living standard, but renting a tennis court for one hour of practice can be taken as expensive.
|Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 30.14|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 17.30|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 12.10|
CLOTHING & SHOES
Belgium is considered to have a high cost clothes, but when compared to some other countries with lower wages and worse standard of living, buying designer clothing items would not be too unreasonable.
Still, if you are coming from a less developed country, paying $100 for a pair of running shoes would not be taken as a bargain.
|Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 100.12|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 39.83|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 100.72|
RENT PER MONTH
Belgium has low mortgage interest rates and it is possible to buy your own property there.
If you still cannot afford that, you can rent an apartment in Belgium and pay a flat with only one bedroom $700 to $850, depending on the location.
|Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 832.59|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 696.12|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 1332.29|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Belgium?
Food is the expense of the utmost importance and that is why in every country the most money is spend on it.
The second major expense is always a rent for those who do not possess their own places.
Due to the fact that delicious cuisine is a symbol of Belgium, people like dining out in some of its amazing restaurants.
When commuting is in question, driving there is a good option even though gasoline prices are not low, but public transport is more advisable to those more economical ones, wanting to save some money on that.
The least money is spent on clothes which are quite expensive here.
Belgium: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
Before coming to live in Belgium, you should find out whether you are below or above the average Belgian wage and if you are planning to look for a job there, then how high salary to require.
Belgium is as expensive as many other European countries and Belgian employees earn $2200 per month on average.
The minimum salary is $1800, so the difference is not so high as in some other countries, and this makes Brussels the most attractive country to work in.
The mortgage interest rate is so low, that you might be able to afford your own place and save on the rent.
Cost of Living by City in Belgium
*Click the name of the city for more information.
|City||Cost of Living Index|