Cost of living in Hanover, 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 €3.64
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.67
12 eggs, large €2.69
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.67
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €4.46
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.24
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.55
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.90
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €5.24
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.90
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.14
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €977
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €718
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €145
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €676
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €478
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €102
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €22
40” flat screen TV €457
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €140
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €5.43
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €74
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €34
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €87
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €109
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €20,046
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.29
Monthly ticket public transport €62
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €19
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €9
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €93
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €3.36
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.75
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.54
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.33
Tube of toothpaste €1.41
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €16
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €32
2 tickets to the movies €19
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €58
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €53
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.06
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.13
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €534
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.11
1 month of gym membership in business district €39
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €5.89
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 107 prices entered by 12 different people.
Latest price update: December 17, 2017.

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