Cost of living in Lausanne, Switzerland

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CHF 21
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) CHF 14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CHF 11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CHF 1.76
12 eggs, large CHF 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CHF 4.01
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CHF 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CHF 4.40
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CHF 2.89
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CHF 1.64
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CHF 14
2 liters of Coca-Cola CHF 2.65
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CHF 2.55
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area CHF 2,887
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area CHF 2,184
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CHF 165
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area CHF 1,596
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area CHF 1,129
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio CHF 87
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) CHF 58
40” flat screen TV CHF 681
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) CHF 169
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CHF 16
Hourly rate for cleaning help CHF 26
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) CHF 107
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) CHF 47
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) CHF 130
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CHF 165
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new CHF 25,935
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CHF 1.55
Monthly ticket public transport CHF 75
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) CHF 32
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) CHF 13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CHF 30
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) CHF 93
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) CHF 7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CHF 5.29
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CHF 6
4 rolls of toilet paper CHF 4.50
Tube of toothpaste CHF 3.89
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CHF 37
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CHF 65
2 tickets to the movies CHF 36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CHF 117
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CHF 109
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CHF 16
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CHF 4.61
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CHF 7
iPod nano 16GB CHF 173
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CHF 0.35
1 month of gym membership in business district CHF 95
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes CHF 8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 215 prices entered by 43 different people.
Latest price update: March 22, 2017.

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