Cost of living in Ghent, Belgium

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Food [Edit]
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 €4.45
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.03
12 eggs, large €3.02
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.98
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.54
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.68
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.46
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.45
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of Coca-Cola €2.26
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.24
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,014
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €792
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €137
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €715
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €533
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €122
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €35
40” flat screen TV €399
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €108
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €11
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €77
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €33
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €97
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €119
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €23,838
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.36
Monthly ticket public transport €45
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €27
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €9
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €26
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.75
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.75
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.42
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.29
Tube of toothpaste €2.57
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €23
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €35
2 tickets to the movies €21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €40
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €59
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.00
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.78
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €466
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.23
1 month of gym membership in business district €48
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €5.79
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 175 prices entered by 27 different people.
Latest price update: September 25, 2018.

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