The Netherlands is approximately equally expensive as any other Western European country. How much money you spend additionally will depend on yourself. You can make it as cheap and as expensive as you want.
In cheap grocery stores (like the German discounters Aldi and Lidl), you really don’t pay much for decent quality food. Some students are surpised to see a whole bread priced at 1 euro, bottles of soda for less than 1 euro or wine bottles for less than 3 euros. Good to know that even in the village next to our resort in Drenthe, there is a Lidl grocery store.
If you go to a bar, you will pay between 2,50 and 3,00 for a drink. The cheapest restaurants (even in Amsterdam) provide tourist meals or pizza’s for about 10 euros. But if you want quality dining, you may spend 30-40 euro on a meal in a restaurant.
Tickets for museums usually rate at 10-15 euros. Public transport: travelling within the city 1-3 euros per ride. Train tickets: 50 km approximately: 10 euros (one-way), cross the Netherlands for 25 euros (one-way).
Amsterdam hotels, but also apartments by Airbnb are extremely expensive! Our student residence is great value for money. Warning: if you book our lessons-only package with the idea to book a hotel at the last moment, you are going to spend thousands of euros extra. Please plan in advance!