In Belgium, the monetary unit is the euro (€). This currency is currently in force in 19 European countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia.
In addition to the tuition fees, your budget mainly depends on the type of accommodation chosen and your lifestyle.
Here are a few figures that will give you some idea of the monthly expenses you will need to cover:
Healthcare (insurance, medical costs)
Miscellaneous (telephone, leisure …)
Or a total of around
930 €/ month
Here are also a few examples of prices in Belgium:
A newspaper (daily)
10 bus/tram/underground tickets
3.50 to 4.80 €
One entrance ticket to the Belgian Comic Strip Centre
A cinema ticket
A can of soft drink
A loaf of bread (800 gr)
- International students have the possibility of opening a bank account in Belgium, thus having the right to a bank card accepted in most stores and automatic teller machines. Opening a bank account can take several days. For the first days of your stay in Wallonia-Brussels, you will therefore have to bring some money with you.
- Credit cards are also widely accepted. Before you leave your home country, it may be useful to consult your bank to find out whether it has a local branch in Belgium, which can facilitate your transactions.
- Within higher education institutions, there are social services that can advise you and come up with solutions to better organise your student life.