Cost of living in Nigeria

Summary of cost of living in Nigeria

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 1,949,948 ₦
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,465,237 ₦
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,563 ₦
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 2,934 ₦
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,150 ₦
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,285 ₦
12 eggs, large 833 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 989 ₦
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 5,019 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,236 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 985 ₦
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 381 ₦
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,452 ₦
2 liters of coca-cola 660 ₦
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 560 ₦
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 1,773,070 ₦
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 776,968 ₦
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 44,622 ₦
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 633,261 ₦
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 300,161 ₦
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 29,638 ₦
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 22,655 ₦
40” flat screen tv 119,635 ₦
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 74,342 ₦
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 3,231 ₦
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 6,866 ₦
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 14,269 ₦
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 25,310 ₦
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 25,580 ₦
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 7,502,580 ₦
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 169 ₦
Monthly ticket public transport 10,403 ₦
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,720 ₦
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,921 ₦
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 18,132 ₦
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 2,204 ₦
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 937 ₦
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,852 ₦
4 rolls of toilet paper 900 ₦
Tube of toothpaste 663 ₦
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 1,754 ₦
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 10,095 ₦
2 tickets to the movies 5,899 ₦
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 19,661 ₦
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 15,587 ₦
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,405 ₦
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,158 ₦
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 690 ₦
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 144,218 ₦
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 25 ₦
1 month of gym membership in business district 15,081 ₦
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 713 ₦

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Map of Cost of Living in Nigeria

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This map shows only the top cities in Nigeria. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Nigeria

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Lagos 120
2nd Calabar 81
3rd Abuja 77

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Prices recently added

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Lagos costs 842,308 ₦ (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Lagos costs 2,119,430 ₦ (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Lagos costs 316,818 ₦ (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Lagos costs 677,487 ₦ (4 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Lagos costs 25,840 ₦ (4 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Lagos costs 24,293 ₦ (4 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Lagos costs 9,840 ₦ (4 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Lagos costs 7,071 ₦ (4 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Lagos costs 6,000 ₦ (4 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Lagos costs 15,571 ₦ (4 days ago)

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