The study and living expenses for a college or university student without a scholarship will amount to 14,103 euros in the next academic year. For a commuter student, 9,331 euros are enough.
As a result, the life of a student living in an apartment will become 197 euros more expensive in the academic year 2021-2022, that of a commuter student 86 euros. This is apparent from the annual calculations of the Thomas More University of Applied Sciences Center for Budget Advice and Research (CEBUD).
Depending on the family situation and income, the student can apply for a scholarship, which also reduces the tuition fee. This reduces the total costs by 849 euros.
A student’s costs can be divided into rigorous study costs, larger study costs, and living costs.
Strict study fees
Rigorous study costs are costs related to the study path that a student is following, such as the registration fee at the time of enrollment, costs for courses and textbooks, computer costs and expenses for a study trip, an internship and / or a thesis.
The enrollment fee for the academic year 2020-2021 is 962 euros for those who do not receive a scholarship. The scholarship fee is 113 euros. Costs for courses and manuals vary greatly depending on the course. An average of 259 euros per year to be paid for a university course and 243 euros for an applied science course.
For some items of expenditure, the CEBUD depends on research carried out by other research institutes. “New data from the Education Research Center show that spending on study materials and study travel has fallen sharply from previous research in 2009, while a larger group of students indicate that they have to bear these expenses,” says Ilse Cornelis, a researcher at the CEBUD -Tommaso Di Più. “The reference budget for the rigorous study costs for university courses will be 8 percent lower in 2021 than in 2020 and about 2 percent for university courses.”
The rigid tuition fees are the same for an apartment-living student and a commuter. It is 743 euros for a scholarship student and 1,592 euros for an off-scholarship student.
Larger study costs
The most generous study costs refer to the expenses necessary for traveling to and from campus, renting and furnishing a student room, and purchasing items such as a school bag or packed lunch.
An annual budget of an average of € 4,612 must be allocated for a student. The average rent for a private room is 358 euros per month. Most of the rooms are rented for a period of twelve months. In addition to the rent, consumption costs (for electricity, gas and internet) and various costs (for kitchen equipment, bed linen, etc.) must also be calculated.
The large budget of study expenses for commuting students using public transport is only a fraction of that of a student living in an apartment: around € 219 per year. If a student opts for a car, he charges at least € 3,000 per year for a used car.
cost of living
In addition to studying, there is also a need to live. Food, clothing, relaxation, health and personal care,… strictly speaking, have nothing to do with studying, but no student can do without them.
New this year is a crown supplement of 10 euros per month in the budget for personal care and hygiene. This covers the costs for surgical masks, hand sanitizer gel, paper towels, and extra water and hand soap.
CEBUD calculations show that the cost of living absorbs a larger budget than the direct and indirect costs of study combined: a minimum of 7,899 euros for a kot student and 7,520 euros for a commuter student. The difference is mainly in the higher costs for a student living in a student residence.
The researchers comment on the possible consequences of the corona crisis. ‘For the 2021-2022 academic year, the goal is to start in green code, with a maximum number of lessons taking place on campus. If changes are made during the course of the academic year – for example in the event of a lockdown or if the lessons are conducted again exclusively online – then student spending can be affected, “says Cornelis.
For example, the closure of student restaurants could lead to food spending on student housing reaching the same level as commuting. Transportation costs can also change dramatically.