Cost of living
The cost of living in the Netherlands might be different from the place you currently live and work. To get an idea of the cost of living in Delft in your situation, we listed below two useful websites.
To find out your net salary at TU Delft after taxes, please ask your HR contact person in the faculty for a calculation of your (future) salary.
The following overview gives an idea of the cost of living in Delft. It is based on the income of a starting postdoc (salary scale 10.0), living outside the city centre of Delft with a partner who has no income and 2 children.
Please note that this calculation is based on averages: actual costs can differ for each individual. No rights and claims can be derived from this sample calculation in any manner.
Big Mac index is a measure of the cost of living in the Netherlands, or the relative cost of living you might want to consider is the ‘Big Mac Index’, developed by The Economist. See as an example this page.
Monthly Yearly Gross salary (1 fte) 2721,667 32660 Reimbursement of commuting expenses. Spec. 20 240 General work-related expenses scheme contribution 27 324 Income tax* -515,25 -6183 Pension contribution** -133,67 -1604,04 Invalidity pension contribution** -1,08 -12,96 Total 2118,67 25424,00 *Taxes collected by the Dutch tax office (Belastingdienst). **After retirement or in case of disability a fixed amount will be paid out monthly.
- Holiday & bonus
Monthly Yearly Holiday allowance (payment with salary in May) 217,73 2612,80 Taxes holiday allowance* -107,23 -1286,80 End-of-the-year bonus (payment with salary in December) 225,90 2710,78 Taxes end-of-the year bonus* -111,26 -1335,06 Total 225,14 2701,72 *Taxes collected by the Dutch tax office (Belastingdienst).
- Child benefit (2 children)
Monthly Yearly Child benefit 179,30 2151,60 Total 179,30 2151,60
Monthly Yearly Rent (apartment 3 bedrooms, outside of city centre) 1086 13029 Electricity, heating, water (for 85 m2 apartment) 145 1737 Internet 36 427 Waste diposal levy 29 348 Sewage levy 18 220 Water system levy 10 123 Pollution levy 23 281 Total 1347 16164
Monthly Yearly Health insurance (incl. partner and 2 children) 250 3000 Liability insurance (incl. partner and children) 6 66 Total 256 3066
Monthly Yearly Groceries 400 4800 Car 350 4200 Clothing 150 1800 Telephone 20 240 Sports and leisure 100 1200 Total 1020 12240
The Dutch primary and secondary state education is free of charge and available to everyone. A (voluntary) yearly contribution of approximately 100 Euros is asked.
Private schools and international schools will cost money. The average costs are displayed below:
Monthly Yearly Preschool, private, 1 child 1200 14400 International primary school, 1 child 500 6000 Total 1700 20400