- the cost of studying, which is a direct consequence of your actual studies (college material,
housing and transport )
- the cost of living, which always arises regardless of the situation (food, leisure)
- The cost of staying at a hostel is between €20 and €25 per night for a bed in a dormitory, and around €35 per night for a single room.
- The price of a single or double room in hotels is around €55 to €90 per night, breakfast included.
Restaurants and bars
Fast food such as pita, fries or pizza can be purchased for under €10 at several places all over town. Fast-food chains are also a cheap option. Dinner at a regular restaurant can cost between €15 and €30.
Note: Tipping isn’t mandatory. Contrary to social custom in other countries, neglecting to tip your waiter in Belgium doesn’t automatically make you a monster.
Belgium has plenty of supermarket chains to choose from. Many will have in-store bakeries that sell a selection of bread and pastries. Some examples: Delhaize, Lidl, Colruyt, Aldi, Carrefour, Albert Heijn…
Wondering what to do during your spare time in Belgium?
The leisure costs depend on the activities you choose. Here are some average prices for tickets:
- Cinema ticket: 12 euro
- Museum ticket: 11 euro
- Theme park ticket: 32 euro
- Public swimming pool ticket: 4-5 euro
- Escape room ticket: 30 euro
Discover many activities here:
Many museums, exhibitions and public institutions will give a discount to students and/or anyone under 26 years old. Make sure you have your student card or ID on you when museum-hopping to experience the works of Magritte, Rubens and other iconic Belgians at a bargain.