Cost of living in Berkeley, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in Berkeley, California

Family of four estimated monthly costs: $6,426
Single person estimated monthly costs: $4,160
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List of prices in Berkeley, California, United States. Current as of Oct 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.17
12 eggs, large $5.08
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.60
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $9
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.55
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.01
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.70
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.04
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.83
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $3,816
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $2,731
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $191
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $2,634
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $2,008
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $101
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $64
40” flat screen TV $332
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $134
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $12
Hourly rate for cleaning help $21
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $53
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $52
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $104
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $204
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $24,942
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.99
Monthly ticket public transport $101
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $18
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $131
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $12
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.51
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $7
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.30
Tube of toothpaste $2.34
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $23
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $47
2 tickets to the movies $27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $166
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $101
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.04
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $8
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $433
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $82
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $10
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 192 prices entered by 13 different people.
Latest price update: October 22, 2019

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