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Living expenses for students in Maastricht, the Netherlands

To prepare for the future study in a whole new city like Maastricht, beside accommodations, living expense is another issue that students are most concerned of. Therefore, today we, as Flattrust, want to give you an insight into how much money/month a student usually spend in Maastricht. In addition, we will give a few tips in case you want to save some money. From the article, you can develop a suitable financial plan for your upcoming months in the area. Before we start, there’s one thing you need to notice: The article is based on the personal experience of a Flattrust staff, who is currently in her 2nd year of International Business at Maastricht University. The expenses can vary among students due to their difference in backgrounds and interests. Thus, you should take this article only as a suggestion and be flexible to adjust your budget.

This is the total expenses that Maastricht University lists out for incoming students. We will compare this with the actual expense that our staff pays per month.

  1. Housing

The average range of price for housing in Maastricht (for a private room in a student house) is about 350e – 400e. Depending on the location and the conditions of the room, pricing can be lower or higher. For example, if you want to live close to the city center, it can cost you about 400e-650e while in other areas (close to the border with Belgium), the rent is only 250e/month approximately. There are also some possibilities to find cheap rooms (around 300e-350e) in the city center or close to the universities, but those rooms are rented out very fast. Read more about: How to find a room in Maastricht?

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Our staff pays: 335e/month

  1. Groceries

If you are the kind of person who loves to cook for yourself at home, the money for groceries usually falls into 130-200e. Sometimes, with simple eating habit, you can save more, only 100e/month, if you are not keen on snacks or alcohol.

Our staff pays: 130/month

  1. Books and other necessities

Books and other necessities (such as printing, pens, notebooks,..) are obviously ones of the expenses that you need to pay for, as a student. Although normal textbooks may appear expensive at first, there are still some solutions to the problem. If you can still afford the books and want to use new ones, register in SCOPE (the school’s student organization), pay the membership fee of 50e/year and get the discount on purchasing textbook at Study Store (the bookstore). If you find the books are still expensive, even with the discount, try to go for secondhand books. There are some group on Facebook for secondhand books in Maastricht. It will help you save a lot of money. For printing, you can use Ricoh Printing service (they place a lot of those printers in the universities, so more flexible) or buy a secondhand printer to use at home, costs about 10e/month.

Our staff pays: 20e/month

  1. Transportation

If you have a car, you need to pay for the gasoline, insurance, as well as parking and parking fee in Maastricht is very high, so prepare yourself. If you want to use a bus or train, you need an OV-chipkaart.(a smart card to use for public transport in the Netherlands), put money in and use it as you go. However, the best and signature way of travelling in Maastricht, or the Netherlands in general, is by bicycle. This means of transport is not only cheap, but also good for your health and the environment. Maastricht is a small city, with the bicycle, you can go to every corner of the city. A second hand bicycle costs about 50e-80e and you can use it for your years of studying here.

Our staff pays: 20e/month (including the OV chipkaart)

  1. Relaxation, going out, sports

This type of expense varies most between students. Therefore, we will not discuss it here since it depends on many other aspects.

Our staff pay: 50e/month

  1. Clothing and personal care

Again, this expense also depends on the type of person, whether he likes to go shopping or taking care of himself a lot.

Our staff pays:30e/month

  1. Health insurance

If you’re 18 years old or older, you need a health insurance to work or study in the Netherlands. The insurance for international students costs about 40e-100e/month, depends on whether you’re working or not. We recommend using AON International Student package. It’s cheap and cover health, liability and travel insurance.

Our staff pays: 40e/month

  1. Telephone.

Since now we have wifi and internet almost everywhere, you do not need to spend a lot on telephone these days. And it depends on your use, of course.

Our staff pays: 10e/month

Total: 635e/month

Compare to the plan that Maastricht University creates, we can see that the total expense per month of our staff is lower. Therefore, if you are short on money, we believe that you can still manage the living expense in Maastricht.

If you have any questions regarding life in Maastricht, do not hesitate to contact us!

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