Cost of living in Uganda

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 20,050 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 19,712 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13,623 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,454 Shilling
12 eggs, large 6,339 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4,002 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 20,747 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 9,599 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3,932 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3,820 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 45,225 Shilling
2 liters of Coca-Cola 4,630 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 3,285 Shilling
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,358,130 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,387,220 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 389,941 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,945,530 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,668,590 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 217,440 Shilling
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 116,531 Shilling
40” flat screen TV 1,134,640 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 724,919 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 23,198 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 155,000 Shilling
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 61,080 Shilling
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 98,886 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 150,617 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 207,707 Shilling
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 77,222,200 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4,146 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 114,833 Shilling
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 13,346 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 31,372 Shilling
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 92,215 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 17,610 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 19,352 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 20,246 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 8,199 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 3,727 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 23,400 Shilling
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 53,523 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 39,352 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 70,000 Shilling
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 133,881 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 19,131 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11,176 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,851 Shilling
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,458,090 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 410 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 230,544 Shilling
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 24,795 Shilling

Map of Cost of Living in Uganda

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This map shows only the top cities in Uganda. We also have on this page a 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.

List of all cities available in Uganda

Arua Bwizibwera Gulu
Kampala Kasese Kitgum
Lira Masaka Mbale
Njeru

Prices recently added

  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Kampala costs 150 Shilling (about 8 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Kampala costs 3,500 Shilling (about 8 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Kampala costs 8,500 Shilling (about 8 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Kampala costs 100,000 Shilling (about 8 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Kampala costs 30,000 Shilling (about 8 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Kampala costs 30,000 Shilling (about 8 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Kampala costs 2,000 Shilling (about 8 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Kampala costs 2,000 Shilling (about 8 hours ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Kampala costs 12,000 Shilling (about 8 hours ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Kampala costs 10,000 Shilling (about 8 hours ago)