Costs of living in the Netherlands

Arranging your finances might be one of the most important aspects of preparing your stay in the Netherlands. To be able to make a good cost estimate, it is important to know what expenses and possible incomes to expect. Experience has shown that 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. This estimate does not include tuition fees and unforeseen costs, and should be used as a general indication of the costs of living. How much money you will actually need depends on your life style. The costs for housing, for example, may differ considerably. Also, if you plan to travel during your stay, you will obviously need more money. An example of an overview of average living expenses per month:

Accommodation€450 - €700
Books/study materials€100

Daily expenses
(food, drinks, clothes, going out, public transport, etc.)


Other (non-recurrent) expenses:


Visa and residence permit fees (non-EU students)


Bicycle (secondhand)

€50 - €100

Unforeseen expenses (high telephone bill, etc.)


A number of items with their average prices:

Cup of tea or coffee in a café€2,50
Cheese sandwich€3,00
Big Mac€3,15
Meal in a typical student restaurant€12,50
Cinema ticket€10,00
Hairdresser (cut and blow-dry)€25-€60

Further information about the costs of living in the Netherlands and related subjects can be found on:

Scholarships & grants

The Erasmus University and Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management do not offer grants or scholarships to international students. If you don't have the Dutch nationality and you are interested in obtaining a scholarship and/or grant from the Netherlands, there might be several possibilities to obtain a grant or scholarship. On the HEPL website you will find information about grant possibilities: Please keep in mind that there might also be a number of possibilities to obtain a scholarship or grant in your home country.