Cost of living in Ghent, Belgium

Summary of cost of living in Ghent

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,186
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,503
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Ghent, Belgium. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.67
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.97
12 eggs, large €2.28
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.87
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.47
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.70
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.22
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.71
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of coca-cola €2.45
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.18
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,020
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €836
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €155
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €779
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €531
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €123
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €29
40” flat screen tv €383
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €117
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €11
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €79
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €43
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €93
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €129
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €23,515
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.34
Monthly ticket public transport €48
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €28
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, ...) €4.50
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.72
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.39
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.36
Tube of toothpaste €2.40
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €22
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) €48
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €51
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.09
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.65
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €438
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.23
1 month of gym membership in business district €27
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €6
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 38 prices entered by 11 different people.
Latest price update: January 16, 2021

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