Cost of living in Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.82
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.07
12 eggs, large €2.81
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.87
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.91
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.94
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.45
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.33
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €6
2 liters of Coca-Cola €2.21
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.89
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,147
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €987
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €138
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €805
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €549
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €82
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €21
40” flat screen TV €469
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €126
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €10
Hourly rate for cleaning help €13
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €84
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €36
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €94
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €116
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €30,769
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.43
Monthly ticket public transport €67
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €17
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €26
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €36
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €2.64
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.66
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.82
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.63
Tube of toothpaste €1.69
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €23
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €43
2 tickets to the movies €23
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €102
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €67
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.81
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.90
iPod nano 16GB €151
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.19
1 month of gym membership in business district €36
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €7
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 270 prices entered by 45 different people.
Latest price update: February 24, 2017.

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