Cost of living in Nigeria

Summary of cost of living in Nigeria

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 825,030 ₦
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 491,345 ₦
  • 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 2,102 ₦
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,690 ₦
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,000 ₦
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 802 ₦
12 eggs, large 608 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 686 ₦
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 2,314 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,142 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 652 ₦
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 324 ₦
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,829 ₦
2 liters of coca-cola 360 ₦
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 353 ₦
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 450,052 ₦
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 277,945 ₦
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 20,990 ₦
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 336,264 ₦
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 265,218 ₦
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 12,211 ₦
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 8,757 ₦
40” flat screen tv 84,820 ₦
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 31,502 ₦
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 1,122 ₦
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,149 ₦
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 7,198 ₦
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 10,494 ₦
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 14,247 ₦
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 21,849 ₦
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,792,100 ₦
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 148 ₦
Monthly ticket public transport 16,973 ₦
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 969 ₦
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,812 ₦
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 6,906 ₦
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,561 ₦
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,081 ₦
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,092 ₦
4 rolls of toilet paper 333 ₦
Tube of toothpaste 488 ₦
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,448 ₦
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 5,246 ₦
2 tickets to the movies 3,961 ₦
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 16,149 ₦
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 17,569 ₦
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,268 ₦
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 2,077 ₦
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 567 ₦
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 68,273 ₦
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 34 ₦
1 month of gym membership in business district 15,931 ₦
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 475 ₦

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:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

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 Akure 213
2nd Abuja 96
3rd Benin City 92
4th Lagos 88

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

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Owerri costs 10,000 ₦ (2 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Lagos costs 1,000 ₦ (7 days ago)