Cost of living in Brussels, Belgium

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.94
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.08
12 eggs, large €3.20
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.97
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.78
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.23
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.62
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.69
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €8
2 liters of Coca-Cola €2.12
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.23
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,209
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €929
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €169
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €823
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €598
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €95
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €38
40” flat screen TV €469
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €139
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €10
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €88
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) €86
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €140
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €22,847
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.25
Monthly ticket public transport €51
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €20
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €10
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €31
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €5.50
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €4.04
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.27
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.90
Tube of toothpaste €2.63
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €23
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €48
2 tickets to the movies €22
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €65
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €73
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.44
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.77
iPod nano 16GB €191
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.19
1 month of gym membership in business district €59
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €5.98
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,399 prices entered by 190 different people.
Latest price update: October 01, 2016.

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