Cost of living in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM15
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM9
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM6
12 eggs, large RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM27
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM7
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM96
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM4.03
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM4.18
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM2,552
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RM1,390
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM216
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM1,085
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,003
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RM300
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM162
40” flat screen TV RM2,073
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM700
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM30
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM12
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM295
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM138
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM289
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM302
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM159,539
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.26
Monthly ticket public transport RM117
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM44
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM8
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM42
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM31
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM7
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM12
4 rolls of toilet paper RM4.74
Tube of toothpaste RM7
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM37
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM61
2 tickets to the movies RM25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM37
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM112
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM26
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM12
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM15
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RM2,500
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM1.69
1 month of gym membership in business district RM180
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM16
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 158 prices entered by 17 different people.
Latest price update: August 15, 2018.

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