I am interested in pursuing a masters programme in Belgium and one of the benefits of the scholarship I saw is an 860 euro allowance per month. I am wondering if anyone knows if this will be enough? i am from the Philippines and the cost of living here is different so I have no idea how far an 860 euro budget can go. by the way, the allowance will cover for food, public transport and personal expenses, excluding rent.
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For once, I think it's possible to give a general opinion. EUR 860 is slightly over the level of welfare benefits (revenu d'intégration) and it's lower than the minimal wage for full-time work (between EUR 1000 and EUR 1400 depending on age). Median (after-tax) wage is EUR 1800.
But rent is a big item so your allowance should provide a comfortable income if you don't have to pay for accommodation out of it.