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Study and Living Costs in the Netherlands for Pakistani Students 2020


estimated costs of Netherlands stduy and living for Pakistani students

The Dutch Universities follow the bologna system of education for quality assurance and evaluation and own notable reputation among academics all around the globe. You have made an exceptional choice if you have decided to study abroad in the Netherlands as it is one of the safest countries in the Europe with economical and political stability, healthiest air quality and high living standards. Netherlands is a Schengen state which allows international students to explore other European countries through Dutch student permit without requiring any further visa. The landscape of Netherlands is enchantingly beautiful and its diverse cultural population and welcoming environment enable foreign students to adjust quite quickly. Evaluating the study and living cost of a country you wish to stay in for your education abroad is extremely important, we have discussed the study and living cots in the Netherlands for foreign students in the following article:


Study Cost in the Netherlands for Foreign Students 2020

Each study programme at different academic level has exclusive tuition fee which varies from university to university. The EU nationals have relatively low cost tuition fee than Non-EU/EEA nationals. The tuition fee of private universities and colleges are higher than public universities. On average the tuition fee of different study programmes in the Dutch Universities for under graduate and post graduate levels are as follows:


Tuition Fee for Under Graduate Study Programmes in Different Dutch Universities 2020

  • Bachelors of Arts and Sciences from Utrecht University: € 3006 per year (3 years course)

  • Bachelors of Sciences from Tilburg University: € 5100 per year

  • International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies from Erasmus University Rotterdam: € 5900 per year (3 years course)

  • BSC in Economics and Business Economics from Utrecht University: € 6350 per year (3 years course)

  • ICT: Information & Communication Technology (English) from Fontys University: € 6400 per year (4 years course)

  • International Business Administration BBA from Wittenborg University: € 7500 per year (4 years course)

  • Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology from Maastricht University: € 7500 per year (3 years course)


Tuition Fee for Post Graduate (Masters) Programmes in Different Dutch Universities 2020

  • Master of Arts in General Theology from Radboud University: € 1951 per year (3 years duration course)

  • Masters of Arts in Philosophy - Philosophy and Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam: € 4000 per year (2 years duration course)

  • Masters of Sciences in European Master in Health Economics and Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam: € 6000 per year ( 2 years duration course)

  • Masters in Media, Art, Design & Technology from Hanze UAS: € 7500 per year (2 years duration course)

  • Master Control Systems Engineering from Han University: € 8465 per year ( 2 years duration course)

  • Masters of Sciences in Web and Language Interaction from Radboud University: € 9432 per year (2 years duration course)


Tuition Fee for Post Graduate (PhD) Study Programmes in Different Dutch Universities 2020

The tuition fee for doctorate study programmes may differ according to the study programme and university you have chosen. But approximately the tuition for PhD study programme for Pakistani students will be around 11,000 Euros for entire course.


Living Cost in the Netherlands for Foreign Students

The living costs in the Netherlands are higher than many European countries because of its dense population and tourist’s influx. Since Netherlands is located at a geographically central location in Europe, travelling from train to other countries is easy and in short time duration therefore it hosts a very large number of tourists and students from all around the world each year giving rise to accommodation rents and food costs. Foreign students would require approximately 800 to 1,200 Euros per month to afford their monthly living expenses in the Netherlands. In the cosmopolitan cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam the costs are higher than less populated cities. On average, monthly living cost for one person in Amsterdam is 1,000 - 1,500 EUROS, in Rotterdam 760 - 1,250 EUROS, in Delft 780 - 1,200 EUROS, in Eindhoven 850 - 1,350 EUR/ and in Enschede 650 - 920 EUROS.


Accommodation Cost:

  • A single room in dormitory: 350 to 450 Euros per month

  • 1 bedroom apartment or studio apartment in central city area: 950 Euros per month

  • 1 bedroom apartment or studio apartment in outside city area: 780 Euros per month

  • 3 bedrooms apartment in central city area: 1,600 Euros per month

  • 3 bedrooms apartment in outside city area: 1,200 Euros per month


Food and Beverages

  • Basic menu meal in an inexpensive restaurant for one person: 15 Euros

  • Basic menu meal in a mid-range restaurant for two persons: 60 Euros

  • Combo Meal for one person from McDonalds or McMeal or Equivalent Level Food Chain: 8 Euros

  • Half Liter Water Bottle: 0.33 Euros

  • 1 Liter Fresh Milk Bottle: 0.89 Euros

  • Loaf of Fresh White Bread: 1.15 Euros

  • 1 Kg White Rice: 1.76 Euros

  • Dozen Eggs: 2.30 Euros

  • 1 Kg Local Cheese: 10.34 Euros

  • 1 Kg Boneless Chicken Breast Meat: 8.50 Euros

  • 1 Kg Beef Round Meat: 15.47 Euros

  • 1 Kg Apples: 2.02 Euros

  • 1 Kg Bananas: 1.81 Euros

  • 1 Kg Oranges: 1.51 Euros

  • 1 Kg Tomatoes: 2.57 Euros

  • 1 Kg Potatoes: 1.33 Euros

  • 1 Kg Onions: 1.31 Euros



Most of the students in the Netherlands prefer riding bicycles for their day to day travel from university to dormitories because of low cost and traffic free path. The local transport of metro trains and buses in the country is also well managed and comfortable. The average cost of transport in Netherlands for students is:

  • One way ticket of local transport: 3 Euros

  • Monthly Student Transport Pass: 35 Euros per month


Other Expenditures

  • Utility Bills including gas, electricity and water: 150 Euros per month

  • One month internet connection subscription of 60 Mbps speed: 38 Euros

  • Fitness club membership card for one person: 28 Euros per month

  • Cinema ticket for international release movie for one person: 11 Euros


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