Cost of living in Kampala, Uganda

Summary of cost of living in Kampala

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 8,200,627 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,026,215 Shilling
  • 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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List of prices in Kampala, Uganda. Current as of Apr 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 16,753 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 25,412 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 10,738 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,162 Shilling
12 eggs, large 6,430 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3,862 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12,527 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 10,663 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3,901 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4,105 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 33,506 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 4,720 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2,810 Shilling
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,813,050 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,422,110 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 294,240 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,911,300 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 770,459 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 261,764 Shilling
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 155,618 Shilling
40” flat screen tv 1,493,310 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 643,083 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 23,130 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 13,850 Shilling
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 65,674 Shilling
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 92,252 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 131,620 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 173,471 Shilling
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 34,086,900 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4,041 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 110,065 Shilling
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 27,512 Shilling
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 16,771 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 22,121 Shilling
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 52,689 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 16,921 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 14,008 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 21,970 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 6,698 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 5,473 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 25,460 Shilling
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 64,428 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 40,473 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 96,432 Shilling
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 91,251 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 16,812 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 9,191 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,359 Shilling
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,117,940 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 381 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 247,212 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 12,390 Shilling
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 145 prices entered by 24 different people.
Latest price update: April 18, 2021

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