Cost of living in Uganda

Summary of cost of living in Uganda

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 10,150,847 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 5,445,282 Shilling
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 18,923 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 34,430 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 18,019 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,399 Shilling
12 eggs, large 10,421 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3,962 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 10,962 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 10,962 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3,924 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4,095 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 35,000 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 4,753 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 4,002 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 4,114,080 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 3,500,000 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 591,161 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 3,660,000 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 150,000 Shilling
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 60,000 Shilling
40” flat screen tv 1,200,000 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 200,000 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 18,000 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 50,000 Shilling
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 60,000 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 365,222 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 150,000 Shilling
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 35,000,000 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4,705 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 250,000 Shilling
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 15,000 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 25,000 Shilling
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 100,000 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 8,000 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 10,000 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10,000 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 10,074 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 5,000 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 45,000 Shilling
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 75,370 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 29,852 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 100,000 Shilling
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 106,872 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 24,345 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 16,956 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,507 Shilling
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 100 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 261,911 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 12,286 Shilling

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Map of Cost of Living in Uganda


This map shows only the top cities in Uganda. 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.

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