Cost of living in Utrecht, Netherlands

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.29
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.24
12 eggs, large €2.73
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.92
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.88
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.52
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.03
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €8
2 liters of Coca-Cola €2.10
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.95
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,352
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €1,034
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €122
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €919
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €637
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €101
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €21
40” flat screen TV €457
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €154
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €7
Hourly rate for cleaning help €16
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €89
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €32
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €93
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €139
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €30,098
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.52
Monthly ticket public transport €107
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) €4.78
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €12
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €31
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €3.33
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.77
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.68
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.42
Tube of toothpaste €1.78
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €20
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €35
2 tickets to the movies €20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €74
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €66
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €7
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.16
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.84
iPod nano 16GB €170
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.15
1 month of gym membership in business district €29
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 237 prices entered by 32 different people.
Latest price update: March 23, 2017.

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