Cost of living

Want to pursue the study of your dreams at HAN? Then you’ll want to start making a financial plan to cover the costs of your time abroad. Living in Arnhem or Nijmegen is a lot more affordable than living in bigger Dutch cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

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Nijmegen mensen in winkelstraat met kerk op achtergrond
A shopping street in Nijmegen

Average cost of living in Arnhem and Nijmegen

As a rule of thumb, you need about €1000 per month to live comfortably as a student. This includes rent, but not tuition fees. Read more to find out about the cost of living in Arnhem and Nijmegen. And discover valuable tips and tricks to save money as a HAN student.  

Monthly expenses

What Approx. cost per month

Student room with shared facilities

€400 to €675





Public transportation

€50 to €100

Health insurance

€100 to €150



Mobile phone


Swapfiets (rental bike with free repair service)


Other expenses 


Approx. price




€25 to €60

Coffee and tea




A glass of wine


Sandwich at the canteen


Dinner at a student restaurant

€15 to €20

Entrance fee for a nightclub

€10 to 15 

Entrance fee for a museum

€10 to 20



Armoede in beeld. Geld tellen
You can easily save a lot of money as a student

Saving money as an international student

You don’t want to spend more than necessary on your expenses while living abroad. The good news is: saving up money is easy once you know about all the tips and tricks. It's easy to save money as a student on things as food, transportation, shopping and leisure. Curious about how you can financially benefit from being a HAN student? Find out how you can make the most out of your money.

Curious about other ways to help you cover your expenses? Check out our pages on scholarships and working in the Netherlands