Cost of living in Essen, Germany

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €10
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.79
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.87
12 eggs, large €2.08
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.24
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €4.19
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.16
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.48
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.72
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €6
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.74
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.44
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €935
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €688
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €153
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €673
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €485
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €156
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €24
40” flat screen TV €514
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €121
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €9
Hourly rate for cleaning help €13
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €87
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) €83
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €114
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €23,072
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.51
Monthly ticket public transport €64
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €22
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €14
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €73
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €2.52
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €1.60
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.39
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.37
Tube of toothpaste €1.47
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €16
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €30
2 tickets to the movies €18
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €84
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €57
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €7
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.05
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.32
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €503
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.23
1 month of gym membership in business district €30
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €6
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 60 prices entered by 7 different people.
Latest price update: November 14, 2018.

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