Cost of living in Utrecht, Netherlands

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.57
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.05
12 eggs, large €2.83
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.01
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.99
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.02
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of Coca-Cola €2.18
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.97
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,548
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €1,183
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €128
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €1,067
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €838
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €113
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €23
40” flat screen TV €414
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €144
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €8
Hourly rate for cleaning help €16
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €91
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €35
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €81
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €141
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €29,896
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.53
Monthly ticket public transport €101
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €20
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €4.28
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €11
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €42
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €3.76
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 €1.43
Tube of toothpaste €1.78
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €21
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €37
2 tickets to the movies €22
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €76
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €69
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.05
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.92
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €493
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.16
1 month of gym membership in business district €28
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 209 prices entered by 24 different people.
Latest price update: May 23, 2018.

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