How Much Money Spent Travelling Europe For 6 Months?

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Have you ever wondered how much does cost to study abroad in Europe for 6 months?

Now that I’m finally nestled back home in Singapore, I can complete my final tabulation of my exchange expenses.

I understand that travel expenses and living expenses are both very subjective. Many study abroad students are always perplexed as to how much to budget for Europe, or wondering if they should go to Europe as it is expensive since everything is 1.5 times more than Singapore, in €.

Below, you will see 2 major figures. I’ve split my expenditure between travels and living expenses.

All $ is stated in SGD.

How much money to travel Europe?

10 trips
15 countries
84 days travelling

Read: Europe Trip; 6 Months, 16 Countries, 55 Cities, 11 Languages

Total expenditure: $6991

Avg per trip: $699.10
Avg per day: $83

There were 2 trips that were not included in the expenditure because I travelled with my family and WL’s.

How Much Money Spent Travelling Europe For 6 Months?
Venice, Italy

This amount is contingent on how much you travel. Some immerse wholly in cultural exchange in their host country and school and hardly spend much travelling out.

My travelling style is that I would scrimp on food, accommodation and transport, preferring to prepare my own meals and walk. I walked around Santorini instead of hiring an ATV, and managed to spend only 53€ a day in Santorini.

I would spend, instead on experiences and places. I love hunting for local food, like I did in London, Ghent and Amsterdam.

Living expenses while studying abroad

Rouen Neoma Business School France

  1. 6-month Visa in France: $159.40
  2. Personal (NTUC) Insurance: $375
  3. 2-way SG-Europe:
    $486 (SG-Paris, MAS)
    $721 (Budapest-SG, Qatar)
  4. Accommodation/ month: $310.80 ($102 subsidy because France has a housing subsidy called CAF!)
  5. Living Expenses (97 days): $3497
    Per day: $36

Living expenses include: grocery, utensil, bedding, cookery, sanitation, household

So how much money did I spend studying abroad in Europe for 6 months?


The figure may not surprise you, as there are many travellers out there who’ve successfully travelled with little. For me, though, it comes as an astonishment.

Well, I did set out on this exchange wanting (or rather, having) to travel on a budget. Sailing to the European soil for the 1st time meant being ambitious and excited with and for my travel plans across Europe.

I have not spent lavishly most of the time I was abroad, sans special occasions and for rich experiences. I have diligently kept track of every single expense, from transport tickets to tipping, shopping & tours. This figure thus also includes my shopping, which was done mainly in 2 locations- Amsterdam, during the great winter sale (end Jan) and the UK.

A sample of my expense excel sheet is shown below.

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My expenses revolved around travelling and local experiences. How you want to budget your spending rests very much on your priorities, be it travel, local experience, food, social, shopping, etc. In my case, that was the order of importance.

Below shows the breakdown of my expenditure.

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For more tips on saving up while travelling, read How To Save on Accommodation and Transport While Travelling.

If you want to know how to save while travelling as a student, read 10 Student Travel Tips I Wish I’d Known Earlier.

Wondered how I funded for my exchange single-handedly?


Now that you’ve got an inside view of how much a typical exchange student spent, I hope it’ll help in planning for your next study abroad/ Europe trip!


5 Comment

  1. OMG. U IS SO DETAILED, with all the spreadsheets. I IS IN AWE. I must learn from Your Greatness.

    1. Awww. That means a lot to me. Thank you! 🙂

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