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Costs of Studying and Living in Belgium

As a student in Belgium, you can benefit from excellent higher education, but what are the Costs of Studying and Living in Belgium you should expect in this wonderful nation of waffles and chocolate?

Belgium is an alluring nation which conquers your heart effortlessly. Whether you’re a tourist or a foreign student, Belgium makes you feel completely at home with its brilliant sceneries, breath-taking architecture, and highly diverse environment.

University tuition fees in Belgium – Costs of Studying and Living in Belgium

Belgium is grouped into three regions:

  • the Flemish Region (or Flanders)
  • the Brussels – Capital Region
  • the Walloon Region (or Wallonia)

In the schools from Wallonia, non-EU/EEA candidates have to pay particular tuition fees, set by ARES (the Academy of Research and Higher Education). Still, these tuition fees cannot be higher than five times the amount the EU/EEA candidates have to pay.

In the Flemish Region, EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA nationals have to pay separate tuition fees as well, but they all start at about 900 EUR per academic year. Although tuitions fees are limited for EU/EEA candidates, for non-EU/EEA candidates they can grow based on each university.

You don’t have to worry, because Belgian schools are fair when they compute tuition fees. If it’s higher, it may be due to the candidate’s income, the type of study program, or the obtainable grants or scholarship awards.

Some tuition fees in Belgium are:

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  • KU Leuven – tuition around 835 – 9,000 EUR each year  
  • University of Namur – tuition around 835 – 4,175 EUR each year
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) – tuition around 835 – 4,500 EUR each year
  • University of Liége – average tuition of 835 EUR each year

Living costs in Belgium – Costs of Studying and Living in Belgium

Living costs in Belgium typically vary between 700 – 950 EUR per month. In large cities, you might require a larger budget, but this mainly depends on housing type and your spending habits.

Listed below are average living costs in some Belgian student cities:

  • Antwerp: between 780 – 1,230 EUR each month
  • Brussels: between 890 and 1,300 EUR each month
  • Gent: between 750 and 1,200 EUR each month
  • Leuven: around 800 and 1,300 EUR each month
  • Liege: around 700 and 1,100 EUR each month

Accommodation in Belgium – Costs of Studying and Living in Belgium

Prices for housing are in line with the global average when it comes to student halls of residence. However, when it comes to the private sector, fees are more.

You have three choices concerning finding accommodation in Belgium:

  • University halls of residence –can be around 200 – 400 EUR each month
  • In the private sector, averagely, a room for a student can be about 500 EUR each month
  • Renting/Sharing a studio apartment will cost you about 600 – 700 EUR each month. Prices are more for apartments that are near the city centre.

Also, remember utility bills! In student halls of residence, they are added in the price. If you rent a private place, water, electricity, internet, and other services can cost between 100 – 400 EUR each month.

Food costs in Belgium – Costs of Studying and Living in Belgium

Purchasing from the supermarket and cooking at home is the most affordable option when it comes to food. Averagely, you would spend about 300 EUR each month for your groceries. Some of the low cost supermarkets in Belgium are Aldi, Lidl, and Colruyt.

Eating out occasionally is a nice experience, and it is a good experience in Belgium. A meal in a cheap restaurant is between 10 and 20 EUR. With costs between 4 and 16 EUR, you can eat soups, platters of cheese and cold meats, salads, and patisserie at Le Pain Quotidien restaurant franchise.

If you favour seafood, you should be excited to learn about La Mer du Nord / De Nordsee, serving croquettes aux crevettes, fish soup, escargots de mer (whelks), smoked mackerel and salmon, pickled herring, hot dishes of crab and scallops, all for around 8 – 10 EUR.

Transportation in Belgium – Costs of Studying and Living in Belgium

Trains and buses are the least costly and most comfortable travel options while staying in Belgium. A monthly public transportation pass for students younger than 25 years old costs 50 EUR/month.

Another alternative is leasing or buying a second-hand bicycle. It’s a good way to exercise, take in some fresh air, and explore the Belgian city in which you’ll reside.

Extra costs – Costs of Studying and Living in Belgium

Here are other expenses while staying in Belgium:

  • Books: 35 – 50 EUR each month
  • Entertainment: 50 EUR each month
  • Health insurance: 20 – 30 EUR each month

If you are looking to purchase second-hand books, you can look for notice boards in your campus, as some scholars sell their books for good prices. You can also visit Stubooks.be, an online platform where scholars buy and sell their old books.

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