Cost of living in La Serena, Chile

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CH$5,286
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) CH$3,265
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CH$1,696
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CH$677
12 eggs, large CH$1,682
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CH$888
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CH$3,960
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CH$725
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CH$761
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CH$1,000
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CH$4,362
2 liters of Coca-Cola CH$1,128
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CH$533
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area CH$521,140
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area CH$349,742
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CH$54,451
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area CH$382,387
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area CH$239,691
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio CH$37,070
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) CH$27,176
40” flat screen TV CH$348,419
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) CH$52,323
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CH$7,558
Hourly rate for cleaning help CH$2,712
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) CH$38,333
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) CH$37,500
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) CH$50,000
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CH$50,000
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new CH$15,583,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CH$789
Monthly ticket public transport CH$33,667
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CH$6,559
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) CH$6,000
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) CH$38,539
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) CH$9,000
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CH$2,000
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CH$3,250
4 rolls of toilet paper CH$1,850
Tube of toothpaste CH$1,500
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CH$4,837
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CH$21,118
2 tickets to the movies CH$6,703
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CH$9,200
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CH$40,455
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CH$4,536
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CH$2,069
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CH$2,621
iPad Air 2, 64GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CH$184
1 month of gym membership in business district CH$29,609
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes CH$3,000
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 111 prices entered by 8 different people.
Latest price update: September 26, 2017.

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