Costs of living & benefits

Average Costs of living and the benefits of living in the Netherlands

Below you can find an overview of the cost of living in the Netherlands. The estimated costs of living shows the costs of 3 different kind of households: a single, a two person and a family household (two adults and two children).

The average cost are per month is in euros.

Average costs of living Single Household Two-person Household Family household (two adults & two children)
Rent 800-1.000 900-1.100 1.200-1.500
Electricity/Gas 110 129 147
Water 10 15 21
Local Taxes 18 21 21
Health insurance
(basic)
113 226 226
Health insurance
(additional & dentist)
7-120 14-240 14-240
Insurance, legal liability 15 19 23
Food 198 360 600
Primary/secondary education
(Education is free, only a  “contribution”)
0 (Fees for international school)
Internet 25 25 25

 

General cost
International school

Average of 6.400-8.000 euro per year

Transport
  • Public transport, for more information look at  http://9292.nl/en or www.ns.nl/en
  • Car average of 300-620 euros per month (from small to full size car), including gas, insurance and write-off.
Child care

Average of 6-10 euro per hour per child.

Rent Utrecht
  • Free housing market: 650-2.000 euros per month (average is 1.350 euros)
  • Social/public housing: up till 711 excl. Per month
Liability insurance

3-8 euros per month

The above mentioned costs are based on:

The Benefits of living in the Netherlands

There are a lot of benefits of living in the Netherlands. Below you can find an overview.

  • 0-5 years old: 198 per quarter
  • 6-11 years old: 241 per quarter
  • 12-17 years old: 283 per quarter

Benefits, working in the Netherlands and at Utrecht University

  • Paid leave (Doorbetaald verlof) - NL
  • Leave:
    • Collective closing of buildings in holidays - UU
    • Leave for national holidays - UU
    • Special arrangements for leave (Buitengewoon verlof) - UU
    • Care leave (Zorgverlof) - NL
    • Parental leave (Ouderschapsverlof) - NL
    • Maternity leave (Zwangerschaps- en bevallingsverlof) - NL
  • Salary including:
    • 8% holiday pay - UU
    • 8,3% year-end bonus - UU
  • Costs of commuting (Reiskosten woon-werkverkeer) - UU
  • Extras for care and childcare - NL
  • Health care insurance (collectivity discount) - UU
  • Other insurances and discount - UU
  • Retirement arrangements - UU
  • Primary and secondary schools are free of charge - NL
    (schools have the right to ask for a contribution)