Living expenses

Estimated monthly living expenses.

On average, you will need  €860 – €1400 per month to cover your living expenses. Please note that this is a general guideline only, and excludes tuition fees, visa and residence permit fees, or unforeseen costs.

How much money you actually need will depend on your lifestyle and spending habits. An indication of likely expenses is given below. 

Non-recurring expenses
Tuition fees
Administration fees required by housing office/agent
If applicable: visa and residence permit fee

Monthly expenses 

Rent (incl. water and electricity)


€360 - €650

General living expenses (food, clothes, phone, personal


€300 - €400

Transport (depending on where you live and whether
you ride a bicycle)


€40 - €100

Health and liability insurance


€40 - €120

Books/study materials (depending on study programme)


€50 - €100

Social activities and events


€70 - €100






€860 - €1,400

Please note
Due to the housing situation in Leiden and the Hague it is possible that you won’t be able to pay less than  € 550 in rent, and that you will have to commute between Leiden and the Hague, which will cost around  € 100 per month. Therefore, we advise you  to take into account that it is well possible your living expenses will amount to at least € 1110 per month.


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Last Modified: 16-07-2015