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Personal Expenses

To help you budget for additional out-of-pocket expenses in Amsterdam, see an estimate of what you might expect to spend during the semester. 

Sample Budget for a Semester in Amsterdam

Passport $135

Visa

Covered by ACM

Pre-departure medical costs

Varies

Airfare (Chicago to Amsterdam, round trip)

$1,200–1,700

Personal expenses¹

$2,000–4,000

Meals²

$1,125–1,500
Books and supplies Varies by course
Cell phone³ $0–80
Cell phone plan* $40$80
Rental/Purchased Bike $80125

¹ Includes personal travel and entertainment. See the cost of living in Amsterdam for examples of common personal expenses.

² Or about $300–400 per month.

³ You will be provided with a Dutch SIM card. The cost of your cell phone varies on phone preference, or if you use an unlocked US cell phone.

* Or about $10-$20 per month. Varies based on cell phone plan/package chosen by student


Cost of Living in Amsterdam

As you look at the following cost estimates for common personal purchases in Amsterdam, refer to www.xe.com for the current exchange rate between the US dollar and the euro (€).

Tram ticket €2.90
Taxi (flat rate to anywhere in city; 8km/5mi) €23
Movie ticket €11.50
Pint of beer €4.61
Liter of milk €1
Tube of toothpaste €2.31
Dinner at neighborhood pub €23
Local cheese (500 grams/16 oz) €6
Potatoes (1 kg/ 2 lbs) €1.63
Chicken (500 grams/16 oz)  €4.41
Combo meal in fast food restaurant  €7
Cappuccino €3
Shampoo €3.40
Laundry detergent (100 oz) €6
Feminine products €3.58

This page was updated on January 25, 2017.