Student budget and expenses

Studying at a university, and student life in general, costs money. Since everyone's spending habits and lifestyles are different, it is hard to predict exactly how much money you will need. However, the information below should provide you with a rough indication of the costs of being a student at Radboud University living in Nijmegen.

Pre-Master's students pay a fee instead of tuition. The amount of the pre-Master's fee depends on the number of ECTS (study credits). The fee for the academic year 2024-2025 is €42.17 per ECTS with a maximum of €2,530.

Additionally, If you wish to stay fit and active during your studies, the Radboud Sports Centre offers a student subscription for only €157.50 per year for unlimited access to the sports centre.

Average expenses per month (€)

Dutch students

EU/EEA students

Non-EU/EEA students

Tuition fee (2024-2025) €253 €253 €1,150 - €2,200
Accommodation* €426 €450 - €600 €450 - €600
Study books and materials €49 €49 €49
Insurance (health & liability)** €131 €42 €42
(Public) transport €72 €72 €72
Groceries €173 €173 €173
Leisure spending €124 €124 €124
Clothing and shoes €53 €53 €53
Subscriptions €23 €23 €23
Contingencies (gifts, charities, etc.) €55 €55 €55
Total €1,359 €1,294 - €1,444 €2,191 - €3,391

Source:, 2021

* Accommodation costs can be higher for international students, as some rooms can be delivered furnished if Radboud University provides accommodation assistance.

** Insurance expenses for international students depend on your insurance package and whether you work in the Netherlands. The costs in the table are in addition to the costs of insurance you might have in your home country.

Note: Students from outside the EU/EEA must also pay a one-time visa and residence permit fee of about €210 and, if applicable, a €51 fee for a tuberculosis test.


The information above has been compiled with the utmost care and should be accurate. However, no rights can be derived from its content.