Cost of Living

Cost of Living in Melbourne

The below tables show you the different costs of basic, everyday needs in Melbourne.

FOOD

BASIC LUNCHTIME MENU (INCLUDING A DRINK) IN THE BUSINESS DISTRICT $16.00 AUD
COMBO MEAL IN FAST FOOD RESTAURANT (BIG MAC MEAL OR SIMILAR) $10.00 AUD
500GR (1 LB.) OF BONELESS CHICKEN BREAST $6.00 AUD
1 LITER (1 QT.) OF WHOLE FAT MILK $1.33 AUD
12 EGGS, LARGE $6.00 AUD
1 KG (2 LB.) OF TOMATOES $4.57 AUD
500 GR (16 OZ.) OF LOCAL CHEESE $8.00 AUD
1 KG (2 LB.) OF APPLES $4.05 AUD
1 KG (2 LB.) OF POTATOES $3.33 AUD
0.5 LITRES (16 OZ.) DOMESTIC BEER IN THE SUPERMARKET $4.59 AUD
1 BOTTLE OF RED TABLE WINE, GOOD QUALITY $18.00 AUD
2 LITRES OF COCA-COLA $3.45 AUD
BREAD FOR 2 PEOPLE FOR 1 DAY $1.97 AUD

CLOTHES

1 PAIR OF JEANS (LEVIS 501 OR SIMILAR) $107.00 AUD
1 SUMMER DRESS IN A HIGH STREET STORE (ZARA, H&M OR SIMILAR RETAILERS) $68.00 AUD
1 PAIR OF SPORT SHOES (NIKE, ADIDAS OR EQUIVALENT BRANDS) $151.00 AUD
1 PAIR OF MEN’S LEATHER BUSINESS SHOES $165.00 AUD

PERSONAL CARE

COLD MEDICINE FOR 6 DAYS (TYLENOL, FRENADOL, COLDER, EQUIVALENT BRANDS) $10.00 AUD
1 BOX OF ANTIBIOTICS (12 DOSES) $18.00 AUD
SHORT VISIT TO PRIVATE DOCTOR (15 MINUTES) $70.00 AUD
1 BOX OF 32 TAMPONS (TAMPAX, OB, …) $5.82 AUD
DEODORANT, ROLL-ON (50ML ~ 1.5 OZ.) $5.66 AUD
HAIR SHAMPOO 2-IN-1 (400 ML ~ 12 OZ.) $5.99 AUD
4 ROLLS OF TOILET PAPER $3.02 AUD
TUBE OF TOOTHPASTE $4.45 AUD
STANDARD MEN’S HAIRCUT IN EXPAT AREA OF THE CITY $27.00 AUD

HOUSING

MONTHLY RENT FOR 85 M2 (900 SQFT) FURNISHED ACCOMMODATION IN EXPENSIVE AREA $2,884.00 AUD
MONTHLY RENT FOR 85 M2 (900 SQFT) FURNISHED ACCOMMODATION IN NORMAL AREA $2,199.00 AUD
UTILITIES 1 MONTH (HEATING, ELECTRICITY, GAS …) FOR 2 PEOPLE IN 85 M2 FLAT $275.00AUD
MONTHLY RENT FOR A 45 M2 (489 SQFT) FURNISHED STUDIO IN EXPENSIVE AREA $2,007.00 AUD
MONTHLY RENT FOR A 45 M2 (480 SQFT) FURNISHED STUDIO IN NORMAL AREA $1,391.00 AUD
UTILITIES 1 MONTH (HEATING, ELECTRICITY, GAS …) FOR 1 PERSON IN 45 M2 (480 SQFT) STUDIO $390.00 AUD
INTERNET 8 MBPS (1 MONTH) $60.00 AUD
40” FLAT SCREEN TV $698.00 AUD
MICROWAVE 800/900 WATT (BOSCH, PANASONIC, LG, SHARP OR EQUIVALENT BRANDS) $209.00 AUD
LAUNDRY DETERGENT (3 L. ~ 100 OZ.) $4.59 AUD
1 BOTTLE OF RED TABLE WINE, GOOD QUALITY $11.00 AUD
2 LITRES OF COCA-COLA $3.45 AUD
HOURLY RATE FOR CLEANING HELP $29.00 AUD

TRANSPORTATION

VOLKSWAGON GOLF 1.4 TSI 150 CV (OR EQUIVALENT), WITH NO EXTRAS, NEW $28,517.00 AUD
1 LITER (1/4 GALLON) OF GAS $1.24 AUD
MONTHLY TICKET PUBLIC TRANSPORT $140.00 AUD
TAXI TRIP ON A BUSINESS DAY, BASIC TARIFF, 8 KM. (5 MILES) $20.00 AUD

ENTERTAINMENT

BASIC DINNER OUT FOR 2 IN NEIGHBORHOOD PUB $51.00 AUD
2 TICKETS TO THE MOVIES $39.00 AUD
2 TICKETS TO THE THEATRE (BEST AVAILABLE SEATS) $287.00 AUD
DINNER FOR 2 AT AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN THE EXPAT AREA INCLUDING APPETISERS,
MAIN COURSE, WINE AND DESSERT
$96.00 AUD
1 COCKTAIL DRINK IN DOWNTOWN CLUB $18.00 AUD
CAPPUCCINO IN EXPAT AREA OF THE CITY $4.14 AUD
1 BEER IN NEIGHBORHOOD PUB (500 ML OR 1 PT.) $9.00 AUD
IPOD NANO 16GB $222.00 AUD
1 MIN. OF PREPAID MOBILE TARIFF (NO DISCOUNTS OR PLANS) $0.64AUD
1 MONTH OF GYM MEMBERSHIP IN BUSINESS DISTRICT $73.00AUD
1 PACKAGE OF MARLBORO CIGARETTES $27.00 AUD

These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,069 prices entered by 544 different people. Latest price update: March 20, 2017.