Costs of Living in Amsterdam


You need to budget for two main categories of costs if you come to study at the John Stuart Mill College:

  • Your tuition fee
  • Your personal and daily living expenses

The overview below gives you an estimate of the cost of studying at the J.S. Mill College. The actual costs will vary (apart from the set fees), depending on your personal lifestyle.

All in euro, per year 2016-2017
Dutch and EU/EEA
non EU/EEA
Tuition fee* 4.000 11.000
Accommodation (at most)** 6.660 6.660
Insurance (approximate)*** 460 460
Books (rough estimate) 600 600
Visa/residence permit (approximate) 320
Living expenses (including food – rough estimate) 3600 3600
Total 15.260 22.640

* “Dutch and EU/EEA” refers to those students who pay the statutory tuition fee. Students not eligible to pay the statutory tuition fee pay the “non-EU/EEA” tuition fee.
** Adding together rent, service costs, costs for internet/tv connection, and municipal taxes. These costs are based on the most expensive rooms. The costs may also be lower if you find a unit that makes you eligible for rent benefit (huurtoeslag).
*** For non-Dutch students. The exact amount will vary according to your individual circumstances (see, for example, links below).


The International Office of VU Amsterdam helps international PPE students with finding accommodation for the first year of the programme – a huge plus, as it can be very difficult to find somewhere to live in Amsterdam. More information on student accommodation in Amsterdam can be found on the bachelor platform of VU Amsterdam. Dutch students are required to find their own housing.


You will need health insurance, and it is highly recommended that you also take out appropriate general third-party insurance (liability insurance). So don’t forget to budget for these costs as well.

Books, meals, travel, etc …

You will need to buy essential books for your studies, and cover your meals and drinks, your mobile phone bill, etc. etc. Have you got a bike and/or public transport pass? You will want to be able to get around the city, so bear that in mind.

You should also budget some money for unexpected expenses (if your bike gets stolen, or your laptop needs repairing or replacing, for example).