Cost of living in Brussels, Belgium

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.85
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.06
12 eggs, large €3.15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.31
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.95
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.03
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.29
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.82
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.19
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,225
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €924
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €156
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €836
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €625
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €99
Internet 8MB (1 month) €33
40” flat screen TV €435
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €130
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €8
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €81
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €38
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €83
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €115
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €20,810
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.32
Monthly ticket public transport €53
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €21
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €9
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €33
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €5.03
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.40
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.06
4 rolls of toilet paper €2.22
Tube of toothpaste €2.64
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €24
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €43
2 tickets to the movies €20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €59
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €68
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.56
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.72
iPod nano 16GB €191
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.25
1 month of gym membership in business district €60
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €5.68
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,147 prices entered by 575 different people.
Latest price update: February 08, 2016.

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